Alienware M11x adds Core i5, i7, Nvidia Optimus

The 11-inch gaming hybrid laptop will get an extra graphics-switching and performance boost very soon, utilizing the newest tech from Intel and Nvidia.


Good news for people shopping for a small, powerful gaming laptop: the tiny hybrid Alienware M11x has gotten a whole lot better overnight. New Core i5, i7, and Nvidia Optimus upgrades look like they could bring the M11x closer to par with the more fully fledged Alienware M15x laptop.

When we reviewed the M11x earlier this year, we found its combination of low-voltage Core 2 Duo processor, Netbook-like size, and switchable gaming-ready graphics to be pretty compelling for its price. New Core i5 and i7 processors should only sweeten the deal, providing that the battery life remains good. The addition of Nvidia Optimus automatic graphics switching makes a lot of sense here, as the M11x's chief appeal was its capability to switch between a longer-battery portable notebook and a higher-performance machine.

The M11x starts at $799 for a Core 2 Duo configuration, or $949 for the Core i5 version, with an optional Core i7 starting at $1,099. According to Dell's preorder site, new models will ship July 2.

Read the full CNET Review

Alienware M11X

The Bottom Line: With its fusion of a low-voltage processor and high-end graphics, the 11.6-inch Alienware M11x is a unique and extremely compact hybrid gaming laptop with a few compromises for its size. / Read full review

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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired,, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.



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