Alienware's award-winning big rig arrives

The Area 51 m9750 was finally released this week, and our favorite Dell subsidiary even managed to send a rep to lovingly hand deliver one into our greedy little paws. Check back for our full review shortly.

Alienware's Area 51 m9750

You may be asking, "Whatever happened to that laptop that won CNET's Best of CES award in the Gaming category back in January?" Like you, we've been waiting for the Alienware Area 51 m9750 ever since. With high-end options including dual video cards, a Blu-ray drive, and even a TV tuner, this massive black box impressed with a starting price around $2,000 (minus all those cool extras, of course).

After bugging Alienware on a seemingly weekly basis for months, the Area 51 m9750 was finally released this week, and our favorite Dell subsidiary even managed to send a rep to lovingly hand deliver one into our greedy little paws.

Is it the best gaming laptop ever? It's certainly close to the largest, at least for 17-inch desktop replacements, at nearly 10 pounds and 15.5-inches wide.

The Area 51 m9750 is currently undergoing our rigorous CNET Labs benchmark testing, to be followed by plenty of hands-on, real-world gaming (purely for research purposes, of course), so look for a full review soon.

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.

 

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