Alienware Aurora mALX review: Alienware Aurora mALX

It was the gaming benchmarks where the Alienware Aurora mALX really shone. It displayed a remarkable 86 frames per second on F.E.A.R. and 133fps on Doom 3 at 10x7 resolution--the fastest frame rates we've seen to date, on any laptop. You can save $200 and get almost as many frames per second with the M590K Emperor, but if you'll pay any price for the absolute best gaming performance available today, the Aurora mALX delivers. Given the laptop's heft and size, we imagine it will spend most of its time tethered to a wall outlet; we did not run our MobileMark battery-life test.

Alienware backs the Aurora mALX with an industry-standard one-year warranty that includes 24/7 phone support, but unlike that of some other manufacturers, the Alienware warranty also includes onsite service. Upgrading to a three-year warranty costs a reasonable $235, and the company's AlienAutopsy self-diagnosis software is available for an additional $49. The deep Alienware support Web site includes the expected knowledge database, driver downloads, and FAQs, plus some additional helpful features, such as up-to-date virus information with free virus scans, customer forums, and the option to view your support history.

SysMark 2004 performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo SysMark2004 rating  
SysMark2004Iinternet content creation  
SysMark2004 office productivity  
Dell XPS M1710
220 
313 
154 
Alienware Aurora m9700
179 
220 
145 
Alienware Aurora mALX
175 
213 
144 
Eurocom M590K Emperor
163 
198 
135 

Doom 3 High Quality, 10x7, 4xAA
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Id software/ActiVision's Doom 3  

Monolith's/VU Games' F.E.A.R., 10x7, 4xAA
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Monolith's/VU Games' F.E.A.R.  

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System configurations:
Alienware Aurora m9700
Windows XP Media Center; 2.5GHz AMD Turion 64 ML-44; 2GB PC 3200 DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GS 256MB; Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 100GB 7,200rpm

Alienware Aurora mALX
Windows XP Pro; 2.6GHz AMD Turion 64 ML-44; 2GB PC 3200 DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 512MB; Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB 7,200rpm (2)

Dell XPS M1710
Windows XP Media Center Edition; 2.16GHz Core Duo-T2600; 2GB PC 5300 DDR2 SDRAM 666MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX 512MB; Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 100GB 7,200rpm

Eurocom M590K Emperor
Windows XP Professional; 2.21GHz Turion 64-T-40; 2GB PC 3200 DDR SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 7800 GTX 256MB (each); Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB 7,200rpm

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