Alienware M11x (Core i7 review: Alienware M11x (Core i7

The M11x also outputs to external monitors at up to 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, via HDMI or DisplayPort-out (VGA has been removed from the Core i5/i7 M11x). Our results were a little better than they were on the original M11x, as would be expected; full 1080p gaming on Mass Effect 2 wasn't buttery smooth, but 1,600x900-pixel resolution looked surprisingly strong.

Juice box
Mainstream (Avg watts/hour)  
Off (60%) 0.45
Sleep (10%) 0.88
Idle (25%) 10.99
Load (05%) 34.03
Raw kWh Number 42.11
Annual Energy Cost $4.78

Annual energy consumption cost
Asus U30Jc
$4.20 
Alienware M11x - Core i7 ULV
$4.78 
Asus UL50VF
$5.34 

With its included 6-cell battery, the Alienware M11x ran for 3 hours and 9 minutes using our video playback battery drain test. That's a bit disappointing, honestly, as the original M11x ran for 3 hours and 25 minutes with discrete graphics turned on, and we expected automatic-switching Optimus technology would help extend battery life. For a high-powered gaming laptop, however, more than 3 hours of battery life is actually well above average, so one might see this glass as half full rather than half empty. Still, for the hits in speed the ULV processor necessitates, we expected longer battery life gains.

The Alienware M11x is backed by a one-year, basic warranty with 24-7 phone support and in-home service for qualifying basic warranty issues using remote diagnosis via DellConnect. Options to upgrade the warranty up to four years or switch to an advanced warranty, which includes accidental damage protection, are offered on Dell's Web site. Dell's Alienware support site also offers a clear directory of drivers, software, and troubleshooting information.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U30Jc
786 
Alienware M11x - Core i7 ULV
1094 
Asus UL50VF
1270 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U30Jc
130 
Alienware M11x - Core i7 ULV
150 
Asus UL50VF
176 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus U30Jc
172 
Alienware M11x - Core i7 ULV
189 
Asus UL50VF
379 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus U30Jc
240 
Asus UL50VF
239 
Alienware M11x - Core 2 Duo ULV
205 

Unreal Tournament 3
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF*  
1440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF*  
Alienware M11x - Core i7 ULV @ 1280x768 / @ 1366x768
88.9 
84.2 
Asus U30Jc @ 1280x768 / @1366x768
80.9 
73.4 
Asus UL50VF @ 1280x768 / @ 1366x768
92.6 
70.6 
Alienware m11x - Core 2 Duo ULV @ 1280x768 / @ 14x10
77.6 
69.5 
Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
64.2 
57.2 

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System configurations Alienware m11x - Core i7 ULV
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.2GHz Intel Core i7 U640; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 335M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Seagate 7200rpm

Alienware m11x - Core 2 Duo ULV
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 ULV; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 335M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Seagate 7200rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M; 256GB Intel SSD

Asus UL50VF
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 ULV; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce G210M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Seagate 5400rpm

Asus U30Jc
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27Hz Intel Core i3 M350; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310M + 64MB Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Hitachi 5400rpm

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