Alienware's new laptop, the Area-51 m15x is pretty damn special. Not only does it use a Core 2 Extreme CPU, but it's also the first laptop we've seen that uses Nvidia's flagship GeForce 8800 GTX mobile graphics chip.
There's no SLI option, but it is possible to run the m15x in 'Stealth Mode' -- which deactivates the main Nvidia chip and engages a separate integrated non-gaming graphics adaptor in order to extend battery life by a claimed 30 minutes.
It all rests inside a 15.4-inch chassis that will blow the
minds of anyone who likes flashing lights or induce fits in anyone with epilepsy. Users can run the special Command Center software to
switch the backlight colour behind the keyboard, around the mouse
trackpad, and on the alien skull on the lid. The lid itself comes in
two forms, a smooth 'Ripley' design, or the ribbed 'Skullcap' design
we've seen on so many Alienware laptops in the past. It's all very
impressive, if a tad garish. Prices start at $1,399 (£700). -Rory Reid