This is the Alienware M17x, which according to the gaming PC maker is the "fastest laptop in the universe". We're not sure what the Gloobopians, orbiting Alpha Centauri, would say about that
This is the Alienware M17x, which according to Alienware's extensive legal department is the "fastest laptop in the universe". Yup, you read that correctly -- it's not just the fastest in the country, the continent, or even the world -- it's the fastest anywhere in this plane of existence.
Alienware recently popped round to Crave Towers with an early prototype, which has left us impressed. The M17x's arm-busting 5kg chassis is finished in sturdy aluminium, which makes a change from the plastic used on the standard M17. It's not daubed in garish colours, either -- matte black is the order of the day -- although if you want a few random reds and greens, the M17x still packs AlienFX technology, which lets you change the colour of the backlit keyboard and mouse.
It'll use an Intel QX9300 quad-core CPU and a maximum of two Nvidia GTX 280M graphics cards, which promise to eclipse the performance offered by the previous 'world's fastest laptop', the Asus W90. Memory takes the form of either 4GB, 6GB or a whopping 8GB of DDR3 1,366MHz memory, while up to 1TB of storage is available from twin 500GB hard drives.
The M17x will have a 17-inch screen running at 1,920x1,200 pixels, which Alienware likes to call 1200p. Slot-loading DVD or Blu-ray drives are an option, and you'll be able to pipe videos to a telly over HDMI or DisplayPort.
It's a pretty stunning machine, we think you'll agree. It'll be available to order from Tuesday 2 June for £1,700. We'll have a review sample shortly, but take a look at the pictures in our gallery to whet your appetite.