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New Dell Alienware M11x, M14x, M18x laptops: Small-, medium-, and large-scale gaming

Dell's new Alienware laptops cover the 11.6-inch, 14-inch, and 18-inch parts of the gaming spectrum.

The new Alienware M11x R3.
The new Alienware M11x R3.

Despite leaked product announcements dampening the impact of the streamed Webcast today, Alienware added to its product lineup with additional Alienwares at the extreme small and large ends of the laptop spectrum. The M11x, M14x, and M18x cover the size gamut. We've already reviewed the M14x: check out the hands-on video below for a look at the M14 close-up.

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Last year, we loved the Alienware M11x, particularly for its combination of size and power. During today's Alienware Webcast, the successor was announced--and it's got the updated Sandy Bridge specs we expected.

The new Alienware M11x R3 starts at $999. New specs include a choice of second-generation Core i5 or Core i7 ULV CPUs, Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and either a hard drive up to 750GB/7,200rpm or a 256GB SSD. A Klipsch 5.1 speaker system, USB 3.0, and Intel Wireless Display support are other notable additions. They'll be available in early May--you can check out the specs yourself on Dell's site.

On the other end of the scale, Alienware also announced the 16-pound M18x. Just in case the 17-inch-screened M17x wasn't a large enough laptop, the M18x has an 18.4-inch 1080p display, a second-gen Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU, Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire DX11 graphics with up to 4GB of DDR5 video memory, HDMI input for connecting external game consoles or media devices, and up to a whopping 32GB of DDR3 RAM. It sounds more like the flightless bird of laptops--you won't be moving this from your desk much, or at all--but for a starting price around $2,000, you'll at least get a lot of gaming laptop bulk.