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Alienware Area-51m Sentia (Pentium M 1.3 GHz

Alienware Area-51m Sentia (Pentium M 1.3 GHz

Alienware, known mostly for its gaming PCs, has now introduced a thin-and-light notebook based on Intel Centrino technology. The 5.5-pound Area-51m Sentia is geared toward students and business users. Where did Alienware get the name, you're wondering? Sentia is the Roman goddess who heightens feelings.

Upside: All three jewels of the Intel Centrino crown adorn the stylish Area-51m Sentia. It includes fast Pentium M processors ranging from 1.3GHz to 1.7GHz, a Pro/Wireless 2100 network connection, and the 855 chipset. Other specs include a 14.1-inch screen, hard drives ranging from 30GB to 60GB, and a case measuring 12 by 1 by 10.6 inches.

Downside: Business users may not like the unique alien-head logo and other aspects of the flamboyant case. Also, some users may prefer a bigger, 15-inch-plus screen, which isn't available with the Area-51m Sentia. Finally, the system may cost more than competing thin-and-light notebooks (pricing had not been set as of press time).

Outlook: Alienware gets a lot of performance out of the systems it builds, so we'll be curious to see how the Area-51m Sentia matches up against the top thin-and-light Centrino notebooks in benchmark tests. Check back later for a full review.

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