Probably the best laptop on the market at the moment is the Alienware M11x, but Dell has made even better with their 2011 update, where they have included some pretty impressive specs ranging from better graphics, a better battery life, USB 3.0 and a set of 5.1 surround sound speakers.

But even the slightly chunky M11x still lacks an optical drive, which isnt much of a problem today with downloadable programs and games. Externally though it is completely identical with the main changes on the inside.

The M11x comes with two different models, one of which is the entry-level model which packs an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a Nvidia GeForce 1GB graphics card. Alongside this the M11x R3 also includes an Intel HD 3000 Optimus integrated graphics, a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive all running Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium.

This is all packed in the a silky matte shell, with the trademarked Alienware logo on the lid and above the keyboard, and to top it all of they have even added LED headlights in each speaker grill.

One thing I must mention though is the weight, which is just above 2 kg making this device impossible to carry round comfortably, th best par of the M11x apart from its gaming heritage is its LED backlit keyboard and one of the biggest touchpads on a laptop currently, alongside this the laptop also comes with an 11.5 inch full HD disy.

The speakers on the M11x are nothing to be laughed at either, with enough volume on them to wake up a few annoying neighbours, port wise the M11x features both HDMI and DisplayPort, it is also fitted with a dual headphone jack, microphone jack, 2 USB 3,0 and one USB 2.0 port as well as a dualSD card slot, mini FireWire, Ethernet and WiFi included Bluetooth and WiMax as an optional extra.

probably the two worst things about the M11x is the lack of an optical port and how chunky the laptop is compared to the usual buy, but the M11x does make up for this through it’s beast like performance, and it can even be made better through an some optional extras such a i7 processor, the RAM can also be increased to 16GB, alongside an optional expanded hard drive to 750GB or even a 256GB SSD, but no option for an optical drive but you can pick up a really cheap one from most computer stores.

To summarise I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who likes to game, but I would never use this for the school run.

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