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My Alienware M11x

March 31, 2011

My job gives me a lot of really cool perks, including a laptop every year! This year, we got an Alienware M11x laptop. I was so excited to receive it, since the year before we only got a netbook and I felt like I needed a more powerful laptop. When I opened my laptop for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised by the general feel of the laptop. The outside is slightly “rubbery” feeling, which gives it a nice feel when you handle it. Also, the keys and some other parts of the laptop light up! Mine came red by default, and I figured that was the only color it displayed…nope! You can choose a variety of colors using the included AlienFX software! Mine right now is green and orange for St. Patrick’s Day (see photo!). This aspect alone is what causes people to say “wow” when they see my laptop.

The laptop’s overall performance is excellent. I do a lot of lab reports on here, which require me to have tons of Word documents/PDFs/Excels open at once. The laptop handles them easily! I also game on my M11x, and it runs games like Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Civilization V smoothly! One thing that I really think could be improved on the laptop is the keyboard. It is far too “squishy” for my tastes, and also feels ever so slightly cramped when typing. It causes me to make more mistakes than I would on my desktop’s keyboard. I also love the battery life on the M11x. I routinely get about 4 hours of battery life, which is great because I can have my laptop out in class and not have to worry about charging it halfway through!

Like I said before, my favorite feature of this laptop is probably the lighting, just for the “wow” factor. I also love that it comes with a dedicated graphics card that allows me to game. The M11x actually uses Nvidia’s Optimus technology to switch between the integrated and dedicated graphics options which helps to save battery when you don’t need the power of the dedicated graphics card. This leads me to my one other dislike about this laptop. Sometimes the screen gets “washed out” for just a few seconds, which I am assuming is due to the computer switching which graphics it uses. Luckily this goes away and I’m back to the vibrant screen I’m used to seeing.

Overall, I adore this laptop. It feels solidly constructed and performs very well regardless of what task I throw at it. It amazes people I show it to because of the lights and theย  fact that it can play games! We actually had a LAN party this weekend, and one of my friends played on my laptop and it worked great for him! I love my Alienware M11x laptop!