Alienware laptops refreshed; MX11 discontinued

Dell's Alienware unit has just announced a refresh of its entire laptop lineup, while also confirming that one of its models won't be around for much longer. The Alienware website has posted the details of the new lineup, which will now consist of the MX14, MX17 and MX18 models.

However, the company has also confirmed to The Verge that the smaller MX11 model, which Alienware and Dell hyped up when it was first released in 2010, won't be a part of this new lineup and will be discontinued, although the laptop's current stock is still being sold on the Alienware website. According to Dell, buyers want full sized keyboards and optical drives in their Alienware notebooks, which the MX11 doesn't have.

All three models in the new Alienware laptop lineup will keep their basic case designs but under the hood they will have lots of new and updated hardware. That includes a Creative Sound Blaster chip for all three models along with THX TruStudio software. All of the new laptops will have a mSATA slot for a solid state drive.

The MX14 will have a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card with an option to go up to 2GB of video memory. The MX17 will have support to add up to 32GB of RAM along with graphics card options for either an AMD Radeon HD 7970M or a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M. The MX18 (shown above) will also have support for up to 32GB of memory along with being able to support a dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M graphics card.

At the moment, all of the new laptops have Intel's older Sandy Bridge-based processors so you might want to hold off on buying them until Intel launches the newer and faster Ivy Bridge-based chips. These are expected to launch before the end of April.

Image via Dell/Alienware

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I happen to have an M11x R2. It is their top of the line with all the bells... i7, 8Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD, BT, Gaming Graphics, 4 - 6 hours battery life, in all, it is awesome. I have had it for over a year and no hiccups... I use it at work and at home without issues... Gaming is a bliss...
It is very sad that they are discontinuing the model as some of of us do not like to carry 10lb worth of plastic in our backs... If I need a bigger screen I simply hook it up through HDMI or Display Port...
I can't see how it is not a good option to keep the model if and only if they make it more AFFORDABLE....$$$

People complain that the M11X is overpriced but if you look at the Sony Z series at their store it is $1700 and it cannot compete with the M11 at what it is designed for which is mobile gaming.

So, some may think that the laptop is overpriced but for $1,000 it performs better than a lot of larger or higher priced laptops.

I wonder if the hinge problems the M11X is having has anything to do with it. I am sending mine in for a fix today, which Dell is fixing at their expense, even though it has been out of warranty for over 6 months now.

recursive said,
I wonder if the hinge problems the M11X is having has anything to do with it. I am sending mine in for a fix today, which Dell is fixing at their expense, even though it has been out of warranty for over 6 months now.

That issue happened a lot on the 1st Gen but they found a fix for it with the molding by the 3rd Gen. A press release went out last year stating that if any of the M11x laptops still had the issue that Dell would fix them at no cost.

They fixed my monitor hinge last year, around this time. It's still going strong, although occasionally there is minor squeaking of plastics.

Though you could be right, the recall may have had a factor in the discontinuation of the m11x. I still hope they aim for a new design refresh and call it the m12x.

I hate full sized keyboards. normally. nobody does them right. The Toshiba I have crammed the buttons in. and thus the touchpad is way to my left. X_X Should be banned. it won't but it should. maybe one with a flip out panel on the side.

PatrynXX said,
I hate full sized keyboards. normally. nobody does them right. The Toshiba I have crammed the buttons in. and thus the touchpad is way to my left. X_X Should be banned. it won't but it should. maybe one with a flip out panel on the side.

Thats one of the reasons I love the M11X. They got the keyboard right, despite its smaller size. No shrunken shift or enter keys, or any of that stuff.

A mistake IMO. It was an odd niche that set it apart from others.

And for the record it's no netbook. Might be similar dimensions but doesn't run like one.

Denis W said,
A mistake IMO. It was an odd niche that set it apart from others.

And for the record it's no netbook. Might be similar dimensions but doesn't run like one.


Agreed, When someone considers purchasing an Alienware machine, they wont think net-book in the back of their head. They think gaming laptop, regardless of size.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Doesn't surprise me. Nobody in their right mind would have paid that ridiculous price for a netbook.

Well, you can go ahead and tell all those Sony Vaio 10" owners the same .

Astra.Xtreme said,
Nobody in their right mind would have paid that ridiculous price for a netbook.

The performance on the M11x was significantly superior to that of a netbook.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Did the Vaio cost almost $1000 USD?


I remember seeing at stores Vaio netbooks (if my memory doesn't fail me, I think t was the P series) which had a very high price.

Astra.Xtreme said,

It was a gaming netbook, but it's still a netbook.

A netbook is a computer with an Atom processor. The M11X was hardly a netbook. I use it every day as my work laptop, I have 8 gigs of ram on mine, and it runs multiple IDEs / VMs like a champ. Although I don't game much, I do occasionally pIay GTA 4, and it runs it perfectly fine at med-high on its screen. I highly doubt I would be able to do the same on a netbook.

recursive said,

A netbook is a computer with an Atom processor. The M11X was hardly a netbook. I use it every day as my work laptop, I have 8 gigs of ram on mine, and it runs multiple IDEs / VMs like a champ. Although I don't game much, I do occasionally pIay GTA 4, and it runs it perfectly fine at med-high on its screen. I highly doubt I would be able to do the same on a netbook.

Why would a netbook have to have an Atom processor? Are the AMD ones not netbooks then? A netbook by definition is a computer that is smaller than an notebook that is designed to be portable and for more basic tasks. The m11x obviously has more power than every other netbook out there, but it still fits the definition of a netbook.

Astra.Xtreme said,

The m11x obviously has more power than every other netbook out there, but it still fits the definition of a netbook.

It's probably closer to a 12" laptop, given the thick bezel on the monitor.

Factor in its weight at 4.5 pounds, and its thickness being two Macbooks high - it's no netbook. But the smaller dimensions definitely help on cramped lecture theatre tables!

recursive said,

Although I don't game much, I do occasionally pIay GTA 4, and it runs it perfectly fine at med-high on its screen. I highly doubt I would be able to do the same on a netbook.

Which revision do you have? My R2 (with an i7) chokes a bit on GTA 4.

Astra.Xtreme said,

A netbook by definition is a computer that is smaller than an notebook that is designed to be portable and for more basic tasks.

Ok, I should have said Atom or a similar processor, not one that has an i7 inside.
Two things about that argument:
1. How then do you define a notebook? Simply by its bigger size?
2. for more basic tasks -> the m11x certainly isn't built for 'basic' tasks, and could easily give much bigger 'notebooks' a run for their money.

Clearly, you have never used one are are just speculating based on its smaller size.

Edited by recursive, Apr 19 2012, 9:10pm :

Denis W said,

It's probably closer to a 12" laptop, given the thick bezel on the monitor.

Factor in its weight at 4.5 pounds, and its thickness being two Macbooks high - it's no netbook. But the smaller dimensions definitely help on cramped lecture theatre tables!


And on planes!

Denis W said,

Which revision do you have? My R2 (with an i7) chokes a bit on GTA 4.

Do you run it on an external screen? I couldn't get all the settings maxed out, but the resolution was at the highest its screen supports (1366x768). I was playing TBGT on it and did not notice any stuttering..

recursive said,

Ok, I should have said Atom or a similar processor, not one that has an i7 inside.
Two things about that argument:
1. How then do you define a notebook? Simply by its bigger size?
2. for more basic tasks -> the m11x certainly isn't built for 'basic' tasks, and could easily give much bigger 'notebooks' a run for their money.

Clearly, you have never used one are are just speculating based on its smaller size.

A netbook is absolutely just about the smaller size. Hense why I said it...
The m11x is mentioned all over the internet as a netbook, so it's not like I'm making this up...
And FYI, I have an HP Mini netbook that I run as a Hackintosh. So chalk up another wrong assumption...

recursive said,

Do you run it on an external screen? I couldn't get all the settings maxed out, but the resolution was at the highest its screen supports (1366x768). I was playing TBGT on it and did not notice any stuttering..

Nope, was playing on the laptop monitor.

Astra.Xtreme said,

A netbook is absolutely just about the smaller size. Hense why I said it...
The m11x is mentioned all over the internet as a netbook, so it's not like I'm making this up...
And FYI, I have an HP Mini netbook that I run as a Hackintosh. So chalk up another wrong assumption...

Somehow I don't think I am the one making assumptions here.

http://liliputing.com/2010/01/...h-laptop-not-a-netbook.html

From Wikipedia:
Netbooks are a category of small (check), lightweight(nope), legacy-free(yep), and inexpensive(nope) laptop computers.
Also:
Comparison

By definition netbooks accommodate processors with little processing power. For comparison a common dual-core Core 2 Duo T5600 at 1.83 GHz with 2 MB L2 cache used in low-end laptops has a PassMark score of about 1000 points.

Just because people write stuff they make up on the internet doesn't mean its fact.

recursive said,

Somehow I don't think I am the one making assumptions here.

http://liliputing.com/2010/01/...h-laptop-not-a-netbook.html

From Wikipedia:
Netbooks are a category of small (check), lightweight(nope), legacy-free(yep), and inexpensive(nope) laptop computers.
Also:
Comparison

By definition netbooks accommodate processors with little processing power. For comparison a common dual-core Core 2 Duo T5600 at 1.83 GHz with 2 MB L2 cache used in low-end laptops has a PassMark score of about 1000 points.

Just because people write stuff they make up on the internet doesn't mean its fact.

Sorry, but I tend to believe the actual mainstream websites over some random website you dug up:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/0...book-gets-a-base-price-799/

And I can find 100 more that label it as a netbook. You're really just grasping straws here with that Wikipedia definition. Just because it's heavy and expensive, doesn't automatically transfer it into the laptop category. Every other definition you can look up on Google clearly refers mainly to the small size. "A small, portable computer usually less than 12 inches in size."

Astra.Xtreme said,

Sorry, but I tend to believe the actual mainstream websites over some random website you dug up:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/0...book-gets-a-base-price-799/

And I can find 100 more that label it as a netbook. You're really just grasping straws here with that Wikipedia definition. Just because it's heavy and expensive, doesn't automatically transfer it into the laptop category. Every other definition you can look up on Google clearly refers mainly to the small size. "A small, portable computer usually less than 12 inches in size."

Again, just because several people got it wrong doesn't mean its right. I have used a couple of netbooks for day to day tasks (the Dell 1000 and the HP Mini) and I use the M11x every day, and they are certainly not capable of the same tasks. Besides, there is this exact same discussion going on in the comments in the article you posted above
http://www.engadget.com/2010/0...rice-799/comments/25066487/

Point is, you define a netbook solely by its size, I define it by its performance, and capabilities. I think we can just agree to disagree here.

recursive said,

Again, just because several people got it wrong doesn't mean its right. I have used a couple of netbooks for day to day tasks (the Dell 1000 and the HP Mini) and I use the M11x every day, and they are certainly not capable of the same tasks. Besides, there is this exact same discussion going on in the comments in the article you posted above
http://www.engadget.com/2010/0...rice-799/comments/25066487/

Point is, you define a netbook solely by its size, I define it by its performance, and capabilities. I think we can just agree to disagree here.

You can think of it as that if you want, but the netbook was created for two reasons:
1. Small size which is better for traveling than a regular laptop.
2. Better battery life since it's made for traveling.

Price and performance were an afterthought and solely for marketing.
Is the m11x smaller than a regular laptop? Yes
Does it get better battery life than a regular laptop? Yes.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Doesn't surprise me. Nobody in their right mind would have paid that ridiculous price for a netbook.
You really don't know what you're talking about. For many people, portability/weight is more important that screen size. When it's on the desk, it can always be connected to a larger display. No way you're going to find a usable laptop with a 24" IPS LCD.

Anyway, apologies for feeding the troll. My 2c is > than his 2c

Astra.Xtreme said,

Is the m11x smaller than a regular laptop? Yes

It might be smaller than a 'regular' laptop but its certainly larger than a 'regular' netbook.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Does it get better battery life than a regular laptop? Yes.

So the mac book air gets better battery life than a 'regular' laptop, is it a netbook as well?

But the ultimate question would be, "can it run Crysis?" The M11x can, I don't think a 'regular' netbook would fare too well in that test.