In April, Dell's gaming PC division Alienware confirmed it would no longer sell new versions of its small 11-inch M11x notebook after its current supplies are sold out. Since then, other gaming PC makers such as Origin PC and Maingear have either launched or announced plans to release their own small but powerful gaming notebooks.
However, all may not be lost for fans of Alienware who want to see the division release a small gaming oriented notebook. Maximum PC reports they received an email from one of their readers who claims he heard from an inside source that the "current Ultrabook trend would lead Dell to release an Alienware Ultrabook." The launch of this product would happen sometime later this year, according to the source.
In addition, the actual M11x design may not be discontinued after all, with the unnamed source claiming that Dell could reuse it for the company's XPS or Inspiron brands.
It's the prospect of a gaming-themed Ultrabook from Alienware that really intrigues us. Nearly all notebooks that follow Intel's Ultrabook design are of the low performance variety. A thin-but-light Ultrabook that could run most PC games would certainly be a very welcome product, if the price point and its performance are up to the task.