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Alienware M15x Core i7


by Stuart Davidson - 23rd September 2009
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Introduction

Alienware was formed in 1996 and in the first 10-years of their existence the company created a name for themselves in the enthusiast market. It did not matter if a consumer was looking for a high performance desktop, notebook or HTPC system because Alienware had something capable to offer. When combined with futuristic and distinctive styling they have always appealed to the discerning end user.

Back in 2006 there was a significant change behind the scenes at Alienware when they became part of the Dell Corporation. For the first 3-years of the changeover the products released by the two divisions continued under the existing branding with Dell continuing to use XPS for their high end enthusiast products.

That changed in June when Alienware/Dell launched the M17x, their first co-developed machine. On launch day we provided a world-exclusive preview of the new machine and today it is time to take a more in-depth look at the features and performance of the latest model in the family, the M15x.

This isn’t just a more compact version of the M17x though; with the M15x Alienware is one of the first companies to introduce Intel’s Core-i7 architecture in the mobile marketplace. Back that up with an impressive graphics processor from Nvidia and the new Intel PM55 chipset and we have a very interesting and theoretically capable product.

NOTE: The M15x should not be confused with the Area-51 m15x, this was a previous model from Alienware and differs significantly in style and specification (as we shall see shortly).

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