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Alienware M11x Notebook Review

Alienware M11x Notebook Review

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Battery / Temperature Performance

To test the M11x battery life we used the laptop in three different scenarios. In each the Windows 7 power profile was set to balanced and all on-board devices were enabled as was all system lighting.
In the first test we performed standard tasks such as surfing the net, speaking on MSN, watching YouTube content, emailing and typing in Word. With all these activities taking place and the Intel GPU enabled we achieved a battery life of 5 hours and 46 minutes, unheard off on previous Alienware machines.

Next we switched to the GeForce GPU, enabled HD acceleration and began watching a 1080p file which was being scaled down to the LCD resolution. In this scenario the machine gave us nearly four hours of use, more than enough to watch any recent movie… possibly even two.

Finally we began gaming in full screen mode, the most demanding task likely to be performed on the M11x. The system gave us 2 hours and 5 minutes of life in this task, far more than we would expect from a high performance system.

Before taking the temperature of the system the M11x was left idle at the desktop for 30minutes. For the load tests we performed sustained rendering on Cinebench for the CPU and ran Furmark for the GPU.

Idle temperatures for the M11x are good for the components installed with the hard-drive being a particular highlight. Its location, far away from the CPU/GPU, allows it to remain cool at all times.

Load temperatures when viewed in a graph do seem a little high but these don’t tell us that the M11x is designed so that it can be used on our lap even when under load. The bottom of the chassis never becomes too warm as the vent of the base is used to draw in cool air before immediately exhausting hot air out the back of the system.

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Stuart Davidson

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