Recently, some of the specifications for Dell's new Alienware M14X
gaming laptop were leaked onto the 'net. So far, it's sounding like a
pretty sweet deal.
A Bit of Background
Alienware's been around for a while, and in gaming circles, they've built quite a reputation for themselves. Some of you might not actually know just who they are, so I'll take a moment to throw a little background information your way.
Founded in 1996, Alienware meant to tap into an as of yet untapped market- that of high performance computing. What that usually translated out to was computer gaming.
Their product names and the name of the company were originally intended to pay homage to The X Files- the founder evidently had a special place in his heart for the show. That worked pretty well from a marketing standpoint, too. Giving your tech names that immediately call to mind images of science fiction, with all its hyperadvanced technology certainly can't hurt.Anyway, In 2006, they were purchased by Dell. (Wikipedia)
I've prattled on enough-it's time to get to what you all really came here for.
This laptop's shaping up to be mighty fine indeed..It's got an Intel core i7 2.3 GHz CPU, around 750 GB of space on a 7200 RPM HDD, a 256 GB SATA2 or SATA 3 Solid State drive, an Nvidia GT555M GPU, and one of two beautiful fourteen inch screens along with a pair of high-grade speakers.(Engadget).
The M14x also has 8 GB of RAM and a Cougar Point HM67 chipset. If you're interested in seeing the full news post concerning the leak, look here. The report's in Chinese, so you might need a translator. (Ubergizmo)
That's not all the information out there, either. Recently, someone on a website called Xtreview claims to have attained a physical Alienware M14X unit- citing it as also possessing an illuminated keyboard, soft coating on the chassis, an 8 cell battery, Wifi, HDMI/Minidisplay ports, et-cetera. I'm not entirely certain how valid their claim is, but it seems to fit with what one would expect of the M14x.
Ultimately the one thing all the tech sites are warning is that we shouldn't take the leaked information as cold, hard fact. It is, after all, unofficial. For all we know, the info we've received could be completely wrong. I personally doubt that's the case, but you never know, do you?
Where Can I Get One?
Sadly, there's no information on either the price or the release date for Alienware's latest brainchild.Personally, I'd estimate it as starting somewhere around $900.00-$1000.00. If I had to take a stab at the release date, I'd say it's probably going to be arriving on the market in the second quarter of 2011. So any of you Alienware afficionados dead set on picking one of these rigs up for yourselves might have to wait a little while- but with any luck, it won't be all that long.
If you're interested in getting your hands on one of the other systems in the Alienware line, you can swing by their website- the 11x and 17x start at $799.99 and somewhere around $1499.99, respectively.