The dual-graphics card, dual-hard drive, dual-core processor packing Alienware m9750 has finally landed, and it’s in our office. The 17" m9750 is a gaming notebook that combines power with style, and somehow manages to stay relatively thin even though it’s choc full of components and power.
Alienware M9750 (view large image)
Video First Look
For those of you with the patience to watch a 5+ minute YouTube video about the Alienware M9750, we present the following:
The glowing eyes (view large image)
After recently taking a look at the Sager NP9260 / Clevo D900C gaming notebook I was prepared for another monster sized box to be dropped off by a FedEx delivery person who would be hunched over with the excruciating weight of the Alienware M9750 box and its contents. I was wrong though. The Sager NP9260 weighed about 12 pounds, but this Alienware M9750 weighs a comparitively light 8.5 lbs. Furthermore, it’s as thin as your normal 15.4" screen mainstream laptop. The Sager NP9260 is 2.4" in height while the Alienware M9750 is 1.5" in height — that’s the same height as a Dell Inspiron 1520 15.4" screen notebook we have in our inventory of laptops at the moment.
The M9750 sticks out its optical drive and says, "ahhhh" (view large image)
Now, to be fair the Sager NP9260 does use a desktop chipset and processor platform, so they really had to make things bigger to accomodate the extreme power of that machine. The Alienware M9750 meanwhile uses a mobile processor platform, the Intel Merom Core 2 Duo (no, not Santa Rosa). The Alienware M9750 has dual Nvidia 7950GTX graphics cards, just like the Sager NP9260 does, so you’re going to get extreme gaming performance. Well, that is so long as you have Windows XP that supports SLI, at the moment Vista does not but will once drivers are available.
A look at the beautiful WUXGA screen on the M9750 (view large image)
The build of the M9750 is extremely nice, lots of magnesium is used in the construction to give it a very solid feel and also keep the weight down. I love the ribbed look of the lid, of course done in a manner to give it a slightly UFO kind of look (at least as us humans imagine a UFO looking). The all black look is also attractive, and the silver Alien head and glowing blue-eyes really stand out agains the all black lid.
The M9750 has ports galore, from a modem to DVI to digital optical audio out (view large image)
The unit we have has the follow specs:
- Intel T7600 Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz processor
- Dual NVidia 7950GTX graphics cards, 512MB memory each
- 2GB RAM @ 667MHz
- 2 x 160GB hard drives in RAID 0, 7200RPM
- 17" WUXGA glossy screen display
- Dual Layer DVD Burner
- 802.11 a/b/g/n
It’s a stacked system in terms of specs, that’s for sure! The only high-end option we’re missing in this notebook is Blu-Ray. We’ll of course be doing benchmarks and providing a full review in the coming weeks, our resident gaming notebook expert Charles Jefferies, better known as Chaz in the forums, will be doing the review duties for this bad boy.
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