Hands On – Alienware Area-51 m9750

by Reads (20,062)

Alienware is about to release its next generation notebook gaming rig, the Area-51 m9750. This will be the first 17" notebook to include SLI with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The reps we met with indicated early unofficial 3DMark scores are coming in 30% higher than the m9700.

Alienware Area-51 m9750
Alienware Area-51 m9750 (view large image)

The m9750 is nothing short of the highest end notebook to hit the market. Sure, the 17" display is great. And yes, the Core 2 Duo processors fly. Oh, and there’s the dual SATA drives that will get you up to 400GB of storage. But slam in dual NVIDIA 512MB GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics cards and you’ve got an absolute screamer. The group we visited with tonight are telling us that this machine will certainly qualify as "lust-worthy" for those interested in such things like raw power.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in their excitement. The machine looks great and performs like no other. I watched scenes from Blue-Ray movies on the 17" widescreen Clearview display (1920×1200). The display is fantastic, rivaling some of the best I’ve seen from the likes of Sony and Fujitsu. The shell on this particular version is a smooth black, complete will the illuminated Alienware logo and rubberized grips. We’re told Alienware will also be offering a while shell.

They’ve really paid attention to the details, even the keyboard, complete with number pad, is well done. The rest of the design is nice and clean. The integrated TV tuner is so much less hassle than the add-on units. And you’ll find all the other ports you expect from a high-end Alienware setup like surround sound, optical audio, card reader and so on.

Fans of the m9700 might be sad to see the AMD processors go, but with the benchmarks we expect to see, I’m sure most of you will get over it. Alienware wants this to be the premier performance system on the market and will go with the parts that will get them there. The release date and pricing are not yet set, but it should only be a few more weeks before we see it available for sale.

m9750 Photo Gallery

Alienware Area-51 m9750
Rubber grips and illuminated logo (view large image)

Alienware Area-51 m9750
Audio ports (view large image)

Alienware Area-51 m9750
Left side ports (view large image)

Alienware Area-51 m9750
Video outputs (view large image)

Alienware Area-51 m9750
Integrated TV tuner (view large image)



All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.