I've been a gamer most of my life, but I've never owned a "gaming computer". Sure, I buy nice graphics cards for my desktop and I make sure I've got the RAM and processor I need to handle the games I want to play, but every machine I've ever owned has been, first and foremost, a business PC. That could all change soon, thanks to Dell. (via Pmp today..
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Yes, Alienware machines are all overpriced. They use their style and name in the industry to charge customers a premium for their hardware. But so does Apple.
This netbook sports an 11.6" screen, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1.3 GHz Core 2 Duo processor with an Nvidia GT335M. It has 1 GB of RAM and 6.5 hours of working battery life on a full charge (estimated). It has WiFi a/b/g/n as well as 3G capabilities. The keyboard is also backlit, which is an incredibly sweet feature to find in a tiny netbook.
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When you put everything together...the great design, lit keyboard, 4 pound weight and faster-than-any-other-netbook processor, $799 doesn't really look too bad. I'm sure there's a healthy extra "Alienware" charge tacked on somewhere in there, but the overall cost is still very reasonable. Any takers? The Dell Alienware M11x is shipping now from Dell.