One of the weirdest and most positively surprising gadgets to come out of CES this year just has to be the world’s first 11-inch gaming laptop, the Alienware m11x.
Update: Check ou the latest M11x deal here. So far we’ve been used to full-size desktop replacements, usually in the 17-inch category or larger, only occasionally dipping into 15-inch territory. Even a 15-inch gaming laptop is often a compromise meaning that you need to let go of some performance in exchange for a more portable package. The m11x goes not one but several steps further to bring genuine laptop gaming to the netbook form factor. But this is certainly no netbook!
Dell has managed to cram in an Nvidia GeForce GT335M into this svelte 11-inch frame. The GT335 is one of Nvidia’s latest 40nm models, thus bringing heat dissipation and power consumption down to a minimum compared to its performance yield.
There are no benchmarks available yet but here’s some speculation. With its 72 unified shaders the 335M won’t be able to compete with the fastest mobile GPUs, but it will undoubtedly provide more than enough juice for all the latest games even at slightly higher detail settings. To put it simply: putting a graphics card of this magnitude into an 11-inch laptop was completely unthinkable only a year ago.
To get an acceptable battery life on this thing, Dell has opted for a switchable hybrid solution. When on battery you can run it on integrated Intel graphics and then switch to the dedicated GPU when it’s gaming time. To save even more power it runs on a Core 2 Duo ULV processor – the popular and cost-effective 1.3GHz U7300. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for some real-world performance numbers on this one.