For the average person, the lexicon used for deciding what kind of laptop to get stems from those ubiquitous commercials of years past, with individuals stating either, “I’m a Mac”, or “I’m a PC.” However, for a specific sect of the market, there remains the need for some further delineation.
The market for so-called ‘gaming’ computers is vast, and to be honest, somewhat mind-boggling to the uninitiated. Processors run at speeds unheard of in your standard Macbook, LED lights glow from every sleek, futuristic edge, and some even adopt liquid cooling systems to maintain their temperature in lieu of all that computing power. Of course, the issue with these types of units is that all that capability comes at a price in terms of cost, size, and weight.
The market for so-called ‘gaming’ computers is vast, and to be honest, somewhat mind-boggling to the uninitiated
Like with most technologies, the evolution of the laptop mimicked an arms race, with each respective company pushing the envelope in terms of computing capabilities, largely without consideration for the needs of the average consumer.
This ‘over-abundance’ of computing power, combined with the ability to host most programs on the internet has allowed for the netbook segment of the market to emerge: a small, lightweight, cousin of the laptop that trades capability for convenience, and is often all the computer any one person wants or needs.
This ‘over-abundance’ of computing power, combined with the ability to host most programs on the internet has allowed for the netbook segment of the market to emerge
The Alienware M11x
For many computer companies, the question becomes “Where is the optimal intersection of power, portability, and price?” Based on our research, the Alienware M11x is a pretty appealing player on the market. Among the computers features are:
- Intel Core i Series Mobile Processor
- 1 GB NVIDIA® 335M graphics
- NVIDIA Optimus® graphics switching technology
On top of this, the unit has the benefit of weighing in at only 4.5lbs, so you can take it pretty much anywhere, and an 11″ screen, capable of HD resolutions,. Of course, it also has gamer-beloved features like a myriad of LED accent lighting, including a backlit keyboard, that you can set from your choice of a variety of colors.
Somewhere along the line, computers started looking less like a glimpse into a yet-unknown future and started looking like, well, the last computer you had, and the one before that. Gaming computers like the Alienware M11x are the supercars of the commercial computing world, and what guy doesn’t want a laptop Lamborghini?
A few things to consider about gaming computers:
- Possibilities are nearly endless, if your budget is. It’s easy to get swept up in paying for things that are indeed cool, but that you have no realistic need for
- Netbooks offer a compact, lightweight alternative to traditional laptops, and generally provide all the computing capability an average user could want/need
- The AlienwareM11x is a good example of a computer that provides the high-end user experience and performance gamers desire, while maintaining the benefits and appeal of a netbook
Know an experience gamer? or are one yourself? Let us know about your experience and advice in this complex computer market!
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