Weight and Heat
As you can probably tell, the Aurora mALX is not a light notebook! The power adapter alone is 3 lbs. which makes it almost as heavy as the Asus W5F 12.1″ notebook we reviewed a year ago!
Alienware advertises the mALX as 15 lbs. including the battery, but our readings show that the mALX without the battery is already 15 lbs. Add the battery and you’re over 16 lbs.
Heat is probably the number one killer of laptops, followed closely by spilled coffee and being dropped from 4 feet. While we’re not going to test the durability of the notebook by spilling liquids and dropping it, we will test the system under heavy loads to get a measurement of how hot the product can get.
Unfortunately the only internal sensor the mALX comes with is the CPU thermal diode, so we’re only able to get that internal measurement. The rest of the readings are measured externally using CompuNurse.
Asus W5F – Intel T2300 Core Duo, 1GB RAM, Intel GMA 950
Asus A7J – Intel T2300 Core Duo, 2x512MB RAM, ATI Mobility X1600 256MB
Dell M1710 – Intel T2600 Core Duo, 2x1024MB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7900 GS 256MB
Asus W7J – Intel T2400 Core Duo, 2x1024MB RAM, NVIDIA Go 7400 256MB
- Alienware mALX – AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX 512MB
Alienware m9700 – AMD Turion 64 ML-44, 2×1024 RAM, 2x NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS 512MB
The Aurora mALX keeps fairly cool during a full load on the CPU and graphics with most readings hovering around the 25 celsius mark. Because of the two graphics cards onboard, it’s definitely wise to keep the mALX on a flat surface and perhaps raise the back of the notebook so it can have better ventilation.