Introduction and Specifications
Alienware has made a name for itself by building high-end gaming PCs for years now. They are not new to the mobile market either and their products are aimed at someone that loves to game, but needs to take that power with them. Enter the m9750 notebook!There are really just three types of notebook users in the world: those that want the most battery life, those that want a mix of battery life and performance and those that want portable computing powerhouses. Alienware has been an expert on the third type of system, even though they have attempted to offer some mid-range products as well. But let’s not kid ourselves – Alienware’s name is all about the niche market, for the user that has money and isn’t afraid to spend it.
Today we are looking at the Alienware m9750 notebook; a 17″ screen beast that boasts more than a few features that your desktop probably doesn’t have. A dual-core Core 2 Duo processor, SLI graphics and RAID 0 SATA hard drives are the stand outs.
Let’s take a quick look at the system specifications, from the Alienware website:
On the inside, the Alienware m9750 is built on the Intel 945PM chipset paired with the ICH7M south bridge – an aging but potent chipset for notebook computers. It runs on DDR2 memory, speeds of 667 MHz only, but it does have two accessible memory slots. Both the DX9-based GeForce 7950 and the DX10-based GeForce 8700M GPUs are available in SLI configurations.
Two SATA bays allow for a single or dual hard drive configuration and even the faster 7200 RPM 2.5” drives are an option for an upgraded price. Networking is powered by an Intel PRO Wireless 802.11 a/b/g card, includes Bluetooth support and has an integrated Gigabit networking connection.
The LCD itself, which we’ll see on the next page, is available in either a 1920×1200 or 1440×1900 resolutions, but only the high end option comes with the high contrast “Clearview” technology that I have come to enjoy.
Next Page – Exterior and Features