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Dell Alienware M11x R3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Dell Alienware M11x R3. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the sound and usability are overall positive. The battery and durability also get good views, but many are negative about the image quality and price. Opinions are divided on the keyboard.

performance, durability, battery, usability, sound

portability, screen, price, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell Alienware M11x R3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Holmes (

Alienware M11x R3 review


Gaming laptops don't need to be great hulking brutes. They can be small and (relatively) light while still giving you the power you need, like the Alienware M11x which packs a Sandy Bridge Core i7 and an Nvidia GT540M graphics card into an 11.6-inch...

Ultraportable gaming notebook with plenty of power

No optical drive and a poor keyboard

Squeezing a gaming machine into an 11-inch form factor is a challenge, and it's not quite clear if Dell has succeeded with the Alienware M11x. It's certainly powerful enough, but you're going to miss the optical drive - after all, most games still come...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Eric Ernest (

Alienware M11x R3 review


We will be reviewing the newest Alienware M11x R3 which, at least in terms of appearance, is an almost exact replica of its forerunner model that was released in 2010. In terms of the hardware component, the latest M11x has received a hardware boost,...

We expected a lot of the Alienware M11x R3 unit, and for the most part it delivers on its end of the deal. However it has certain drawback such as a relatively average Audio speaker system and the fact that it heats up to quite an extent under a heavy...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Barry de la Rosa (

Dell Alienware M11xR3 review


The M11x is unique in its ability to play games and yet last for 11 hours away from the mains, but the screen lets it down and the SSD is expensive

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Christian Harris (

REVIEW: Alienware M11x R3


Alienware is a premium brand that's spent years redefining mobile gaming, even so under Dell's 5-year ownership. Offering a range of laptops with screen sizes...

Alienware is not a company you’d expect to find featuring on BCW because it specialises in computers for gamers. However, the Alienware M11x R3 is an exception because it’s a great machine for any high-end user wanting the most amount of power for...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Darren Allan (

Alienware M11x R3 review


Compact 11.6 inch notebook with an SSD and Core i7 CPU . Alienware is pretty much as distinctive a computer make as...

Beautifully built and stylish looking; impressive battery life; genuine gaming portability

Very pricey with the SSD; rather noisy fan when running at full pelt

The top-end M11x R3 that we reviewed is somewhat hampered by the high premium Dell has added for the SSD, making it overly pricey. However, the mid-range models – where the spec can be customised via Dell's online configurator – offer much better value...

Jan, 2012


Expert review by : Zardon (

Alienware M11x R3 review (Core i7 2630UM)


The M11x has been a big seller for Alienware, and rightly so because it combines class leading performance in a thin and light, custom chassis design. The newest R3 revision has been in the Kitguru labs for some time now and today we present our...

stunning appearance ; screen quality is exceptionally good ; keyboard is a good size and has backlighting functionality ; very little keyboard flex ; track pad is great ; chassis design is well constructed ; performance is class leading

It is costly

KitGuru says: Stunning to look at, and equally as good to use.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Alienware M11x R3 ultraportable gaming laptop


The Alienware M11x R3 is one of the heaviest 11.6in laptops you'll ever hold, but it's also the most badass! Within its tiny form factor lies an Intel...

Small yet powerful ; Great build quality ; Customisable light schemes

Feels cramped ; Fan gets loud ; Slightly heavy for its size

The M11x R3 is a little gaming laptop that you'll love. It looks good, it feels good and it performs very well. The only downside is that it's a little cramped due to its size.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (

Alienware M11x R3 Review


The Alienware M11x R3 is the third version of the world's smallest and lightest gaming notebook. Equipped with your choice of second generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics, this high-performance 11-inch...

Best-in-class gaming performance ; Fantastic battery life ; LED-backlit keyboard ; Durable build quality

Heavy for an 11-inch laptop ; Cooling fan sounds like a hair dryer ; Lackluster screen and no alternative screen options ; Expensive compared to previous version ; If you want a compact, 11-inch laptop that can still play virtually any game on the...

If you want a compact, 11-inch laptop that can still play virtually any game on the market there is no other choice than the Alienware M11x R3.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Alienware M11x R3 ultraportable gaming laptop


Alienware M11x R3 review: One of the most attractive little laptops on the market, and it has fast graphics performance

Small yet powerful ; Great build quality ; Customisable light schemes

Feels cramped ; Fan gets loud ; Slightly heavy for its size

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (

Review Alienware M11x R3 Gaming Notebook


It´s about time. It was only a question of time before Alienware

Sehr schnell für seine Größe; Hochwertige Materialien; Exzellente Akkulaufzeit; Schicke Beleuchtung; Gute Eingabegeräte; Schnittiges Design; Grafikumschaltung; Flotte Festplatte

Spiegelndes Display mit mäßigem Schwarzwert; Hohe Geräuschentwicklung unter Last; Ungünstige Anschluss- anordnung; CPU-Throttling unter Volllast

Above all else the older revisions of the M11x. Other than these the choice of less expensive high performance subnotebooks is very limited (e.g. Acer Aspire 3820TG).

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):63
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.8
Number of battery cells:8


Front camera resolution:1600 x 1200
Front camera resolution (numeric):2


Colour of product:Black / Black, Red
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black / Black, Red


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:29.5
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Pixel pitch:0.255 x 0.255


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:Nvidia Geforce GT 540M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.002
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000


Keyboard backlit: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal Memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1333


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10688
Non-operating shock:160
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Other features

Audio system:HD
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
USB connector type:USB Type-A

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Manual: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:4.62
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:90


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333
Motherboard chipset:Intel QM67 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.6
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-2537M / I7-2617M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:54616 / 54619 / I7-2617M
Processor code:SR03T / SR03W
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington


Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard Drive Capacity:750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):23.3
Height :3.27
Height (imperial):3.28
Width (imperial):28.6