Alienware Area 51 M5500

Category: Laptops - Date: June 9, 2006

Alienware Area 51 M5500

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Alienware Area51 M5500 Introduction

When you hear about an Alienware notebook you figure you’re dealing with a high-end gaming laptop that costs upward of $2,000+. But Alienware is trying to get a different segment of budget and mainstream notebook buyers now. The m5500i starts at $1,000 with a 15.4″ widescreen and Pentium M or Celeron M processor and an integrated Intel graphics solution. To get the price down to $999 you’ll have to be ordering a Celeron processor though.

Alienware Area51 M5500 Design

The dimension of this M5500 is sleek and thin and lightweight. Here’s the dimensions: 1.36″ x 14.25″ x 10.75″ The weight starts off at a light 6 lbs.

Alienware Area51 M5500 Features

15.4″ WUXGA LCD Display
Pentium M 760 2.0GHZ 2MB 533FSB processor
2GB DDR2 PC4200 SO-DIMM memory installed
100GB 7200RPM hard drive
256MB NVIDIA G0 6600 video card
8X DVD+/-RW Lite-On Optical Drive (Dual Layer DVD’s for
a maximum capacity of 8.28GB)
A/B/G wireless network card
Windows XP Professional

Alienware Area51 M5500 Extras

Alienautopsy: Automated technical support request system to send a signal to alienware if there is anything wrong with your system and an Alienware Respawn disc.

Alienware Area51 M5500 Conclusion

With a high level look at the Alienware Area-51 m5500, it is hard to not be pleased with its combination of portability and performance. On one hand, traveling with this notebook is nowhere near as effortless as carrying a 12″ ultra-portable. However, the Alienware system is still very portable, easy to manage on the run and brings with it a level of performance that is touch to match with a smaller system. On the other hand, the Area-51 m5500 is far from delivering the level of performance brought by the bulkier desktop replacement notebooks. Despite this fact, the system is certainly capable of handling any game at lower resolutions and can be a solid LAN platform thanks to its combination of size, weight, and performance.

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