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Topics: Universal Serial Bus, Lithium-ion battery, Human interface device Pages: 10 (2375 words) Published: February 25, 2013
Alienware M14x Laptop

* 14-inch glossy "edge to edge" full HD display (1600x900 resolution) * Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor (2.0~2.9GHz Turbo Boost, 6MB cache) * Intel HM67 chipset
* NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M w/ 3GB GDDR3 dedicated video memory using NVIDIA Optimus technology * 8GB DDR3-1333 (4x 2GB)
* 500GB hard drive (7200RPM; Seagate ST9500423AS)
* Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN wireless network adapter * Internal Bluetooth 3.0 wireless
* Integrated 720p webcam
* Slot-load DVD burner (HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GS30N)
* 8-cell Li-ion battery (63WHr)
* Weight: 6.48 lbs.
* Dimensions: 1.49 x 10.17 x 13.27 inches
* 1-year limited warranty
* Starting price: $1,099
* Price as configured: $1,499
Our review unit of the Alienware M14x has several key upgrades that add an extra $400 to the base price; the Core i7 processor, 1600x900 resolution screen, 8GB of RAM and 3GB of dedicated memory in the graphics card instead of the standard 1.5GB all added to the cost of the notebook. Performance and Benchmarks

No category of consumer PCs requires as much performance as a gaming PC. The M14x brings an impressive collection of  hardware to the table (or lap) including a 2nd-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, a discrete Nvidia graphics card with Nvidia Optimus technology (automatically switching between the discrete graphics and the built-in Intel graphics to give you high performance when gaming and extra battery life the rest of the time). Those technologies combined with 8GB of system memory and a reasonably quick 500GB hard drive makes for a pretty impressive 14-inch laptop. Unfortunately, the Alienware M14x also has to compete against other 15-inch and 17-inch gaming notebooks in the same price range. As previously mentioned, the M14x is actually as big as a standard 15-inch laptop. And, thanks to the added thickness in the design, the M14x actually weighs roughly the same as some 17-inch gaming notebooks (the Toshiba Qosmio X775 weighs about 6.6 pounds while the M14x weighs about 6.5 pounds). Not only are size and price issues, but Alienware only offers the Nvidia GeForce GT 555M inside the M14x and that graphics card offer less performance than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M found inside most 15-inch and 17-inch gaming notebooks sold at the same price (or less). In terms of in-game performance the Alienware M14x averaged around 39 frames per second (fps) in Crysis 2 running at 1366x768 resolution with detail settings on high. The average frame rate in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was 48 fps at 1366x768 at high settings. This certainly isn't "bad" performance but you can get better frame rates at higher resolutions for the same amount of money if you buy an ASUS G53SX-A1 or Toshiba Qosmio X775 instead.

TSir Wristband Charger
Can’t stand being away from your gadgets? Hate it when your gadget’s battery life exhausts and you can’t find an outlet?  Get this uncanny feeling that your gadgets take forever to get re-charged? If you hate the waiting, the standing, the circling and re-visiting the room in which your gadget is being recharged, then TSir Wristband Charger can come to your rescue! With this unique wristband, you now have the ability to charge your gadgets while on the go. Now your cell phones, music systems and gaming devices will let you talk longer, listen longer, game longer and still keep on going! And all of this is now possible with a single wristband that comes for $ 59.99 only!  

We might be calling them wristbands but these wristbands are actually gadget chargers that come with built-in battery facility that can withstand for long hours. Comprising of a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (with a capacity of up to 1500 mAH, 5.5V), the band straps comfortably to your wrist and plugs in to just about any electronic device that you may like. You’ll be happy to know that despite the battery, the...
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