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Buying an Alienware M11X R2 in 2013? Too outdated? Thoughts?

post #1 of 16
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Thinking of picking up an used M11X R2. I've always wanted one when they first came out but didn't have the funds for a new one back then. I'm wondering if it's too outdated to get one now with its paltry 335M video card. :/

Also, have these been reliable machines besides the hinge issue? The one I am thinking about is out of warranty. Thanks for any feedback.
post #2 of 16
Bro, honestly, We here can build you the preformance of an alienware, and Still save you 500 dollars.

What is it you are going for? Gaming? Media? Video Editing? you wont be taking my time. thumb.gif

Sorry, I realized this was for a laptop. But if you are interested, i'll still help.
post #3 of 16
You'd be much better off buying a new Asus or MSI laptop for the same price. They will use more up to date components and still look awesome.
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I need to get a new computer, it's mainly for school but I want to game on it if I can. I've never gamed on a PC before and want to give it a try, i.e. games like Crysis 3. But I noticed that this laptop doesn't even meet the minimum specs for that? My budget is about $400-$500 bucks. I like the portability and form factor of the M11X but I don't know if I'm buying off something current in stores instead of getting an used laptop from 2010. :/
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Or maybe I'm better off keeping my gaming to my PS3 and school stuff to my computer, but people tell me its worlds of a difference to game on a PC. :/
post #6 of 16
Gaming wise, you'd probably be better off getting a new APU laptop.
the alienware i7 might beat the amd cpu, but the HD7xxx will easily beat alienware's GT335m

Let's say these two are on par with the M11X, but at least these will have warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215622
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131444
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If you like the m11x form factor vs the 15 inch machines other have suggested, i would suggest springing fo the R3. the 540m is much, much quicker than the 335m. They can be found for your price range.
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The APU is great for budget gaming or anything that uses the GPU, and that's pretty much it. With a larger budget, an i7 or at least a high end i5 paired with a discrete GPU would be better.
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I actually have a M11x R2 and its not that bad of a PC even today. Yes you may not be playing the latest and greatest games on it but over all its a great little laptop. Mine was built with the i5 CPU and gets the job done with ease. I have not had a single issue with the hinges but then again Im very careful with my gear.

Did I mention Im thinking about selling mine...biggrin.gif
post #10 of 16
My brother has an M11X R1 and he was playing Bioshock just fine on it in the hospital. It may not play BF3 or Crysis 3, but it can still play games. The best thing about it is probably the battery life too.

You said your budget is 500? There are some ultrabooks with 640M LE's that are around 800 i think but they are acers. Thats up to you though.
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