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Hey all,

I returned my Asus 1201n Eee PC to Amazon after a long and horrendous experience, and now am looking for some sort of portable computer to get. I'm pondering either an old HP Envy 13 with its super beautiful high res screen or getting an M11x. I'm basically after a super high build quality 11-13 inch laptop.

Thoughts? Is the M11x perfect? Should I wait for CES? Dell has referb M11x's with the i5 for $799, which seems like an fantastic deal...
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Originally Posted by aislepathlight View Post
Hey all,

I returned my Asus 1201n Eee PC to Amazon after a long and horrendous experience, and now am looking for some sort of portable computer to get. I'm pondering either an old HP Envy 13 with its super beautiful high res screen or getting an M11x. I'm basically after a super high build quality 11-13 inch laptop.

Thoughts? Is the M11x perfect? Should I wait for CES? Dell has referb M11x's with the i5 for $799, which seems like an fantastic deal...
What are you looking for?
To me the M11x was a great choice because it offered switchable graphics which allowed me to get about 7 hours of typing class notes or be able to play games as well for 2-3 hours.
Do you need a laptop now or you can wait? You're always better on waiting so the day you need something, just get it, for 800$ and an i5, it is an amazing deal indeed!
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What are you looking for?
To me the M11x was a great choice because it offered switchable graphics which allowed me to get about 7 hours of typing class notes or be able to play games as well for 2-3 hours.
Do you need a laptop now or you can wait? You're always better on waiting so the day you need something, just get it, for 800$ and an i5, it is an amazing deal indeed!
Yeah, that whole switchable graphics deal is great. I was pretty sure that I was going to spring for a nice Lenovo T410s, but then came to the conclusion that it cost way more money and the even though it had a discrete card, the NVS3100 is a piece of crap.

And I currently don't have a laptop, and school starts in 1 week... Thinking i need it sooner rather than later. And how big of an issue are the weak hinges? I have gone through a couple RMA hells with my previous two laptop/netbooks at terrible times, and don't want to go through more suffering.

Do you think there are big updates in store for CES?
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Yeah, that whole switchable graphics deal is great. I was pretty sure that I was going to spring for a nice Lenovo T410s, but then came to the conclusion that it cost way more money and the even though it had a discrete card, the NVS3100 is a piece of crap.

And I currently don't have a laptop, and school starts in 1 week... Thinking i need it sooner rather than later. And how big of an issue are the weak hinges? I have gone through a couple RMA hells with my previous two laptop/netbooks at terrible times, and don't want to go through more suffering.

Do you think there are big updates in store for CES?
If you're looking for a laptop for school, I find this form factor very good.

The hinges had issues at the beginning, but my second m11x is just fine.

Except maybe an update to Sandy Bridge, I don't know what else there'd be.

If you live in the US Alienware ships in like 48hrs on default configs/Refurbs (AFAIK) so worse case if there's nothing you'll have it pretty quickly.

I'd have no idea if there's something on CES, but I'd personally wait for a week.
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I keep finding this awesome HP Envy 13 deals/configs, and I'm so tempted. My local microcenter has a Envy 13 that is the base config, but with all the accessories (Slice battery that adds like 5 hours of battery life, external CD drive, and a couple other things?) for like $538, but it sadly has the less wonderful base screen. I saw an Envy 13 thats basically maxed out for $1100 or so on the internet, and it has the beautiful screen and a 160 gig SSD, 5 gigs of RAM. It seems so tempting.

I'm not sure. The M11x seems a bit much in terms of style (the Alien heads aren't the most professional/mature), and its really frustrating that the LCD isn't great...

(sorry for getting this thread so off track, I really was planning on getting an Alienware, but I'm not sure at the moment)
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Well it's up to you for which laptop will fit you best, if it's an Envy 13, go for it
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post #297 of 670
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Added everyone!

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Originally Posted by aislepathlight View Post
The M11x seems a bit much in terms of style (the Alien heads aren't the most professional/mature)
That's really contextual depending on the business you're in and such. I've seen a few companies around here that run Alienware products but they're usually computer/tech related engineering companies or some such. In that case it's perfectly professional/mature.

The M11x R1 felt sturdier in my hands than the Envy 13 I was playing around with. The M11x R2 is even sturdier with improved hinges and such...
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The M11x R1 felt sturdier in my hands than the Envy 13 I was playing around with. The M11x R2 is even sturdier with improved hinges and such...
My second M11x R1 (came in September) has the hinges fixed, the original one from March didn't.
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Sorry for the thread jack earlier, I've got my own thread now!
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Just saw this club here. I don't own an Alienware laptop, but I'm a Dell tech and take apart your laptops daily. If you have any questions about them, let me know, I'd be glad to help you out.
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