Power and mobility are 2 very important factors when choosing a laptop. You want something that is powerful enough to suit your needs, but also portable enough so that it is not a hassle to travel with. We recently reviewed the Dell XPS M1210 laptop and it achieved both of those factors easily. Today we will be taking a look at Alienware's Area-51 m5550 15.4-inch laptop and we will see how it stacks up to the M1210 and if it is portable enough for our needs. So let's take a look.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7600 2.33GHz 4MB Cache 667MHz FSB
Operating System (Office software not included): Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Service Pack 2
Display: Alienware m5550 15.4" WideXGA 1280 x 800 LCD
Motherboard: Alienware Intel 945PM + ICH7 Chipset
Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz - 2 x 1024MB
Hard Drive: 100GB Serial ATA 1.5Gb/s 7,200 RPM w/ NCQ & 8MB Cache
Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 8X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW / 24X CD-RW Combo w/Software
Video/Graphics Card: 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
Sound Card: Intel 7.1 High-Definition Audio
Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel PRO Wireless 3945 a/b/g Mini-Card
Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem
Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service
Price As Configured: $2,779.00
Prices start at $999.00
Shipping & Packaging
The package came very quickly from Alienware, within a week of confirmation. Alienware uses FedEx, which I prefer over UPS because the UPS guys have a tendency to try to destroy the boxes. The m5550 comes in a plain box, but when you open it you are greeted with an Alienware box.
Opening up the Alienware box you can see that the laptop is very well protected with heavy Styrofoam. It is also wrapped in plastic so no water can get in. Also inside of the box is another smaller Alienware box.
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