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The Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebooks has the option of an overclocked 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor

When it comes to mobile gaming, the folks at Alienware are always on top of the latest in graphics hardware and CPU power. The company's new Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebook is no exception as it packs loads of high-end components into a 17" desktop replacement frame.

Starting with the processor, Alienware has decided to go where most laptop owners try to stay away from: overclocking. Customers have the option of selecting processors ranging from the lowly 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo T5500 processor to the 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo T7600G ($800 USD upgrade) which is overclocked to a speedy 2.66GHz. T7600G is a processor that Intel released late last year which has an unlocked front side bus (FSB) and core clock.

When it comes to graphics, there are no less than three options available. Customers can choose from a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600, ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 and an ATI Mobility Radeon X1900. All graphics options come with 256MB of dedicated memory.

If you go crazy with the options, you can have an Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebook loaded up with a Blu-ray drive, 400GB of RAID-0 storage, 2GB of RAM and a WUXGA screen.

Pricing for the Area-51 m5790 Special Edition starts at $1,299 USD. If you go crazy on the options and check every expensive upgrade box, it'll set you back $4,329 USD. Alienware will begin shipping the notebooks on January 31, a day after the official commercial launch of Windows Vista.

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RE: $$
By slacker57 on 1/19/2007 5:15:17 PM , Rating: 3
Phew, your analogies could use some work.

To counterpoint though, there are some people that have to travel a lot but still like to power PC game. I can understand that. If you want the power, but don't stay in one place for long, gaming laptops are your only option.

What I don't understand is buying a laptop to be a "desktop replacement."

RE: $$
By Bremen7000 on 1/20/2007 12:49:58 AM , Rating: 2
You answered your own question. People get laptops to be "desktop replacements" when they want a desktop that's simply more portable (frequent LAN parties, moving into/out of dorms, bouncing between living places..).

RE: $$
By JeffDM on 1/21/2007 10:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Desktop replacements are actually a product category though. Generally "desktop replacements" use faster desktop chips in a notebook style case, though the chips run hotter, so the notebook has to be big and heavier and the battery life goes to heck. I knew a guy that had one that lasted less than an hour on batteries.

RE: $$
By StevoLincolnite on 1/20/2007 7:40:51 AM , Rating: 2
My Original Laptop was a Pentium 4 3.2Ghz and that was a desktop replacement, I only wanted it for the portability, On a nice night, I could go sit in the garden, and use the WiFi connection to my router for internet access and chat away, Yet I also took the machine to work, up to friends places all over South Australia. (I like to travel) And lugging around my huge and heavy Thermaltake case, LCD monitor, Keyboard, mouse and speakers and all the cables modem/routers, External drives would just be to much. I Eventually learnt my lesson though. Pentium 4 was bad news, so now I have my good old Acer aspire 1680 Pentium M, With a Radeon 9700Pro. And the reason why I dont have a PSP or a DS? Because sometimes, I like to listen to my Music Collection, Or check emails on the go if I find a wireless hot spot, Or write a letter etc. PC's are more versatile than those systems, plus with a 17" wide screen monitor, DVD's also look great.

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