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I can't decide, for the life od me, which one I want. Both of them have stong pros, as well as their cons. I like the mba, but I hate how it doesn't have a backlit keyboard. The m11x is a powerhouse of a 11" notebook, but doesn't do much for thickness. I also don't care much for it's hdd, which is why I didn't change it...I have my own. The mba's ssd is nice, but harder to replace/upgrade(for now at least). These are the configurations I would pick set them as if I would pick one.

M11X specs:
System Color:
Alienware M11x, Soft Touch Stealth Black
Processor:
Intel® Core™ i5 520UM (3M Cache, 1.066 GHZ with 1.866 GHz Max Turbo Frequency) - Overclockable
Operating System:
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Memory:
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 800MHz
Hard Drive:
320GB SATAII 7,200RPM
Video Card:
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 335M
Sound:
Internal High-Definition Surround Sound Audio (5.1)
Security Software:
McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial (LOLOL)
Wireless:
Alienware M11x a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO Wireless
7.5 hour battery life
Total: $1,119

Macbook Air 11"
1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
128GB Flash Storage
GeForce 320M
Total: $1,329

My gut is telling me something, but I'm having a hard time going with it.
Which would you pick? Anyone have the M11 by any chance? Or used one ever? How about the MBA 11?

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Used both these machines as it would happen, I would sway towards the M11x you get more for your money.
But of course the Air is so gorgeous and with OSX... beauty or more for money lol

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Seems to me if your looking at 11" models portability and weight the MBA might be better
suited because of weight and thinness.
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What are you going to do on it? That's should be the biggest consideration.

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Alienware m11x has the famous hinge issues the old M15x's did.

Have fun with that

http://forum.notebookreview.com/alie...ion-r1-r2.html -> 146 page thread on the hinge issue

http://forum.notebookreview.com/note...iscussion.html -> more information

http://forum.notebookreview.com/alie...d-already.html -> list of owners with problems on that one forum alone

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My only complaints on the current MBAs are the lack of keyboard back lighting, and the move of the "Power" button the the place on the keyboard that use to the the "eject" button. Both sound like good machines, so I'd suggest getting whichever you think can do what you want most reliably.

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I bought a refurbished i5 M11x just a few weeks ago. It was very heavy, very clunky, and frankly just not very well thought out. The only positive thing was the 1GB video card and the LED lighting. Once you got past the LED's, it was just another Dell. The interesting thing is that when you closed the lid, the keys were hitting the screen!! What a poor design.

I ended up sending it back and buying a 13" Macbook Pro for the same money. The MBP has better battery life by far, better web surfing performance, runs MUCH cooler, but cannot touch the M11x when it comes to playing games or tweaking.
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Going to game? Pick up that M11x.

As you know, the MBA is fantastic.
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Gaming on a notebook ewww....but if you must go with a computer that is actually designed to do so.

As much as I like Macs they aren't built for gaming.

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Gaming on a notebook ewww....but if you must go with a computer that is actually designed to do so.

As much as I like Macs they aren't built for gaming.
But you can game on them quite nicely if you want to. Mind you we are talking an MBA here. Which is what I would think one of the least capable Macs in terms of gaming. But you'd be surprised at the number of games that will run on it.

My opinion is how much is using OS X worth it to you. If you don't need OS X, go for the alienware thing. It's a butt ugly monstrosity. But it's specs are not all that bad. And you can kinda game on it. It's be ok. It has a nice GPU. But the CPU looks a little dodgy to me. 1.0ghz overclockable to 1.8 ghz. That it just screaming out overheating to me. I would expect one hot little notebook if it was set to 1.8 ghz all the time.

But if you really want to do some work on the notebook and want OS X on it then best to get the Macbook. And the SSD will really make swapping applications and all the daily tasks just fly so fast. You'll probably need to get some kind of external hard drive for time machine or extra storage too I guess.

There is a 3rd option. The 13 inch MBP for $1200US. That's a nice option.
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My 15" MBP gets up to 80c just browsing the internet. It's horrible when trying to do anything that taxes the GPU.

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I don't care about gaming, but the m11x just so happens to be in my price range. I was thinking about the Air, when I thought about what other possibilities there are. After reading a bunch of computer magazines, I thought it was right to look at the M11x. I'm not dumb enough to buy a "pc" computer just for gaming, but I do want the best my money can buy, that will be an all around good computer. I already have a desktop that more than meets my needs for it...and it's only a PM G5

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My 15" MBP gets up to 80c just browsing the internet. It's horrible when trying to do anything that taxes the GPU.
80*c? Just on the internet? Mine usually stays at 44-46*c, then goes to 58-low 60's when playing videos. It will reach 70 and 80+ if I place it on weird surfaces though.

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I already have a desktop that more than meets my needs for it...and it's only a PM G5
Hmmmm maybe the MBA/MBP with SL or Lion might help future proof your life a little. As PPC apps are a dying breed unfortunately.
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Hmmmm maybe the MBA/MBP with SL or Lion might help future proof your life a little. As PPC apps are a dying breed unfortunately.
I already have SL on my MBP. I don't mind the 13" MBP, but getting that would be kind of lame since I already have the uni 15" mbp. I'm actually am not having a problem with apps not working on the G5. I got it specifically to hold all my media files, and it does that job very well.

To be honest, I'm not even in a hurry to get anything...I just got the itch and means. The one thing I noticed about the m11 is that the price of them used has dropped really fast. If apple releases a backlit keyboard option for the new 11" air within 3-4 months, I can wait. But I have a feeling they might never do it. I did want to get something before the next semester starts though.

Losing OSX is what drives me away from everything else on the market.
Also, 1.8ghz isn't the overclock speed, it's the turboboost feature in the Core i5 processor. It has the potential to be tuned and overclocked even further, even though I don't care at all about overclocking.

I think I know what the obvious choice is...
Did I mention I hate Dell?

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Losing OSX is what drives me away from everything else on the market.

I think I know what the obvious choice is...
Did I mention I hate Dell?
Look at my post about the hinge issue too

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