updated 12:25 pm EDT, Mon August 28, 2006
Alienware Core 2 Duo
Continuing today's focus on Core 2 Duo laptop updates is Alienware, which is launching three new models built around Intel's new mobile processor. The new system lineup addresses all but the company's smallest laptops. First is the budget 14-inch Sentia m3450, which starts at $849 and includes a modest 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 512MB of RAM, and 40GB of storage. Occupying the mid-range at $1200 is the Area-51 m5550, which adds a 15.4-inch display, 128MB Radeon X1400 video, and a 60GB hard drive. Lastly, desktop replacement users can opt for the 17-inch Area-51 m5750 and its included 256MB Radeon X1800 at $1400. All of these systems can be upgraded to a 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM or extra hard drive space; the m5550 can additionally receive a graphics upgrade to a 256MB GeForce Go 7600. The three new designs should ship in early September.