Alienware delivers mini gaming monsters

Alienware’s laptops tend to be intimidating in both appearance and cost, but two new Core Duo chaps have trotted from its stable bearing price tags on

Alienware’s laptops tend to be intimidating in both appearance and cost, but two new Core Duo chaps have trotted from its stable bearing price tags on the agreeable side of £1000.

The Sentia m3450 (pictured on the left) is the smaller and cheaper of the two. Aside from the nippy processing, it’s got a 14.1in, WXGA widescreen, a 100GB hard drive as standard, and is an impressively slight 19mm thick.

Throw in built-in Wi-Fi (Bluetooth is optional), a 4-in-1 memory card reader and the pre-loaded Windows XP Home, and you’ve got one of Alienware’s best-value laptops yet – prices start at £750.

Slightly more accomplished is its Core Duo bro’, the Area-51 m5550 (pictured right), which has a larger 15.4in screen and a host of handy multimedia functions including an instant-on button, a dual-layer DVD drive and a battery saving option that lets you ramp down CPU and GPU power.

Its spec list is rounded off by a 100GB hard-drive, built-in Wi-Fi and a very capable Nvidia Ge Force Go 7600 graphics card.

The m5550 starts at £900, and both systems are on Alienware’s site, ready for your configuring pleasure.