Alienware Aurora m9700 Review

The Alienware Aurora m9700 gaming laptop comes in Saucer Silver as well as Conspiracy Blue colors. The laptop is SLI enabled which provides solid frame rates and the dual SATA hard drives provide lots of storage options, or RAID capabilities for more advanced configurations.

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The graphics in the Alienware Aurora m9700 we reviewed was configured with dual 256MB NVidia GeForce Go 7900 GS SLI Enabled video cards. These were quite exceptional during not only DVD movie testing, but gaming and stress tests as well where we were able to play Call of Duty 4 at all maxed out settings with no anti-aliasing or artifacts, and at 60 or more fps. The LCD has a nice, clear 17” Wide XGA+ 1440 x 900 with Clearview Technology and the audio was produced via High-Definition Audio with surround sound. Memory included 2GB Dual Channel RAM, and the processor was a 2.0GHz AMD Turion 64 Mobile ML37 with the 800MHz FSB (Front Side Bus). All these goodies were on an Alienware NVIDIA Mobile SLI Chipset motherboard. The Alienware Aurora m9700 color laptop has a smooth, glossy finish on the case and comes in silver (Silver Saucer to be exact) and Blue (Conspiracy Blue). The full sized keyboard offers exceptional comfort by design which is often an overlooked aspect of gaming laptops.

Additional Features noted during this Alienware Aurora m9700 gaming laptop review include an internal 802.11b/g WiFi card, integrated Bluetooth and a 24x DVD-ROM/CD-RW burner. The standard integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet plus a 56K V.92 modem round out the connectivity options right out of the box.

Four USB 2.0 ports, one coaxial port, two s-video ports, one DVI adapter, and one FireWire port with overall laptop support for up to four monitors which is really a nice feature for those ultra special situations.

The Alienware Aurora m9700 is not an extremely lightweight, but not bad for all that comes with it. This gaming laptop weighs in at just over 9 lbs. Keep in mind though this is an SLI graphics laptop which means you have two video graphics cards working together via the SLI (Serial Line Interface). This laptop is basically a portable PC, and a powerful PC at that.