Best Back-to-School Laptops for 2011
Alienware M11x R3 ($1,099)
A tiny powerhouse, the Alienware M11x is made for those who need to tote a notebook to class, but want something powerful enough to game on when they get back to their dorm. Inside this 4.6-pound chassis is a second-generation Intel Core i5 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GT540M GPU, along with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB, 7,200-rpm hard drive. Helped by Nvidia's Optimus graphics-switching technology, this notebook lasted 8 hours on a charge, too. Other amenities include a 2MP webcam that offers excellent images, even in the dark, and, as always, Alienware's unique multicolored, customizable backlit keyboard, guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go.