In a first for notebooks, the Alienware M17x from Dell will let users stream games, movies, and anything else on this gaming rig to a nearby HDTV. Yes, games. That’s because this notebook has a WirelessHD (WiHD) card that offers better performance than Intel’s WiDi 2.0 technology, enabling smooth 1080p streaming with little to no latency. During a quick demo, we saw a video running of a Final Fantasy on the M17x’s screen and a 56-inch Vizio TV (with a WHDI receiver inside) and it was perfectly in sync.
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Those who don’t own a WiHD-enabled TV (read: everyone) will be able to buy a companion set-top box from Dell. The notebook gives shoppers a choice of Core i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge CPUs, and you can opt for Nvidia’s GTX 460M graphics (ideal for 3D content) and ATI HD6870M graphics for the most performance hungry gamers.
The M17x, which starts at $1,499, comes in two color options: black and red. We say pick the latter, which has a great soft-touch finish. We can’t wait to test the M17x out, which should be happening in the next few weeks.
Correction: In the video we incorrectly described the enabling wireless technology as WHDI. It’s actually WirelessHD (WiHD).