The name Alienware is synonymous high-end equipment. So it makes sense that enthusiasts love to hear about new gadgets from them. They have have announced the release of two new performance Centrino-labeled notebooks, the Area-51 m5700 and the Area-51 m5500. The feature set on these is pretty decent. They will feature a 17 16:9 display and a 15.4 16:9 display, respectively, and both include DDR2 memory. The previous Area-51 releases have been pretty decent machines, and these don't look like they will be disappointing. Many laptops with a Centrino feature set often make use of the Intel graphics chipset, but that isn't nearly good enough for a gamer and these will come with the GeForce GO 6800 and 6600, which have set the standard for laptop video performance. But when battery life is key these machines can switch between the nVidia controller and the Intel controller, improving battery life.

The most impressive thing I see from the m5700 is dual hard drives running in RAID. The hard drive has been the achillies heel of the machine for a long time, being the slowest and most prone to failure. As they get smaller, though, adding two or more to a laptop became a possibility; now we see it here as a standard option which is very good stuff. The full press release is on the forums.