Alienware Area-51 m5550 is a 15.4″ mid-range portable gaming notebook computer from Alienware Area-51 series that focuses on power and portability. Alienware Area-51 m5550 features Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5500 1.66GHz with 2MB Cache at 667MHz FSB, 15.4″ WideXGA 1280 x 768 LCD monitor, up to 2GB DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz, Nvidia Geforce Go 7600 256MB graphics card or ATI Radeon 128MB Mobility x1400 graphics card, SATA hard disk, DVD burner optical drive, infrared receiver, remote control and WiFi. Alienware m5550 has a dimension of 14.25″x10.75″x1.6″ (WxDxH).

Alienware Area-51 m5550

NotebookReview evaluates Core 2 Duo processor performance on Alienware Area-51 m5550 laptop and concludes that “if you need the absolute fastest processor in a mobile package, the Core 2 Duo T7600 is it without a doubt. It is hands-down the fastest processor I have ever used, and never once did I feel a lack of power. As far as competition goes, AMD’s only dual-core mobile offering at the moment is the Turion 64 X2, which was already out-performed by the standard Core Duo in most benchmarks. Considering that the Core 2 Duo improves on the Core Duo in performance, it should easily edge out the AMD.”

Reg Hardware reviews Alienware Area 51 m5500 (older version of m5550) which based on Pentium M 780 processor and concludes with rating of 70% that the Alienware Area 51 m5500 is a rather strange beast, it has a super-high resolution display, but not enough graphics power to run 3D games at its native resolution. There are plenty of configuration options available to cater for a wide range of wallet sizes, but the question is if Alienware will skip the Core Duo version and go straight for the Core 2 Duo upgrade. Considering how fast Intel has been releasing new products this year, there’s no wonder the laptop manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up. Alienware’s decision to upgrade the reviewed model with a new processor platform means the new Area 51 m5500 should be even better. An Alienware isn’t for everyone, but the m5500 shows that you don’t have to be a hardcore gamer to own one.