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.