Laptops & Minimalism

dell-alienware-m11x-gaming-laptopBeing a computer geek and a photography nerd, some aspects of minimalism can have its challenges. My love for all things related to technology and my desire for minimalist travel can be a tricky subject. I enjoy video games and photo/video editing and with the all the options for HD video and super high res photos, the MSI Wind just isn’t cutting it anymore. That is why I went in search for a new piece of hardware. The last time I checked, a netbook sized laptop that was able to handle games, hd video, and high photos was upwards of $2,000. Thankfully things have come down in price a bit.

Yesterday I picked up a Alienware M11x. It should be in the mail shortly and hopefully be in my hot little hands by October 20th. Why did I chose this laptop?

The screen is larger and able to handle a higher resolution (1366×768) is one of the main reasons. On my netbook I constantly run into limitations on programs and websites due to the low resolution of the screen.

Secondly, it has a 1.3Ghz Core 2 Duo, DDR3, and a GT335M GeForce video card. Combine all that with a 8 cell battery and and a 64bit OS, you can have one hell of a video and photo editing session.

Finally, I was able to pick this bad boy up for $649 with free shipping. While it may be about 1” bigger than my 10” netbook, I’m willing to deal with it. If you need to be ultra portable and have no need for and kind of media editing than a regular old netbook is more than enough. For me, I needed more.

However, things aren’t all perfect. There are a few things that I’m not 100% fond of. One of which is how flashy it is. From what I read, there are some tricks to turning off the LEDs but I think it’s a small price to pay. Besides, it’ll have a million stickers all over before you know it.

All in all, I’m pretty excited to get this beast. Right now I have two laptops and a desktop and the M11x will be able to replace all of those. Thus, knocking down my list of things I own and getting close to my ultimate goal of 100 things or less.

Make sure to keep an eye out for a coming post about my initial thoughts on the machine.

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