Alienware gaming laptops now shipping with improved wireless-N chipsets

Dell offering Killer Wireless-N 1103 adapter options for up to 5x the normal latency performance for $80

Ever lost in a gaming matchup and blamed it on lag? Well, Dell is offering a solution for gamers with its current lineup of M11x, M14x, M17x and M18x gaming notebooks.

The aforementioned gaming laptops are now available with the fittingly named Killer Wireless-N 1103 chipset from Bigfoot Networks. The new wireless-N adapter supports dual bands (2.4Ghz and 5GHz) and brings 3-channel MIMO with data rates up to 450Mbps, which, according to, can reduce ping times by as much as 90% in certain situations. Additionally, the half-size mini-PCIe card includes what Bigfoot calls Advanced Stream Detect technology for prioritizing latency-sensitive network traffic during HD streaming or gaming. Overall, Bigfoot is promising latency up to 5 times better than leading competitors with its Wireless-N 1103 module.

We are excited to be partnerting with Bigfoot Networks in being the first company to offer its high-performance Killer Wireless-N 1103 network adapters across out entire line of high-performance gaming laptops,” said Alienware Product Planning Director Frank Azor.

Of course, the Killer chip won’t magically fix all random internet disconnects, especially if paired with a below average internet connection. A wired connection may still provide the most consistent internet gaming or streaming experience.

The M11x, M14x, M17x and M18x should now be available with the Bigfoot wireless chip as an optional expansion for an additional $80. Check out the current Dell Alienware product page here.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.