Dell's Alienware M11x is set to be discontinued, after the company told us it has no plans to refresh the smallest member of its gaming laptop family. The M11x was and remains a truly unique product in what is otherwise a thoroughly saturated market — never before it had we seen a gamer-centric aesthetic and spec sheet brought down to the 11-inch form factor. Unfortunately, as well-received and successful as this product has been for Dell, the company says it no longer has a logical place in its product portfolio. Users are said to be demanding full-sized keyboards and optical drives from their gaming PCs, mobile or otherwise, and the Alienware M14x is the model to satisfy those needs.

The newly updated M14x, M17x and M18x will form the entirety of the 2012 Alienware laptop range, which Dell is confident will provide enough variety for gamers of all creeds.