Alienware has launched the M17 - a gaming laptop for "expanded multitasking abilities" and to provide "faster speeds when playing next-generation games".

Powered by the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 quad-core processor, the M17 gaming laptop is housed in a sleek soft-touch, matte black, fingerprint- and scratch-resistant casing.

The 17in widescreen display has a 1,920x1,200 resolution and the laptop comes primed with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a terabyte of storage provided by two 500GB hard disk drives, two ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 CrossFireX-enabled graphics cards. A Blu-ray Disc drive is offered as an option.

Running Windows Vista, the laptop also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2 connectivity, three USB ports, a 7-in-1 card reader, an illuminated keyboard and biometric fingerprint reader.

Priced at £999 inc VAT, the Alienware M17 measures 398x300x13mm and is available now.