Excerpt: Alienware Area-51 m15x Manufacturer: Alienware UK Price (as reviewed): From £954 (exc. VAT) US Price (as reviewed): From $1,499 (exc. Tax) Normally, a review like this would open with us mocking the name of the product.
Conclusion: The Area-51 m15x is certainly an amazing notebook, and we actually like it better than the Alienware m9750 and Dell XPS M1730 simply because it’s a bit smaller and easier to transport, but still extremely powerful.
Pros: Awesome lighting; strong performance; good battery life
Cons: Expensive; feels a bit flimsy in places; weak speakers
Excerpt: It’s easy to be seduced by Alienware’s m15x notebook. From its handsome silver-gray case to its cool-yet-tasteful LED accents to its comfortable lap weight of less than eight pounds, this 15.4-inch machine had us at hello. Of course, only excellent performance would keep us interested.
Pros: Portable size, powerful parts, and a stylish aesthetic.
Cons: Expensive, gimmicky touch buttons, and no eSATA.
Summary: Overall, the Alienware Area-51 m15x delivers the power you need to play the most demanding games, and it's much more compact than competing rigs. We wish the speakers were a bit louder and that the system offered better wireless range, but no other 15.4-inch system can hold a candle to this rig.
Conclusion: We love the Alienware M15x for being an unadulterated gaming rig that is so exuberant. It's difficult not to be drawn to it's over-the-top looks and attention to detail. But you do pay for it. The lowest spec (which is still fairly impressive) comes in at £1199.
Pros: Power, design, Alienware FX, build quality
Cons: Price, trackpad could be better, battery life