Excerpt: Gaming notebooks are an odd breed of machine that tends to be much more expensive than what you could get a higher performance desktop for. However, anyone who has tried to lug a decked out full tower desktop gaming machine to a LAN party can tell you, sometimes giving up performance for portability isn't such a bad thing.
Conclusion: The performance of the Alienware Area-51 m15x is impressive for a notebook, we will give it that much. However, when compared to a budget desktop gaming system, it did not fair all that well and for the most part it was slightly slower. As noted before, there are obvious implications on why we shouldn't be comparing a notebook to a desktop system, but having that said, we feel that the comparison needs to be made.
Excerpt: Alienware is a company that needs no introduction when it comes to gaming notebooks. The interstellar PC builder has been able to consistently raise the bar in the portable gaming space over and over, and with the Area-51 m15x it’s done it once again. Though the machine’s not without flaws, the m15x is almost the perfect gaming notebook due to its performance, tolerable size and killer features.
Pros: Awesome lighting; strong performance; good battery life
Cons: Expensive; feels a bit flimsy in places; weak speakers
Summary: Available ports consist of three USB ports, a FireWire port, HDMI, Ethernet, and mic. Sadly, no eSATA. In the end, our infatuation with the m15x remains strong. It’s as powerful as any 17-inch notebook out there and much easier to carry around. And it looks good, to boot. Consider us sold—even if the price does break us.
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.
Pros: Blazing Penryn processor, Awesome graphics performance for its size, Customizable ambient lighting features, Several power profiles,