Conclusion: Alienware makes with the Area-51 m15x a big step forward in the compact gaming segment . Somebody who is looking for high performance among 15.4" multimedia notebooks will quickly notice a distinct lack of competition for the m15x . The biggest weakness of the Area-51 m15x is the case of the notebook .
Pros: Individual design of the notebook possible, Striking LED illumination, Optimal interface alignment, SmartBay, Keyboard is pleasant to use, Bright display with high resolution, good contrast and matte surface, Very good performance in 3D and office applications, Switch from dedicated to integrated graphics possible, Very low noise level in office mode, Good battery life with integrated graphics
Cons: Plastic case with modest workmanship, Wobbling and squeaking display hinges, Hot keys not very responsive, Noisy and hot under load
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. We love the system’s lighting scheme, the modular bay and the fact that it can be configured to be as cheap as $1,499 too. The only real beefs we have are with the speakers and soft-touch controls, which are difficult to use.
Pros: Awesome lighting; strong performance; good battery life
Cons: Expensive; feels a bit flimsy in places; weak speakers
Excerpt: Alienware is one of the most distinctive brands of PCs there is, thanks to interesting attention to detail. Fortunately a move into the Dell family has not destroyed this line of gaming PCs and the M15x still has the traits of something special. From the packaging to the accessories (hat, mouse mat, even the manual is gorgeous) to the customisation of the notebook itself, you feel like you are getting something exclusive.
Pros: Power, design, Alienware FX, build quality
Cons: Price, trackpad could be better, battery life
Summary: Over the years, Alienware's laptops have been many things, a lot of them completely contradictory. Big, small, gaudy, powerful, expensive and even sometimes good value for money. They've always been distinctive, though. And the new m15x is just about the most unusual yet. With its industrial angles, sloped front and raked keyboard it bears more resemblance to KITT's bonnet than it does to a traditional laptop.
Excerpt: On the design front, Alienware’s high-end gaming rigs tend to turn people on or off based on their looks alone. The design ethic of the company is pretty unique, and it is often either loved or hated; which is why we were quite surprised by this rather understated notebook design when it crossed our testbench.
Summary: Das Notebook Alienware Area-51 m15x bringt die Leistung eines Desktop-Rechners in einem Notebook-Gehäuse mit 15-Zoll-Display unter. Dabei ist es nicht nur schneller als die meisten mobilen Geräte, auch das Display löst die sonst für 17-Zoll-Screens übliche Auflösung von 1920 mal 1200 Pixeln auf. Dementsprechend hoch ist allerdings auch der Preis. Trotz teilweise unzureichender Verarbeitungsqualität kostet unser Testgerät mehr als 3400 Euro.
Pros: hintergrundbeleuchtete Tastatur, hohe Display-Auflösung, sehr schnell
Cons: etwas dick und schwer, Touchpad schlecht zu bedienen