Excerpt: The M15x, one of the best-performing 15-inch gaming notebooks around, is loaded with cool features and top-shelf components. It’s also quite expensive and heavier than most notebooks in this class.
Pros: Great 3D performance, Solid construction, Sleek design, Beautiful HD display
Cons: Pricey in our test configuration, Heavy, Lacks HDMI port
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
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
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.
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...