Summary: The M14x that we received will set you back a whopping Rs.1,19,000, which is nearly the same as the Asus G74SX. You may argue that the high price is for the small form factor and portability, but the fact is that it’s just too heavy to be truly portable, you certainly won’t be lugging this around. If this was priced closer to 60K (wishful thinking, I know!), we would recommend this in a heartbeat.
Conclusion: Our review unit rang up to about $1,600 including upgrades. Some of them are unnecessary for great gaming performance, however, such as the RAM and the Killer Wireless-N solution. But dumping them saves little money; so expect to spend about $1,500 on a reasonably equipped rig.
Pros: Solid build quality, Beautiful 1600 x 900 display, Excellent sound system
Conclusion: If you're looking for a machine that's capable of serious gaming (with some acceptable limitations) while also remaining fairly portable, the M14x R2 is a good option, especially if you want a good keyboard and loud speakers for those times when you aren't gaming. If portability isn't as much of an issue, however, most people will be better off stepping up to a larger 17-inch model like MSI's GT70, or the entry-level Alienware M17x R4, which starts at $1,499 with the...
Pros: Reasonably compact for a gaming laptop, Solid construction, Customizable lighting effects, Plenty of onboard ports
Cons: Gaming performance could be better at screen's native resolution, Display is reflective, Loud exhaust fans, Limited graphics-chip options
Summary: An ideal compromise between power and portability, the $1,604 Alienware M14x R2 makes high-quality fragging on the go a very real possibility. Gamers with smaller wallets but stronger backs might want to check out the larger MSI GT60, which costs $200 less, and has more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M graphics. But, you'll have a hard time beating the style and substance of the M14x.
Pros: Sleek design, Vivid display with wide viewing angles, Customizable lighting, Solid performance and graphics
Cons: Runs slightly hot when gaming, A tad expensive
Alienware M14x Review: Giving Portable Gaming Another Go
29 February 2012
Excerpt: Gaming. Laptop. Portable. These may well be the three most contradictory words in the PC industry. It’s been possible to game on laptops for years, but making a high-quality gaming experience portable is a goal rarely achieved.
Summary: The Alienware M14x is a stunning machine: It's comfortable, well made and features a great design. It's also packed with features, and is more than powerful for most users. As a laptop for high-end graphics work, it'd be a great choice. Not so for high-end gaming, unfortunately. If gaming's your thing, we'd be more tempted by the M15x or m17x, both of which prove more capable.
Conclusion: When I say the Alienware M14x is too much by half, I'm not talking about the pricetag. Truth be told the price is actually remarkably reasonable given the excellent build quality, bling, and extra features. I'm talking about the configuration and cooling design, and these are things that significantly limit what you can do with the M14x. If I were ordering an M14x for myself, I don't think I'd upgrade to any of the quad-core options.