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. This price puts the M14x in an awkward position. The M17x is $500 more, but is far more capable even in its base configuration.
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
Summary: Noisy and Fast. Classic gaming laptops too boring for you? The Alienware M14x could be an interesting alternative then: With current hardware from Intel and Nvidia, packaged in a unique case design, Alienware tries to woo customers. Is this enough to justify price and emissions?
Pros: Convincing performance, Speedy GPU, Bright and contrasty display, Quality workmanship, Good input devices, The nearly perfect workmanship as well as the powerful combination of the GeForce GT 650M and Core i7-3720QM made us pretty happy.
Cons: Hot and noisy under load, Mirror like Display surface, Low SSD capacity, High price, A nonreflective display and a better cooling system would help the M14x out - beyond that, there was little to improve.
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 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.
Summary: The new Alienware M14x gaming laptop is the successor to Alienware M15x, the now defunct 15-inch laptop option. Sitting between the tiny Alienware M11x and gargantuan M17x, the Alienware M14x offers gaming enthusiasts a middle ground that's easy to drag to a LAN party without compromising on high-end performance.
Pros: High-end performance, Unique style and design, Vibrant screen
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: The design of the Alienware M14x is stunning, aping previous range-topping Alienware models. It's all sharp creases, clean lines and bright coloured lights, with a matt black finish that helps it to stand out from other laptops. The M14x really delivers when it comes to build quality and usability. The keyboard is outstanding, proving tactile, comfortable and responsive. The keys are also large enough to make it easy to type for long periods without mistakes. The high...
Cons: Unfortunately, it's not quite as fast as we were hoping. Play the top titles in the highest resolutions, and the GeForce GT 550M just isn't fast enough to cope. This won't present a problem for casual gamers, but sadly for Alienware it's the hardcore fans they're trying to attract with this machine, and it's just not fast enough.
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.
Conclusion: Alienware designed the M14x with certain compromises that had to be accommodated. Obviously, this smaller form-factor of gaming notebook, in order to meet its thermal constraints, had to be configured with more midrange components. Performance-wise, what the system put forth was exactly what we expected. The M14x handily powered past mainstream notebooks with solid multimedia-targeted hardware on board with discrete GPUs even.
Pros: Fast general purpose and gaming performance, Killer good looks with custom lighting, Rubberized coating feels sturdy and doesn't attract fingerprints, Two USB 3.0 ports, Gorgeous 1600X900 14" display, though a bit glossy, Super-comfortable back-lit keyboard, Exceptional build quality, Great sounding speaker system for a notebook
Cons: Fans get a bit noisy when gaming, Pricey but you get what you pay for