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.
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...
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.
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.
Summary: Premiere. The M14x is Alienwares first 14 inch gaming laptop. A quad-core CPU and GeForce GT 555M make the notebook unique, as this kind of hardware is usually only found in larger models, such as the Schenker XMG A501 or the Dell XPS 17. The M14x - another revolutionary model?
Pros: Great program performance, Excellent display, Rubber surface, Illuminated case, Futuristic design, Good input devices, High battery life, Lovely sound output, The high picture quality of the HD+ display.
Cons: Very high noise emissions, CPU throttling under full load, Battery is screwed into place, Glossy display, No GDDR5-VRAM, Somewhat heavy, A lower noise emission under heavy load.
Summary: With the M14x, Alienware has once again assembled a battalion's worth of hardware inside a stylish chassis. While you can get the same specs in a larger 17-inch notebook such as the Dell XPS 17, it's pretty fantastic that you can enjoy quad-core power and very high frame rates on the go.