Summary: Even then, it took nothing more than a dry tissue to restore its luster. As configured, this Alienware M17 doesn’t serve any particular mission well: It’s too heavy for frequent road trips, it’s not powerful enough for hardcore gaming, and without a TV tuner or Blu-ray drive, it’s not much of a media system.
Pros: Hip finish, luscious display, cool backlit keyboard.
Excerpt: In the past we have looked at both the Alienware m15x and the m17x gaming notebooks. These are two gaming systems, one 15-inch and the other 17-inch, with relatively low starting prices ($1099 and $1499) and NVIDIA graphics. After those two were released Alienware announced the M17, another 17-inch notebook, but this time one with ATI graphics and a $1399 starting price.
Summary: The Alienware M17 is an impressive piece of machinery, with a quad core processor, DDR3 ram and crossfire graphics all packed into a relatively attractive shell. Now, I know this 17 inch chassis isn’t something you will see being pumped out of Apple’s facilities or on the desk of Gucci designer Tom Ford, but it is a quality choice suitable for housing a quad core processor, multiple hard drives and dual graphics cards.
Summary: That gripe aside, those who want to get their game on will get a good deal out of the Alienware m17 - especially considering the price. As a gaming machine, the Alienware M17 delivers speed where it counts, but it lags a little in more conventional office-application tests.
Summary: Considering its solid gaming performance and $1,999 price tag, the Alienware M17 proves itself a solid solution for gamers who crave elite performance without putting up their car or firstborn as collateral. Gamers on a tighter budget may want to invest in the $1,699 Gateway P-7801u, the follow-up to the highly popular P-7811FX that boasts Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS graphics, a bigger 320GB hard drive, and an extra gig of RAM.
Pros: Gorgeous widescreen display, Solid gaming performance, Customizable backlighting, Better value than the Area-51 m17x,
Cons: Short battery life, Loud fans, Poor facial-recognition security software,
Summary: The Alienware M17 is a magnificent beast. It's attractive, can be kitted out with just about any component you need and is blisteringly quick. Alternatives exist, but few laptops can match this polygon-munching monster's customisation options and features
Pros: High-resolution screen, Twin graphics cards option, Quad-core CPU option
Cons: Poor battery life, Uneven lighting on backlit keyboard