Conclusion: If the recession seems about as far away to you as the planet the Alienware M17 claims to be from, this is the gaming laptop you need. Better start saving.
Pros: Even in the entry level Alienware M17, the specs really are out of this world. We love the HDMI port to hook up to a HDTV and optional Blu-ray, while the Intel processor, dual or quad core, moves at almost light speed. Yeah, we know that's actually a distance. And it really is the ultimate gaming laptop: pop any of the latest titles in and the M17 will belt them out at the highest setting, on the highest resolution, like it's powered by kryptonite.
Cons: No complaints about what's under the bonnet, but the M17's anything but a sleek, aerodynamic vessel, more a clunky box you'll never take off the desk or remove from the mains, with a pricetag just as big. Put it this way: it's the whale the Star Trek team have to rescue, not the Enterprise.
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,