Summary: And that’s a wrap on the Alienware M17x R4 gaming laptop. You will have a lot of fun using it, as we did. It may not be perfection, but it’s very close to it. So give it a try one of these days.
Alienware M17x R4 Notebook Review: Ivy Bridge and the GeForce GTX 680M
21 September 2012
Conclusion: What we're looking at with this review of the Alienware M17x R4 are really two things: the performance of the shiny new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M, and the Alienware M17x R4 notebook itself. Amusingly if unfortunately, the conclusions drawn are pretty disparate. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M is a qualified win. They knew it, and now we know it.
Can Alienware’s gaming goliath best its own price tag?
22 June 2012
Summary: Everything ultimately comes back to that price tag. My inner miser shudders at the thought of spending $2,600 on a laptop. “Think of all the money you could save,” it says, sending images of desktops with dual-displays, capable mid-range GPUs, and a pantry stocked with vittles that aren’t instant noodles. But I’ll always be something of a curmudgeon.
Pros: Excellent performance, Great-sounding audio, Plethora of ports
Cons: Loud, and heavy, Expensive, Considerable heat
Summary: It's partytime! While Nvidia's Kepler flagship still keeps us waiting, AMD's new Radeon HD 7970M is seriously mixing up the gaming notebook segment. In combination with Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors, Alienware had enough reasons to refresh its Luxury gamer M17x. Will the 17" notebook be able to score our "Gaming Reference" title again?
Pros: Excellent Performance, Many lighting elements, Convincing Full HD display, Good input devices, Good Workmanship, Very fast GPU, Gummed surfaces, Rich selection of accessories, Great selection of connectors, Good sound quality, Simple to service, The performance of the Radeon HD 7970M is truly impressive.
Cons: AMD's GPU auto-switching is poor, The plastic display cover causes extreme reflections., High weight, A matte, anti-reflective display
Conclusion: You also get excellent sound quality, and unparalleled control over the lighting on the keyboard and other parts of the notebook. If you can live with some fan noise and don’t plan to stray too far from a power source, this machine belongs on your short list. It'll keep up with your games today...and for quite a while to come.
Pros: Solid performance, Striking HD display, Edgy design
Cons: Expensive, Short battery life, Fans can get loud
Conclusion: The sharp stealth fighter looks, the colourful keyboard, the great speakers and the awesome internals make the M17x R3 a brilliant entry by Alienware into the high end laptop gaming space. I would highly recommend it to any gamer because of the fantastic hardware and software of the M17x, even though the build quality is slightly lacking and it weighs a ton!
Conclusion: After using the Alienware M17x R3, I'm actually sorry I'll have to send it back. Usually with most of the notebooks I've reviewed there's some kind of fatal flaw, or something that makes it less than ideal for my purposes. But the M17x R3 is mostly bulletproof. It's bulky and heavy, yes, but it's also a gaming notebook running high-performance kit. The M17x R3's biggest problems aren't even necessarily issues with the notebook itself.
Summary: There's a reason we're giving the Alienware M17x a very, very rare five out of five stars. With its second-gen Intel quad-core processor, AMD's Radeon HD 6970M GPU, and Samsung SSD, this is by far the most powerful notebook we've ever tested. Not only does the M17x blow away every other notebook, gaming or otherwise, but it does so with panache. What other rig has multicolored backlighting and can wirelessly stream Blu-ray movies and games--in full HD--to your TV?
Excerpt: Alienware. The name itself causes eyebrows to rise, pulses to race, and wallets to cry out for mercy. Post its acquisition by Dell, the cult American boutique computer maker known as much for its insanely powerful machines as for its unique sci-fi themed designs is now in India. Dell has in fact phased out its older gaming line, the XPS laptops and desktops, and Alienware takes their place at the top of the technology food chain.
Summary: The Alienware M17x system delivers stunning performance for today's hottest titles, and it has enough muscle to handle the next generation of games. It's the most powerful system we've had in our labs, and it cuts through hits like Call of Duty: World at War with frame rates to spare. But so can other systems like the MSIGT725 or the Gateway P-7807u FX, and those systems are less than half the price of the M17x.