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.
Excerpt: Alienware is all but synonymous with aggressive styling, audacious lighting, and burly machines belching out heat and frame rates. The latest update to the M17x line is no exception; packed into the familiar chassis are a quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 680M GPU,...
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.
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 imp...
Cons: AMD's GPU auto-switching is poor, The plastic display cover causes extreme reflections., High weight, A matte, anti-reflective display
Alienware M17x R4 Notebook Review: Ivy Bridge and the GeForce GTX 680M
12 January 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.
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.
Summary: Our configuration of the revamped Alienware M17x is expensive, but it's not bad value for money, considering the awesome components that lurk within. The Intel Core i7 CPU seems to really make a difference in terms of performance, and everything's wrapped up in a very stylish chassis
Pros: Huge array of customisation options; stylish chassis; incredible performance.
Cons: USB ports are too close together; unresponsive trackpad.
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.
Pros: Solid performance, Striking HD display, Edgy design
Cons: Expensive, Short battery life, Fans can get loud
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.