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
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: 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.
Summary: Gamers with deep pockets will love the Alienware Area-51 m17x. It's the fastest gaming rig on the market, and competitors won't likely surpass it anytime soon. It's super sexy, and its customization features will make you the envy of fellow gamers at LAN parties.
Conclusion: The M17x is a very good laptop for gaming. At around £1,200 for the 680m-touting model, with improved full HD screen and 8GB of RAM, we can't think of a much better rig on which to play your PC titles. HDMI out means you won't need a desktop and the build quality should make the M17x last for ages.
Summary: Alienware’s M17x R4 is a heavyweight in every sense of the word. The Ivy Bridge processor delivers outstanding performance, the AMD Radeon HD 7970M is flat out the best gaming GPU in the mobile space at the moment, and the gargantuan chassis oozes quality from every port.