Conclusion: As I mentioned in the conclusion of my review of the Alienware M17x R4, there are no points awarded for repetition. The original M18x was good but not perfect, and simply repeating the design instead of at least iterating it isn't going to somehow result in a better review. I think for the most part the shell does work; the aluminum is attractive and however you feel about Alienware's aesthetics, it's at least distinctive and feels sturdier than competing notebooks from...
Summary: Each year, Alienware keeps outdoing itself in terms of performance, and this year's M18x R2 is no different. Its dual Nvidia GPUs, dual SSDs and gorgeous 1080p display put the M18x in a class by itself. The customizable lighting and booming audio just add to the fun. If you have the means, this gaming notebook is absolute perfection.
Pros: Magnificent 1080p display, Blistering graphics performance, Huge and comfortable keyboard, Rich audio, Stealthy sleek design, Solid battery life
Excerpt: Calling the Alienware M18x R2 a laptop is like referring to a Harley Davidson as a bicycle. Both have handlebars and ride on two wheels, but when the rubber hits the road, the Harley's going to leave a Schwinn in the rear-view mirror. So it goes with the Alienware system we abducted from Dell. Technically, it's a gaming laptop, but more accurately, it's one hell of a desktop replacement that leaves lesser systems in the dust.
Pros: Solid construction, Mammoth LCD panel, Two of the fastest GPUs in the universe, Lots of I/O ports, No bloatware, Desktop-like performance in a mobile (technically) form factor
Alienware's M18x, Part 2: AMD's Radeon HD 6990M in CrossFire
14 October 2011
Conclusion: We had a hunch that NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580M would continue to be the fastest single GPU available in notebooks, and that turned out to be accurate...mostly. In a couple of games the 580M is a slam dunk, while in others it trades blows with AMD's Radeon HD 6990M. Once multi-GPU solutions are brought into the equation, things tend to veer more in favor of NVIDIA's solution, but we remind you that two isn't always better than one: it may look better on charts, but...
Alienware's M18x, Part 1: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580M in SLI
3 October 2011
Conclusion: For end users who want a powerful gaming notebook, or heck, a powerful notebook in general, my go-to has been the Alienware M17x R3 since I reviewed it (provided they have the budget for it). Now that I've had a chance to sit down and review the M18x, my go-to is...still the M17x R3. The M18x is faster, yes, but with the added performance come some additional compromises. In and of itself, the M18x is another feather in Alienware's cap.
Summary: If youâ€™re looking for a proper desktop replacement, replacing a gaming desktop that is, the Alienware M18x is undoubtedly the notebook to pick. Itâ€™s massive and has a price tag thatâ€™s painful, but its performance is almost unparalleled.
Excerpt: THE INQUIRER was at Dell Technology Camp in London today where the Alienware M18X got its first outing , so we took the opportunity to see what this high end gaming laptop has to offer. Looks-wise the Alienware M18X oozes style, class and great build quality. It has a stunning 18.4in full HD screen with 1920x1080 resolution. You can guess that this makes the laptop enormous in size and it is very heavy.