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.
Summary: CrossFire deluxe. Hardcore gamers who don't care to make friends with a desktop PC have come to the right address with Alienware. The massive M18x is looking for customers in its second revision now with dual GPU solutions. Does a double Radeon HD 7970M mean double the fun?
Pros: Diverse Lighting options, Display with strong contrast, Exceptional Performance, Rich Accessories, A multitude of connectors, Aluminum surfaces, Great input devices, Relatively good sound, Nice workmanship, Simple to service or upgrade, Overclocked CPU, Performance does not trail "real" gaming PCs
Cons: Extremely high weight, Meager battery runtime, Display is like a mirror, Upgrade pricing is terrible, Will Alienware ever offer a decent non-reflective screen?
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.
Summary: Big, bad and unapologetic. These three words accurately describe the Alienware M18x. Unapologetic about its size, this is a desktop replacement notebook that almost defies the entire category of portable machines.
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.
Summary: To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown , if you absolutely, positively need to kill everyone at the LAN party, accept no substitutes. If you can only afford one GPU, the $3,300 M17x is a better option, but its chassis can only accommodate a single graphics card.
Excerpt: 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.