Summary: I have been using my Alienware M14 close to a year now and it's almost a near perfect gaming laptop. Some things I will change...make blu-ray drive standard since they are so inexpensive these days, incorporate a HDD + SSD combo drive and longer battery life. Other than those minor quibbles, it's a rock solid gaming laptop with awesome light customization. I have included some crisp pictures of this awesome laptop I took with my Canon S95.
Summary: This is a great gaming laptop, and the configuration offered by the seller was well chosen, skimming only on the RAM (8GB instead of 16GB) which is easily upgraded if required. 2 problems I would like to confirm ( I already knew them ) 1: weight, this is a heavy machine, not to move around with it for email and web browsing, buy a tablet and save your back. 2: fan noise, and this is why you need a good headset/headphone if you are an extreme gamer.
Summary: I did a a lot of research trying to choose a gaming laptop from the Lenovo Y510P, MSI GS60, and the Razr Blade. I went with the Alienware 14 because the only knock about the laptop was the thickness & weight. So, when I did get the laptop. By no means, is it light & thin as a Razr Blade but also I don't think its that big and heavy as people write in the reviews.
Summary: I purchased an Alienware 14 laptop directly from Dell in January of 2014. The system arrived and I noticed that the network port was bent inward and not flush with the chasis. Having spent $2000+ on the laptop I requested a replacement. The replacement took 30 days to get to me. I open the brand new replacement laptop and I notice that the keyboard has what looks like grease smears on it and the "[" key is bent to the right and not flush with the other keys.
I love it!, but one minor issue not related to the computer.
25 February 2014
Summary: I LOVE this computer, I got a 14 and ordered it directly from Dell. I would have got a 17 but for what I was paying the 14 had better options, I could get everything I wanted for a smaller screen (which is fine with me). I also got the Alienware Vindicator backpack, which is nice but a little heavy. As for the issue.
Summary: Or should I say WoW? This laptop is AMAZING. There are plenty of gaming laptops out there but I don't think you can beat this. It's portable and it runs games with the settings maxed out (Unlimited fps and graphics set to the highest possible setting) with almost no lag. Not to mention it browses the web quite fast and the web camera works surprisingly well. I make gaming videos with commentary and this laptop works great for that.