Conclusion: Things we hope to see in future iterations of Alienware laptops include a sheet of rigid, non-glossy glass in front of the LCD screen; a Blu-ray drive that comes standard even in the base model; and quieter exhaust fans. The last is especially tricky; we know it's challenging to move lots of gaming-generated heat out of a small space without noticeable fan noise. And many gamers use headsets that block out the noise, anyway. But we also know (speaking from experience!
Pros: Excellent performance for the price, Big, bright 1080p screen, Customizable lighting effects, HDMI-in port
Cons: Thick and heavy, Reflective screen, Loud exhaust fans blast hot air when gaming
Summary: Although its $2,599 price is steep, the Alienware M17x R4 remains the ultimate gaming notebook. Although the chassis stays the same, we can overlook it due to the sheer power stuffed under the hood.Shoppers looking to save a few bucks can get an Origin Eon 17S with similar specs to our review unit for $2,100, but you'd be missing out on the always-awesome lighting features and battery life of the M17x.
Pros: Incredible performance and graphics, Gorgeous 1080p display, Rich enveloping audio, Impressive battery life
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. It'll keep up with your games today...and for quite a while to come.
Pros: Solid performance, Striking HD display, Edgy design
Cons: Expensive, Short battery life, Fans can get loud
Alienware M17x (R3) Gaming Notebook Review: It Glows!
15 November 2011
Excerpt: In the realm of hulking, powerful gaming laptops, Alienware remains king by popular vote. Whatever you think of their laptops (as always, popularity attracts criticism) there is no denying that the Alienware name stands for something among gamers. And to most, they're a dream machine, the laptop equivilent of a Ferrari 458 Italia.
Excerpt: The new Alienware M17x has been revamped for 2011 with a new processor, a new look and other new technology that form an out of this world experience. As far as gaming notebooks go, there is rarely a time when we could turn up the settings even further to make a game look better, but […]
Excerpt: Well, I did it. After years of putting up with playing games on an under-strength and over-worked laptop, I’ve finally taken the plunge, saved up the pennies and splashed out on a gaming-specific laptop; Dell’s Alienware M17x is, quite simply, a beast of a machine featuring the latest in Intel chip technology, gallons of RAM and a seriously tasty design.
Summary: We like the Alienware M17x. If you're looking for a gaming laptop, then few choices are better than this. It's amazingly well made, powerful, well-specced and comfortable. It's just not that portable.