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
Conclusion: The M17x is an excellent gaming laptop. It offers a beautiful display, incredible hardware and a great sound system. And while no laptop with a $2,599 price tag will ever be considered inexpensive, given what you receive, it’s a fair price. As a general laptop, however, the M17x has a few issues. Both the keyboard and the touchpad have issues and battery life is a downer. The Asus G75 and Origin EON17-S have better keyboards and the G75 has a better touchpad.
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.
Conclusion: When it comes to unbridled power and striking looks, the Alienware M17x delivers. You won’t be left wanting a bit more power while gaming, and the ability to get on Facebook and surf the web for four hours while on the go is also a nice touch.
Pros: No shortage of power, Beautiful HD screen, Configurable colors, Wireless HD, New, trimmer look
Cons: Expensive, Little bass for dedicated subwoofer, WASD keys are mushy
Summary: Optimus Gaming. Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M graphics with Optimus, combined with a no less powerful Intel i7-2820QM quad-core CPU, all in a 17-inch Alienware Stealth Bomber case. Is it worth paying the extra for this top-of-the-range mobile graphics card from Nvidia?
Pros: Optimus, Fully adjustable backlighting, Design and feel, Easy access to HDD, memory, fans, GPU & CPU, The bold design.
Cons: Strongly reflective display, Keyboard ghosting, GPU underclocked on battery power
Excerpt: A few weeks ago NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 580M, their new high end mobile GPU which was tagged "The world’s fastest notebook GPU". At the same time that the GTX 580M was being announced a number of manufacturers were stating that they would include it in their current systems and as always Alienware were one of those.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: The keyboard is one of the best features on the Alienware M17x. The keys feature a soft-touch covering, and the typing action feels easily tough enough to withstand hours of gaming. It also offers backlighting, with the ability to change colours, so you'll be able to play games all night long. The materials used are amazing throughout, with an all-metal chassis that smacks of high quality. It really does feel like a laptop which will last forever, however much you use...
Cons: The Alienware M17x may be a great gaming machine, but it's not a good laptop. It's simply too large to carry around with you, and the battery life isn't up to much either. That said, it's still easy to pack in a draw once you've finished playing.
Conclusion: The first impression of the Alienware M17x sustained even after a longer working with the device. Alienware, or correctly Dell, has done a good job with the case and in our opinion could even surpass proclamations such as: "level of the Precision range". The aluminum case tray provides for a first-class haptical impression , gives the laptop a remarkable stability and provides above that for a well-made, distinctive design .
Pros: Attractive design, Good workmanship, Very stable, high-quality case, Individualization possible, High image contrast and good color representation, Very good application and 3D performance, Low system noise in office mode possible, The new style which has come to Alienware. Not only the performance counts, but also the component packaging has to be at the highest level. Mission succeeded And of course the 9400M G chip set solution, too.
Cons: Heavy weight, Adverse port distribution for lefties, High surcharge for warranty extension, Mediocre display illumination, Price, Elaborate sales actions to make this piece affordable. We're talking about price ranges between 4000-5000.00 Euros! Therefore you shouldn't even start thinking about what you might have had for this sum, for instance in view of desktop components...
Conclusion: We had a hard time rating the M17x impartially. On the one side, the great weight , the especially under load very loud noise level and the numerous smaller and bigger flaws and errors, such as crashes in battery mode or single graphic errors in Crossfire are annoying. On the other side, the M17x proves to be worthy of reference in almost all other fields. The performance is awesome, due to the upclocked Core i7-620M and the very fast Radeon HD 4870 X2 .
Pros: Well made design, Extensive, customizable illumination, Excellent performance, Excellent workmanship, Very good display, Always stays fairly cool, Vast connectivity, High-end, lavish supplies, Fast hard disk, Good sound, The design, the materials, the workmanship and the elegant lighting are awesome. The built-in display proves to have very good rates. Additionally, the extensive supplies and the good sound are convincing. And finally, the given performance is excell...
Cons: Unbelievably loud under load, Sometimes strange whistling noises, Extremely heavy, Several hard edges, Reflective display, Keyboard bends selectively, Touchpad is sometimes fastidious and a bit too far left, Short battery life, Graphic errors in Crossfire every now and again, Freezes in battery mode (software error), A quieter operating noise. The M17x is really very loud under load.