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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 awes...
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 m...
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...
Summary: Benchmark Destroyer. With its brisk SSD, Sandy Bridge quad-core CPU and speedy GDDR5 graphics card, the M17x R3 establishes itself as an elite gaming notebook. Find out what makes its battery life so good.
Pros: Craftsmanship of Case Outstanding, Excellent Application Performance thanks to SSD, High-Contrast Full-HD Display, Responsive, Sturdy Keyboard, Fast-Reacting Touchpad, 90º of Horizontal Viewing Angles, Always Remains Cool to the Touch, Many Ports including HDMI-In & Mini DisplayPort, DVD Burner S...
Cons: Loud under Heavy Use, Extremely Heavy, Many Pointy, Hard Corners, Not High-End Color Space, A sturdier top-notch keyboard and an ExpressCard slot.
Review: Alienware M17x Earns Editor’s Choice Award
19 October 2009
Conclusion: There’s no question that the Alienware M17x delivers a great gaming experience, but this notebook isn’t for everyone. If you’re concerned about battery life or mobility you should avoid the M17x. It’s too heavy to carry around and it’s difficult for some people to even move from room to room.