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: 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.
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: 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...
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 SlotDrive, Color-Adjustable Backlight, High Quality Accessories, Good Sound Quality (Bass), Great Battery Life for Desktop Replacement, The M17x R3 is only loud when it absolut...
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.
Conclusion: If we had our druthers, this would be the notebook residing on our desk. It can handle any graphics intensive app and eat up any game you throw at it. Indeed, this is the first notebook we’ve tested that truly made us think monster desktops might really be an endangered species. Of course, you’ll need to be able to swallow the M17x’s price, which sits around $5,600 if you tick off the checkboxes beside all of the hardware mentioned in this review (including the solid...
Pros: Ridiculously powerful, thanks to processor, graphics, and memory technology; appealing design, albeit a little geeky; plenty of perks, including AlienSense facial recognition and the ability to switch between integrated and discrete graphics
Cons: Slurps up power like a storm grate swallowing water; at $5, 600 fully loaded, it costs as much as a good used car
Excerpt: The fastest gaming laptop we've ever tested, Alienware’s M17x packs top-shelf components in its 17-inch frame. But dedicated gamers will have to dig very deep to afford this field-dominating PC.
Pros: Outstanding performance, Cool new design, Features galore
Excerpt: 3 Flares 3 Flares × Alienware are an iconic system builder. For years they have been building radical, futuristically styled machines which have featured in many high profile TV shows and movies. Several years ago Dell took over the brand, incorporating them as their high end, customised system builds.