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Dell has updated the M17x-R3 with a new R4 version of its Alienware M17x gaming laptop. This 17.3" notebook is still packed with powerful components and comes in a Stealth Black (or Nebula Red) casing that lights up in all kinds of pretty colours. This laptop's design hasn't changed since the previous generation M17x. It's built around the standard Alienware laptop chassis, making it a big block of matte black plastic (although it's also available in red) set off with a few glossy highlights. The M17x is a laptop that screams sturdiness, an impression that's soon confirmed when you start actually handling the product too. This laptop has a whole load of LED lighting features. Users preferring subtle, understated design may therefore be a little taken aback when the various lights all flash on the first time you boot the M17x. However, pretty much every light in the house can be switched off via the Alienware Fx software platform, which also lets you change the colour of the nine backlight zones independently (central part of keyboard, numeric keypad, etc.). So, as you've probably already gathered, this laptop has a backlit keyboard and a numeric keypad. Keying is supple and quiet, and all keys can be found in their usual places—no nasty surprises here. All in all, the keyboard is a real pleasure to use!
This 17.3-inch monster includes the latest 2GB Nvidia GTX 680M graphics and an Intel quad-core processor. We've always liked the M17x, so what's not to like about this fourth generation (R4) model? The M17x first joined the Alienware lineup of gaming notebooks back in 2009 after Dell retired the original "Area-51 M17x" as its flagship model. Four years and three revisions later and the "new" Alienware M17x R4 continues to be the dominant player in the Alienware family of notebooks. Design is just as important to an Alienware as performance. The chassis' angled edges are reminiscent of a military stealth aircraft. The M17x has an "AlienFX" lighting system with eight distinct lighting zones. The keyboard itself can have four distinct colors. Lighting themes and options can be changed using the Alienware Command Center software. Every time I review an Alienware, I spend an inordinate amount of time making themes. This is truly a unique setup. The M17x is no lightweight, at almost 10 pounds and two inches thick, and the lid is also thicker than we are used to seeing. Build quality is solid; there's little flex found anywhere even though the M17x is made of mostly plastic. I like the rubberized "soft touch" surfaces of the palm rest and lid.
If a laptop weighs nearly 10 pounds, can you comfortably hold it on your lap? Probably not, and that's why we call gaming monstrosities such as the Alienware M17x R4 "desktop replacements." Because, really, they're desktops that are only slightly easier to move than traditional towers. The M17x R4 is Dell's Ivy Bridge refresh of its popular Alienware M17x gaming system. This new M17x keeps the aesthetics of the old M17x, and packs a new processor and graphics card. Our review unit, which costs $1974 as configured, packs a third-generation Intel Core i7-3720QM processor—one of the most powerful mobile Ivy Bridge processors on the market. The system also has 8GB of RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), a Kepler-based Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M discrete graphics card, a 500GB hard drive, and a Blu-ray reader/DVD-RW combo drive. Connection-wise, you'll find built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as a 2.1-megapixel webcam. The M17x runs a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. The Alienware M17x R4 scores a very acceptable 146 in PCWorld's WorldBench 7 benchmark tests.
The term \"laptop” can only be loosely applied to the nearly 9.39-pound Alienware M17x--you don't exactly want to have the thing perched on your lap for any extended period of time. But you know what? Who cares. The M17x is a powerful and (mostly) portable gaming rig, and Dell can call it anything they want; awesome by any other name is still awesome. The M17x has been in Dell's Alienware lineup for a while, but now it's been refreshed with the latest and greatest in mobile components, packing an Ivy Bridge CPU and the newest NVIDIA Kepler-based mobile GPU. The Intel Core i7-3720QM (2.6GHz/3.6GHz Turbo, 6MB cache) is one of the highest-end mobile processors in Intel's Ivy Bridge lineup, taking a backseat only to the Core i7-3820QM. Dell paired the Intel chip with NVIDIA's smokin' hot GeForce GTX 680M (2GB GDDR5) GPU for a massive one-two gaming punch. In addition to an intense of amount of graphics firepower, the 680M includes NVIDIA's Optimus technology. Optimus is switchable graphics technology that intelligently and automatically alternates between the battery-friendly integrated graphics (in this case, the Intel HD 4000 series) and the more powerful discrete GPU for a balance of performance and battery life.
Alienware is all but synonymous with aggressive styling, audacious lighting, and burly machines belching out heat and frame rates. The latest update to the M17x line is no exception; packed into the familiar chassis are a quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 680M GPU, the fastest mobile GPU Nvidia currently has to offer. In typical Alienware fashion, high-end wares will cost you a pretty penny — $2,599, as configured. Does its performance match the price tag? And more importantly, does anyone need to spend this much on a gaming rig? Read on to find out. Hardware / design The 17.3-inch Alienware M17x hasn't changed all that much over the last few years. It's large: the model I reviewed is 1.75 inches thick, and weighs 10.6 pounds. One could also accuse the machine of being unsightly, but I actually find it rather attractive: there are lights (and I love lights) but the effects are as tasteful or gaudy as you want them to be. The lid and palmrest are encased in a soft-touch rubber material, making them both comfortable and easy to hold. The lid's hinges are a bit stiff, but it opens to reveal that large, attractive display. The edge-to-edge glass is interrupted by rubber bumpers sitting on the edge of the display, which lend the screen a bit of cushioning when you're shutting the lid. The port selection hasn't changed since last year's model.
This week we've been blessed with another look at the most colorful-keyed and unique looking gaming notebook in the Alienware M17X R4, this time complete with Ivy Bridge. This beast works with a quad-core 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 28nm NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M GPU, and a lovely 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display up front of an extremely thick chassis. This beast is marked by its power as much as it is its ability to have its all-over lighting customized. The last time we had our hands on a model like this, it was essentially the same model on the outside, but inside it was just a little weaker. Have a peek at our Batman Arkham City review to see what was going on back then. Now we've got the same model on the whole, with a case that's 1.75 inches thick, it weighs in at 10.6 pounds, and the whole thing is covered with soft plastic that's almost rubbery. On the sides you've got a massive amount of ports, with a VGA port, HDMI-out, HDMI-in, two USB 3.0 ports, headphone, headset, and microphone jacks, eSATA/USB port, Mini DisplayPort, and Gigabit ethernet port.
Alienware is back with a bang - with a threefold attack on the PC gaming arena. Along with the M14x and the M18x, the Alienware M17x R4 has had an Intel Ivy Bridge-flavoured refresh for 2012. In the 17-inch laptop gaming category the Alienware M17x is still the daddy of the bunch, with the likes of the Medion Erazer X7815, the MSI GT70 and the Samsung Series 7 Gamer playing second fiddle. And, at this point, it's only MSI that has matched Alienware by playing its Ivy Bridge hand.Looks-wise, the Alienware M17x 2012 version isn't any different to the Alienware M17x gaming laptop that wowed us last year. It's a colossal 17.3-inch HD machine, complete with garish lights and a neo-industrial design that wouldn't look out of place onboard the spacecraft Prometheus. The exciting new additions are all buried deep within the M17x's brutish chassis.The most notable of these additions is the inclusion of a third-generation, Ivy Bridge, Intel Core CPU. The model we reviewed packed an i7-3610QM processor; a four-core monster clocked at a nominal 2.3GHz, which can be pumped full of Intel Turbo Boost steroids to achieve a top-speed of 3.3GHz.
AlienWare, a subsidiary of Dell, specialised in gamer machines, has now hatched the M17x-R3, a 17-inch laptop with powerful components, a solid design and a 120 Hz 3D screen. On paper then, it has plenty to please any gamer, as long as he (or she!) has the ready cash required - the configuration we tested costs not far shy of £3000. You'll recognise the usual AlienWare chassis - a big black matte block with some glossy lines. The M17x-R3 gives off an impression of robustness, which is confirmed when you get it in hand. Those who like a more sober looking machine should look elsewhere however as lights come on all over the keyboard, the vents , the hood and the front of the machine as soon as you turn it on. Thankfully, you can turn most of them off, using the AlienWare Fx application. This app also allows you to change the colour of each of the 9 areas (left side of the keyboard, centre and right, number pad, vent and so on) independently. The keyboard and numberpad are backlit. Keying is supple and quiet and all the keys are in the right place making it a real pleasure to use! The same goes for the big multitouch touchpad. It offers a fluid and precise glide. Once again, this is a real pleasure.
Now in its third iteration, the M17x continues to be an impressive looker and performer. We go hands-on with this 17.3-inch top-shelf gaming notebook.Our Alienware M17x R3 review unit is configured as follows: The M17x is now in its third iteration with the R3 edition. Unlike its predecessors, the R3 has a single graphics card; to get a dual graphics card setup (AMD CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI), you need to step up to the monstrous 18.4-inch M18x. Still, the M17x R3 packs serious firepower as configured. Options include the slightly faster i7-2720QM processor (the i7-2630QM is standard), AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics card with a whopping 2GB of its own memory (a 1GB HD 6870M is standard), the upgraded Intel 6300 AGN wireless card, and the 1.5TB RAID 0 hard drive array. Build and DesignAlienware notebooks showcase the most unique designs on the market; the M17x R3 is no exception. Its ultra-modern exterior looks like it was based off of a military stealth aircraft. The M17x R3 is also available with a red exterior. Its AlienFX LED lighting system is seamlessly integrated into the chassis and takes the design to the next level.
Any laptop that crams in an Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon chip can call itself gaming-ready. But what makes a true gaming laptop is the ability to smoothly play games at the highest screen resolution (1080p) and best quality settings. The Alienware M17X (Sandy Bridge) ($2,254 direct) is the epitome of a dedicated gaming laptop, offering a wide selection of Sandy Bridge quad-core processors, the fastest Nvidia and AMD graphics chips, and some of the most advanced features known to laptops. In addition, its menacing looks complement the menacing parts makes for a package that's bound to strike fear in your LAN opponents and boost your gaming cred. For this, it earns the Editors' Choice in our gaming category. The overall design hasn't changed since the last iteration I saw of the Alienware M17x, which was two years ago. In that time, there has yet to be another laptop that possesses a more menacing looking design. For instance, the M17X's front bezel seems to have a face with a middle portion that protrudes out, crevice between the lid and base, and two corner-placed LEDs that seems as it if they're peering at you. It's a beautifully made laptop, too, using a rubber-like texture over its stealth-black magnesium frame.
It's the pretty rare notebook that makes us giddy with excitement, but the Alienware M17x does just that. When we last reviewed this gaming rig, we praised its power, keyboard, and display, among other things, but lamented its high price and poor battery life. The latest M17x doesn't just improve on its predecessor, it has all the makings of a dream laptop. Featuring an Intel quad-core Sandy Bridge CPU, AMD switchable graphics, and a Samsung SSD, this monster offers more than double the performance of anything that came before. On top of that, the M17x has a built-in WirelessHD transmitter, so if it's 17-inch 1080p display isn't big enough, you can beam Blu-ray movies, games, and anything else you want wirelessly across the room to a big-screen TV. Yes, this newest M17x costs $3,300, but that's $1,300 less than its predecessor. What's not to like? Seriously.For the past two years, Alienware notebooks have had a distinctive grille on the front of its systems that is reminiscent of a Dodge Camaro. That look continues with the latest M17x, but the lid is slightly different. While the Alienware logo--an alien's head--is still prominent, the lid is now covered in a soft-touch finish, and no longer has a ridge running down its middle. Also gone are the Nebula Red and Lunar Silver color options.
In 2006 Dell bought Alienware and went about refreshing the company's range of gaming laptops. The result was the industry-first gaming netbook, the M11x, the mid-range M15x and the 17-inch M17x – the pride of the fleet that we are taking a look at here.Dell has gone to significant pains to ensure the M17x makes a splash in the market. Firstly there's the gorgeous design. While many gaming-rig manufacturers such as Rock and Kobalt often employ a generic chassis in a bid to offset the cost of high-end components, it's great to see Dell take care to design a laptop that's as beautiful as it is powerful.And the M17x is very powerful. Intel's latest technology is present in the Core i7 processor, while there's also a healthy amount of RAM and two ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards (in a CrossFire configuration) to ensure your gaming is as smooth as possible. It's clear from the off that the Alienware M17x is a premium product. The specially designed packaging and complimentary Alienware mouse mat and cap are a nice touch, although admittedly the latter is unlikely to be seen anytime soon on the catwalks of Milan.
Founded in 1996, Alienware has long been one of the world's best known manufacturers of gaming PCs. Since Dell acquired it in 2006, it has gone from strength to strength and its M17x is the current benchmark by which all gaming laptops should be measured. Gaming performance is staggering and by far the best we've seen to date. Twin ATi graphics cards set up in a CrossFireX configuration let the latest games run flawlessly, with ample power on offer for the most demanding multimedia use. The vibrant 17-inch screen provides the perfect canvas for this level of power. Images are as sharp as it gets, thanks to its Full HD resolution, with stunning brightness, colour and contrast on offer. The only downside is that the high-gloss panel is extremely reflective. Home office performance is equally impressive. A quad-core processor from Intel's fl agship Core i7 range delivers fantastic levels of power. Only 4096MB of memory is in place, however, so the Asus and Toshiba in this group test prove marginally more capable in this regard. Speed is enhanced by the use of a hard drive that spins at 7200rpm – the fastest speed currently available in a laptop.
Alienware has been advertising its latest portable gaming rig as the “most powerful 17-inch laptop in the universe.” We’re not sure how to go about verifying the off-planet portion of that claim, but as far as Earthly laptops go, it’s hard to dispute. A fully tricked-out model like the one we had the opportunity to test comes equipped with Intel’s fastest mobile processor, a pair of NVIDIA’s quickest mobile graphics cards, and 8GB of the speediest memory around. It’s easily the best performing notebook we’ve ever tested. And, at over $5,000 fully loaded, it’s also one of the most expensive. Like many other high-end hardware makers, Alienware has hopped on the anodized aluminum chassis bandwagon, and it’s for the better. The M17x’s brushed metallic exoskeleton—available in red, silver, or black—is pretty, pleasantly cool to the touch, and hardly shows a trace of accidental bumps and scrapes. It’s also lightweight, which is good since the laptop already tips the scales at nearly 13 pounds—not including its giant battery, which itself is nearly as weighty as a netbook. Any heavier and we’d start to seriously question its designation as a portable PC.
When you call something “the most powerful laptop in the universe,” you have a lot to live up to. And Dell’s flagship gaming system, the Alienware M17x ($4,649 as configured), mostly lives up to those claims. This anodized aluminum beast is loaded with the fastest hardware you can put in a notebook today, including two of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 280M graphics cards and a 2.53-GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad QX9300 CPU. It’s a semi-truck of a computer, and it’ll shred the latest 3D titles like a diamond-toothed chainsaw through a zombie skull, but is it worth nearly five grand? Measuring 16.0 x 12.6 x 2.1 inches and starting at 11.6 pounds (depending on your configuration), the M17x is the type of notebook that requires a hernia belt just to lift off a desk. But that just means there’s more to love. With a case made of anodized aluminum, this notebook looks and feels as tough as the Batmobile. Two speakers on the front of the computer have a sports car look, and each has a honeycomb grill that reminds us of the body armor in Crysis. Our system had a matte Space Black finish, but it’s also available in Lunar Silver and Nebular Red.
The M17x is Alienware's current flagship gaming notebook. It features an anodized aluminum shell that is available in a variety of colors, including silver, black, and red, and its 17" LCD sports a covering comprised of a shingle sheet of glass, that runs from edge-to-edge. The M17x also features 'BinaryGFX' technology which gives users have the ability to switch between discrete or integrated graphics and a 'Stealth Mode' in which the discrete graphics cards are turned off and other components throttle down to achieve a 65W power limit. We tested a high-end configuration, complete with an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB RAID 0 array, and it put up the best benchmarks scores we have seen from a notebook to date.
Jul Style meets substance with this new, high-end monster laptop. If you've got the money, the M17x has got your number. Turns out you can put a price on laptop power. To be precise, Alienware's M17x costs $3849 (in our review unit's configuration, as of 7/29). Scary part: That's a fairly "reasonable" price among the desktop replacement notebook set. Do you--or even most hardcore gamers--need this kind of juice? Like the M17, this latest Alienware laptop tries loading up on features while still achieving a fairly reasonable entry price for a base model ($1799 in the case of the M17x). The base-level 17-inch machine will earn a warm reception from gamers but, of course, what descended upon my desktop was anything but entry-level. It's got every conceivable bell and whistle, from a Blu-ray drive to the backlit illuminated keyboard. It's also fast. Though lagging behind the Eurocom D900c Phantom-X (whose Clevo-based design notched a 133 in WorldBench 6), the M17x still managed to score an impressive 100 in our test suite thanks largely an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor, 4GB of RAM, and two 160GB solid-state hard drives in a RAID 0 configuration.
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