AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 2.4 WITH 14 CONSUMER REVIEWS
No discussion on gaming laptops is ever complete without a mention of Alienware. The M17X lies right in the middle of this series of gaming laptops, below the humungous M18X and above the portable M14X. Fitted with a large 17-inch screen, the Alienware M17X is definitely one of the best gaming laptops available right now, if not the best.
While the M17X gets updated specifications every now and then to provide the best specs, its design has remained mostly the same. In other words, it still remains the large and flashy machine it has been over the years, and this includes the plethora of LED lights around the laptop, with all its bold curves. The best things about the Alienware M17X, however, are inside the machine, beginning with the third-generation Ivy Bridge Intel quad-core processor that clocks a normal speed of 2.3 GHz but can go up to 3.3 GHz with Turbo Boost activated.
Customers can choose between Nvidia and AMD dedicated graphics cards, as well as a Full HD 3D display for intense and action-packed gaming. The price of the Alienware M17X can range from £999 and go all the way up to over £5,000 with extra peripherals and accessories.
The Alienware M17X has always been a gaming powerhouse, and this year is no different. It combines the latest of Intel’s processing technology with powerful graphics performance to form a formidable gaming machine. Modern games like Batman: Arkham City and Crysis 2 run effortlessly on the system. The system that we used had the powerful AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics processor inside. Even the Intel HD 4000 GPU is a great addition, offering the all-important DirectX 11 support for a much more intensive gaming experience.
Apart from the Intel i7 chip we had (which is mentioned along with other key specs later on below), you have two other chip options. Both are i7 quad-core processors with Turbo Boost enabled. You also get two Nvidia graphics card options- the GeForce GTX 675M and the GeForce GTX 660M. The Alienware M17X also comes with up to 32 GB memory, which is an insanely large amount of RAM power for a gaming rig. The 17.3-inch screen has Full HD 1080p support, and a 2.1 megapixel webcam. A Blu-Ray drive is available as an option, although our test model had a DVD combo drive. You also have an optical slot-loading drive. The large heat sinks and the dual exhausts significantly reduce the heat and noise levels from the laptop, so there is no need to worry about heat overload or the machine getting noisy.
As an Alienware device, the M17X comes with the signature casing and lighting system that lets you set the colors for the ports, logos, buttons, speaker grills, and keys, ranging from cool blue to fiery red neon lights. In terms of connectivity, you get everything that is expected from a laptop in this price range, namely Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports, a mini-Display Port, SD card reader, HDMI 1.4 port, optical digital output, and some more goodies. Battery life has surprisingly improved from the previous year, but it is hardly a change since the battery still lasts only around 130 minutes in full load. This, however, is expected from an Alienware M17X, as is the heavy weight of 4.4 kg and bulky dimensions that make it difficult to lug around.
Other key specifications in the model we reviewed include:
- Operating System – Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
- CPU – Intel Core i7-3610QM/3.7 GHz with Turbo Boost
- Hard Drive – 500 GB + 64 GB mSATA SSD
- Memory – 8 GB
- Optical Drive – DVD+/-RW +/-DL, DVD+/-RW +/-DL
- Maximum Resolution: 1920 X 1080 (Full HD)
It comes as no surprise to experience the Alienware M17X play HD videos and the most recent game titles with ease. With 8 GB or more RAM, you can also get HD photo and video editing done with ease. It has little trouble scoring high marks in benchmarking tests, and gets 60 fps in demanding game titles with high graphics settings. You also get certain software programs like AlienTouch and AlienAdrenaline, which controls track pad sensitivity for better in-game movement and improves management of software behavior to optimize games, respectively. Another program called AlienFusion improves game performance levels as well, with just a touch of a button. If you opt for the dual SSD and HDD setup, boot times are really quick.
VerdictThe Alienware M17X this year is a big improvement from last year’s model, which, quite frankly, can still handle modern titles decently. The Ivy Bridge processor is a great addition, and the choice between Nvidia and AMD graphics processor should be welcoming to a lot of gamers. The only cons with the laptop have been the same since it was first introduced, which are poor battery life and lack of portability.
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