Alienware Area-51 m17x


Alienware Area-51 m17xNotebook: Alienware Area-51 m17x (Area-51 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9500
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX SLI 512 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 4.96kg
Price: 3700 euro
Average Score: 79.29% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 40%, performance: 85%, features: 87%, display: 89% mobility: 41%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 62%

Reviews for the Alienware Area-51 m17x

88% Test Alienware Area-51 m17x Notebook | Notebookcheck
Beam me up, Scotty. While the european supporters of Alienware have had to wait a long while for its release, the extra-terrestrial m17x and its 17 inch screen has been available in the US for some time. However, the wait is over and the Intel CPU and Geforce 8800M GTX SLI equipped gaming machine is now available here. These compnents mean these laptops are one of the strongest competitors in its class.
80% Alienware Area-51 m17x
Source: Laptop Mag English
It’s the fastest, meanest-looking gaming notebook ever—if you can afford it. The Alienware M17x system delivers stunning performance for today’s hottest titles, and it has enough muscle to handle the next generation of games. It’s the most powerful system we’ve had in our labs, and it cuts through hits like Call of Duty: World at War with frame rates to spare. But so can other systems like the MSI GT725 or the Gateway P-7807u FX, and those systems are less than half the price of the M17x. However, if you care as much about premium design and personalization as you do about what’s under the hood, this gaming rig is second to none.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware Area-51 m17x Review
Source: English
The Alienware Area-51 m17x is a remarkable gaming notebook and a clear step forward for Alienware in terms of design and performance. It is packed to the gills with top-shelf equipment, most notably a pair of Nvidia 9800M-GT video cards. This is one of not even a handful of machines that can comfortably max out Crysis. It has the typical downsides associated with a portable desktop – loud cooling system, dismal battery life, and hefty weight, but it does everything else well. The $3,849 starting price is steep and out of reach for most, though the baseline configuration has the components that make the system worth buying. In this reviewer’s opinion, more could have been thrown in for the money, and for such an expensive system, not having a more comprehensive warranty is disappointing.
Leistung ausgezeichnet, Verarbeitung gut, Display ausgezeichnet, Preis sehr schlecht, Emissionen schlecht, Mobilität sehr schlecht
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/22/2008
Rating: price: 30% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 30% workmanship: 80% emissions: 40%
82% Alienware Area-51 m17x
Source: CNet English
We'll just come right out and say the Alienware m17x is about as powerful as a laptop gets, at least if it's as tricked-out as our $6,000-plus review unit was. If you're looking to drop some major change on a show-off gaming laptop, it's hard to do better than the Alienware Area-51 m17x, a mean-looking, high-performance black slab.
(von 10): 8.2, Leistung 9, Ausstattung 8, Preis mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 50% performance: 90% features: 80%
80% Alienware Area-51 m17x
Source: Laptop Mag English
Gamers with deep pockets will love the Alienware Area-51 m17x. It’s the fastest gaming rig on the market, and competitors won’t likely surpass it anytime soon. It’s super sexy, and its customization features will make you the envy of fellow gamers at LAN parties. However, for $5,598, it shouldn’t crash under the stress of a game, even if it may be Vista’s fault.
4 von 5, Leistung sehr gut, Display gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/19/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 40%
77% Alienware Area-51 m17x Laptop
Source: Computer Shopper English
If you were hoping for an exciting new refresh to Alienware's Area-51 line of performance gaming laptops, the m17x may disappoint you. Alienware passed on Intel's new Centrino 2 platform and instead packed in a pair of rebranded 9800M GTs, which are 8800GTXs in all but name. Alienware's mammoth Area-51 m17x gaming laptop doesn't employ the latest and greatest CPU or GPU—yet manages to still deliver top performance.
7.7 von 10, Leistung mäßig, Preis schlecht, Mobilität sehr schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 40% performance: 60% mobility: 30%
60% Alienware Area-51 m17x Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop
Source: Comp Reviews English
Alienware's Area-51 m17x is a very hefty machine that is really designed with the sole purpose of being a high performance gaming system. It has a vareity of features and options that make it well suited as a portable media platform, but the high cost of the system makes the system a bit harder to justify.
3 von 5, Leistung gut, Preis schlecht, Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% performance: 80% mobility: 50%

Foreign Reviews

88% Test Alienware Area-51 m17x Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 47% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 72%



Two Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX cards are combined in SLI for faster graphics performance in laptops. Most DirectX 10 games should be able to run fluently on high detail settings.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.

T9500: Upper middle class laptop CPU for Santa Rosa based laptops (FSB 800). The T9550 offers only a slightly higher core clock, but features a 1066 FSB.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

17.1": Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

4.96 kg: This laptop is heavy. Especially desktop replacements with 19 inch display fit in this class of weight. This class is too heavy, even for 17 inch DTR.

Alienware: Alienware is an American computer hardware company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell. It mainly assembles for high-performance gaming. Alienware also offers for sale rebadged laptops and computer peripherals, such as headsets, computer mice, monitors and keyboards. Alienware was founded in 1996. The corporate headquarters is located in Florida. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. 2005, Alienware brought in upwards of $170 million USD in annual sales and launched an international in 2003 with a presence in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. The international market share is limited.


Alienware reviews

79.29%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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GeForce Go 7600, Core 2 Duo T7200
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GeForce Go 7600, Core Duo T2500
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GeForce Go 7600, Core Duo T2500
» Toshiba Qosmio G30
GeForce Go 7600, Core Duo T2500
» Toshiba Qosmio G30-137
GeForce Go 7600, Core Duo T2500

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» Alienware 17-3511
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» Alienware 17, Radeon R9 M290X
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» Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)
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» Alienware 18
GeForce GTX 780M SLI, Core i7 4930MX, 18.4", 5.5 kg
» Alienware 17, GTX 780M
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» Alienware 17
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-07-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)