Alienware M14x, Haswell

Specifications

Alienware M14x, HaswellNotebook: Alienware M14x, Haswell (M14x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4900MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 2.8kg
Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the Alienware M14x, Haswell

70% Alienware 14 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
With its powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, combination mSATA SSD and HDD setup, and Nvidia GTX 765M GPU, the Alienware 14 is a powerful gaming notebook packed into a transportable package. This laptop's gaming performance is nothing short of impressive, and its design is otherworldly.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Alienware 14
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Positive: good first impression; extraordinary performance
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/11/2013

Comment

Series:

With all the hype for ultrabooks and tablets, many have forgotten the true meaning of performance/gaming laptops. At least there is one brand that still thinks of those gamers who depend on their laptop for gaming. Alienware is currently the only laptop brand that focuses only on gaming laptops and PCs.

The iteration remains the same as the previous ones. With the M11x gone, the M14x is supposed to be their most portable laptop but this year’s Ivy Bridge-wielding Alienware M14x has an unchanged exterior from the last batch. Nothing much was done in terms of weight and chunkiness too. It is still on the heavy side and has a chassis that resembles an industrial grade laptop.

We still love that aggressive design and sleek lines that warns people about its seriousness. The rubber finish feels nice to touch and gives the laptop a surface a firm grip. Keyboard and trackpad are both of a decent size and perfect for gaming. The light around the laptop is customisable including the section underneath the keyboard and surrounding the trackpad.

Obviously by being an Alienware, it won’t be short of any hardware. One of the advantages of getting an Alienware is the wide range of customizable hardware it offers. However, even the minimum specs will blow any other 14 inch laptops out of its way.

Another plus side is the screen quality. It’s no retina display but manages to impress our eyes with the crisp details and high resolution. However, the very glossy glass panel is a letdown. Using it outdoors is next to impossible but considering its weight, it isn’t really appropriate for carrying around anyways. We definitely can’t say that the M14x is a bargain or value buy. It is pricey but premium

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M:

High-End Graphics cards as part of the Geforce 700M series based on the Kepler architecture.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

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


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


4900MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.8 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


14.0": 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.8 kg: This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.


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


70%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


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

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Alienware 14
Core i7 4700MQ

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Maingear Pulse 14
Core i7 4702MQ, 1.9 kg
» Razer Blade 14 inch
Core i7 4702HQ, 1.904 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Gigabyte Aorus X7
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 3.2 kg
» Maingear Pulse 17
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.7 kg
» MSI GS70-2OD-001US
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.6 kg
» Asus G750JW-NH71
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 4.8 kg
» Medion Erazer X7611-MD98543
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.68 kg
» MSI GS70-2OD-002US
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.7 kg
» Eurocom Shark 2.0
Core i5 4200M, 15.6", 2.7 kg
» Gigabyte P27K
Core i7 4700MQ, 17.3", 3.2 kg
» Medion Medion Erazer X7611-MD98541
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.7 kg
» Gigabyte P35K
Core i7 4700HQ, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Ibuypower Battalion M1771-2
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.7 kg
» MSI GE70 2OE-008RU
Core i7 4700MQ, 17.1", 2.7 kg
» Schenker XMG C703
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.628 kg
» Schenker XMG A503
Core i5 4300M, 15.6", 2.67 kg
» MSI GS70-2OD-052XPL Stealth
Core i7 4700MQ, 17.3", 2.7 kg
» MSI GS70-65M21621
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.72 kg
» Asus G750JW-T4031
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 3.9 kg
» MSI GS70-2OD-021UK
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 2.7 kg
» Digital Storm Veloce
Core i7 4800MQ, 13.3", 2.1 kg
» One K33-3E
Core i7 4702MQ, 13.3", 1.99 kg
» MSI GE60H-i765M2811B
Core i7 4700MQ, 15.6", 2.674 kg
» Sager NP7330
Core i7 4700MQ, 13.3", 2.1 kg
» Micro Express NB5720
Core i7 4900MQ, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» MSI GE70-i765M287
Core i7 4700MQ, 17.3", 3.05 kg
» MSI GE70-2OE-040PL
Core i7 4700MQ, 17.3", 3.1 kg
» Asus G750JW
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 4.5 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-06-18 (Update: 2013-06-18)