Alienware M14x R2


Alienware M14x R2Notebook: Alienware M14x R2 (M14x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3720QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB
Display: 14 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.94kg
Price: 1650 euro
Average Score: 84.09% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 97%, features: 80%, display: 82% mobility: 63%, workmanship: 91%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 78%

Reviews for the Alienware M14x R2

86% Alienware M14x R2 Review | Notebookcheck
Noisy and Fast. Classic gaming laptops too boring for you? The Alienware M14x could be an interesting alternative then: With current hardware from Intel and Nvidia, packaged in a unique case design, Alienware tries to woo customers. Is this enough to justify price and emissions?
60% Alienware M14x R2 14-inch Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Alienware's 14-inch gaming laptop is in need a redesign. While it still features things like the customizable lighting and is more compact that many other gaming laptops, it still is quite heavy. The biggest problem it though has to be the lower resolution displays. Most game laptops strive for 1080p panels but here you either are at 720 or 900 vertical lines.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Alienware M14x R2 Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
There's certainly a lot to like about the Alienware M14x R2 in terms of portability, its productivity performance, and the build quality. It also has a great keyboard for a gaming rig, and it starts out at a modest $1,099, so you can nab the Alienware imprimatur, if that's all you want, without spending a mint. That being said, its gaming performance is limited by its sole-option Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics (albeit in either 1GB or 2GB choices).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Alienware M14x R2 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
An ideal compromise between power and portability, the $1,604 Alienware M14x R2 makes high-quality fragging on the go a very real possibility. Gamers with smaller wallets but stronger backs might want to check out the larger MSI GT60, which costs $200 less, and has more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M graphics. But, you'll have a hard time beating the style and substance of the M14x.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Alienware M14x-R2
Source: Digital Versus English
Gaming laptops and 14-inch chassis are rarely a good mix. Alienware made and won an ambitious gamble with the M14x: to house all the components needed for hardcore gaming, and everything that goes with it, all in a 14-inch chassis—without overheating issues. Despite the at-times noisy fan, the M14x is a great choice for gamers on the move.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/15/2012
Rating: Total score: 100%
100% Alienware M14x R2 Ivy Bridge Laptop
Source: Hardwareheaven English
When we reviewed the original M14x we noted it had a solid body and high quality, branded internal components. The slightly rubberised finish was exceptional and there is minimal flex to the keyboard which has good backlighting. The same can be said of the latest version with Ivy Bridge compatibility.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 90% performance: 100% workmanship: 100%
80% Alienware M14X review
Source: T3 English
The Alienware M14X is a phenomenal laptop. As usual with Alienware, there's a lot of bling on the surface that grabs your attention. But thankfully, it's not just about the customizable neon and go-faster stripes. Under the bonnet there's an absolute monster of an engine and high-quality parts throughout.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
95% Alienware M14x gaming notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Although the M14x looks the same as its predecessor – and still looks cool – it’s what's on the inside that counts here. For your hard-earned pounds, this Alienware offers high levels of gaming performance and plenty of connectivity inside a portable shell with a screen big enough for proper gaming sessions.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/28/2012
Rating: Total score: 95%

Foreign Reviews

Spielfreudig – 14-Zoll-Gaming-Notebook mit Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2012
Rating: performance: 95% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 30% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 50%
78% Alienware M14x R2 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 98% features: 91% display: 86% mobility: 58% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 76%
Gaming Notebooks bis 14 Zoll: Schenker XMG A102 und Dell Alienware M14x R2 im Test
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/26/2012
93% Dell Alienware M14xR2
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/18/2012
Rating: Total score: 93% performance: 95% display: 85% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 80%
Test: Alienware M14x R2 - Gaming auf kleinstem Raum
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Positive: casing, illumination, gaming performace, bootable mSATA-SSD, battery runtime; negative: price, noise
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/25/2012
83% Alienware M14x
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 83%



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 GT 650M: A mid-range GPU and the fastest GeForce GT as part of the 600M series

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 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.  

3720QM: An Ivy Bridge-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4000 GPU running at 650-1250 MHz on a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

14": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.94 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.


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84.09%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-05-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)