Alienware M14x, i7-3720QM

Specifications

Alienware M14x, i7-3720QMNotebook: Alienware M14x, i7-3720QM (M14x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3720QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 3kg
Average Score: 87% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 90%, features: 80%, display: 85% mobility: 83%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: 100%, emissions: 83%

Reviews for the Alienware M14x, i7-3720QM

80% Alienware M14x R2 Review: Better Than The Original
Source: Notebookreview.com English
As it is now, the Alienware M14x R2 finds itself in the dominant position of a small niche in the gaming market. If you're looking for a 14-inch gaming notebook with an awesome design, cool LEDs, lots of storage customization options, and an optical drive then the M14x R2 is the best choice. That said, the same amount of money can buy a smaller, lighter gaming notebook (if you're willing to sacrifice a few features) or a larger, more powerful notebook (if you're willing to sacrifice portability).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 100%

Foreign Reviews

94% Dell Alienware M18xR2
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 94% performance: 100% display: 85% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 83%

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 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.


14.0": 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.


3 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


87%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.


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

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

» Alienware M14x, i7-3610QM
Core i7 3610QM

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Lenovo IdeaPad Y480-2093B3U
Core i5 3210M, 2.3 kg
» Gigabyte U2442F
Core i7 3517U, 1.7 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Y400-59360114
Core i7 3630QM, 2.5 kg
» HP Pavilion dv4t-5100
Core i5 3210M, 2.2 kg
» Samsung Q470
Core i3 2350M, 2.2 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Samsung Series 7 Chronos 700Z7C
Core i7 3610QM, 17.3", 3 kg
» Asus UX51VZ-XB71
Core i7 3632QM, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Asus UX51VZ-DB114H
Core i7 3632QM, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» Asus UX51VZ-DB115H
Core i7 3632QM, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Samsung 550P5C-S05PL
Core i5 3210M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Asus N56VZ-S4165H
Core i5 3210M, 15.6", 2.7 kg
» Dell Inspiron 17R 7720-0408
Core i7 3630QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
» HP Envy dv7-7335
Core i7 3630QM, 17.3", 3.2 kg
» Samsung 550P7C-S0DDE
Core i7 3610QM, 17.3", 3 kg
» Asus N56VZ-4338D
Core i7 3630QM, 15.6", 2.7 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-771G-53218G87Maii
Core i5 3210M, 17.3", 3.2 kg
» HP Envy dv7-7266er
Core i7 3630QM, 17.3", 3.3 kg
» Asus UX51Vz-DH71
Core i7 3612QM, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» HP Envy dv6-7214nr
Core i7 3630QM, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Asus UX51VZ-CN036H
Core i7 3612QM, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» Eurocom W110ER Monster
Core i7 3820QM, 11.6", 1.7 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-771G-73618G1.5TMAII
Core i7 3610QM, 17.3", 3.2 kg
» Asus Zenbook U500VZ-CN032H
Core i7 3612QM, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Asus UX51VZ
Core i7 3612QM, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» Samsung 700Z7C-S01FR
Core i7 3615QM, 17.3", 3 kg
» HP Pavilion dv6-7014nr
Core i7 3610QM, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Samsung 550P7C-S02UK
Core i7 3610QM, 17.3", 2.9 kg
» Asus N76VZ-V2G-T1002V
Core i7 3610QM, 17.3", 3.6 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-06-15 (Update: 2012-06-15)