Alienware M15x

Specifications

Alienware M15xNotebook: Alienware M15x
Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M 1024 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1600x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 4.34kg
Price: 1790 euro
Average Score: 84.07% - good
Average of 29 scores (from 32 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 92%, features: 82%, display: 84% mobility: 56%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 72%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Alienware M15x

84% Review Alienware M15x Gaming-Notebook | Notebookcheck
Back from the Future? The M15x already represents one of the most unique and daring notebooks on the market. A futuristic design and illumination strike you right away, no matter where you look. Alienware also doesn't go in for many compromises under the hood and, according to their own statements, offers "...the universe's most powerful 15" laptop." If the manufacturer has bitten off more than they can chew and how the notebook does in the benchmarks can be read in our comprehensive review.
60% Alienware M15x Ships Fast 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English

The Alienware M15x oozes gaming prowess with it's aggressive design, powerful quad-core processor, and HD display. However, the lack of a decent graphics card and expensive price are very disappointing. Until the Alienware M15x (Ships Fast) notebook is updated with a better video card, there are better alternatives on the market.


Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Alienware M15x Gaming Notebook
Source: Techtree.com English
The M15x with this high-end bundle will cost you close to Rs. 2 lac which is a lot of money. You can, however, drop a lac by opting for a slightly lower-end bundle which include a Core i7 720QM, 4GB of RAM, 6-cell battery, 1600x900 res screen and a regular DVD burner while the rest of the components remain the same. This configuration makes it very similar to the Asus G51JX that we compared it to and from the scores you can see its no slouch when it comes to gaming. The M15x is a slightly toned down version of its elder brother but certainly shares the same gaming DNA. It's great for high-end gaming and the illuminated keyboard is one of the best we've seen in any notebook more so for its great tactile feedback. But shelling out nearly 2 lacs for this is where I draw the line; I mean I could buy a used car for this money. The lower-end variant seems more bearable which is priced around a lac. In fact, for that price, the Asus G51JX gives you more value for money since you're getting Nvidia's 3D Vision kit as well. Overall, the Alienware M15x is a wonderful gaming machine and is probably one of the best 15-inch gaming notebooks money can buy. However, drawbacks like the really high price, average battery life and the sheer weight of does not make it a very sensible buy
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/22/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
100% Alienware M15x - Présentation
Source: Pocketables English
Mais quelle note donner à ce M15x ? De deux choses l’une, soit nous notons le modèle pour ce qu’il est en tenant compte du rapport performances / qualité, soit nous notons le modèle en tenant compte de ce que la concurrence offre sur le même créneau. Nous pensons qu’il n’y a pas lieu de comparer puisque cela fausserait totalement la note de la machine. L’Alienware M15x est une pièce unique remplissant les critères que l’on est en droit d’attendre d’une telle machine et même si la concurrence offre un 15,6″ plus puissant, cela n’empêche pas que ce M15x est une réussite. Nous lui octroyons donc 5 étoiles.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% Dell Alienware m15x: Aliens Beware!
Source: Hardware Zone English
With the arrival of the Dell Alienware m15x, we're glad that we finally had a chance to test drive a state-of-the-art gaming monster unlike say, HP's Voodoo, which doesn't even look remotely like it's coming anywhere to this region. After this hands-on review, we're pretty much sold on the Alienware as one heck of a gaming notebook. Given the very hardcore nature of its specifications, it may not be easy to find a similarly equipped notebook that retains the build quality of the m15x.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
40% Alienware M15x notebook review
Source: Pocket Lint English
We love the Alienware M15x for being an unadulterated gaming rig that is so exuberant. It's difficult not to be drawn to it's over-the-top looks and attention to detail. But you do pay for it. The lowest spec (which is still fairly impressive) comes in at £1199. The configuration reviewed here comes in at £1578, and that's not even the top spec. That's the biggest issue we have with the M15x. At the prices you are being asked to pay, things like a Full HD display and Blu-ray player should be standard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 40%
95% Review: Alienware M15x (Core i7) gaming laptop
Source: Geek.com English
The Alienware M15x is, in many ways, and excellent computer. The M15x/M17x chassis design is arguably the best available today on any gaming laptop so having it in another size option is great. The M15x is a very powerful and versatile 15-inch gaming computer that has a reasonable starting price. With the right build it can be a great computer that still manages to bring a fair bit of value along with it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 95% price: 80% performance: 90%
80% Alienware M15x review
Source: Techradar English
One of the best gaming laptops around and comes at a very reasonable price. The M15x is a result of Dell's overhaul of PC and laptop gaming manufacturer Alienware, which it obtained in 2006. The M15x is one of the best gaming laptops we've seen. Its great design is perfectly complemented by decent performance and it's also very reasonably priced – not something we can say very often about gaming systems.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware M15x (Core i7)
Source: PC Mag English
Alienware is at the top of its game, as its otherworldly creations have few equals when it comes to gaming laptops. The Alienware M15x (Core i7) is essentially the smaller version of the M17x, which, covered in heavy metals, dominated opponents in both looks and performance. The M15x is the first Alienware laptop to transition to Intel's Core i7 processors, but the M17x is looking like the better pick when it gets the same Core i7 treatment.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware M15x review
Source: CNet English
With the same look and feel as its 17-inch M17x sibling, the 15.6-inch Alienware M15x is an imposing black slab of computing power that's thicker and heavier than most 17-inch laptops. We love having high-end options, such as Intel's uber-powerful Core i7-920XM CPU, and it's a plus that Alienware has finally hopped aboard the 16:9 display bandwagon. The Alienware M15x can become very expensive when you take advantage of the wealth of configuration options, and it's not particularly portable, but it makes up for these issues with cracking performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80%
Out of this world
Source: Star Techcentral English
It is hard to gauge whether Windows 7 could have cured the distortion and minimisation issues but it’s likely it would have helped in some way. Besides for that, the Alienware M15X lives up to its promise of top class gaming even for their laptop models but it may be too ­strenuous to carry around. The faulty touchpad is also a major concern but overall the M15X is intense both in style and substance. It is relatively cheap and is can be a highly useful while waiting for friends at a coffee shop, assuming it was practical to haul it over there.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 40%
80% Alienware m15x review
Source: PC Authority English
Over the years, Alienware's laptops have been many things, a lot of them completely contradictory. Big, small, gaudy, powerful, expensive and even sometimes good value for money. If it's an unstoppable gaming monster you're after, the bigger, faster m17x is probably the machine you want – or one with an older, faster quad-core chip. As a distinctive, powerful desktop replacement that is good, but not great, for games though, there's a lot to commend the m15x..
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware M15x 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Alienware's M15x is the latest redesign of their 15-inch laptop that features the same styling designs of the M17x. The system offers a high level of performance thanks to the new Intel Core i7 mobile platform and the NVIDIA GeForce GT series graphics. The performance clearly rivals many other gaming specific laptops but the system is very large and heavy for a 15-inch laptop making it less appealing for those wanting portability.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Alienware M15x
Source: PC Pro English
Gaming laptops are a curious breed. Over-priced and under-powered compared to their desktop PC cousins, and heavier and bulkier than your average laptop, they’re the definition of an awkward halfway house. But if you’ve got your heart set on a mobile powerhouse, then the Alienware M15x could prove the machine of your dreams. Fusing extrovert styling with serious gaming power, the Alienware M15x is sure to impress.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 67% performance: 100% features: 83%
80% Alienware M15x (Intel Core i7 720QM, 250GB HDD, 3GB)
Source: CNet English
Keeping the same revised look and feel as the recent 17-inch M17x version, the Alienware M15x is an imposing black slab of computing power that's thicker and heavier than most 17-inch laptops. We love having high-end options such as Intel's uberpowerful Core i7-920XM CPU, and it's a plus that Alienware has finally gotten onboard the 16:9 display bandwagon; but if you want serious gamer options such as dual video cards or two hard drives, you'll have to trade up the bigger 17-inch model. Alienware's big and bulky 15-inch M15x pulls out most of the stops, thanks to a superpowered CPU.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 90%
Alienware M15x with Intel® CoreTM i7-820QM Mobile Processor review
Source: notebookforums.com English
To sum it up, actually I wanted to buy a Precision m6400 which was going out my budget. Then I was considering the M17x which had a potential but had an inferior processor in model which I was aiming for under my budget. Afterwards M15x came as a Life saver for me. Order it right away and I hope it would be my video, audio and image editing companion for at least 3 to 4 yrs...
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: performance: 80% display: 100% mobility: 40% workmanship: 90%
89% Alienware M15x
Source: Computer Shopper English
From its slick-looking, Cosmic Black chassis with multi-colored lighting effects to its collection of high-end components, the M15x is everything you’d expect from Alienware, which typically spares no expense when it comes to manufacturing its gaming systems. This scaled-down version of its category-defining M17x is as solid as they come and actually outranks its bigger sibling when it comes to productivity-application performance. The M15x, one of the best-performing 15-inch gaming notebooks around, is loaded with cool features and top-shelf components. It’s also quite expensive and heavier than most notebooks in this class.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 89%
80% Alienware M15x
Source: Laptop Mag English

This 15-inch beast of a gaming rig is tops in all categories—including price. The Alienware M15x is undoubtedly the fastest 15-inch gaming notebook we’ve tested, and its looks match its performance. However, other rigs offer better bang for your buck. For example, the ASUS G51J-A1 may not have the cool backlit keyboard, edge-to edge display, or a Blu-ray player, but it gets comparable gaming scores, and costs $1,100 less. Nevertheless, if you want the best-looking and best-performing 15-inch rig on the block, this is the notebook to get.


Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware Core i7 M15x Review
Source: notebookforums.com English
Hey Im Yoob@NBF and I like ridiculously powerful notebooks with little regards to its battery endurance and/or weight. Ive always been a fan of the bang for buck category ever since my first upgradeable notebook the Dell Inspiron 8100 which featured a blazing fast 1Ghz Pentium3-m CPU and what was the powerhouse known as the Geforce 440mx with 32MB of Vram. Till this day its always been a Dell for they have always been able to match the right stuff inside a computer with right stuff in my wallet. Today is no different since my Alienware is still technically a Dell and for once Alienware has finally reached the coveted BANG-4-BUCK title.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/06/2009
Rating: performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90%
90% Alienware M15x Core i7
Source: Driverheaven English
The first thing which is immediately noticeable about the M15x is how sturdy the machine is. There are other laptops out there which use the same material in their construction but they are often flimsy and can damage easily. The M15x uses a much thicker chassis and should withstand some very rough treatment when on the move. The good build quality continues when we open the lid and find a bright and crisp screen which has a visually appealing design thanks to the edge to edge finish. Those people who open the underside of the machine will also find a well arranged and tidy design with each of the component separated from the others. Airflow has also been taken into consideration with the fan and vent placement pretty much perfected.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 100% workmanship: 90%

Foreign Reviews

91% Reiß die Klappe auf!
Source: PC Action - 4/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 70% performance: 92% features: 85%
91% Notebooks für alle!
Source: PC Games Hardware - 4/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 70%
77% Alienware M15X
Source: PC Go - 3/10 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 02/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 80%
91% Zocker-Notebooks
Source: PC Games Hardware - 2/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 70%
80% Alienware M15x Notebook
Source: Minitechnet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 100% display: 80% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 60%
96% Fette Spielemaschinen
Source: SFT - 12/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 96%
96% Fette Spielemaschinen
Source: SFT - 12/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 96%
88% Test Alienware M15x Gaming-Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 94% display: 86% mobility: 59% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 82%
90% Alienware M15x
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 60%
80% Alienware M15x (Core i7)
Source: Jambitz Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
95% Alienware M15x
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 95%
100% Alienware M15x
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 100%
82% DELL Alienware M15x
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/19/2011
Rating: Total score: 82%

Comment

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M:

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M is essentially a higher clocked GeForce 9800M GTX based on the G92b core built under a 55nm manufacturing process. Because of the architectural difference, the 260M is less powerful (and quite dissimilar) to the similarly named desktop GeForce GTX 260.

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.  


720QM: The Core i7-720QM is the slowes Core i7 Quad Core in 2009 and clocks between 1.6 and 2.8 GHz (due to the Turbo Mode). Therefore, it combines the advantages of a slow quad core CPU with a fast single core one. Compared to the faster Core i7 mobile CPUs, the 720QM only features 6MB L3 Cache.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. 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.


4.34 kg: This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit 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


84.07%: 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.


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

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus G51JX-IX044V
Core i7 720QM, 3.3 kg
» Asus G51J-IX097V
Core i7 720QM, 3.5 kg
» Asus G51J-3D
Core i7 720QM, 3.4 kg
» Asus G51J-1B
Core i7 720QM, 3.4 kg
» Asus G51J-A1
Core i7 720QM, 3.3 kg
» Asus G51J
Core i7 720QM, 3.3 kg
» Asus G51VX
Core 2 Quad Q9000, 3.3 kg

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» Malibal Lotus
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» Gateway P-7908u
Core 2 Duo P8700, 17", 4.2 kg
» Asus G72GX-TY013V
Core 2 Duo P8700, 17.3", 4 kg
» Asus G60J
Core i7 720QM, 16.0", 3.42 kg
» Asus G72GX
Core 2 Quad Q9000, 17.3", 4.05 kg
» Ibuypower Battalion 101 M865TU
Core 2 Duo P8700, 15.0", 3.2 kg
» Asus G71GX
Core 2 Duo T9550, 17.0", 4.17 kg
» Asus G60VX
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» Pioneer Dreambook M86
Core 2 Duo T9600, 15.4", 3.2 kg
» Sager NP8662
Core 2 Duo P8600, 15.4", 3.3 kg

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GeForce GTX 560M, Core i7 2670QM
» Asus G53SX-A1
GeForce GTX 560M, Core i7 2630QM
» Asus G53SX-SZ064V
GeForce GTX 560M, Core i5 2410M
» Asus G53SX-SZ019V
GeForce GTX 560M, Core i7 2630QM
» Asus G53SW-A1
GeForce GTX 460M, Core i7 2630QM
» Asus G53SW-IX097Z
GeForce GTX 460M, Core i7 2630QM
» Asus G53JW-SX029V
GeForce GTX 460M, Core i7 720QM
» Asus G53JW-SZ098V
GeForce GTX 460M, Core i7 740QM
» Asus G53JW
GeForce GTX 460M, Core i7 720QM
» HP ProBook 4525s-WK401EA
Radeon HD 4250, Athlon II P320
» Asus Eee Top PC ET1602
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Atom N270
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-11-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)