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Alienware M17

Specifications

Alienware M17Notebook: Alienware M17
Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 512 MB
Display: 17.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 4.48kg
Price: 3500 euro
Average Score: 81.44% - good
Average of 16 scores (from 19 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 80%, features: 81%, display: 81% mobility: 39%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 66%, emissions: 68%

Reviews for the Alienware M17

88% Review Alienware M17 Gaming Notebook | Notebookcheck
I only want to play… Alienware always offers high performance hardware for the desktop as well as for the notebook gamer, for a respective price, it shall be understood. The Alienware M17 is currently one of the most efficient available notebooks from the Alienware product range. It feels very comfortable, especially in high resolution and detail levels, being equipped with an Intel Quad-Core CPU and two ATI Radeon 3870 graphic cards in a crossfire arrangement. If it weren't for calibers like Crysis or GTA IV…
80% Alienware M17-R1 review
Source: Techradar English
 

Alienware's M17 is a great laptop with impressive performance, but not the most powerful on offer. Overall, the M17-R1 is a great laptop which provides plenty of power and usability. It's a pleasure to use, with games running almost flawlessly. If you can afford it, however, we recommend you splash out on the Asus W90, which offers a more complete package.


80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware M17 gaming laptop
Source: Geek.com English
Alienware’s M17 follows up the m17x / m15x with a powerful, feature-packed gaming notebook that can double as a solid desktop replacement. That’s no surprise though–it is an expensive system and carries Alienware’s brand, plus the simple fact is that any $2000 gaming notebook will accomplish the same. Where the M17 delivers is in bringing considerable value and a lower initial starting price, as well as an ATI option, to Alienware fans. It’s a toned down version of the m17x which will appeal to many games, but ultimately if you are buying for value alone it can’t quite compete with Gateway’s current offerings. As good as the M17 looks now, it will be a much more attractive system once ATI’s 4800 series graphics land. To answer the question the article started with: certainly. Don’t expect it to compare to a similarly priced desktop, but the days of having to invest over $3000 in a gaming laptop are over.
Preis 40, Leistung 80, Ausstattung 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/31/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% features: 80%
90% Alienware M17 review
Source: CNet English
The M17 is yet another polygon-munching monster from the games-obsessed fanatics at Alienware. Unlike the identical-looking Area-51 m17x, which sports Nvidia graphics hardware, the M17 uses an ATI graphics solution, in addition to a choice of quad-core mobile CPUs. Prices start at around £1,050. The Alienware M17 is an awesome piece of kit. It's attractive, can be kitted out with a good range of high-end components and is blisteringly quick. There are alternatives, such as the Asus G71V, but few laptops can match the M17 for customisation options, features and speed.
90, Leistung 90, Ausstattung 90
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/24/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% features: 90%
Alienware M17
Source: PC World English
That gripe aside, those who want to get their game on will get a good deal out of the Alienware m17--especially considering that last year the m15x sold for over twice as much. As a gaming machine, the m17 delivers speed where it counts, but it lags a little in more conventional office-application tests.
Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2009
performance: 80%
80% Alienware M17 review
Source: PC Advisor English
That gripe aside, those who want to get their game on will get a good deal out of the Alienware m17 - especially considering the price. As a gaming machine, the Alienware M17 delivers speed where it counts, but it lags a little in more conventional office-application tests.
4 von 5,Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 50%
Alienware M17 Gaming Laptop
Source: IT Reviewed English
Laptops designed for gamers can run upwards of £3000, but most people don’t want to remortgage their house to be able to play games on the move. Desktop PCs will always be best for gaming, but when you need to go on the road there’s nothing quite a sweet as having a powerful machine to hand. Before getting your chequebook out you should bear in mind that a dedicated gaming laptop is a different beast compared to a general purpose multimedia laptop - regardless what the bloke at PC World or Currys tells you! There is no way that these types of machines can come close to competing with high-end models offered by the likes of Alienware, ASUS or Dell. Solid mix of price & performance, but optional extras make it ludicrously expensive.
Verarbeitung gut, Ausstattung sehr gut, Mobilität sehr schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/29/2009
Rating: features: 90% mobility: 30% workmanship: 80%
Alienware M17 Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Alienware's M17 is kind of an odd product. It almost feels like a release of their older design with new internals. It does have strong gaming performance thanks to its ATI CrossFire enabled graphics. Outside of the graphics though, the system is only average with other much less expensive systems available that are just as capable. Of course, those who don't care much about cost can also equip it with a quad core mobile processor for added performance.
Leistung sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/06/2009
performance: 90%
70% Alienware M17 17in Gaming Notebook
Source: Trusted Reviews English

The M17 is a well designed and powerful laptop only let down by its slightly weak graphics cards in very demanding games like Crysis. For gaming, there are better alternatives out there in terms of performance for the money, but this quad-core machine makes short work of everything else, making it well suited to video editing and other multi-threaded tasks.


von 10: 7, Preis 7, Leistung 8, Ausstattung 9
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/19/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 90%
78% Alienware M17
Source: Computer Shopper English
With its $1,999 price tag, Alienware’s M17 can hardly be considered a budget notebook. But it is reasonably priced compared with the company’s higher-end offerings—so you can get capable gaming performance without breaking the bank. With the Alienware M17, you don’t have to spend a fortune to own a capable gaming rig, unless you decide to trick it out with a quad-core processor.
7.8 von 10, Leistung mäßig, Display gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 40%
80% Alienware M17
Source: PC Mag English
The Alienware M17 is one of the first laptops to use ATI's CrossFireX technology. Judging by our 3D tests, it can definitely hang with the mobile gaming giants.
4 von 5, Display gut, Preis gut, Ausstattung gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 80% display: 80%
80% Alienware M17
Source: Laptop Mag English

Considering its solid gaming performance and $1,999 price tag, the Alienware M17 proves itself a solid solution for gamers who crave elite performance without putting up their car or firstborn as collateral. Gamers on a tighter budget may want to invest in the $1,699 Gateway P-7801u, the follow-up to the highly popular P-7811FX that boasts Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS graphics, a bigger 320GB hard drive, and an extra gig of RAM. While the M17 may not have all the bells and whistles of the m17x, sometimes flash isn’t needed to get the job done.


4 von 5, Display gut, Leistung gut, Mobilität schlecht, Emissionen mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 40% emissions: 50%
73% Alienware M17
Source: CNet English
Alienware is trying to have it both ways with the new M17, combining a relatively low starting price with some very pricey upgrades, including quad-core CPUs and ATI CrossFireX video cards. Our configuration wasn't very exciting, but turned in capable gaming scores.
(von 10): 7.3, Leistung 8, Ausstattung 7, Preis mäßig
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 70%

Foreign Reviews

90% Alienware M17
Source: PC Magazin - 6/09 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
76% Alienware M17-R1
Source: PC Go - 5/09 German
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 40%
96% Leistungsträger hoch 2
Source: SFT - 4/09 German
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 96%
48% Alienware M17
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 48% performance: 76% features: 53% mobility: 15% ergonomy: 33%
88% Test Alienware M17 Gaming Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 100% display: 82% mobility: 54% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 83% emissions: 77%
100% M17
Source: PC Praxis - 3/09 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 70%
86% Alienware M17
Source: Gamestar German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 40%

Comment

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2:

Two Mobility Radeon 3870 graphics cards combined in Crossfire mode for a 20 to 40 percent performance boost over a single Mobile Radeon 3870 GPU. This dual GPU AMD solution is comparable to an SLI solution by Nvidia. As all multi GPU solutions today, the HD 3870 X2 suffers from micro stuttering.

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 Extreme: The fastest Core 2 Duo variants of Intel are called Core 2 Extreme. Technically, these processors are based on a Merom/Penryn (X9000) core like all other Core 2 Duo  processors,  too.


QX9300: Expensive mobile Quad Core CPU with a free multiplicator and a TDP of 45 Watt. Due to the large Level 2 cache and the 2.5 GHz the CPU offers a good performance for single and multithreaded applications.» 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.


4.48 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.

 

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81.44%: 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

» Schenker MySN CXG7
Core 2 Extreme X9100, 17.0", 4.5 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Asus G71G
GeForce 9800M GS, Core 2 Duo T9400
» Asus M70VN
GeForce 9650M GT, Core 2 Duo P8600
» Schenker mySN XMG7
GeForce 9800M GTX, Core 2 Extreme X9100
» Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi5
GeForce 8600M GT, Core 2 Duo T8300
» Asus M70VM
GeForce 9600M GS, Core 2 Duo T9400
» Alienware Area-51 m17x
GeForce 8800M GTX SLI, Core 2 Duo T9500
» Asus A7k
Mobility Radeon HD 2600, Turion 64 X2 TL-58
» Gateway P-6860FX
GeForce 8800M GTS, Core 2 Duo T5550
» Asus M70SA
Mobility Radeon HD 3650, Core 2 Duo T9300
» Gateway P-171X
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Core 2 Duo T5450
» Medion Akoya Extreme X7810
GeForce 8700M GT, Core 2 Extreme X7800
» Asus G2SG
GeForce 8700M GT, Core 2 Duo T9300
» Gateway P-171XL
GeForce 8800M GTS, Core 2 Extreme X7900
» Gateway P-171S
GeForce 8800M GTS, Core 2 Duo T7250
» Gateway P-170L
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100, Core 2 Duo T7250
» Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi4
GeForce 8600M GT, Core 2 Duo T8100
» Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook N6470
Mobility Radeon HD 2600, Core 2 Duo T8300
» Asus F7F
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Core Duo T2250
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xa2528
GeForce 8600M GS, Turion 64 X2 TL-60
» Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook N6460
Mobility Radeon HD 2600, Core 2 Duo T7500
» Sony Vaio VGN-AR730E
GeForce 8400M GT, Core 2 Duo T8100
» Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi1
GeForce 8600M GS, Core 2 Duo T7250
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi2550
Mobility Radeon HD 2700, Core 2 Duo T7250
» Toshiba Satellite X200-21X
GeForce 8600M GT SLI, Core 2 Duo T7500
» Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi3
GeForce 8600M GT, Core 2 Duo T7500
» Toshiba Qosmio G40-11L
GeForce 8600M GT, Core 2 Duo T7300
» Toshiba Qosmio G40-10E
GeForce 8600M GT, Core 2 Duo T7300
» Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Xi2528
GeForce 8600M GS, Core 2 Duo T7700
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-04-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)