SpecificationsNotebook: Alienware M17X10 (M17x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 520M
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1000 euro
Reviews for the Alienware M17X10
Source: Inside HW
This is a product with a very specific market niche, no doubt about that. The majority of people would hate its tacky keyboard, large dimensions, chubby looks and weight, but this is hardly the idea behind this model anyway. Notebooks such as these are made for the lucky few that will be able to appreciate every detail on it, and make the best of the hardware that they’re packing. It’s for these reasons that the final price of Alienware models amounts to more than just the sum of its parts, but that’s the case with all their other aspects as well, which manages to keep the price in the background. Those that opt for Alienware notebooks are passionate gamers that want more than a mere gaming machine and are ready to pay for that. Simply put, these are “aliens” that look for unique characteristics in a PC and are willing to spend hours in seemingly pointless activities such as creating profiles and setting all those separate colour and brightness levels for the keyboard and the surrounding elements, even if most of those remains unused. They will proudly wear the Alienware cap and stick the Alienware sticker onto the door of their rooms, while the presence of such a PC will infuse them with joy every day, just for the ability to uncompromisingly delve into what these users enjoy the most - gaming.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2011
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870:
High-end DirectX 11 graphics card based on a desktop HD5770. Models with GDDR5 are ideal but there may be a bottleneck due to the 128 Bit memory bus.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
The Core i5-520M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-640M) and clocks between 2.4-2.93 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
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.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.