Alienware M17x, Haswell


Alienware M17x, HaswellNotebook: Alienware M17x, Haswell (M17x Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4800MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4096 MB
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 4.1kg
Price: 2300 euro
Average Score: 83.33% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 95%, features: 90%, display: 85% mobility: 95%, workmanship: 100%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 88%

Reviews for the Alienware M17x, Haswell

80% Alienware 17
Source: Digital Versus English
With such high-level graphics and processing capability, plus amazing sound quality, the Alienware 17 would have everything it needs in its arsenal to fully immerse gamers in their games. If only it weren't for the screen's colours, which are just all over the place—so much so that you might want to hook the laptop up to a separate monitor.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware 17 review
Source: IT Reviews English
The Alienware 17 ($2,799) is a large-screen gaming rig for those who have a few bucks to spare. The Alienware 17 is a little pricey, but it's a powerful imposing gaming rig that can be taken from room to room or to a friend's house. It will serve you well on the game grid.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware 17
Source: PC Mag English
The Alienware 17 is certainly a statement that you are at least somewhat serious about your gaming. The Alienware is still attractive, with good scores on the gaming tests. However, a short battery life and the fact that only a bit more money will get you a gaming rig like the Maingear Nomad 17 Ultimate that will play smoothly at native resolution. This fact and a short battery life in such a bulky system keep the Alienware 17 from earning top marks among midrange gaming laptops. If it had just a bit more gaming juice, the sacrifice in portability might have been worth it, but alas it just misses the mark. The Razer Blade (2013) holds on to its midrange gaming title due to its extreme portability.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Alienware 17 Review
Source: Computer Shopper English
The folks at Dell's Alienware division know not to mess with a good thing. Sporting a fresh albeit familiar design and featuring the latest processor and graphics technology, the Alienware 17 is an excellent choice for a mid-range gaming notebook. Like most 17-inch gaming rigs, it's big and heavy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Alienware 17 Review
Source: English
The Alienware 17 continues its tradition of all-around excellence in portable performance. There's almost nothing to dislike about this fifth-generation variant. The exterior has been redesigned with a slightly more mature appearance, better overall build quality thanks to the inclusion of more metal components, and a new take on the AlienFX lighting system. System performance is outstanding with the fourth-gen Intel Core i7 processor and top-of-the-line Nvidia GTX 780M graphics card. The keyboard, touchpad, speakers and display are all top-notch. The cooling system is relatively quiet and the five-plus hour battery life is stellar for a notebook as large and powerful as this one.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 100%
80% Alienware 17 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
Alienware has outdone itself -- again. The Alienware 17 grabs your attention with its captivating redesign and enhanced lighting catches, while the bright, full-HD screen draws you into the best games on Earth. Then, you get hit with the one-two punch from the Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPU -- a killer combination.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Leuchtender Space-Cowboy für Gamer
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/18/2013
Rating: performance: 100% display: 85% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 88%


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M: High-end graphics card of the GeForce 700M series based on the Kepler architecture.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» 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.  

4800MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.7 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

17.3": 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.

4.1 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.


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83.33%: 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 from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Asus G750JH-T4180H
Core i7 4700HQ
» MSI GT70 2OD-679UK
Core i7 4930MX
» Origin PC EON17-S 2013
Core i7 4930MX
» Medion Erazer X7827
Core i7 4700MQ
» Asus G750JH-T4080H
Core i7 4700HQ
» MSI GT70 20D-077NE
Core i7 4930MX
» MSI GT70-2OD-039US
Core i7 4700MQ
» MSI GT70SR2-x80M43237BW
Core i7 4700MQ
» Schenker XMG P703
Core i7 4900MQ

Devices with the same GPU

» Asus G750JH-T4070H
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.0", 4.8 kg
» MSI GT60-2OD-092UK
Core i7 4700MQ, 15.6", 3.5 kg
» Deviltech Devil 7800
Core i7 4700MQ, 15.6", 3.5 kg
» MSI GT70-2OC-3OC
Core i7 4930MX, 17.0", 4 kg
» Eurocom X3
Core i7 4930MX, 15.6", 3.49 kg
» MSI GT60-2OD-026US
Core i7 4800MQ, 15.6", 3.4 kg
» One K56-3N2
Core i7 4700MQ, 15.6", 3.314 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» AVADirect Menace 17
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 (Desktop) 4790K
» Alienware 17-1784
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 4710HQ
» MSI GX70 3CC-222XPL
Radeon R9 M290X, A-Series A10-5750M
» MSI WT70-2OKi781
Quadro K3100M, Core i7 4810MQ
» Alienware 17 R2
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 4980HQ
» Asus ROG G751JM-T7031H
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ
» Origin PC EON17-X
GeForce GTX 965M, unknown
» Asus G751JY-DH72X
GeForce GTX 980M SLI, Core i7 4860HQ
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 4710HQ
» Alienware 17-3511
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-06-16 (Update: 2013-06-16)