Alienware M17x R3, Radeon 6970M, i7-2820
Average of 7 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the Alienware M17x R3, Radeon 6970M, i7-2820
Source: Computer Shopper
Alienware ships the M17x R3 with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) and the above-mentioned Creative Live Central and Alienware Command Center software. It also comes with the Steam online gaming portal preinstalled and a basic version of AlienReSpawn, which lets you create recovery discs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
When it comes to unbridled power and striking looks, the Alienware M17x delivers. You won’t be left wanting a bit more power while gaming, and the ability to get on Facebook and surf the web for four hours while on the go is also a nice touch. The experience is complete thanks to the 1080P HD screen upgrade and the ability to game and entertain on the big screen with Wireless HD. WiHD may be an expensive add-on, but it’s central to the enjoyment I had with this powerful gaming notebook.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/07/2011
Source: Hardware Zone
Alienware products are built around a philosophy of no compromise, gamer-aligned, high-end hardware, and the M17X R3 is certainly no exception. For straight up gaming performance, there's simply no better choice. Even so, we would like to see more customization available when placing your order, for example, an option for an SSD/HDD combo.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 95% mobility: 60%
In short, the Alienware M17x R3 is an easy notebook to recommend for the above-stated reasons.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 100%
Source: PC Mag
A true gaming laptop is capable of handling the latest games at the highest resolution while using the best quality settings. While the Alienware M17X (Sandy Bridge) can run you a pretty penny, few laptops can rival its gaming prowess. Even if its rivals could squeeze in similar parts, they'll still have to contend with the M17X's out-of-this-world looks and phenomenal feature set. That's why we're calling it the best gaming laptop in the world.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 90%
With all that said, though, the M17x R3 has an awful lot to offer any consumer looking for a gaming notebook. It's definitely pricier than ASUS's offering, but it's also faster, more comfortable to use, flashier, and has both better battery life and a better overall design. Clevo notebooks can't really compete on cost here, either. The M17x R3 is just fun to use, with a great screen, comfortable keyboard, minimal gloss, and a solid build.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/20/2011
Source: Laptop Mag
There's a reason we're giving the Alienware M17x a very, very rare five out of five stars. With its second-gen Intel quad-core processor, AMD's Radeon HD 6970M GPU, and Samsung SSD, this is by far the most powerful notebook we've ever tested. Not only does the M17x blow away every other notebook, gaming or otherwise, but it does so with panache. What other rig has multicolored backlighting and can wirelessly stream Blu-ray movies and games--in full HD--to your TV? The heat on the underside is an issue, but that's just about the only thing we don't like about the M17x. While $3,300 is a lot to pay, you're getting more than twice as much laptop as the next most powerful machine we've tested. It doesn't get any better than this.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: PC Praxis - 4/12
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 96%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/30/2011
Rating: performance: 70% features: 50% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 70%
Source: 01Net FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: IT.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/08/2011
CommentAMD Radeon HD 6970M:
High-end graphics card from AMD based on the desktop HD 6850 with UVD3 video processing and Eyefinity+.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.
2820QM: Fast Quad-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» 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 was founded in the USA in 1996. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. Alienware has belonged to the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops. Trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an alien logo. In addition, Alienware offers workstations for private and business customers.
Alienware belongs to the mid-sized manufacturers of the notebook market. There are some reviews with average ratings overall.
88%: 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.