Alienware M17x

Specifications

Alienware M17xNotebook: Alienware M17x (M17x Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI 1024 MB
Display: 17.0 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 5.75kg
Price: 4500 euro
Average Score: 81.75% - good
Average of 28 scores (from 38 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 90%, features: 81%, display: 82% mobility: 53%, workmanship: 89%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 65%

Reviews for the Alienware M17x

88% Review Alienware M17x Gaming Notebook | Notebookcheck
The Power of Serenity Alienware and gaming - evidently always a solid partnership. Doubts that this union might be destabilized by the full integration of Alienware into the Dell Company can now, after the first offspring of this alliance, be invalidated. A stylish aluminum giant with two Nvidia Geforce GTX 280M graphic cards and an overclockable QX9300 CPU @ 3.06 GHz ex-factory faces us. Let the game begin!
70% Alienware revisited
Source: Techcentral.my English
On the whole, the M17X is a great notebook to have if you want something that's purely built for entertainment - whether it's for watching movies or games. It is a pretty beefy machine with the muscles to handle the latest games and it has great sounding speakers to boot. Its powerful processor also allows it to multitask very well and run apps such as Photoshop with aplomb too. However, on the downside, it is very bulky making it more of a desktop replacement than a portable gaming notebook.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/08/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Alienware M17x review
Source: Techradar English
Ultimately, however, these are minor qualms that shouldn't really effect your decision to buy or not. The bottom line is that the Alienware M17x combines awesome power with great design, has a host of great features that'll keep you entertained for hours and is a product that you'll enjoy owning for many years. In our view this is the best gaming laptop you can currently buy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Alienware M17x review
Source: Techradar English
With its near-perfect combination of style, power and features, the M17x is at the vanguard of the modern gaming laptop market. If you're after the most powerful gaming machine with bags of style and features, there are few rivals.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Alienware M17x 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Alienware certainly has made a desktop replacement system that is capable of high levels of performance with the updated M17x. While the base system has much more in common with a typical 17-inch laptop, Alienware offers a large number of performance enhancements including RAID drive configurations and CrossFire graphics. The downside is that this is an extremely large and very heavy laptop that dwarves most 17-inch laptops, even gaming specific ones.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
100% Alienware M17x Laptop Review
Source: Hardwareheaven English
When we looked at the pre-production M17x back in June 2009 we were impressed by the quality of the system. Since then Alienware have added an extra level of sheen and performance to the product and as far as desktop replacements go, this is a fantastic machine.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 90% performance: 100% workmanship: 100%
100% Alienware M17x Review
Source: Toptenreviews English
If you’re a really serious gamer, you’ve already considered Alienware. The brand is at or near the top of any aficionado’s best of the best. The Alienware M17x gaming laptop puts that legendary desktop power in a portable, if somewhat heavy and bulky, package. Anyone who plops this baby down and starts competing in the hottest new MMORPG is sure to be the envy of anyone around.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 100% features: 100%
100% Alienware M17x
Source: Toptenreviews English
If you’re a really serious gamer, you’ve already considered Alienware. The brand is at or near the top of any aficionado’s best of the best. The Alienware M17x gaming laptop puts that legendary desktop power in a portable, if somewhat heavy and bulky, package. Anyone who plops this baby down and starts competing in the hottest new MMORPG is sure to be the envy of anyone around. For other worthy opponents, check out the other top rated machines on our Gaming Laptops Review site.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 100% features: 100%
Alienware's M17x notebook is so good, it's almost out of this world in quality and performance
Source: PC Authority English
Superb performance in one of the sturdiest and best-looking gaming laptops we’ve seen – the Alienware M17x is worth the expense. The M17x is undeniably expensive at $4627, but you're getting a lot for your money, with great performance, brilliant build quality and stunning design. The W90 may be quicker in games but, thanks to the M17x's all-round prowess and lower price, it's now our favourite gaming desktop replacement.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2009
Rating: price: 60% performance: 80% workmanship: 90%
70% Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop Review
Source: Bit-Tech English
There's no doubting that the Alienware M17x is a striking piece of design and one that we actually came to like. It’s the best Alienware machine we’ve seen for ages in terms of looks and build quality, brilliantly combining the solidity of outdoor latrines with sci-fi set-design.

However, this isn't quite enough to distract from its main problem - the fact that, as a gaming laptop, it's firmly wedged between a rock and a hard place. Its bulk means that it's not suitable for transport and, if you spent two grand on a desktop machine instead, it’d be at least twice as powerful and certainly much more upgradable.


Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 80%
Review: Alienware M17x Earns Editor’s Choice Award
Source: Notebooks.com English
There’s no question that the Alienware M17x delivers a great gaming experience, but this notebook isn’t for everyone. If you’re concerned about battery life or mobility you should avoid the M17x. It’s too heavy to carry around and it’s difficult for some people to even move from room to room. Do not buy this notebook with any delusions that you’re strong enough to schlep it around campus. Plan on buying a netbook or lightweight notebook to use outside of your home in addition to your M17x.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/19/2009
Rating: performance: 90% mobility: 40%
Alienware M17x Nebula Red Special Edition Review
Source: notebookforums.com English
Over all I am very pleased with this laptop, It looks sleek, and performs like a desktop. The weight is going to be fun with all my travels, but thats a price I am ready to pay to have a Sweet gaming laptop. Price was $$$$ but no worse than a nicely configured Precision M6400, but the GPU options put this laptop ahead of anything else. upgrades to a QX9300 will be the next item on my list to do. When the 4 GB DIMMS drop to a more reasonable price, a 8 GB Config could be in the works.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/14/2009
Rating: performance: 100% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 100%
Alienware M17x Review
Source: notebookforums.com English
Introducing the Alienware M17x! Not to be confused with the Alienware Area-51 m17x. Yes Alienware dropped the "Area-51" off the official title of the notebook and changed the "M" from lowercase to uppercase for reasons we don't really know. Maybe they just wanted an easier way to determine the difference between the two notebooks; because believe me, a lot has changed between the two versions, hardware and aesthetics included. So what are the changes? And is this the correct direction for Alienware to go in?
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2009
Rating: performance: 90% display: 100% mobility: 10% workmanship: 60%
Alienware - M17x review
Source: IT Reviews English
Notebook manufacturers will often promote their high-end models as being capable of playing the latest 3D games, but as soon as you whack up the detail and resolution settings they usually buckle under the pressure. The M17x from Alienware, however, is totally justified in calling itself a gaming notebook. In fact, as you'll soon find out, it's powerful enough to make most desktop PCs look utterly worthless. It's expensive, bulky and just a little bit noisy, but if you're after a gaming laptop and money is no object, you won't get much faster than the Alienware M17x. Those with less change in their pockets can scale down some of the components to make it more affordable.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/11/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% emissions: 40%
Alienware M17x
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The M17x is without a doubt a superb gaming notebook, leading the desktop replacement market in build quality and design. The M17x has an effective cooling system that kept it cool during our testing, and we liked the AlienFX lighting system and different case color options. The switchable graphics are handy and equates to good battery life (2:15). Our biggest issue with this machine is the subpar screen, which is out of place on a machine of this caliber. Other than the screen we found it difficult to fault the M17x and give it our recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/02/2009
Rating: performance: 95% display: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90% emissions: 80%
Alienware M17x gaming notebook
Source: Geek.com English
Even so, the question isn’t if the M17x is a solid laptop, but rather is the M17x more than you need. Starting at $1800 and easily getting over $2500 the M17x is a serious investment, and one that comes along when many sub-$1800 systems can play today’s games extremely well. Maybe you won’t be able to max out the settings or play fullscreen in two years, but you can spend significantly less and game very well. If have decided that you want the best possible gaming experience and future-proof hardware, this brings us to a final concern–the most exceptional aspect of the M17x comes in the form of those GTX 280M video cards in SLI.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2009
performance: 90%
90% Alienware M17x review
Source: Techradar English

Alienware has provided the ultimate gaming laptop - if money's no object. Alienware is renowned for its eyecatching, high-powered gaming computers, but there has been little change in its laptops designs since its acquisition by Dell in 2006. Although this is an expensive machine, its power and feature-packed specification make it by far the best gaming laptop you can buy. Alienware had a lot to prove with the M17x and has truly set a new standard in the gaming laptop market.


Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Alienware M17x Review
Source: Digital Trends English
If we had our druthers, this would be the notebook residing on our desk. It can handle any graphics intensive app and eat up any game you throw at it. Indeed, this is the first notebook we’ve tested that truly made us think monster desktops might really be an endangered species.

Of course, you’ll need to be able to swallow the M17x’s price, which sits around $5,600 if you tick off the checkboxes beside all of the hardware mentioned in this review (including the solid state storage option). If you plan to place an order, we’ve little doubt you’ll be satisfied. You’d just best hope your family didn’t have their hearts set on next summer’s Caribbean cruise.


Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
85% Alienware M17x
Source: CNet English
The Alienware M17x configuration we tested is undeniably expensive, and a clear case of overkill for all but the most enthusiastic and wealthy of gamers. Given the calibre of components used throughout, however, we can't criticise it in terms of value for money. It's a killer gaming laptop. Opt for a slightly slower processor and scale back some of the other components, and you can get the price down to a more realistic level.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 85%
83% Alienware M17x
Source: PC Pro English
The last Alienware machine to make an appearance at PC Pro, the £2,127 M17, wasn't good enough to win an award. Back then, the Asus W90 was faster, better-looking and cheaper. Alienware, however, has struck back. Its new M17x makes a fantastic first impression. The aluminium exterior, dramatically angled front edge and mesh-covered speaker grilles make the M17x look like a futuristic Blu-ray player rather than a laptop. Superb performance in one of the sturdiest and best-looking gaming laptops we've seen - worth the expense
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 83%
80% Alienware M17x review
Source: PC Advisor English
You can put a price on laptop power: the Alienware M17x desktop-replacement gaming laptop costs from £1,699 inc VAT.  So to the £1,699 (and the rest) question: should you buy this sort of muscle machine? Y'know, these days it may seem ridiculous to drop so many ducats on a laptop that you can upgrade only so far - but some live in ivory towers and demand the best. Like this notebook. If you have to own the best, get the Alienware M17x - but it is a lot of money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
40% Alienware M17x Laptop Review
Source: Co-optimus English
The Alienware M17x is most capable of competing with a high end desktop PCs. And while PC hardware seems to move at a really fast pace, you won’t necessarily be left behind as there’s room to expand or upgrade certain components like the processor and video cards. The overall construction makes it easy to access your components as they sit underneath two screws and a small cage at the bottom of the laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 40% price: 95% workmanship: 80%
Alienware M17x Laptop Review
Source: Co-optimus English
The Alienware M17x is most capable of competing with a high end desktop PCs. And while PC hardware seems to move at a really fast pace, you won’t necessarily be left behind as there’s room to expand or upgrade certain components like the processor and video cards. The overall construction makes it easy to access your components as they sit underneath two screws and a small cage at the bottom of the laptop. So now comes the time in our review where we reveal the shocker. The thing where most people seem to balk at. The price. As configured our system ran $2599 plus taxes and shipping.  It’s definitely one of the most expensive 17” laptops out there.  It isn't hard though to find a few discounts and promotions to knock a few hundred dollars off the price. 
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/30/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 90% workmanship: 80%
83% Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop Computer (Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, 500GB HDD, 8GB)
Source: CNet English
With a brand-new look, and some of the highest-end tech available in a laptop, we're semi-surprised that Alienware has kept the M17x name for its newest 17-inch laptop (even if it loses the X-Files-esq "Area-51" moniker). Alienware's new version of the M17x makes some welcome design tweaks and offers the best laptop gaming hardware you can get. Just be warned: it ain't cheap.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 90% features: 80% mobility: 50%
80% Alienware M17x
Source: PC Mag English
Most hardcore gamers couldn't care less about how a gaming laptop looks. Give them the fastest processor and most powerful 3D graphics card and let them get on with the show. While most gaming laptop manufacturers would agree (they would buy the bulkiest bare-bone chassis from a Taiwanese factory and customize it with their own parts), Alienware is the one company that goes against the grain. The Alienware M17x is the complete mobile gaming package, as its all-metallic look can stand in the spotlight with its parts.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Alienware M17x 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Alienware certainly has made a desktop replacement system that is capable of high levels of performance with the new M17x. While the base system has much more in common with a typical 17-inch laptop, Alienware offers a large number of performance enhancements including RAID drive configurations and SLI graphics. The included hybrid graphics is also useful for scaling power usage. The downside is that this is an extremely large and very heavy laptop that dwarves most 17-inch laptops, even gaming specific ones.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
90% Alienware M17x
Source: Computer Shopper English
Long known for its high-end, high-performance systems, Alienware continues to impress with its new M17x gaming notebook. Sporting a refreshed case design and a dizzying array of features and performance parts, the M17x sets the bar for DirectX 10 3D-gaming performance in a notebook. The fastest gaming laptop we've ever tested, Alienware’s M17x packs top-shelf components in its 17-inch frame. But dedicated gamers will have to dig very deep to afford this field-dominating PC.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%

Foreign Reviews

98% Die Besten der Besten
Source: SFT - 4/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 98%
80% Die High-Ender
Source: PC Magazin - 11/09 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 10/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
87% Vier Notebooks im Test
Source: Gamestar - 10/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 60%
87% Alienware M17X
Source: Gamestar German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 60% performance: 95% features: 70% display: 95%
Alienware M17x
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: price: 30% performance: 90% display: 90% emissions: 50%
88% Alienware M17x
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/22/2009
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 97% display: 80% mobility: 56% workmanship: 94% ergonomy: 86% emissions: 77%
90% Alienware M17x
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 50% display: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 70%
80% Nebula Red AlienWare M17x
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Dell Alienware M17x
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/17/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Upgrade Alienware M17x
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/21/2009
Đập hộp, trên tay và trải nghiệm ALIENWARE AllPowerful M17x!
Source: Tinh Te VN→EN
User Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/20/2009
80% Laptop AlienWare M17X hàng khủng
Source: Kiến Thức Laptop VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI:

Two GeForce GTX 280M graphics cards in SLI combination. The performance is about 0-40% faster than a single GTX 280M, depending on the application. Due to the SLI setup, users may experience micro stuttering, especially in the 30fps range.

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 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.


17.0": 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.


5.75 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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81.75%: 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.

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» Alienware M18x R2, GTX 680M SLI, Core i7-3820QM
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» Alienware M17xR4 3D GTX 680M
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» Alienware M14x, i7-3610QM
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» Alienware M17x R4, GTX 680M, i7-3820QM
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» Alienware M18x R2
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-08-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)