Alienware Area-51 m17x


Alienware Area-51 m17x
Alienware Area-51 m17x (Area-51 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX SLI - 512 MB, Core: 500 MHz, Memory: 799 MHz, GDDR3, (ForceWare 174.82)
2048 MB 
, DDR2 PC5300, 2x1024MB, max.: 4096MB
17.1 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, WUXGA TFT HD Display , glossy: yes
Intel GM965
2x 250 GB - 7200 rpm, 250 GB 
, 7200 rpm, SAMSUNG HM251JJ
Realtek ALC885/889A
1 Express Card 54mm, 4 USB 2.0, 2 Firewire, 1 HDMI, 1 S-Video, 1 Infrared, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, LineIn, TOSlink optical, Card Reader: 7in1, TV Card: optional, FireWire 1394a, FireWire 1394b, DVB-T Antenna
Realtek RTL8168C/8111C Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0
Optical drive
Optiarc BD ROM
height x width x depth (in mm): 53 x 292 x 409 ( = 2.09 x 11.5 x 16.1 in)
98 Wh, 6600mAh (14.8V)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit
Additional features
Baseball cap, Mousepad, Leather carrying case, Alienrespawn 2.0, 12 Months Warranty
4.96 kg ( = 174.96 oz / 10.93 pounds), Power Supply: 1.34 kg ( = 47.27 oz / 2.95 pounds)
3700 Euro


Average Score: 79.29% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 40%, performance: 85%, features: 87%, display: 89% mobility: 41%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 62%

Reviews for the Alienware Area-51 m17x

88% Test Alienware Area-51 m17x Notebook | Notebookcheck
Beam me up, Scotty. While the european supporters of Alienware have had to wait a long while for its release, the extra-terrestrial m17x and its 17 inch screen has been available in the US for some time. However, the wait is over and the Intel CPU and Geforce 8800M GTX SLI equipped gaming machine is now available here. These compnents mean these laptops are one of the strongest competitors in its class.
80% Alienware Area-51 m17x
Source: Laptop Mag English
It’s the fastest, meanest-looking gaming notebook ever—if you can afford it. The Alienware M17x system delivers stunning performance for today’s hottest titles, and it has enough muscle to handle the next generation of games. It’s the most powerful system we’ve had in our labs, and it cuts through hits like Call of Duty: World at War with frame rates to spare. But so can other systems like the MSI GT725 or the Gateway P-7807u FX, and those systems are less than half the price of the M17x. However, if you care as much about premium design and personalization as you do about what’s under the hood, this gaming rig is second to none.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware Area-51 m17x Review
Source: English
The Alienware Area-51 m17x is a remarkable gaming notebook and a clear step forward for Alienware in terms of design and performance. It is packed to the gills with top-shelf equipment, most notably a pair of Nvidia 9800M-GT video cards. This is one of not even a handful of machines that can comfortably max out Crysis. It has the typical downsides associated with a portable desktop – loud cooling system, dismal battery life, and hefty weight, but it does everything else well. The $3,849 starting price is steep and out of reach for most, though the baseline configuration has the components that make the system worth buying. In this reviewer’s opinion, more could have been thrown in for the money, and for such an expensive system, not having a more comprehensive warranty is disappointing.
Leistung ausgezeichnet, Verarbeitung gut, Display ausgezeichnet, Preis sehr schlecht, Emissionen schlecht, Mobilität sehr schlecht
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/22/2008
Rating: price: 30% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 30% workmanship: 80% emissions: 40%
82% Alienware Area-51 m17x
Source: CNet English
We'll just come right out and say the Alienware m17x is about as powerful as a laptop gets, at least if it's as tricked-out as our $6,000-plus review unit was. If you're looking to drop some major change on a show-off gaming laptop, it's hard to do better than the Alienware Area-51 m17x, a mean-looking, high-performance black slab.
(von 10): 8.2, Leistung 9, Ausstattung 8, Preis mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 50% performance: 90% features: 80%
80% Alienware Area-51 m17x
Source: Laptop Mag English
Gamers with deep pockets will love the Alienware Area-51 m17x. It’s the fastest gaming rig on the market, and competitors won’t likely surpass it anytime soon. It’s super sexy, and its customization features will make you the envy of fellow gamers at LAN parties. However, for $5,598, it shouldn’t crash under the stress of a game, even if it may be Vista’s fault.
4 von 5, Leistung sehr gut, Display gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/19/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 40%
77% Alienware Area-51 m17x Laptop
Source: Computer Shopper English
If you were hoping for an exciting new refresh to Alienware's Area-51 line of performance gaming laptops, the m17x may disappoint you. Alienware passed on Intel's new Centrino 2 platform and instead packed in a pair of rebranded 9800M GTs, which are 8800GTXs in all but name. Alienware's mammoth Area-51 m17x gaming laptop doesn't employ the latest and greatest CPU or GPU—yet manages to still deliver top performance.
7.7 von 10, Leistung mäßig, Preis schlecht, Mobilität sehr schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 40% performance: 60% mobility: 30%
60% Alienware Area-51 m17x Gaming Desktop Replacement Laptop
Source: Comp Reviews English
Alienware's Area-51 m17x is a very hefty machine that is really designed with the sole purpose of being a high performance gaming system. It has a vareity of features and options that make it well suited as a portable media platform, but the high cost of the system makes the system a bit harder to justify.
3 von 5, Leistung gut, Preis schlecht, Mobilität mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% performance: 80% mobility: 50%

Foreign Reviews

88% Test Alienware Area-51 m17x Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 47% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 85% emissions: 72%



Two Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX cards are combined in SLI for faster graphics performance in laptops. Most DirectX 10 games should be able to run fluently on high detail settings.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
T9500: Upper middle class laptop CPU for Santa Rosa based laptops (FSB 800). The T9550 offers only a slightly higher core clock, but features a 1066 FSB.» 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.
4.96 kg:

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.

79.29%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2008-07-26 (Update: 2012-05-26)