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Alienware M17x, Haswell

Specifications

Alienware M17x, Haswell
Alienware M17x, Haswell (M17x Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-4800MQ 4 x 2.7 - 3.7 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M - 4 GB VRAM, Core: 797 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, Forceware 326.45, Optimus
Memory
16 GB 
, 4x 4096 MByte
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
Storage
WDC Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT-80PK4T0, 750 GB 
, 7200 rpm, 256 GByte Liteon mSATA SSD
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 1x Mikrofon, 1x Kopfhörer 3,5 mm Klinke, Card Reader: SD-Card, Sensors: HDD-Fallsensor
Networking
Qualcomm Killer e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit/s), Broadcom 802.11ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/)
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRWBD CA40N
Battery
Lithium-Ion
Additional features
Speakers: 5.1 Surround, Keyboard Light: yes
Weight
4.1 kg ( = 144.62 oz / 9.04 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
2300 Euro

 

Pricecompare

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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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: Notebookreview.com English Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
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 Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/18/2013
Rating: performance: 100% display: 85% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 88%

Comment

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

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 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.


17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


4.1 kg:

A laptop in this weight range is a heavyweight that you rarely carry around. This is meant for desktops and the devices tend to score with a large display and high performance and replace desktop devices.


Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. The European headquarters is located in Ireland. Alienware has been part of the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops, which are developed and manufactured by Dell. The trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an Alien as the logo. Additionally, workstations for private and business customers are sold.

As with every brand, there are also some points of criticism with Alienware. Some customers have complained about the high prices of the products, while others have criticized the quality of customer services. There have also been some reports of problems with the reliability and durability of some Alienware products. However, many customers have also had positive experiences with the brand and appreciate the powerful gaming computers.


83.33%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Current Prices
Stefan Hinum, 2013-06-16 (Update: 2013-06-16)