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Alienware m15x-472CSB 15-Inch Gaming Laptop (Cosmic Black) [Discontinued By Manufacturer]

3.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz, 2.93GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache
  • 6GB RAM (1333mhz); USB 2.0 Ports (3) RJ45 Ethernet IEEE 1394a (4-Pin) Port Audio-out Connectors (2) Audio-in/Microphone Jack Built-in Front Speakers (2)
  • 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive; Slot-loading Dual-Layer (DVD+/-RW)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 (1GB); 15.6" High-Definition Widescreen (900p); 6 cell battery
  • McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 6 Months; Steam gaming portal
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Product Description

Product Description

Take control of the game once and for all with the Alienware M15x, the universe's most powerful 15" gmainig laptop. Grab the reins of this 15" powerhouse with blazing-fast graphics, the latest in processor technology and Hi-def capabilities all in a devilishly sleek design. Sit back and enjoy the ride - gaming will never be the same.

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels
Processor 1.73 hertz Intel Core i7
RAM 6 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5850
Chipset Brand ATI
Card Description Radeon HD 5850
Graphics Card Ram Size 1024 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Brand Name Alienware
Series Alienware M series
Item model number m15x-472CSB
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight 19.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.6 x 19.9 x 17.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.63 x 19.88 x 17.38 inches
Color Cosmic Blk
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type Slot-Load Dual Layer DVD+/-RW
Battery Type lithium_ion

Additional Information

ASIN B0044XU36A
Customer Reviews
3.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #49,608 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#10,886 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 19.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available September 1, 2010

Warranty & Support

Amazon.com Return Policy:You may return any new computer purchased from Amazon.com that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Amazon.com reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. Amazon.com will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.
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Customer Reviews

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Verified Purchase
I placed the order for this computer Thursday night, and with one day shipping received it Saturday morning. Both Amazon and UPS have figured this logistics thing out.

Out of the box everything looks great. All of the specs lined up except one... it says it has an 8-cell battery; however, seeing that they don't make an 8 cell battery for this laptop, i have to think that maybe they meant to say a 9-cell battery? Well either way, that's not what this laptop has- it has a 6 cell battery. This gives you a lofty 1 hour of battery life just idling in windows. Now if you buy this kind of laptop, the chances of you just sitting in windows are fairly slim. The gaming battery life, I'm not sure, but I'm not holding my breath for more than 20 minutes.

That may not be much of a gripe, considering that this is more like a portable desktop, but it is irritating when you buy something that's misadvertised.

As for the performance, I was playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 last night and it looked stellar!

Bottom line, Dell quoted me a computer with the exact same specs, but they wanted $1900, so I see this as a bargain.
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My last laptop was a 17" Sony and I wanted something a little bit smaller. My choices were between an ASUS Republic of Gamer laptop and the Alienware. I decided on the alienware due to the amount of troubling posts about hardware failure with ASUS products. The only real problem I saw with Alienware products were people complaing of cost. I do not know about you, but I was raised under the old saying that you get what you pay for. And I have been very pleased with my new Alienware laptop. I will let you know that you will need to contact Alienware to transfer your 1 year warranty from Amazon to yourself and if you so desire you can purchase longer coverage from Alienware as well. Now, I will also say that this laptop is a little heavy for a 15". A lot of people do not like the touchpad, I am indifferent about it considering I never use it anyway, I prefer wireless mice. Also your battery will geek out very fast unless you alter your power settings. Mine lasts about 2 hours, however I am normally wired in anyway so that really does not bother me. This laptop was purchased to go offshore with me and allow me to play games as well as be my main computer at home where it stays put. It has performed very well. All my games run at high to ultra settings without any issues at all. Heck even playing World of Warcraft, I can run into any high populated zones with all settings maxed out and still get 60 to 70fps. One last bit of information for you as well, this exact build on Alienwares website usually runs several hundred dollars more than on Amazons website. Also the M15X is very upgradable, so the choice is up to you.
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I bought this laptop with the intention of primarily playing Starcraft 2 on it and taking the strain off my old desktop. The features on this Alienware product are very intriguing, such as the facial recognition login. It is pretty unnecessary but a cool feature nonetheless. The lights on the entire computer can be changed to different colors which is pretty cool especially since the advertised red color is super bright on the eyes.

After about 5 days of using it very lightly, I did get a blue screen of death saying it had crashed, but it rebooted no problem so I am hoping that was just a one time deal as it did it while the Starcraft 2 program was open and that has happened to me on 2 other computers as well while running the game.

A few things that are inconvenient about the product is the fact that it only has 2 USB ports. I knew this before purchasing it, figuring I would just use the laptop keyboard for gaming, but it didn't feel comfortable, so I use my external keyboard, which uses the 2nd USB port leaving my headphone/microphone set unable to be used.

For what I am using it for, the computer is working great with only a few minor setbacks, but for the price, I am not complaining. On the actual Alienware site, the same system would run roughly 300-400 more so I strongly recommend ordering it on Amazon.

With minor problems and a good price, this computer will run your gaming relatively well for people on a moderate sized budget.

UPDATE: 4/18/2011
The computer is still going strong, I haven't gotten a blue screen of death besides that one time. It runs Starcraft 2 on the new Extreme settings perfectly.

The price of the product has gone up $400 on Amazon so I would not say it is as good of a deal, but so far this laptop has proven very useful.
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I admit that when I bought this laptop, I was expecting to be blown away. I expected the best machine out there. While I am impressed with the m15x's performance, it's got some issues. I purchased mine over a year ago from Dell's alienware site. I debated for a while before pulling the trigger. Let me go over my pros and cons after having it for a year:

Pros:

1. It's just plain cool. It's a great looking computer. The lights on the keyboard and everywhere else are just fun to play with.

2. It's very solid. Some might call this heavy, but I don't mind. It feels sturdy and that's what I wanted.

3. It runs well and does what I need it to do. I haven't had any problems running games and programs when I need to.

4. The keyboard is great. I really like the design of each key, which is awesome since I write a lot.

5. Good speakers. I've always liked the sound when watching a movie with my wife or kids.

Cons

1. My first complaint is the AC plug. After lots of use, it easily slips out of its jack from the computer with very little pressure. It can be very very annoying.

2. The touchpad is terrible. I considered sending it back b/c I hated the touchpad so much. The buttons are too hard to push and the pad itself is just meh. I do use a mouse a lot, so this isn't a huge issue.

3. Heat. This computer can generate a lot of heat, and I've been painfully burned a couple of times (not second or third degree mind you) but enough that I've remembered it. It can get pretty darn hot, and I think I'm running an i3 processor.

4. The wireless card isn't great. I don't seem to pick up signals as well as other people's laptops or even ipads. Very disappointing.

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