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Alienware m15x-472CSB 15-Inch Gaming Laptop (Cosmic Black)

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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.

Take control of your gaming with the Alienware M15X multimedia laptop (model m15x-472CSB), which features a thermally optimized case design with aggressive lines and an in-your-face attitude. It features a stunning, high-definition 15.6-inch display and a powerful Intel Core i7 processor--featuring four cores of intelligent processing power. Additionally, it offers ultra-fast DDR3 system memory and ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics with 1 GB of video memory. Taken together, this combination of high-performance technologies allow you to rip through the latest 3D games at lightning-fast frame-rates.

Alienware m15x-472CSB
With aggressive lines and in-your-face attitude, the M15x has a presence unlike any other gaming laptop (see larger image).

The Alienware Command Center brings you intuitive access to applications and controls, so you can easily adjust details like lighting effects and power. Other features include a 500 GB hard drive (7200 RPM), 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, double-layer DVD drive, Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth connectivity, 2.0-megapixel webcam, and both a DisplayPort video output.


  • 15.6-inch high-definition widescreen display with 1600 x 900-pixel resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • 1.73 GHz Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor (with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.93 GHz) delivers maximum processing power in response to peak demands. Intel's Turbo Boost technology maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload--providing more performance when you need it the most.
  • 500 GB SATA hard drive (7200 RPM)
  • 6 GB of installed RAM (DDR3) with 1333 MHz speed


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    Be creative, work hard, play fast: that's the Alienware goal (see larger image).


    Alienware m15x-472CSB
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video memory. Loaded with advanced technology and support for Microsoft DirectX 11, the HD 5850 has the power and premium features you need for fully immersive gameplay as well as the capability to expand your visual real estate across up to three displays. With ATI Eyefinity technology, you get the ultimate immersive gaming experience innovative "wrap around" multi-display capabilities.
  • 8x multi-format DVD drive supports reading/writing of CD-R/RW, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD±R DL, and DVD-RAM.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks.
  • Bluetooth connectivityenables you to communicate and synchronize wirelessly with Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as printers and cell phones.
  • Built-in stereo speakers with internal high-definition, 5.1-channel audio
  • 2.0-megapixel webcam
  • Backlit keyboard with AlienFX
  • DisplayPort video output is the newest monitor interface supporting today's digital graphics and LCD technologies
  • Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. And you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium.
  • Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade. It's the best way to add features to Windows 7, takes as few as ten minutes, requires no software or downloads, and you'll keep your existing programs, files, and settings. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process. (Learn more)
  • 6-cell battery
  • Dimensions: 14.88 x 12.15 x 1.92 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 9 pounds (with 6-cell battery)
  • Warranty: 1-year limited hardware warranty; 24/7 phone support

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 3 total USB ports with 1 eSATA/USB combo port that enables you to connect to compatible external hard drives for lightning fast transfers of large multimedia files--up to 5 times faster than via a standard USB port.
  • 1 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • Video output: 1 VGA and 1 DisplayPort
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • 8-in-1 memory card reader
  • 1 headphone, 1 microphone

What's in the Box

This package contains the Alienware m15x-472CSB notebook PC, AC adapter, 6-cell battery, and printed documentation.

Included Software

Steam and Portal gaming; McAfee SecurityCenter with Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall (6-Month Subscription)

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Pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version), you'll be able to easily create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. Windows 7 is the easiest, fastest, and most engaging version of Windows yet. Better ways to find and manage files, like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews, help you speed through everyday tasks. Windows 7 is designed for faster and more reliable performance, so your PC just works the way you want it to.

And with Windows Anytime Upgrade, you'll be able to add new features to your PC in as little as 10 minutes. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process, it requires no software or downloads, and you'll keep your existing programs, files, and settings

Why Alienware?

  • The Alienware Vision: We aim to build the brand, shape the future and be the best. We offer speed-of-light execution and outstanding customer service. We strive to set the benchmark for excellence and innovation.
  • Alienware shows pride by honoring six core values: innovation, quality, service, communication, people and performance.
  • The philosophy is "Build it as if it were your own." The result is worldwide brand recognition and respect.

Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution1600 x 900 pixels
Processor1.73 Hz Intel Core i7
Hard Drive500 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorATI Radeon Mobility HD 5850
Chipset BrandATI
Card DescriptionRadeon HD 5850
Graphics Card Ram Size1024 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Brand NameAlienware
SeriesAlienware M series
Item model numberm15x-472CSB
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Dimensions L x W x H9.63 x 19.88 x 17.38 inches
Color Cosmic Blk
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeSlot-Load Dual Layer DVD+/-RW
Battery Typelithium_ion
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #45,928 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight19.2 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 AvailableSeptember 1, 2010
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. 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 unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ari M. Hendler on January 16, 2011
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Offshoreguy on March 16, 2011
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Lunemann on February 3, 2011
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacob G on September 26, 2011
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:


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.


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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