|Screen Size||17 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1600x900|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Core i7-3610QM|
|RAM||6 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||750 GB mechanical_hard_drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD 7970M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||2|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
Alienware M17x R4 AM17xR4-7526BK 17-Inch Laptop [Discontinued By Manufacturer]
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Now, on to the review. I will try to give an unbiased opinion as I have done months and months of research, comparing and contrasting every modern gaming laptop. I will also try to touch on points not stated by my fellow reviewers. This review will be fairly in depth (Should be for a $1600 laptop), and I will try to be detailed, but also universal in describing details, so that you don't have to know any extreme technical jargon to understand the review as well as giving an up-to-date one. Enough said.
First things first the build quality is excellent, and this will be the first thing you notice as you un-box and remove it from its protective casing. I researched for months on purchasing a high-end/Gaming computer, and i have learned very much about numerous modern gaming computers and components.Read more ›
My Alienware M17x R4 is not the same exact spec as this build, but I can tell you that this laptop is a fantastic piece of hardware. I've had both 17" and 18" laptops and the difference of one inch is so minor to me that going with an M17x was worth it: when you're arm's length away from the screen, it's still generously large.
The body of the M17x is fascinating: it has a very tactile feel that isn't metal, but also isn't slick plastic: it's a grippable rubbery feel with a flat black look to it. The lid hinge is tight and the angular lid creates an interesting look that turns heads. I recommend the Green Onions anti-glare screen protector because the screen is still highly susceptible to reflections. I had to open the M17x to add my own drives and the build inside was clean and easily accessible: two screws and you're in! That said, you wouldn't want to do more than memory or disk drives: swapping out the modular CD-ROM can be complicated and the mSATA port is on the top side of the motherboard, which means a near-total teardown to get to (I'm told it's more accessible in the M18x).Read more ›
I want to blast this computer, but essentially the hardware (sans the card) seemed to do reasonably well. My ac adapter cord broke and I had to buy a generic one, but that was because I did travel quite often with the computer. The audio driver and sound blaster software often crashed, as some other reviewers have mentioned. This resulted in me having to restart the computer.
Conflicts between Dell, Windows, and AMD drivers occurred sometimes, if I mistakenly allowed updates not knowing one involved graphics drivers. Dell's automatic updates, including one in which Dell's Support Assist made our CPU fans run 100% for days left a bad taste in my mouth. No way would I buy another Alienware computer. For what you pay, you are likely to find a better deal with equivalent hardware elsewhere.
I did manage to play a decent amount of games on it, but the cost to longevity (or lack thereof) ratio was not good enough to merit the price tag. To have taken such good care of the computer, and to have paid such a hefty price tag, I find it nearly entirely unacceptable that this GPU would die at two years. But this is my first (and presumably last) gaming laptop, so perhaps this isn't unusual.
In the end, after deeming the 7970m card a loss, I opened up the computer and pulled out the card. There was basically no dust in the computer, but two of the heat pads on the card appeared to be damaged and also one was out of place. It looks like this was done during the card installation, probably back at the Dell facility, when the computer was assembled.Read more ›
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I had this for about 2.5 years now. This product was great out of the box, but as the months went on the upper control panel where the disc eject and volume controls it started to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by james
This laptop we have had over 6 years and it is still like brand new! My husband is a huge gamer and he loves this is his baby!Published 8 months ago by Kayla Crawford
This was my first ever prebuilt gaming laptop that I have owned. We have two of these in our household now. I love them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pryce G.
Initially I was impressed with how smooth everything looked, felt, and worked, but it didn't take long for issues to spring up. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Justin Clewley
Initially I was very happy with this laptop, the videocard and CPU are amazing for a laptop, but over time many problems have become evident:
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this laptop might be powerful and the best laptop but at what cost?
I bought this laptop for my graduation presents. i bought it through alienware. Read more
Powerful gaming laptop, Love it. You need to get it. If you love gaming on the go you must have.Published on April 22, 2013 by JM
I cant list them here, but there are sites where you can get MUCH MUCH cheaper (4-500.00) that Alienware and with better configurations. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Idiosyncracy
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