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Alienware M17x gaming notebook review – here comes the Alien mothership

Think that you have seen everything that Dell has got to offer to the mobile gamer with our review of the Alienware M14x gaming notebook?? Well, you haven't seen everything yet. This time, we have in our labs what is probably the mothership of Dell's Alienware line of gaming notebooks, and we'd dare say that this is the monster (or Alien) that changes everything you'll ever know about what a gaming  notebook should be.


"Bigger is better" may not be the words an average user would want to hear from a salesman when shopping for a new notebook, especially when most OEMs have switched their focus from providing a high-performance machine to that where aesthetic appeal takes precedence over quality. After all, the approach of merely having "just enough" power to ensure that the notebook remains versatile enough to take on a wide range of entry-level tasks has worked well for OEMs for the longest time. And users are seemingly moving to smaller, low-powered devices today does not mean that time has run out for big notebooks with extremely powerful hardware.

Enter the Alienware M17x R3 gaming notebook, which, like its smaller sibling, the M14x, is aimed at pushing the buttons of users who still believe in the value of big notebooks with big performance (and big price tags to match). And of course, with the prestige of the Alienware label on the line, it is only fair that such users will expect the M17x R3 to give the M14x a solid thump on the latter's proverbial head where raw performance is concerned. And does it? We shall find out in due time.

Dell Alienware M17x R3 Gaming Notebook PC Specifications
 Processor  Intel Core i7 2820QM 2.3GHz (3.4GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)
 Chipset  Intel Sandy Bridge HM67 Chipset
 Graphics Card  2GB AMD Radeon HD 6970M
 Operating System  Windows 7 Ultimate (x64 version)
 Display  17.3" (43.94cm) Full HD (1920×1080) WLED LCD Panel
 Memory  8GB DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB SODIMM)
 Hard Disk capacity  256GB SATA Samsung SSD
 Wireless Connectivity  Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 a/g/n, Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth module
 Battery  9-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
 Weight  Starting at 5.3kg

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