Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Laydown - Alienware M15x

After the Alienware brand had been purchased by Dell, growing numbers of consumers were concerned with Dell's ability to pursue high-end gaming and maintain the image of elite computing. 


Among the high end distributors for personal gaming laptops, companies such as Malibu, Wolf-Spider, and OCZ have struggled to obtain a marketshare to dominate the Alienware swagger - making Dell's decision an obvious ploy to obtain a large share of the high end gaming market. I personally decided to try out an Alienware M15x for myself. The specs are as follow:


The LED backlight is composed on 11 zones, and are all completely customizable.

PROCESSORIntel® Core™ i7 740QM Quad Core Processor, 1.73GHz 
OPERATING SYSTEMGenuine Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64bit, English
VIDEO CARD1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260M
LCD PANEL15.6-inch WideFHD 1920x1080 (1080p) WLED
MEMORY4GB Dual Channel Memory (2x 2GB DDR3)
HARD DRIVE500GB SATAII 7,200RPM
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVESlot-Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
BATTERY OPTIONSPrimary - 6-cell (56Watt) Lithium-Ion Battery
WIRELESS CARDSWireless 1520 802.11n Half Mini-Card




When I received the product, I was extremely pleased with the fit and finish of the laptop. It is very heavy at 9lbs, but my laptop goals do not necessarily account for portability as much as speed, and the weight is not uncomfortable on top of the lap.


Very little bloatware is included with the device, if you could call it "bloatware", Power DVD 9 is included for blu-ray file playing (which would be more essential if my device had a BD-Drive, but alas, it does not), as well as CyberLink's YouCam software, which operates extra features for the built in microphone/webcam.


The hardware describes itself. I've been able to play Fallout 3 and Prototype without any screen lag or glitching. I haven't checked the FPS, but I've definitely been comfortable with everything the computer can do.


A large downside for me is the primary output for digital display, know as a DisplayPort, this plug requires an adapter to conform to the HDMI standard. I was unaware of this prior to purchase, but I was able to procure one easily off of the internet. According to what I've found out, the HDMI adapter is not quite royalty-free, and so Dell designed a proprietary display-out that carries both video and audio, and is capable of providing a 1080p stream. 


Overall, I've been very pleased with this machine and definitely recommend one. If price is a consideration, definitely check out the Toshiba Qosmio line and the Sony Vaio line - the same set of features can be found at a better price, minus the LED backlight.




David

32 comments:

  1. Aah, I used to have an old Alienware desktop replacement. Way way back when, before Dell bought them out. Lasted me a good, long time. :D

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  2. my friend has a tiny version of this...he loves it.

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  3. Interesting that dell just released a new version of its XPS laptop

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  6. I've always considered getting an Alienware.. But they are seriously expensive! :P

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  7. a gaming laptop is just pure fail. i don't get how some people are stupid enough to pay so much when a desktop is both cheaper and better. if you want to play games while away, get a DS, not this monstrosity.

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  8. Know some who bought on of these. Looks nice. Sure as hell emptied her wallet though.

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  9. as long as it's dell who owns alienware, i'm never going to get one!

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  10. To be honest, I'm displeased with that they create.

    Sure it's good, but if they're gonna claim they're the best and high end tier, they could at least give you a 820/840qm or maybe even a 920/940xm, or a 9cell battery, a larger hdd, etc.

    But anyways, it's still a good laptop and congratulations!

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  11. Powerful computer, but I don't like nvidia and intel lol

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  12. These guys produce amazing high-spec laptops but it's really over priced for what you get.

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  13. That thing looks like a beast! Keep it up, I'll be back.

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  14. Win. I'm probably getting an Alienware for my next computer.

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  15. I hate to say it, but the part I like best about this is that it looks like a TRON laptop. :)

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  16. The red lights make it go faster.

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  17. ive always heard that its just a better idea to handmake your computer as opposed to buying it built. That is, if you know what you're doing.

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  18. Too heavy for me. I need a smaller tablet type computer.

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  19. Kewl story, bra! waiting for updates from you

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