Key Features: 14.1in, 1600 x 900 screen ; Soft-touch finish, Backlit keyboard ; Up to quad-core i7 CPU, up to 8GB of RAM ; Nvidia GeForce GT 555M dedicated graphics; Up to 256GB SSD

Manufacturer: Dell

specs
Quick Glance
Display 14.1
Processor Core i5-i7 (our sample=Core i7-2630QM)
Processor Speed Standard 2
Memory (RAM) 4-8 (our sample=4)
Solid State Drive (SSD) 256
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Optional (up to 750GB)
Type Other Laptop
Processor, Memory & Storage
Processor Core i5-i7 (our sample=Core i7-2630QM)
Processor Speed Standard 2
Processor Speed Maximum 2.9
Memory (RAM) 4-8 (our sample=4)
Solid State Drive (SSD) 256
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Optional (up to 750GB)
Hard Disk Drive Speed 7200
DVD Optical Drive Yes
Blu-ray Optical Drive No
Graphics & Sound
3D Yes (with external display)
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GT 555M
Display 14.1
Display Finish Matt
Communication
Ethernet Gigabit
Wi-Fi N
Mobile Broadband/3G No
Bluetooth Optional
Webcam HD
Connectivity
HDMI 1.4
VGA 1
DisplayPort 1
Audio Connections 3x3.5mm
Data
USB 2.0 1
USB 3.0 2
eSATA No
Card Reader SDXC
ExpressCard Slot No
Software
Operating System Windows 7
Other
Type Other Laptop
Battery life 4.45
Special Features AlienFX Lighting, Carrying case
Battery 8-cell/63Wh

Behnam

August 13, 2011, 2:28 am

I don't understand how TR can reccommend this laptop or any alienware/dell laptop for that matter, 8 out of 10 people on forums i've visited complain about alienware.
I hear horror stories of the laptop running so hot that it's internals melt or partially melt, besides that also hear about how horrible the customer service is.
Ofcourse what i read about alienware/dell is not a fact but still when i read so many people warn potential buyers to avoid alienware/dell laptops, then i think there is perhaps some truth in what they are saying.

Torrence

August 16, 2011, 8:51 pm

I'll agree that there is the occational inevitable "lemon" coming out of any manufacturer, a lot of the things you will read regarding "Alienware Sux" are written by folks who know very little about computers and fancy themselves gurus. I am an owner of an M15x, and it handles everything and anything I throw at it without even blinking. It's the strongest laptop I have ever owned, and there is literally nothing else out there like it.

Looks like that still holds true, since the m14x refresh seems to have gone down some as far as available hardware. I got mine just before they discontinued the line and put the 5850 in it - it's truly a gaming beast that goes with you anywhere.

Looking at the designs of other laptops such as the RoG line from Asus and some Sager notebooks - none of them have the flash and the warranty options, and they all cost just the same. You want to talk about horrible customer experiences, go check out Newegg reviews and look at some of the horror stories from people trying to get service out of Asus for their RoG line.

I had one issue with my m15x, and it wasn't even really an issue per se. I reloaded windows (because I like a fresh copy), and the CD didn't come with the software to watch BluRay movies. I called up customer service, gave the tech my info, he logged into my laptop and verified the hardware, and in 10 minutes a digital copy of the software was uploaded to it and I was back to playing with my new machine.

In short, you have to consider the source when reading things on forums, especially the ones that have little to no moderation. Any 12 year old with an opinion can voice it, and it doesn't even have to be objective.

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