Alienware M17x R4 AM17xR4-7526BK Gaming Laptop Review

The Alienware M17x R4 AM17xR4-7526BK is one of the newest gaming laptops off the assembly line, but is it a strong contender to take into the gaming ring? Let’s take a look at the M17x and see what we can find out about this bad boy.

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The Good

The M17x is an Alienware computer, which is practically synonymous with excellence when it comes to gaming computers, and their laptop line is no exception.

http://pcgamerhome.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/AlienwareM17xR4_Hero_300.jpgIt has an Intel 17 3610m processor, which is more than beefy enough for most gaming needs. Bucking the normal NVIDIA trend you see in gaming laptops, the M17x includes a Radeon 7970 card, as well as a respectable onboard integrated Intel chip, which is top of the line. The M17x absolutely destroys any minimum requirements for most games, old or new, and it is easily capable of handling the toughest game on the highest settings flawlessly. It simply has some of the best graphical power on the market.

It has 750gb of hard drive space, and 6 gigabytes of RAM, and a slew of general creature comforts such as a Blu Ray player, and the Alienware Command Center, which essentially allows you to streamline your gaming performance settings for maximum enjoyment.

What really separates the M17x from most other gaming laptops, though, is it’s design. It has a rubbery matte texture that resists smudges and scratches, and is more lightweight than most heavier metal or plastic frames, allowing it to have beastly innards without necessarily feeling like you’re porting around a brick.

It has a well thought out fan structure to help mitigate overheating by regulating heat flow, quite appreciatively, away from your lap, which is a welcome change compared to the normal lap of fire causing gaming machines out there.

The Bad

The M17x boasts very impressive features, and there is little to complain about here that you cannot bring against any new generation gaming laptop, such as the need to always be plugged in, the weight, or the general heat required for a high performance machine.

The amount of RAM and the available hard drive space can be a bit lacking when compared to its competitors, though both have little bearing on gaming specifically, but are important to note.

http://pcgamerhome.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/AlienwareM17xR4_feature-03.jpgThe only major strike against the M17x is that it advertises as a 1920×1080 resolution, but the consumer receives instead a 1600×900 resolution. For a layman, a shift in resolution like that can be negligible, but for a performance gamer, it is night and day. Most places are beginning to advertise that correctly, but be aware that the actual resolution is different than you may expect.

It does not significantly hamper your enjoyment, but it is something you need to be aware of, as what is on the box is not necessarily the truth, which is unfortunate.

Conclusion

With only one relatively minor strike against it, the M17x clocks in as one of the most powerful machines on the market. Wearing well and proudly the Alienware name, this beast of a machine is a powerful addition to your mobile gaming arsenal, and definitely runs circles performance-wise around many of its competitors.

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