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Alienware M17x R3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 reviews of Alienware M17x R3. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The keyboard and touchpad are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the size and usability, and the battery and durability get mixed views.

performance, touchpad, keyboard, design, screen

portability, usability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware M17x R3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Review Alienware M17x R3 (GTX 460M, i7-2630QM) Notebook

 

Benchmark Destroyer. With its brisk SSD, Sandy Bridge quad-core C

Craftsmanship of Case Outstanding; Excellent Application Performance thanks to SSD; High-Contrast Full-HD Display; Responsive, Sturdy Keyboard; Fast-Reacting Touchpad; 90º of Horizontal Viewing Angles; Always Remains Cool to the Touch; Many Ports...

Loud under Heavy Use; Extremely Heavy; Many Pointy, Hard Corners; Not High-End Color Space

Deviltech Fragbook DTX (P170HM): GeForce GTX 470M; Asus G73SW: GeForce GTX 460M; mySN XMG P500 PRO: GTX 460M and 15.6" full-HD ; Deviltech HellMachine DTX: GeForce GTX 480M SLI; mySN XMG U700 ULTRA: GeForce GTX 460M SLI; Medion Erazer X6811: GeForce...

May, 2012

Expert review by: Charles P. Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

Alienware M17x R3 Review

 

Now in its third iteration, the M17x continues to be an impressive looker and performer. We go hands-on with this 17.3-inch top-shelf gaming notebook. Is the Alienware M17x R3 the best buy for gamers?

Fantastic performance ; Unique design ; Excellent keyboard and touchpad ; Great speakers

Build quality not as good as old M17x ; Gets noisy under full load

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Allan 'Zardon' Campbell (kitguru.net)

Alienware M17x R3 Laptop Review (Core i7 2630QM / 256GB SSD)

 

Alienware are an iconic system builder. For years they have been building radical, futuristically styled machines which have featured in many high profile TV shows and movies. Several years ago Dell took over the brand, incorporating them as their high...

If you want the ultimate performance desktop replacement, then this might just hit the spot. Just be aware of the weight and the short battery life, this is a desktop replacement, not a ‘portable, everyday’ machine. Carrying it to LAN parties, then...

Feb, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:5

Battery

Battery Capacity:90 / 92
Battery capacity (Watt hours):90 / 92
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.1
Number of battery cells:9

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:2048 x 1536
Front camera resolution (numeric):3

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / Y
3D compatibility:No / Yes
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:17.3
Display Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD / HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Pixel Pitch:0.0100 x 0.0100
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1.5 / 1024 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6870M / AMD Radeon HD 6990M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Display:LED
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Internal modem: No
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:Wireless LAN

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:2
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:240

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM67 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 22
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.1
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:8
Stepping:D2
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52219 / 53470
Processor code:SR02S / SR02Y
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1500 / 640 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA II / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / SATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1500 / 640 / 750

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Insider, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12
Height (front):1.75
Height (rear):1.77
Weight:9.39
Width:16.1