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Dell Alienware M18X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews of Dell Alienware M18X. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the durability and usability are generally positive. The design and screen also get good feedback, but there are some mixed views about the battery. Many are negative about the energy efficiency and size.

performance, screen, design, usability, durability

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Alienware M18X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell Alienware M18X

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Dell Alienware M18X from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the battery and usability. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the portability and price.

durability, performance, screen, usability, battery

price, portability

53% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Alienware M18x Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-2920XM, RAM 16GB DDR3, HDD 1.5TB SATA, 2GB HD6970M Crossfire, Blu Ray DVDRW, Windows 7 Ultimate)Dell Alienware M18x Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-2920XM, RAM 16GB DDR3, HDD 1.5TB SATA, 2GB HD6970M Crossfire, Blu Ray DVDRW, Windows 7 Ultimate)

Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell Alienware M18X

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Dell Alienware M18X from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and price. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the energy efficiency and portability.

performance, design, usability, price, reliability

portability, energy

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Computer Corp AM18X-8409BAA Alienware M18x 18.4" Notebook PC - BlackDell Computer Corp AM18X-8409BAA Alienware M18x 18.4" Notebook PC - Black

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Review Alienware M18x R2 Notebook

 

CrossFire deluxe. Hardcore gamers who don't care to make friends

Diverse Lighting options; Display with strong contrast; Exceptional Performance; Rich Accessories; A multitude of connectors; Aluminum surfaces; Great input devices; Relatively good sound; Nice workmanship; Simple to service or upgrade; Overclocked CPU

Extremely high weight; Meager battery runtime; Display is like a mirror; Upgrade pricing is terrible

Strictly taken, among 18" units, there are no alternatives. At best, there is the Clevo bare bone model P180HM.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM) Notebook

 

Powerhouse. In our review update, we look at the fastest notebook

Range of ports; Extensive illumination; High-quality materials; Very good performance

Loud under stress; Extremely heavy; Large mains adaptor; Keyboard ghosting; Graphics cards throttle on battery power

In terms of performance, really only the 17" Clevo X7200 Barebone (e.g. Eurocom Panther 3.0). There are only a few 18" notebooks, e.g. the much slower Acer Aspire Ethos 8950G.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Alienware M18x Notebook

 

First-class in every way. Tired of having a typical desktop PC sitting on your desk? Want a replacement which offers great performance? The new Alienware M18x fits the bill. This 18 inch model is not only visually impressive, it also packs the latest...

Great connectivity, Extensive lighting, Very good input devices, High quality materials, Fantastic performance, Long battery life, Lots of accessories, Nice display, The excellent program and game performance

Clearly audible under heavy load, Very high weight, Fat power adapter, Less noise emissions under load

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Dustin Sklavos (anandtech.com)

Alienware M18x R2 Notebook Review: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M in SLI

 

Around the launch of the Alienware M17x R3, Alienware essentially bifurcated its high end notebook offerings into single-GPU (the M17x R3) and dual-GPU (the M18x). The M17x R3 was slimmed down from its beefy predecessor and the M17x actually remains...

As I mentioned in the conclusion of my review of the Alienware M17x R4, there are no points awarded for repetition. The original M18x was good but not perfect, and simply repeating the design instead of at least iterating it isn't going to somehow...

Sep, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

Alienware M18x R2

 

Sporting dual Nvidia graphics cards, crazy-fast dual SSDs and a show-stopping 1080p display, the Alienware M18x R2 is the gaming notebook dreams are made of.

Magnificent 1080p display; Blistering graphics performance; Huge and comfortable keyboard; Rich audio; Stealthy sleek design; Solid battery life

Expensive; Mouse buttons a bit mushy

Click to EnlargeEach year, Alienware keeps outdoing itself in terms of performance, and this year's M18x R2 is no different. Its dual Nvidia GPUs, dual SSDs and gorgeous 1080p display put the M18x in a class by itself. The customizable lighting and...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Alienware M18x Review

 

To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown , if you absolutely, positively need to kill everyone at the LAN party, accept no substitutes. If you can only afford one GPU, the $3,300 M17x is a better option, but its chassis can only accommodate a...

Insanely powerful, Customizable backlit keyboard, WirelessHD streaming, HDMI input

Sky-high price, Very heavy, A little keyboard flex, Need to spend more for SSD

Aug, 2011

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Expert review by: Dave Altavilla (hothardware.com)

Alienware M18x Gaming Notebook: Tale of Two GPUs

 

To that end, in our efforts to evaluate Alienware's new gaming Goliath, the company decided to send us two machines. We hemmed and hawed; with all that gaming prowess at our fingertips, how would we get any real work done? Such is the perilous line...

Gorgeous good looks ; Exceptional build quality ; Top-shelf components ; Great lighting and AlienFX ; Beautiful 18-inch LCD ; Killer performance

Pricey ; Big and power hungry ; Small range of GPU configurations

The Alienware M18x performed admirably throughout every benchmark test, as we expected it to, frankly. The system itself showed a nice balance of both CPU horsepower and raw gaming performance proportional to the high-end graphics setups we tested in...

Oct, 2011

GOLD AWARD!

Expert review by: Stuart_Davidson (hardwareheaven.com)

Alienware M18x Laptop Review

 

Earlier on today we published a review of the M11x R3, Alienwares latest revision of their excellent ultra-portable system. That isn't the only product being launched by them today though; we also have the M14x and M18x which expand the range that...

Earlier on today we published a review of the M11x R3, Alienwares latest revision of their excellent ultra-portable system. That isn’t the only product being launched by them today though; we also have the M14x and M18x which expand the range that...

Apr, 2011

TOP TEN REVIEWS - SILVER

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

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Alienware is the world leader in gaming systems because they know what you're looking for and build their systems to blow you away. The Alienware M18x truly is one of the best gaming laptops on the market, and it is fully customizable. The high-end...

The Alienware M18x is a well-built gaming laptop with high-end hardware like the GTX 460 video card and Intel Core i7 2630QM processor

The system is heavy and has a bulky design

8.78/10 Although it’s larger than its competitors, the Alienware M18x is a gaming powerhouse and one of the best systems on the market.

Expert review by: (techreviewsource.com)

Alienware M18x R2

 

The Alienware M18x R2 is definitely one powerhouse of a computer. It has a fantastic 1080p display, top-of-the-class performance and good battery life. While quite expensive, it makes a great gaming laptop and will handle anything you throw at it.<p

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1

Display

Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:2
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
NVIDIA G-SYNC: No
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO) / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4

Processor

Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L-RS-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3700 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Processor package size:31 / 37.5

Security

Password protection: Yes