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Dell Alienware M18X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 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 reviews, whereas many are less positive about the energy efficiency and size.

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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 87/100 = 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. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and usability. The screen and performance also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the portability and price.

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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)

Nov, 2017

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 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Views about the reliability and price are on the whole positive. The usability and design also get good feedback. Many are critical 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

Nov, 2017

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...

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

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (pcmag.com)

Alienware M18x

 

The Alienware M18x looks intimidating and has the performance chops that gamers crave, but this 18-inch laptop doesn't come cheap.

Blazing performance. Solid build quality. Sleek design. Cool lighting effects.

Expensive. Short battery life.

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Mar, 2012

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Alienware M18x (AMD Graphics) Notebook

 

There's no question that the Alienware M18x is one of the fastest, best-looking gaming notebooks on the market. But users considering this high-end system must choose between configurations with Nvidia and AMD graphics chips. When we reviewed the dual...

Nov, 2011

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di / HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:96 / 97
Battery capacity (Watt hours):96 / 97
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:12 / 9

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1
Video capturing speed:30

Design

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

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:18.4
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60 / 56/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:12.3
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:240 / 330

Graphics

CUDA: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6990M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Number of discrete graphics adapters:2
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:N
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150 / 1250 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:102 / 82
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:12 / 16 / 24 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM

Networking

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

Disc types supported:BD-ROM, CD, CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW / CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW / CD, DVD
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di / HD
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:TFT
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:AMD, Intel / Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC
Volume Control:Digital
Weight:11.9
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
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 / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
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 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60 / 56/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:12.3
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:240 / 330

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM67 Express / Intel HM76 / Intel HM77
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 26 / 27
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express / Intel HM76 / Intel HM77
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM / I7-3610QM / I7-3630QM / I7-3720QM / I7-3740QM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.1 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.6 / 3.7
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-2xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.6 / 2.7
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM / I7-3610QM / I7-3630QM / I7-3720QM / I7-3740QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1224 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:8
Stepping:D2 / E1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 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 HD Graphics:Y
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 Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
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® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
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 / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
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® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52219 / 53470 / 64891 / 64899 / 70847 / 71459
Processor code:SR02S / SR02Y / SR0MM / SR0UV / SR0UX
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes
Password protection:Y

Software

Bundled software:AlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1500 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 64
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1064 / 1500 / 750 / 878

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.7
Depth (imperial):12.7
Height (front):2.09
Height (front) (imperial):2.09
Height (rear):2.13 / 2.15
Height (rear) (imperial):2.13
Weight:11.9
Width:17.2
Width (imperial):17.2