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Alienware M18X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 266 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the sound and build quality. The performance and design also get good views, whereas opinions about the size and energy efficiency are different. The portability and value for money get negative opinions.

screen, design, performance, build quality, sound

value for money, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware M18X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 266 reviews)

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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.

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

 

Powerhouse. In our review update, we look at the fastest notebook graphics system currently available, the GeForce GTX 580 SLI, in the very well-equipped Alienware M18x. ...

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

How quickly you reach 5000 Euros when configuring the machine

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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

Clearly audible under heavy load; Very high weight; Fat power adapter

Less noise emissions under load

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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...

Editor's Choice!

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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...

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Alienware M18x

 

Dual GPUs and an overclocked CPU make the Alienware M18x one of the most powerful--and expensive--gaming rigs ever.

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...

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Alienware M18x Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.8GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)

 

While 17-inch desktop replacement laptops with decent gaming performance are easy to find, if not exactly common, to truly move into the realm of mobile home entertainment center, there's nothing like an even-larger 18-inch screen. We've recently seen...

The new Alienware M18x is built around a stunning 18-inch display, with copious configuration options for killer performance, including overclocked CPUs and dual video cards.

The M18x starts expensive and goes up from there, and for that kind of money, we expect a better design than the aging Alienware dorm-room chic.

Alienware again pushes the boundaries of laptop performance (and price) with high-end parts and a great-for-gaming 18-inch screen.

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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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...

GOLD AWARD!

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Alienware M18x Laptop Review

 

The use of an 18" form factor allows Alienware to pack the M18x with as many high end components as the consumer requires. It therefore offers great performance, good features and huge flexibility; an ideal mix.

TOP TEN REVIEWS - SILVER

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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.

Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo / DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:9 in 1 Card Reader
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Windows 8
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Portable

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GTX680M / GEFORCE GTX460M / GEFORCE GTX675M / Radeon HD6970M

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM67 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I7 / Core™ i7 / Core™ i7 Extreme
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I7-2630QM / I7-2920XM / I7-3720QM / I7-3740QM
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