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DELL Alienware M17X

alaTest has collected and analyzed 765 reviews of DELL Alienware M17X. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability and reliability. The design and screen also get good feedback. The size and battery get negative views, while opinions are divided on the energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the DELL Alienware M17X is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of DELL Alienware M17X from The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Opinions about the battery and screen are on the whole positive. Many are negative about the portability and reliability.

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29% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-2820QM, RAM 16GB DDR3, HDD 1.5TB SATA, 2GB HD6970M, Blu Ray DVDRW, Windows 7 Ultimate)Dell Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-2820QM, RAM 16GB DDR3, HDD 1.5TB SATA, 2GB HD6970M, Blu Ray DVDRW, Windows 7 Ultimate)

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for DELL Alienware M17X


alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of DELL Alienware M17X from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the screen and design. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, but opinions are divided on the size. There are some negative views about the portability and reliability.

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78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware M17x-2857DSB 17-Inch Laptop (Black)Alienware M17x-2857DSB 17-Inch Laptop (Black)

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (

Alienware M17x R4 Notebook Review


It's partytime! While Nvidia's Kepler flagship still keeps us waiting, AMD's new Radeon HD 7970M is seriously mixing up the gaming notebook segment. In combination with Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors, Alienware had enough reasons to refresh its...

Excellent Performance ; Many lighting elements ; Convincing Full HD display ; Good input devices ; Good Workmanship ; Very fast GPU ; Gummed surfaces ; Rich selection of accessories ; Great selection of connectors ; Good sound quality ; Simple to service

AMD's GPU auto-switching is poor ; The plastic display cover causes extreme reflections. ; High weight

AMD still seems incapable of finishing a decent GPU switching software

May, 2012

Expert review by: Klaus Hinum & J. Simon Leitner (

Review Alienware M17x R3 GTX 580M i7-2820QM Notebook


Optimus Gaming. Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M graphics with Optimus, combined with a no less powerful Intel i7-2820QM quad-core CPU, all in a 17-inch Alienware Stealth Bomber case. Is it worth paying the extra for this top-of-the-range mobile graphics card...

Optimus; Fully adjustable backlighting; Design and feel; Easy access to HDD, memory, fans, GPU & CPU

Strongly reflective display; Keyboard ghosting; GPU underclocked on battery power

Keyboard ghosting on a €2000+ gaming laptop

Aug, 2011

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


Benchmark Destroyer. With its brisk SSD, Sandy Bridge quad-core CPU and speedy GDDR5 graphics card, the M17x R3 establishes itself as an elite gaming notebook. Find out what makes its battery life so good.

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, A sturdier top-notch keyboard and an ExpressCard slot

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (

Review Alienware M17x (i7/HD 4870 X2) Notebook


King of Performance? In the meantime, Alienware offers its 17.0 i ...

Well made design ; Extensive, customizable illumination ; Excellent performance ; Excellent workmanship ; Very good display ; Always stays fairly cool ; Vast connectivity ; High-end, lavish supplies ; Fast hard disk ; Good sound

Unbelievably loud under load ; Sometimes strange whistling noises ; Extremely heavy ; Several hard edges ; Reflective display ; Keyboard bends selectively ; Touchpad is sometimes fastidious and a bit too far left ; Short battery life ; Graphic errors...

Big and wickedly high-end systems: The HellMachine SLI, the Fragbook DTX or the 8800 DTX from Deviltech. The XMG8.c, the QXG7, the XMG7.c or the XMG8 from mySN. The Game.ForceM17.G2, the Game.ForceM18.G1 Kantana or the GameForceM17.G Katana from...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review Alienware M17x Gaming Notebook


The Power of Serenity Alienware and gaming - evidently always a s ...

Attractive design ; Good workmanship ; Very stable, high-quality case ; Individualization possible ; High image contrast and good color representation ; Very good application and 3D performance ; Low system noise in office mode possible

Heavy weight ; Adverse port distribution for lefties ; High surcharge for warranty extension ; Mediocre display illumination ; Price

In the run of our tests, we could note a strange reluctance now and again at starting single applications and at parts of the system control. The reasons for this couldn't be completely be clarified. Eventually, the overclocked CPU was responsible for...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Hands-On: Alienware M17x Notebook in Review


The empire strikes back. The announced takeover of Alienware by D ...

And now we come to the next point: The soundscape of the M17x. Dell/Alienware precedingly also stated interesting concepts in regards to cooling. Now that the device is facing us, it becomes quickly obvious how this works

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: Michael Brown (

Alienware M17


The Alienware brand conjures images of powerful and elite computing hardware—think of the nearly invincible antagonist from the 1987 action flick, Predator. Alienware's M17 looks the part, but the unit we received for review was about as dangerous as E.T.

Hip finish, luscious display, cool backlit keyboard

Heavy, unimpressive gaming performance, terrible speakers

As configured, this Alienware M17 doesn’t serve any particular mission well: It’s too heavy for frequent road trips, it’s not powerful enough for hardcore gaming, and without a TV tuner or Blu-ray drive, it’s not much of a media system.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review Alienware M17 Gaming Notebook


I only want to play? Alienware always offers high performance har ...

Matt, Fingerprint unsusceptible surface ; Extensive port equipment ; Display with a good color presentation and viewing angles ; Individual configuration possible ; First class gaming and application performance ; Minor heating of the chassis

Heavy weight ; Extension of warranty is expensive ; Keyboard is not very ergonomic ; Barely useable battery life

A bit more individuality. The same barebone is in the retail shelf of other manufacturers

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Test Alienware Area-51 m17x Notebook


Beam me up, Scotty. While the european supporters of Alienware ha ...

Rugged shell with good workmanship , Effective and impressive LED lighting , Extensive port array with excellent layout , SmartBay , Comfortable Keyboard , Bright Display with high resolution and good contrast , Excellent performance in 3D applications...

Squeaky and loose Display hinges , Slow input on keysZusatztasten sprechen sehr verzögert an , Loud idling , Limited battery life, Squeaky and loose Display hinges, Slow input on keysZusatztasten sprechen sehr verzögert an, Loud idling, Limited battery...

The m17x is a good overall recommendation for the mobile gamer who doesn't want to compromise on performance and has some deep pockets, or their sponsor is in a good mood. Equipped with Quadro FX graphics, this notebook could of course be used for...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Dustin Sklavos (

Alienware M17x R4 Notebook Review: Ivy Bridge and the GeForce GTX 680M


Alienware recently updated their Bronze Editor's Choice award-winning M17x R4 gaming notebook to include Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and optional AMD Radeon HD 7900M series graphics or NVIDIA's new top end GK104-based GeForce GTX 680M GPU. With the...

What we're looking at with this review of the Alienware M17x R4 are really two things: the performance of the shiny new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M, and the Alienware M17x R4 notebook itself. Amusingly if unfortunately, the conclusions drawn are pretty...

Sep, 2012

Product Specifications

The M17 brings ATI CrossFireX to Alienware's laptop lineup for the first time ever. Delivering a revolutionary leap in mobile graphics, ATI CrossFireX dual-GPU technology brings enhanced scalability and performance along with full DirectX 10.1 support. ATI PowerPlay allows the M17 to monitor GPU usage and adjust the graphics power according to current resource requirements. The Alienware M17 laptop is powered by the world's first-ever quad core mobile CPU. The Intel Core 2 Quad delivers unrivaled power to the M17, supplying ample horsepower to the system so you can enjoy expanded multitasking abilities and faster speeds when taking on resource-intensive tasks such as playing next-generation games, video editing and more. Whether you're adjusting your laptop's power settings in AlienFusion, customizing the touchpad functionality with AlienTouch or configuring advanced facial recognition security options in AlienSense, you can modify your M17 to fit your exact needs and preferences. Future releases and updates download directly into command center so your Alienware laptop is constantly evolving.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:6MB


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2048 x 1536
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1 / 3

Dimensions & Weight



HD type:Full HD / HD+

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Alienware

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard backlit: Yes


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz




Type: None


4G: No
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Ports & interfaces

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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2GHz
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
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Number:Q9000
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
Type:Core 2 Quad

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:37006 / 40480 / 52219 / 53470 / 64891 / 71459
Processor package size:31 / 37.5


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:500GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:2GB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M