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Alienware Area-51 m7700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 reviews of Alienware Area-51 m7700. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and screen. The durability and design also get good comments. Many are critical about the connectivity and keyboard. The usability and portability get mixed opinions.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Alienware Area-51 m7700 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The durability also gets good comments.

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Feb, 2019

Expert review by : David Murphy (

Alienware Area - 51


On paper, the Area 51 has the heart of a champion. It sports a speedy Intel Q9550 quad-core processor running at its stock-clock frequency of 2.83 GHz. Four gigabytes of DDR3-1066 memory further beef up its specs, while 800GB of storage comes courtesy...


Tired case design

We can't bear to shoot Alienware's Area 51, but there's no question that this thoroughbred PC has outlived its days at the top of the system charts. At $3219 (as of December 3, 2008; $380 extra with a bundled Samsung 2253BW monitor), it's far too...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Alienware Area-51 ALX (Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770) review: Alienware Area-51 ALX (Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770)


Alienware Area-51 ALX (Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770)

Fastest gaming performance to-date; fair pricing compared with other high-end PC vendors; useful customizable case lighting.

No 64-bit Vista option limits performance and memory support; distinctive case design not for everyone.

Alienware delivers most of what we expect in a high-end gaming PC, but without 64-bit Vista support, the Area-51 ALX's overall performance is limited. It's the fastest thing going for PC gaming, but at this price we expect the complete package.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Alienware Area-51 m9750 review: Alienware Area-51 m9750


Alienware Area-51 m9750

Massive resolution display; twin SLI video cards offer unparalleled 3D performance for a laptop; DVI and surround sound outputs; matte finish on case repels fingerprints.

No HDMI; requires Windows XP for optimum performance; reasonable starting price disappears quickly with upgrades; battery life weak, even for a desktop replacement.

Alienware's flagship gaming laptop, the Area-51 m9750, has plenty of appeal for high-end gamers, but the alien head aesthetic seems dated, and newer components are right around the corner.

Jul, 2007

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Alienware Area-51 m5790 Special Edition


Optional Blu-ray drive; roomy keyboard; included separate number pad; DVI output; excellent screen.

Expensive overclocking option not worth it; unimpressive scores on gaming tests.

The Alienware Area-51 m5790 Special Edition is a big, expensive, powerful system, but its merely average performance falls a bit short of its "special" moniker.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Alienware Area-51 7500 (Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700)


The bad pretty much says it all. We'd like this latest quad core-equipped Area-51 7500 if it were about $1,000 cheaper. It's as fast as it should be, but too many other vendors have similarly configured PCs that can do just as much for significantly less.

Fast, single 3D card configuration that will power you through any game on the market; case lighting customization software finally done and works as intended.

About $2,000 more than PCs with similar hardware, but with few benefits in performance or features; 700-watt power supply not enough for SLI with the GeForce 8800 GTX 3D card it ships with.

We'd like this latest quad core-equipped Area-51 7500 if it were about $1,000 cheaper. It's as fast as it should be, but other vendors have similarly configured PCs that can do just as much for significantly less. Alienware's trademark care in assembly...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Carla Thornton (

Alienware Area-51m 5750


This big notebook is ideal for gaming, but has an uncomfortable keyboard.

Excellent big-screen entertainment Speedy

Poor battery life, Problematic keyboard

The 5750 is a fast gamer laptop with superb sound. It lacks a TV-tuner option, however, as do many comparable systems.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Michelle Thatcher (

Alienware Area-51 m5550 review: Alienware Area-51 m5550


Attractive design; great application performance, thanks to top-of-the-line Core 2 Duo mobile chip and Nvidia graphics; bright display; touch pad on/off button.

Lousy battery life; mediocre gaming performance; slightly compact keyboard; screen is very reflective.

The Core 2 Duo-based Alienware Area-51 m5550 can perform as well as larger, more expensive gaming systems, but its short battery life means you won't be very mobile.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Alienware Area-51 7500 (Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800) review: Alienware Area-51 7500 (Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800)


Intel Core 2 Extreme is the fastest chip out there; new chassis is shorter than past alien-head cases; innovative and customizable lighting; untethered side panel.

New case is still huge.

It's not the fastest PC (it's second), nor is it the most competitively priced, but Alienware's Area-51 7500 does have the most innovative case. With a wholly customizable lighting scheme in its new chassis, Alienware makes case lights functional, a...

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

Alienware Area-51 3550 review: Alienware Area-51 3550


Alienware Area-51 3550

Well constructed; tidy cabling; quiet operation.

Basic wired keyboard and mouse; immense case; limited expansion options; standard warranty lasts a mere 90 days.

Alienware's Area-51 3550 hits all of the requirements for Intel's Viiv platform, but it doesn't achieve the level of performance we've come to expect from the boutique vendor.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Kirk Steers (

Alienware Area-51 ALX


Photograph: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners

The Area-51 ALX is a relatively fast, well-designed gaming PC for Intel fans with deep pockets.

Dec, 2005

Product Specifications

ATI's Mobility Radeon X1800 256mb and X1400 128mb unparalleled mobile graphics technology renders graphics so smooth that you don't just sight in on an opponent, you can keep a bead on a freckle. At client presentations, you'll have to keep a towel handy for all the drool. Intel Centrino Duo Mobile technology will start you ahead of the game with the power of dual core technology. Plus next-gen wireless technology so you can dominate at your next meeting or wherever your path to victory takes you. The Area-51 m5750 packs in a full 2GB @ 667Mhz of memory inside. With this much memory you can keep the video clip you recorded last night open while you pretend to work on the company web page. The Area-51 m5750 gives you close to infinite hard drive options with dual hard drives for extra storage. Configure your system with Raid 0 to get the full 240 GB of hard drive space so you can constantly download and make your broadband provider work for their money. With Area-51 m5750's ultra sharp 17" LCD display with Clearview technology, movies are crisp and in widescreen aspect ratio so you can view your movie as it was meant to be seen. It's almost like you're fighting along side the drunken master in your classic kung fu collection. The Area-51 m5750 is stacked with a powerful graphics card, tons of memory and enough hard drive space to store and edit all of your beach front spring break "documentary" footage into a movie that would make your buddies proud.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Full tower/Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Full tower/Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Full tower/Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Full tower/Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/4MB
Per Processor Size:1MB/2MB/4MB


Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis type:Tower
Color of product:Silver
Placement supported:Vertical

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in/18in/22in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm/45.7cm/55.9cm
Max Resolution:1400 x 900/1440 x 900/1920 x 1440
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:Display/LCD display/None.
Widescreen Display: Yes

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots:1
PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots:3
PCI Express x4 (Gen 2.x) slots:1


CUDA cores:2560
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5X
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:3
Graphics adapter DVI-D ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
On-board graphics adapter:N
On-board graphics adapter model:Not available


Model:3550/ALX/Extreme/M5750/M5790 Special Edition/M7700
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Alienware Area-51

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Chipset Type:Intel 875P/Intel 925X Express/Intel 945G Express/Intel E7525
Data Bus Speed:667MHz/800MHz


Internal memory:16
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:64
Memory clock speed:2133
Memory slots:4x DIMM


Color:Cyborg green/Xeno gray


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem/None


Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11ac
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - -420000
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi
Optical drives quantity:1

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/40x (CD) / 12x (DVD)/48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x/24x (CD) / 2x (DVD-RW) / 4x (DVD+RW)/24x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:24x/40x (CD) / 4x (DVD-R) / 8x (DVD+R)/48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)/48x (CD) / 8x (DVD-R) / 12x (DVD+R)

Optical Storage (2nd)

Read Speed:52x
Rewrite Speed:32x
Write Speed:52x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Display included:N
Drivers included:Y
Keyboard supplied:N
Mouse included:N


Audio output channels:5.1
Motherboard chipset:Intel X99
Password protection:Y
Product type:PC
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

DVI port:N
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y
S/PDIF out port:Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:6


Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.66GHz/2.8GHz/3.4GHz/3.8GHz
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:128
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:28
Memory channels supported by processor:Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:2133,2400
Memory types supported by processor:DDR4-SDRAM
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.6
Processor cache:15
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell
Processor cores:6
Processor family:Intel Core X-series
Processor frequency:3.4
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i7-6800K
Processor Number:551/920/T2300/T5500
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor socket:LGA 2011-v3
Processor threads:12
Thermal Design Power (TDP):140
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core Duo/Pentium 4/Pentium 4 Extreme Edition/Pentium D/Xeon

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:94189


Installed Size:1GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB/4GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home


Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:2000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:3.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:2000

Storage Controller

RAID Level:JBOD / RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5/RAID 0 / RAID 0+1 / RAID 1/RAID 0 / RAID 1
Type:IDE/Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Controller (2nd)

RAID Level:RAID 0 / RAID 1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy/None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:148GB/160GB/322GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo
Type:Media center/Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon X1400/ATI Mobility Radeon X1800/Intel GMA 950/NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra/NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra/NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
Interface Type:AGP 8x/PCI Express x16

Weight & Dimensions