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Alienware Area-51 m7700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews of Alienware Area-51 m7700. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and screen are on the whole positive. The durability and design also get good views. The usability and portability get mixed opinions. Many are less positive about the connectivity and keyboard.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Alienware Area-51 m7700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by (engadget.com)

Alienware Area-51M review: A gaming desktop stuffed inside a laptop

 

The Area 51m is a truly unique laptop. It's portable, but it packs in all of the power, and most of the customizability, that you'd want from a gaming desktop. Still, when other modern laptops are significantly thinner, cheaper, and almost as powerful,...

The most upgradeable laptop we’ve seen yet ; Fast desktop components ; Gorgeous new Alienware design ; All the ports you’ll ever need ; Glorious 17-inch 144Hz screen

Keyboard and trackpad feel dated ; Opening and upgrading parts is a bit of a pain ; Poor battery life (not surprisingly) ; Expensive compared to other modern laptops ; Heavy (especially with two large power adapters)

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Alienware Area-51m review: portable desktop

 

The Area-51m has plenty of brawn and a high price.

Desktop-class performance ; Very effective cooling system ; Upgradable CPU and GPU

Requires two large power adapters ; Portable in only the most literal sense ; Extremely high cost relative to other gaming systems

For the rest of us, I’m hopeful that Dell’s plans for upgradability pan out because I’m very curious to see where the Area-51m’s ideas on performance and portability go in the future.

Apr, 2019

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Alienware Area-51m

 

Packing an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics chip and a desktop-class Intel Core i9, Alienware's massively rejiggered flagship, the Area-51m, is the best-performing gaming laptop we've tested, a monster in every sense a laptop can be.

Astounding graphics and general computing performance. Desktop-class processor. Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU. Built-in eye tracking. Comfortable keyboard. 144Hz display. Excellent component access for upgrades.

Heavy, bulky. Requires two power bricks. Expensive. No 4K display option. Very short battery life.

Bottom Line: Packing an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics chip and a desktop-class Intel Core i9, Alienware's massively rejiggered flagship, the Area-51m, is the best-performing gaming laptop we've tested, a monster in every sense a laptop can be.

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : David Murphy (pcworld.com)

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...

Well-constructed

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 (cnet.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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 (pcworld.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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

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

Type:Microphone/None

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

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

Design

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.5in/11.7in/22.5in
Height:1.7in/2.1in/22in/23.6in
Weight:12.6lbs/7.9lbs
Width:15.6in/16in/9.5in

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

Graphics

CUDA:Y
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
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:Y
On-board graphics adapter:N
On-board graphics adapter model:Not available

Header

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

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

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

Memory

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

Miscellaneous

Color:Cyborg green/Xeno gray

Modem

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

Networking

Bluetooth:Y
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
Top Wi-Fi standard:Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi:Y
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
Manual:Y
Mouse included:N

Performance

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
Line-in:Y
Line-out:Y
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

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

Processor

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
Manufacturer:Intel
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

Conflict Free processor:Y
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
Scalability:1S

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB/4GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM/DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Drivers included:Y
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home

Storage

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
Type:IDE/RAID

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
Type:Portable

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type:None/Standard

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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

Depth:10.7
Height:22.4
Weight:61.7
Width:25.2