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Dell Alienware M14X-R2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews of Dell Alienware M14X-R2. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the sound and durability are generally positive. The design and portability also get good views. Comments are divided on the image quality, while there are some critical reviews about the usability and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell Alienware M14X-R2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Dell Alienware M14X-R2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Dell Alienware M14X-R2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and sound. The durability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments are divided on the size. The usability and screen get negative comments.

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62% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware M14x R2 AM14RX2-7222BK 14-Inch LaptopAlienware M14x R2 AM14RX2-7222BK 14-Inch Laptop

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Pete Dreyer (t3.com)

Alienware M14X review

 

The Alienware M14X R2 boasts stellar new chipsets

Incredible gaming ; Huge multi-tasking power ; Classic Alienware looks

Very pricey

May, 2012

Expert review by : Matthew Murray (pcmag.com)

Alienware m14x R2

 

The Alienware M14x R2 is a fine 14-inch gaming laptop hampered only by its performance in a couple of key areas.

Good overall performance. Cache drive boosts access speed. Highly customizable. Attractive gaming-oriented design.

Delivers less-than-optimal DX11 frame rates. Not fastest in every application. Display not full HD.

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Aug, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

Alienware M14x R2

 

The Alienware M14x R2 offers excellent performance in a stylish, fairly portable system.

An ideal compromise between power and portability, the $1,604 Alienware M14x R2 makes high-quality fragging on the go a very real possibility. Gamers with smaller wallets but stronger backs might want to check out the larger MSI GT60, which costs $200...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

Alienware M14x R2 Review: Better Than The Original

 

The market for gaming laptops is filled with massive 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks ... but what if you want something just a little smaller? We took an in-depth look at the 14-inch M14x R2 to see if it will let you "game victorious."

Cool design ; "Good enough performance" for most serious gamers while on the road. ; AlienFX lighting is still awesome

Still a horrible glossy screen ; Still thick and heavy ; Powerful, but not "best in class" ; The new Alienware M14x R2 is clearly an improvement over the original M14x, but Dell could have packed more into this notebook.

The new Alienware M14x R2 is clearly an improvement over the original M14x, but Dell could have packed more into this notebook.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Till Schönborn (notebookcheck.net)

Alienware M14x R2 Review

 

Noisy and Fast. Classic gaming laptops too boring for you? The

Convincing performance; Speedy GPU; Bright and contrasty display; Quality workmanship; Good input devices

Hot and noisy under load; Mirror like Display surface; Low SSD capacity; High price

Comparable 14" notebooks are currently not available, so the M14x primarily compete with 15" notebooks like the Schenker XMG A502, Samsung 550P5C or Asus N56. Whoever would like an extremely compact gamer should take a closer look at the Schenker XMG...

May, 2012

tbreak - EDITORS CHOICE

Expert review by : Taimoor Hafeez (tbreak.com)

Alienware M14x R2 Review

 

A powerhouse in a small package.

Great design; Runs mostly cool; Powerful specs good enough to play current games at high settings; No bloatware; Lighting system is fun to play around with; Hybrid drive is fast enough to not miss SSD

Rubberized body easily catches dust

The M14x R2 obviously carries the multicolor keyboard, with four areas of customization on the colors, rate of pulse and cycling mode between colors. Obviously the speakers, Alienware logo at the bottom of the screen, the power button and WiFi LEDs,...

Nov, 2012

GOOD FOR GAMING!

Expert review by : Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Alienware M14x R2

 

Dell's 2012 approach to its iconic Alienware gaming laptops? Go big, or go home (to your home planet, presumably).

Reasonably compact for a gaming laptop ; Solid construction ; Customizable lighting effects ; Plenty of onboard ports

Gaming performance could be better at screen's native resolution ; Display is reflective ; Loud exhaust fans ; Limited graphics-chip options

Serious mobile players seeking a moderate-size gaming machine will like the M14x R2, but those who don't need the portability will get better value from a larger alternative, such as Alienware's own M17x.

Jul, 2012

GOLD AWARD!

Expert review by : Stuart_Davidson (hardwareheaven.com)

Alienware M14x R2 Ivy Bridge Laptop Review

 

Over the past few years we have reviewed pretty much everything Alienware has to offer, including the new and very impressive X51 desktop. On the mobile side the most recent system to pass over our test bench was the M14x which was a great balance of...

Over the past few years we have reviewed pretty much everything Alienware has to offer, including the new and very impressive X51 desktop. On the mobile side the most recent system to pass over our test bench was the M14x which was a great balance of...

May, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):63
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:8

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1600 x 900
HD type:HD+
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

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

Networking

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

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi DL

Other features

Audio system:HD
Display diagonal (metric):35.6
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
NVIDIA Optimus technology: Yes
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4a
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:2
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):24 / 25
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.4
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.5
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-3210M / I7-3630QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / PGA988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:E1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
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 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 My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:71459 / I5-3210M
Processor code:SR0N0 / SR0UX
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 32
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1032 / 256 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:25.8
Depth (imperial):25.8
Height :3.78
Height (imperial):3.78
Weight:2.92
Width:33.7
Width (imperial):33.7