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Dell Alienware m15x

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews of Dell Alienware m15x. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the keyboard and durability. The screen and design also get good feedback. Views are divided on the sound, and some have doubts about the size and usability.

performance, design, screen, durability, keyboard

price, portability, battery, usability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell Alienware m15x is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Andy Vandervell (trustedreviews.com)

Alienware Area-51 m15x

 

It's the ultimate and fastest gaming notebook in the...oh, whatever... you know the drill! See inside for the first UK review of the Alienware's 15.4in gaming machine.

It's smaller than most gaming notebooks and thanks to a superb lighting system, it looks the part too. But performance is where it counts and the Alienware Area-51 m15x has it in spades. A generous selection of options means you can tailor it to your...

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Alienware M15x notebook

 

Alienware is one of the most distinctive brands of PCs there is, thanks to interesting attention to detail. Fortunately a move into the Dell family has not destroyed this line of gaming PCs and the M15x still has the traits of something special. From...

Power, design, Alienware FX, build quality

Price, trackpad could be better, battery life

We love the Alienware M15x for being an unadulterated gaming rig that is so exuberant. It's difficult not to be drawn to it's over-the-top looks and attention to detail. But you do pay for it. The lowest spec (which is still fairly impressive) comes in...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Alienware m15x review

 

The m15x is another out-of-this-world laptop design from Alienware. Is it onto something, or just on another planet?

A striking notebook with some brilliant extras, the m15x just isn’t as good at games as you'd think

Nov, 2009

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Alienware Area-51 m15x review

 

It packs the most powerful portable parts into a shiny new shell, but is the m15x the ultimate mobile games machine?

A great new design, and Alienware's best gaming laptop to date

May, 2008

Expert review by : Tech Staff (techradar.com)

Alienware M15x review

 

One of the best gaming laptops around and comes at a very reasonable price

Core i7 CPU ; Dedicated graphics ; Reasonably priced

Battery life and general portability ; Screen could be brighter

A very competitively priced and specified laptop that should cope with even the most demanding games

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : . (techradar.com)

Alienware Area-51 m15x review

 

A powerful solution that makes this the first truly impressive Alienware laptop

Impressive styling ; Powerful performance ; Sharp screen

Poor graphics performance

A powerful gaming laptop, but the graphics performance leaves a lot to be desired

Jul, 2008

PC ADVISOR - RECOMMENDED

Expert review by : Darren Gladstone, (techadvisor.co.uk)

Alienware Area 51 m15x review

 

The Alienware Area 51 m15x is a gaming laptop that stomped all over our WorldBench 6 benchmark, earning the highest laptop performance score to date and running effortlessly through our current graphics tests.

If you can afford it and you have the muscles to carry it about, the Alienware Area 51 m15x is quite simply the quickest and best gaming laptop we've seen. Game on.

May, 2008

Expert review by (channelpro.co.uk)

Alienware M15x

 

Fusing extrovert styling with serious gaming power, the Alienware M15x is sure to impress.

For all its deficiencies, though, the Alienware M15x is a gorgeous gaming laptop. There is stiff competition from the 3.42kg Asus G60Vx, but despite a slightly higher price tag, the Alienware's extrovert looks and fantastic display help it snatch the A...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : electricpig.co.uk (electricpig.co.uk)

Alienware M15x review

 

A stunning machine, let down by being so many upgrade options. If you've got the cash, get a desktop rig instead

Stunning images, gaming on it is a dream, HD graphics

Pricey, endless options push the cost up, no HDMI

Nov, 2009

Expert review by (channel5.com)

Alienware M15x

 

The latest incarnation of the Alienware M15x gaming laptop is completely customisable, but the version we tested came with 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and the jewel in the crown, an Intel Core i7 1.6GHz processor - you can boost that up...

There's no doubt the Alienware M15x is a blistering gaming laptop, but it all depends on how much you're prepared to pay, and we're not quite sure who it's for. You're not going to leave the house with it, so why not just get a full on gaming desktop...

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD 5.1 / HD Audio
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Connections

Built-in 3G: No
HDMI Outputs: None
WLAN: Yes
WLAN Standard:802.11a/g/n

Control

Mouse/Click Device:Touchpad

Design

Colour of product:Black
Product colour:Black

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:N/A
LED Backlight: Yes
Screen Resolution:1600x900
Screen Size:15.6 in
Screen Type:LED
Swivel Screen: No
Touch Screen: No

Drives

Optical Drive:DVD-RW/CD-RW

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5730 / AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5850 / AMD Radeon HD 5850 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
Graphic Card Memory Size:512MB
Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce GT240M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024
Multiple GPU: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / No

Internal

CPU Number:330M
CPU Speed:2.13 GHz
CPU Type:Intel Core i3
Hard Drive Size:160 GB
Hard Drive Type:HDD
Internal Memory:2048 MB
Memory Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Platform Technology:N/A

Keyboard

Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone

Measures

Weight:0 kg

Memory

Internal Memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW

Other features

Audio system:HD 5.1 / HD Audio
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LED
Graphics adapter family:AMD / nVidia
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion 6-Cell

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):12 / 13 / 17 / 20
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1 / 21
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 800,1066
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3 800/1066 / DDR3-SDRAM
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382 / 774
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2 / 2.0
Processing Die size:296 / 81
Processor boost frequency:2.53 / 2.8 / 3.06 / 3.33
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Clarksfield
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.73 / 2.26 / 2.66
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor Model:I5-430M / I7-620M / I7-720QM / I7-820QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-800 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1288 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:B1 / C2
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Yes
Processor code:SLBLX / SLBLY / SLBPE / SLBPM
Processor package size:34 / 37.5 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2 / SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / No

Software

Extra Software:McAfee SecurityCenter 30-Days trial version
Operating System:Windows 7 Home Premium
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:McAfee Security Centre 10.0

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:7200
HDD interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
HDD Speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:500

Type

Platform:PC

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:30.9 / 31.8
Height :4.87
Weight:4 / 4.08
Width:37.8