The Alienware M14x R2 is a perfect example of why it’s so tough to compete in the gaming PC market. Technology moves so fast that you not only have to make sure you’re keeping pace but you have to watch out for what the compeition is doing in the same space.
While Alienware can arguably lay claim to the title of “best 14-inch gaming notebook” the M14x R2 is as thick and heavy as many 15-inch gaming notebooks from other manufacturers … and those notebooks have better performance. As if that wasn’t bad enough, there are thinner, lighter and cheaper 11-inch gaming notebooks available with nearly identical in-game performance and hardware (minus the 1600×900 screen resolution, mSATA drive, and DVD drive).
As it is now, the Alienware M14x R2 finds itself in the dominant position of a small niche in the gaming market. If you’re looking for a 14-inch gaming notebook with an awesome design, cool LEDs, lots of storage customization options, and an optical drive then the M14x R2 is the best choice.
That said, the same amount of money can buy a smaller, lighter gaming notebook (if you’re willing to sacrifice a few features) or a larger, more powerful notebook (if you’re willing to sacrifice portability).
- 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”