Alienware M17x R4: Conclusion

September 5, 2012 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (100,224)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


The Alienware M17x once again comes highly recommended as a high-end gaming and multimedia platform. Its unique design, customizable lighting system and outstanding performance make it a top choice. The M17x gets just about everything right including a beautiful full HD display, solid keyboard and touchpad, plenty of input and output ports (the most we’ve seen on a notebook, as a matter of fact), good speakers and surprisingly excellent battery life at almost five hours. The M17x’s customization options are impressive with several graphics card choices, 3D display options, and up to two storage drives. The Nvidia GTX 680M in our system produced outstanding gaming performance.

My gripe with the M17x is the loud cooling system; at idle this notebook is totally silent, but under load, the fans get noisy and can easily be heard across a medium-size room. Some of our editors would also complain about the lack of a matte screen option for the display.

The M17x starts at $1,500 though our review notebook with moderate options comes in at more than $2,500. The best doesn’t come cheap – stick to reasonable performance options and you’ll be getting a solid piece of hardware for the money.


  • Phenomenal performance
  • Customizable LED lighting system
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Beautiful full HD screen
  • Tons of ports


  • Fans can be loud
  • Options add up quickly



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