Alienware M17xR4 Review
Alienware M17xR4 is another new generation of gaming laptop comes from Dell with ultra performance especially for game enthusiasts who needs a powerful laptop as a desktop replacement. Unfortunately, you have to add more to your budget in order to have this new gaming laptop from Dell.
As mentioned, Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor is used on this Alienware M17xR4. The three currently offered variants 3610QM, 3720QM and 3820QM are all quad-core chips from the high end lineup. The GeForce GTX 660M can also be replaced with a more powerful model. There is the GeForce GTX 675M, which, unlike the GTX 660, is a re-badged Fermi chip and not part of the new Kepler generation. Then there’s AMD’s very promising Radeon HD 7970M, which could become the mandatory choice for enthusiast gamers.
Regrettably, Dell’s pricing is feisty as usual. This is readily visible with RAM. For the upgrade from 6 to 8 GByte at 40 Euros (49.50 USD), Dell is asking four times as much as prices on the open market, where 2 GByte of DDR3 Ram go for 10 Euros (12.37 USD). If you need any more than 8GByte, you should just upgrade the RAM yourself.
Customers have the widest range in hard drive choices. The Alienware M17xR4 sports an mSATA bay and two regular 2.5″ bays, which can be configured nearly any way you please. Dell offers several matching RAID-0 bundles. The 17″ screen is also available in several variations. Instead of the HD+ panel (1600×900), you can integrate a Full-HD panel (1920×1080), including an also available version that supports 120 Hz, pointing to 3D capability.
Optical drive options are limited to two choices; a DVD burner or a Blu-Ray combo drive. With the ‘Killer Wireless-N 1103′, there’s a WiFi radio specifically designed for gamers on offer. The 64-Bit version of Windows 7 is either as Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate pre-installed. We’ll ignore the various software and support options for the moment. Be aware that Dell’s configuration options and pricing change frequently and may vary from country to country. [source: notebookcheck.net]
Alienware M17xR4 Price
The M17xR4 is priced Staring from £1299.
Alienware M17xR4 Specifications
- 17.3 Inch Screen
- Win 7 Home Premium
- 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3720qm 3.6ghz CPU
- 8GB RAM
- 64GB Ssd + 1TB HDD
- Blu Ray & DVD +/- & CD Player
- 5 USB Ports
- USB Version 3.0
- Media Card Reader
- 2GB Graphics Memory
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
- 1 HDMI Ports
- 1920 x 1080 Screen Resolution
- 9 Cell Battery