Somehow, as if by magic, I have managed to persuade work to buy me a nice new Alienware m17x gaming laptop. I decided to show you all what it is like, not to brag, but to educate…
Intel Core i7 2630QM Quad Core @ 2Ghz
16GB DDR 3 @ 1333Mhz
2 x 320GB 7200RPM Disks in RAID 0
AMD Radeon HD 6870M 1GB GDDR5
17.3″ 1920×1080 Full HD WLED LCD display
Blur-Ray Reader / CD-RW DVD-RW Slot loading Drive
It’s really is an amazing machine considering it’s portability. It’s a shame it gets used more for work and running virtual servers in a development environment then to play games… I have obviously tested it with a few games though, which it handles admirably.
The sound quality from the Klipsch speakers is quite impressive for a laptop, although I would have preferred a bit more bass. It does however have 2 headphone ports for gaming headsets, and allows the gamer to fade between game sounds and player chat through Ventrilo or teamspeak. A digital audio out is also handy for connecting my 7.1 surround sound system with just one cable.
The graphics output options are pretty impressive for a laptop, having HDMI Out, VGA 15 pin D-sub out and a Mini Display port out offer plenty of flexibility when outputting those PowerPoint presentations, or of course for playing your games on a larger display. The laptop also has a built-in WiHD transmitter, which I am told will wirelessly transmit HD video to a WiHD ready TV or receiver. although I havn’t tried this feature yet I’m sure it is a handy for Gamers.
HDMI In support allows you to plug your PlayStation 3 or XBOX 360 in and use the built-in HD display of the laptop to play your console games.
Two USB 3.0 ports are a very welcome feature, allowing me to use an external hard disk to run VM’s from without contending my internal hard disks.
All in all I am very pleased with the Alienware m17x R3, although it is on the heavy side when it comes to commuting with the laptop in my bag.