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Dell Alienware M18x

Screen Size: 18.4 in - Core i7 - HDD: 1.5 TB - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

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Review of "Dell Alienware M18x"

published 25/11/2011 | fahim1rocks
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Excellent
Pro very fast processor, lots of ports, very good graphics, big storage capacity
Cons expensive, quite thick
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"A perfect gaming Laptop"

Dell Alienware M18x on my desk

Dell Alienware M18x on my desk

Alienware M18x

My hobby is testing gadgets, laptops, tablets etc. I got the chance to use this awesome Laptop for a few days.

Configuration of my laptop

Processor: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 2920XM
RAM: 16GB 1600MHz DDR3
Hard drive: 750GB 7,200rpm (x2)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M (x2, SLI)
Total graphics memory: 2 GB
Screen size: 18.4 inch
Performance

This laptop comes with the windows home premium 64 bit edition. With the new second generation Intel Core i7 Xtreme edition processor that is over clocked at 4GHz this is an unbeatable laptop, probably one of the fastest in the world.

For those of us who does not know the exact meaning of overclocking: To run something like processor or GPU at speeds that exceeds the speed it has been certified by the manufacturer.

I found this Laptop extremely fast, probably the fastest Laptop that I have ever put my hands on. This laptop has been built for gamers, so I decided to test this Laptop with Modern warfare 3 and I was shocked to see its performance. I never thought that games could run so smoothly on laptops, The graphics seemed flawless and it took only about 16 seconds to load the game. Multitasking is also very smooth. I could swipe between the game and a blue ray video (that I ran from the hard disk) very smoothly.

Design

I don't think that any laptop in the world till now that looks better than this one. The upper lid is made up of anodized aluminum that has the shiny alienware logo and the front side includes vents and grilles with backlit. One of the best features of this laptop is that you can change the backlit colours of the alienware logo, keyboard, the border of the touchpad and the front vents individually. What I hate about the design is that the laptop is very thick measuring about 2.1 inch.
Keyboard

The buttons of this keyboard makes less noise. As I said earlier the keyboard comes with backlit which i found very helpful for typing in the dark. The keyboard is very spacious but the big problem that I faced is that the keys do not have spaces between them which makes typing a bit uncomfortable. At the top right corners of the keyboard are the buttons for volume, wireless, media, and the AlienFX Tutorial Grabber.
Touch pad

The keypad seems a bit to small. The touch pad is very accurate and responsive and supports multi touch gestures. Two finger scrolling and three finger flicker in the photo gallery seemed flawless. The strange thing is that the touch pad is placed in the bottom left corner instead of the normal bottom middle corners.
Display

The display of this laptop is really amazing as the image looks very crisp, sharp and detailed. The display is very bright and the colours seems realistic The 18.4 inch screen supports full HD 1080p videos and a has a resolution of 1920X1080. The screen is glossy so it reflects which makes it tough to use under sunlight.

Edit: The viewing angles are quite good. Image looks perfect even when I move about 45 degrees from the centre. However when I move further than 45 degrees the the colour of the image fades and seems to wash away.
Speaker

i think that the speakers of this laptop is perfect for playing games. The sound of this laptop probably the loudest of the laptops that I have used. The sound quality also quite good but I noticed that it has very low bass when listening to songs.
Connectivity and webcam

This laptop includes two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 1.3 input, an eSATA/USB combo (with PowerShare), a slot-loading Blu-ray player, a 9-in-1 card reader, and an ExpressCard/54 slot at the right side and two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 out, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, a mini DisplayPort, two headphone jacks, a microphone jack, a S/PDIF optical out, and a Kensington Lock slot. It's not so easy to find a laptop with so many ports.

This laptop also includes 3.0 megapixel camera which can take videos up to 2048x1536p. The images looks sharp and detailed but the colour is not very accurate.

buying guide

This is a laptop that has been designed for gamers. So if you are willing to play hard core games on your Laptop then this laptop is worth its price. But if you just want to play online games and watch movies or just want to work on spreadsheets I strongly recommend that you buy a laptop with second generation Core i5 or core i3.

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  • jjcross published 27/11/2011
    I was going to buy this but decided the MacBook was much better- Great review!
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Product Information : Dell Alienware M18x

Manufacturer's product description

Screen Size: 18.4 in - Core i7 - HDD: 1.5 TB - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Product Details

Product Description: Dell Alienware M18x - 18.4" - Core i7 2630QM - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 8 GB RAM - 750 GB HDD + 750 GB HDD

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Processor: Intel Core i7 (2nd Gen) 2630QM / 2 GHz ( 2.9 GHz ) / 6 MB Cache

Memory: 8 GB DDR3

Storage: 750 GB HDD / 7200 rpm + 750 GB HDD / 7200 rpm

Optical Drive: DVD-Writer DL / Blu-ray

Display: 18.4" WLED TrueLife 1920 x 1080 / Full HD

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M - 2 GB GDDR5

Networking: 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0 , Gigabit Ethernet

Battery: 12-cell

Dimensions (WxDxH): 43.6 cm x 32.2 cm x 5.4 cm

Weight: 5.4 kg

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty

General

MPN: M18X-0143

Product Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core i7 (2nd Gen) 2630QM / 2 GHz

Max Turbo Speed: 2.9 GHz

Number of Cores: Quad-Core

Cache: L3 - 6 MB

64-bit Computing: Yes

Chipset: Mobile Intel HM67 Express

Features: Intel Turbo Boost Technology

Memory

RAM: 8 GB ( 4 x 2 GB )

Max RAM Supported: 32 GB

Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Speed: 1600 MHz

Form Factor: SO DIMM 204-pin

Slots Qty: 4

Empty Slots:

Storage

Main Storage: 750 GB HDD / 7200 rpm

Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s

Secondary Storage: 750 GB HDD / 7200 rpm - SATA 3 Gb/s

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / BD-ROM

Display

Type: 18.4"

LCD Backlight Technology: WLED backlight

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )

Widescreen: Yes

Features: TrueLife

Audio & Video

Multi-GPU Configuration: 1 dual GPU card (SLI)

Graphics Processor: PCI Express 2.0 x16 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM

Camera: Integrated webcam

Resolution (MP): 3 Megapixel

Sound: Stereo speakers

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio

Input

Type: Touchpad, backlit keyboard

Communications

Wireless: 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0

Network Interface: Gigabit Ethernet

Battery

Technology: 12-cell Lithium Ion

Capacity: 96 Wh

AC Adapter

Input: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Output: 330 Watt , 19.5 V , 16.9 A

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 1 x ExpressCard/54 ( 1 free )

Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0 ¦ USB 2.0/eSATA ¦ HDMI ¦ VGA ¦ 2 x headphone output ¦ Headphone/SPDIF combo jack ¦ Microphone input ¦ LAN

Memory Card Reader: 9 in 1 ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card, MMCplus, SDIO, SDHC Card, xD-Picture Card Type H, SDXC Card )

Software

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Included Accessories: Power adapter

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 43.6 cm

Depth: 32.2 cm

Height: 5.4 cm

Weight: 5.4 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 2 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 2 years - response time: next business day

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90% (non-condensing)

Shock Tolerance: 110 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (operating) / 160 g @ 2ms half-sine pulse (non-operating)

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