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Alienware M17x R3 Laptop Review (Core i7 2630QM / 256GB SSD)

Rating: 9.0.

Alienware are an iconic system builder. For years they have been building radical, futuristically styled machines which have featured in many high profile TV shows and movies. Several years ago Dell took over the brand, incorporating them as their high end, customised system builds.

Today we are looking at the new, upcoming Alienware M17x Revision 3 which fits firmly into the ‘desktop replacement’ category. With the latest Sandybridge technology included, this system looks on paper to deliver class leading levels of performance.

A few weeks ago, Dell asked us if we wanted to review the 120hz 3D version, or the 2D version. Noticing that the system incorporated a GTX460M, we felt the 3D version might be a little underpowered graphically, so we opted for a high end build of the 2D unit.

System specifications:

Alienware M17xR3 : Base Stealth Black
Processor : Intel Core i7 Processor 2630QM (2.00Ghz, 6MB, 4C)
Display : 17.3in WideFHD (1920 x 1080) WLED LCD
Camera : Integrated 3.0 Mega Pixel HD Camera
Resource DVD : Alienware M17xR3
Ship Accessory : English Docs
Memory : 4096MB (2×2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
Hard Drive : 256GB Dell Mobility Solid State Drive
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
Power Supply : Alienware 240W AC Adapter
Power Cord : UK 250V
Battery : Primary 9-cell 93W/HR LI-ION
Graphics : 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M w/ Optimus Technology
Bluetooth : European Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth Card
Wireless : European Dell Wireless 1501 wireless-N

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