Inside the main inner box alongside the accessories, is the laptop itself. It is shipped between sculpted foam and is wrapped inside a lovely black felt cover to protect against scuffing during transportation.
The laptop is available in either black or red colours. I prefer the ‘Nebula’ Red option, but we received the plain black model for review. There is no price difference between the two colour options. The body is thick, well constructed and features the custom angular lines that have made this machine so popular in the past.
The left side of the Alienware M17X R4 features a Gigabit Lan connector, VGA port, HDMI out connector, Mini Displayport connector, 2x high speed USB 3.0 connectors, S/PDIF, microphone and two headphone ports. The right side features the optical/bluray drive, multicard reader, two more high speed USB 3.0 ports, eSATA port and HDMI in (ideal for using the M17X as a portable screen for a console, such as the Playstation 3).
A total of four USB 3.0 ports is fantastic and Alienware deserve a bonus point for placing two on either side.
The rear of the M17X has two large fan vented air ducts, and a simple power connector in the middle.
The angular styling of the Alienware machines appeals to me, I love the front corners with mesh covers which glow according to the AlienFX colour scheme you have selected.