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Alienware M17x R4 Review (i7 3610QM/ AMD HD7970M)

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.

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  • Davis

    Well I never thought I would say it, but £1,700 is actually pretty good value for that machine. must be their best priced laptop in a long time. I might end up going for a 128GB SSD though as 64GB is borderline.

  • Brian

    Thats a nice looking system. good pictures of the keyboard, is that the Star Trek font they use? lol.

  • Slash

    What a spec, my dream laptop. The ivy bridge mobile processors look good, but not really such a huge advancement for Intel.

    Shame they didnt use an AMD processor, but I suppose it wouldnt be popular.

  • WarrenUK

    Dell confuse me, some of their pricing upgrades are decent, like the HD7970 but the memory options can be excessive. the fact that this is easy to open makes me want to spec the memory as LOW as possible, then get some from amazon, like the corsair veageance (16gb for £100 on amazon for 1600mhz! 2x8gb!).

    Can this computer take 8GB memory sticks?

  • Hi Warren, yes it can take 8gb memory sticks. go for it !

  • Seth

    I dont mind dell machines. (its basically dell) – but I think id opt for a precision with Quadro for work. The only concern i have is dell batteries, ive had three other machines now and all the batteries fail after a year.

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  • WarrenUK

    I ordered one, now to deal with my wife 🙁

  • Alen

    You are mad buying one of these ! you could build one for much less ! alienware are a ripoff.

  • WarrenUK

    Dont talk nonsense, this isn’t a desktop system. you can’t make a laptop. half the parts aren’t widely available for a start.

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  • Andrew I

    Yes there are cheaper options like the vortex 3 from pcspecialist but they look cheap compared to Alienware. This is also cheaper than an apple too and has better spec. I’m sold on it