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

Underneath the machine is a metal plaque, which can be customised on check out. There are two fan vents underneath for a dual fan cooling system.

Onboard sound is handled by a Klipsch system and almost matches the class leading M18x. It certainly won’t replace a dedicated sound system, but it is surprisingly capable. Treble frequencies are clear, midrange is focused and there is even a little bass impact.

The battery is removed with a simple lever system, there is also a battery check button on the battery itself which highlights across a light readout. The Alienware M17X design is similar to the M18x laptop which we reviewed last year. Simply remove two screws and slide the back panel outwards, exposing the components underneath.

This machine is powered by the Intel Core i7 3610QM processor. It is a 45w design clocked at 2.3ghz, with a turbo boost up to 3.3ghz. It is cooled by a heatsink connected to a dual copper heatpipe and fan. The AMD HD7970m is cooled in a similar fashion, by another dual heatpipe heatsink cooler. Our machine features 8GB of Samsung 1,600mhz DDR3 (2x4GB), a 64GB SSD drive, and a 500GB mechanical drive for storage.

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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