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Alienware M18x Laptop Review (with i7-2960XM Extreme Edition)

Rating: 9.0.

Alienware have a well earned reputation for creating some of the most exotic, ludicrously specified gaming machines and today we look at their M18x laptop which features the latest flagship Intel Core i7 2960XM Extreme Edition processor, Bluray drive, 8GB of 1600mhz DDR3 memory and dual Nvidia GTX560m graphics.

The M18x is no superportable, nor is it a bargain sub £500 machine either, with specifications ranging from £1,700 to over £5,000 it is a serious investment for a serious enthusiast. The model we are looking at today costs around £3,568 inc vat and features the Intel Core i7 2950XM Extreme Edition processor.

We already know the M17x is a killer laptop, so we were particularly interested to experience the bigger brother with dual graphics cards. With the ability to manually overclock the system even further, is this the ultimate performance laptop?

Review System Specifications:

Item Description
Base Alienware M18x Nebula Red
Memory 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Dual Channel (4x2GB)
Keyboard Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard
Video Card Dual 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M SLI™
Hard Drive 256GB Dell Mobility Solid State Drive
Microsoft Operating System English Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (64 BIT)
Optical Devices Blu-Ray ROM Combo (Blu-ray read only, DVD, CD read and write) Drive
Sound Integrated High-Definition 5.1 Performance Audio Powered by Klipsch®
Wireless Networking Killer™ Wireless-N 1103 – EUR
Cables UK 2M 250V Power Cord
Shipping Documents English Documentation
Gedis Bundle Reference N08W1801
Standard Warranty 1 year Next Business Day Hardware Support included with your PC
Enhanced Service Packs 1Yr Next Day Hardware Support included with your PC
Bluetooth Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth Card – EUR
Order Information Alienware M18x Order – UK
Primary Battery Primary 12-cell 96W/HR LI-ION
Carrying Cases No Carrying Case
Processor Intel® Core™ i7 2960XM Overclocked Turbo Boost (8MB Cache)
Dell System Media Kit Alienware Resource DVD
Camera Integrated 3.0 Mega Pixel HD Camera
Avatar Alienhead 3D
AutoMatic Updates AutoMatic updates – On
Wallpapers Redefining your standards Wallpaper
TimeZone (GMT + 00.00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
AlienFx Colour Mars Red
Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Protection
LCD 18.4″ (47 cm) WideFHD (1920 x 1080) WLED LCD
Hidden NamePlate Engraving Generic Name Plate Engraving
Protect your new PC No Antivirus Software
Power Supply 330W AC Adapter

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