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Alienware M17x is a gamer’s dream

By Emma Brem on July 2, 2009

Alienware had just released the world’s most powerful laptop: Alienware M17x. This one definitely has the right to be called the new word in mobile computing. Its performance makes it ideal for such purposes as gaming, video/audio editing, works on designs and others.

M17x goes with multiple hardware variants (which are listed on the official alienware’s website), and one can say that the top configuration is the monster. Here it is:

  • Video: SLI Dual 1 Gb DDR3 Nvidia Ge Force MX 280 M
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad QX9300 (3 Ghz, 12 (!) Mb Cache)
  • Display: 17” 1920-1200 (1200p)
  • RAM: 8Gb DDR3 1333 Mhz
  • HDD: 1Tb (2x500Gb) 7200 RPM

The main question about this one is the following: “Should I pay 4K for the most powerful laptop in the world?” No one is able to answer it but you yourself.

Alienware had also solved the problem of battery life, which is traditional for the majority of gaming laptops. When the device is not plugged into a power outlet, it automatically turns off dual Nvidia chipsets and leaves the system work on a built-in “standard” graphic adapter. Of course, it kills the laptop’s performance, but it adds 1,5-2 hours of battery life. By the way, there is a touch string which does the same thing, right above the keyboard.

Keyboard is the “tasty” thing in M17x. The point is – it’s illuminated. Alienware put LEDs under it. So the keyboard looks quite futuristic. And the “killer” thing is (are you ready?) that one can change the illumination color AND divide the keyboard into separate color areas (!) to set individual color for each one.

The only negative side of M17x appears to be the lack of mobility: this computer is quite heavy. But anyway – it is clear that this laptop didn’t meant to be carried here and there.


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