Review Alienware M14x Notebook

July 14 [Thu], 2011, 14:32
Premiere. The M14x is Alienwares first 14 inch gaming laptop.dell vostro 1720 battery A quad-core CPU and GeForce GT 555M make the notebook unique, as this kind of hardware is usually only found in larger models, such as the Schenker XMG A501 or the Dell XPS 17. The M14x - another revolutionary model?Dell Vostro 1310 battery


Alienware has decided to add a 14 inch notebook to its already extensive line-up of gaming-oriented laptops (see M17x, M15x and M11x). Dell Vostro 1510 batteryUp till now, Gamers did not pay much attention to laptops below the 15 inch category,Dell Inspiron 1545 batteryas those devices did not offer enough performance to satisfy their gaming needs. However, new technology has allowed manufacturers to create models such as the Acer Aspire 4830TG which deliver good performance and offer mobility. The M14x uses upper middle-class hardware and has what takes to be the next king of performance. dell xps m1530 battery


The Nvidia GeForce GT 555M (DirectX 11 ready) is the dedicated graphics card installed in the M14x.Dell inspiron 1721 batteryThe GT 555M is available in two variations: with 1536 MB or with 3072 MB memory. The CPU of the laptop is the latest quad-core from Intel's Sandy-Bridge generation.dell vostro 1700 battery Alienware allows the user to choose between the Core i7-2630QM, the Core i7-2720QM and the Core i7-2820QM. The latest DDR3 RAM is available for the M14x and the buyer gets to choose between 4, 6 or 8 GB. The manufacturer offers a few choices for the storage device: either a 500 or a 750 GB HDD (7200 rpm), or a SSD with 256 GB. dell latitude e4300 battery


Upgrading the operating system (to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate) will not be necessary for most users, dell latitude e5500 battery as the Windows 7 Home Premium version installed should take care of most things. The buyer can even choose the colour of the model: a conservative black or a flashy red. dell xps m1730 battery A pity that Alienware currently does not offer a Blu-ray drive for the M14x, instead a standard DVD burner is installed. dell studio 1737 battery


The M14x is available for 1199 Euro in the basic configuration.dell latitude e5400 battery Upgrades are highly overpriced and choosing them will increase the price of the laptop by multiple 100 Euros. Our well-equipped model cost 1804 Euro at the time of writing.battery dell inspiron e1505


Rubber-coated surfaceAmazing workmanship has always been Alienware's trademark. Like its sister models,dell latitude e6500 battery he M14x draws attention with its futuristic design. The Alienware models look a lot like sports cars with their slanted lines and enticing curves. Dell inspiron 1300 battery The "ruber coating"("Soft-Touch“) found on the notebook cover and the keyboard borders serves two purposes. First, it gives the laptop surface a nice, soft feeling, and second it prevents annoying visual imperfections such as fingerprints (matt surface).Dell vostro 1400 battery


However, the glossy display is susceptible to dirt particles and fingerprints. Dell inspiron 1420 battery The material quality is high, and it makes other laptops seem cheap. The sturdiness of the laptop is also very good - except for the slightly wobbly display. The case will only give way under enormous pressure.Dell inspiron 1521 battery


2.86 kg total weight is a lot considering the 14 inch form factor. dell studio 1535 battery Most other models in this category are many 100 grams lighter. The case is also very deep, around 25.8 cm, which is usually seen in 15 inch notebooks. Frequent transportation will not be a problem thanks to the flat 150 W power adapter (540 grams).Dell inspiron 1525 battery


The extensive case lighting is the feature which sticks out the most. Dell latitude e6400 battery The alien head, the Alienware logo on the display border and two bars in the front can be lighted up. In addition, the keyboard (four zones) and the touchpad can also be lighted. Almost any colour imaginable can be used for the lighting, even a bright mix is possible. Dell latitude d620 battery


Friends and acquaintances will surely be jealous of this 14 inch model. Dell latitude d630 battery The lighting is not only nice to look at, it also allows the user to recognize which key is where even in a dark room. So anyone who likes to work at night, or play games till dawn, would find the laptops from Alienware perfect for their needs.Dell inspiron 1526 battery


The connectivity of the M14x is good, Dell inspiron 6400 battery ut not extraordinary. The left side of the laptop offers a VGA port, a HDMI port, and a DisplayPort interface. Three different monitor interfaces will ensure easy use of an external monitor with the notebook. Headsets or external speakers can be connected using the three sound jacks also placed on the left side of the case.Dell inspiron 1501 battery Finally, one USB 2.0 port, one 9-in-1 cardreader and a SIM card slot are also located on the left side.Dell vostro 1000 battery On the right side, the notebook offers a Kensington Lock, a RJ-45 Gigabit-Lan port and two fast USB 3.0 ports. Finally the power output is placed on the back. Dell vostro 1520 battery


The positioning of the ports is decent. Except for the sound ports,Dell inspiron 1720 battery all the interfaces are placed relatively far behind on each side, so as to allow enough space for the user to use an external mouse. Sadly, the M14x lacks an eSATA or Firewire port, and an ExpressCard slot. Dell vostro 1500 battery


The wireless communication is commanded by Intel's WiFi Link 1000 in the basic configuration. Dell latitude d820 batteryThis module supports WLAN standards b, g, and n. Our test model also included a Bluetooth 3.0 module.Dell latitude d830 battery


Tip: To optimize the booting process, dell studio 17 batteryt is recommended that the user chooses which programs to run at the start of Windows. The most important software installed on the notebook is the "Command Center". A stylish interface allows the user to configure the lighting of the case, the energy saving options, and the touchpad.Dell studio 15 battery


The extras included in the M14x delivery package will satisfy buyers.dell studio 1535 battery The battery and the power adapter are placed next to the multi-lingual manual, and a few DVDs: one recovery DVD, a driver and tools DVD, two resources DVDs and a DVD for Roxio Creator Starter.Toshiba PA3534U-1BRS


The input devices of the M14x have been designed very well by Alienware. toshiba pa3535u-1brs batteryThe soft typing feel offered by the keyboard is very comfortable. The 17 by 17 mm big keys have good pressure point and stroke distances. Even the typing noise can be described as okay, althoug the "Enter" key makes a squeaking noise every time it is pressed. hp pavilion dv2000 batteryThe layout is very good, and users will get used to it very quickly. hp pavilion dv6000 battery


The Fn key combinations allow the user to control the brightness and volume of the laptop. In addition,hp pavilion dv9000 battery the user can also switch on/off the WLAN, Bluetooth and touchpad of the M14x. The Fn combinations even include multimedia control for easy playback of music and videos. The only thing missing is a numeric block, which could not be included due to the limited space.hp compaq 6710b battery


Alienware has decided to make the surface of the touchpad comfortably smooth, compaq presario cq60 batteryinstead of using the knobby surface found in previous models. This allows the touchpad to offer great gliding support. The precision of the touchpad is great, and all the input was neatly received and executed. The dimensions of the touchpad are also okay: 81 x 44 mm. This should suffice most users.IBM thinkpad r60e battery


In the Command Center (Alien Touch), Lenovo thinkpad r60 batterythe horizontal and vertical scrolling bars can be turned on and off. The two mouse keys could be improved as they feel somewhat spongy in use. A crisper clicking method would be desirable.Lenovo thinkpad t60 battery


Alienware M14x vs. AdobeRGB (transparent)Despite the high brightness offered by the display, Lenovo thinkpad x60 battery outdoors use is not recommended. The reflecting display surface can cause very strong reflections when exposed to direct sunlight and its use in those conditions will stress the eyes significantly. Indoors such issues will not rise, IBM thinkpad X60S batteryalthough the user will have to pick a good sport so as to avoid annoying reflections as far as possible.Lenovo thinkpad t500 battery


The viewing angle stability is above average. Lenovo thinkpad t61 batteryHorizontally the picture does not change much, even when the display is moved a lot. Vertically, the displayed picture gets distorted near the bottom of the screen when the display is moved. Lenovo thinkpad r61 batteryOverall, the display offers a good picture quality, much better than that found in a typical run-of-the-mill notebook. The user can enjoy his collection of media on this display without any problems.Lenovo thinkpad t400 battery


The strength of the installed CPU shows how dedicated Alienware is to great program performance. Lenovo thinkpad t410 batteryDual-cores are not available for the model; the manufacturer forces buyers to choose an efficient quad-core CPU from Intel's latest line-up: the Sandy-Bridge generation. Our test model came with the Intel Core i7-2630QM which is a cheap model of the latest generation. Lenovo x300 battery


While the usual clock speed of 2.0 GHz is rather poor, Lenovo x200 batterythe processor can overclock up to 2.9 GHz (Turbo-Boost technology). The CPU also has the same amount of L3 cache memory (6 MB) as the more expensive Core i7-2720QM (Core i7-2820QM: 8 MB). Another important feature is the Hyperthreading technology. Lenovo 3000 v100 batteryThanks to the simulation of four virtual cores, the CPU can process up to 8 threads simultaneously. Lenovo 3000 v200 battery


Intel deserves praise for its integrated graphics chip. The weak HD Graphics 3000 allows notebook manufacturers to use power-saving GPU switching. Lenovo 3000 c200 batteryThe processor itself consumes quite a bit of power: up to 45 watts. The Sandy Bridge processors are all produced in the modern 32 nm form.Lenovo ideapad s10 battery

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