Hardware – Design
Design of Alienware M17X 17.3-inch has not changed much in the last few years. It is very large: the sample product that we are evaluating thickness 4.44 cm and weighing 4.8 kg. Some people may say it looks very unsightly, but really as assessed by The Verge it is also attractive because it is equipped with backlight effects but elegant and sophisticated as you will surely want to own it.
The number and type of ports did not change compared to last year’s version. On the left, you’ll find a VGA port, a Mini DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, headphone / microphone jacks and an S / PDIF. The right side is the optical drive Blu-ray disc swallow style, multi-format card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, a combo eSATA / USB and HDMI inputs. Source port is placed at the back to avoid entanglement.
Most of the changes are in configuration: M17x R4 is equipped with processor Core i7-3720QM 2.6 GHz, hybrid storage with a 500GB HDD with 32GB mSATA SSD and discrete graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M with GPU 28nm. Connectivity includes 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It would be great if the M17x R4 is equipped with a hard drive with 1TB capacity minimal, but there are still many options to upgrade (including Killer Wireless-N network card and SSD 512 GB RAID 0) for those likely Financial.
Monitor – Speakers:
17.3-inch screen resolution of 1920×1080 of M17x R4 has caused a bit of a nuisance. If you intend to use this machine outdoors (or anywhere near a window) it will be very bothered by its screen has a very high reflectivity, so it’s best to find a shady spot to start the war in the game. However, the display is quite nice, the vibrant color display and a depth, a clear black and wide viewing angles.
Sounds pretty loud and easily fill a room without being misleading. Sounds a bit quiet but still crisp and clear. Make that a subwoofer can be placed somewhere inside the computer giant 4.8 kg, both models the M14x and M18x have a subwoofer so, but in fact subwoofer laptops usually do not bring significant improvements to the audio. The sound is adjusted via the Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3Di chip and you can tweak the audio with THX TruStudio Pro software. You’ll still want a headset nearby to use for voice chat or enjoy surround sound (and avoid having to listen to loud hiss of the radiator fan), but the fact of the speaker did not disappoint .
Keyboard and Touchpad:
In the current laptop world, the ergonomic chiclet keyboard is very popular, but again tied up his M17x a traditional keyboard that we have long known. The keys are large, spacious and responsive, there is too much space between the keys and the settlement of the keys is negligible. That’s great if you’re just typing normally but with the gamers are immersed in the game should be a little careful not to accidentally hit the wrong key.
The body of the laptop is divided into 9 different lighting areas: four areas for keyboard and area rest for touchpad, speaker, media shortcuts, and icons Alienware logo is located on the line function keys.
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Performance – Software
The machine easily display Just Cause 2 with 79 frames per second at 1920×1080 resolution screen standard. Battlefield 3 running smoothly with 44 frames / second at Ultra settings, seems M17x has overshadowed all gaming laptops.
The Verge predict machines will show only a low number of frames in the game The Witcher 2 it proved the predictions were wrong: with 45 frames / second at Ultra quality settings, although there is a bit of shock, Figure burst in the opening by the opening scene requires quite high in terms of graphics, but with the simple tweak a few settings (or reduce quality down to high) we will gain smoother image , infatuation.
All tests were done with a stable power source connected via the charger by GeForce GTX 680M graphics card is always reduced performance when running on batteries and Intel integrated graphics can not meet.
M17x R4 may be willing to open pretty quickly: it starts from the sleep mode takes about 1.8 seconds and ready for open after 26 seconds average between pressing the power button – quite fast with a laptop full of bloatware Software . Application shortcuts Alienware Command Center has a modest size (direct shortcuts are not enough for you). Cyberlink Power DVD software supports running the Blu-ray format and the file named AlienAutopsy, AlienRespawn application provides diagnostic tools and recovery systems respectively.
Battery, temperature, and noise
M17x R4 “survived” a total of 4 hours 12 minutes to test tools The Verge Battery Test. Testing was done with the image manipulation download and surf until the battery is exhausted.
Here are a few issues make M17x R4 loss point: the radiator fan always roared every time you load a game. The fan noise is not spread out and affect the sound quality of the speakers on the laptop but make it also creates some discomfort. The exhaust fan in the left and right sides of the machine will help pretty cool machine, but the metal plate at the bottom of the computer center is still quite hot.
M17x R4 is not necessarily worth every penny you spend, but can say that it is a perfect laptop, powerful alternative to desktop and laptop is the quickest that The Verge has evaluated to date . Surely it can run the game smoothly requires specialized hardware after you pay to take it on. It may not be using the most prudent budget but if your main concern related to the search for something strong to enjoy the game on the LAN, it will not product that you regret the purchase.
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