Alienware Gaming Laptop

Alienware Gaming Laptop

PC gaming and Alienware brand are synonymous, and with good reason. Alienware employees have been producing high-end gaming systems for the past 15 years and continue to do so today. Alienware is a United States computer hardware subsidiary of Dell and specializes in computer gaming. The M18x is Alienware’s flagship laptop rig, and is presented in a sharp-looking chassis with excellent lighting effects, an awesome 18.4 inch display, and is packed with over-the-top components. Alienware M18x was PCMag.com’s Editors’ Choice among cost-is-no-object gaming laptops.

Key Information

The Alienware M18x has a gorgeous 18.4 inch display which features edge-to-edge glass over black bezels, a 1920×1080 resolution, and outstanding color quality and black levels. A 3-megapixel webcam is embedded in the screen’s upper bezel and on the bottom bezel is an illuminated Alienware logo. It has a full-sized keyboard which has a dedicated number pad off to the right and programmable AlienTactx keys on the left. The Command Center’s Alien FX utility allows users to set up a lighting scheme for the keyboard with four different zones and assign different colors for each backlit component. The Alienware M18x also has an innovative AlienAdrenaline feature, which facilitates Game Mode. This lets you assign a unique profile for each game on the system. For example, you can program the computer to turn off unnecessary programs and activate iTunes when you launch one game, or open up web browsers when you open another. This is great for programming which games you play online and which games you do not. The Alienware M18x has a Blu-ray drive, and on the chassis’ right side are two USB 2.0 ports, a USB/eSATA combo port, an HDMI input, an ExpressCard reader, and an SD/MMC/MS-Pro card slot. It can be purchased on Amazon and on eBay. In-store, the Alienware M18x can cost upwards of $3000.

Tech Specs

The Alienware M18x has the following tech specs:

  • Optical Drive: Slot-Load Dual Layer DVD Burner + Blu-ray Player
  • Camera – 3.0 Megapixel HD Picture and Video Camera with dual digital microphones
  • Power –12-cell Lithium Ion (High Capacity) with 97 whr
  • System Dimensions: Height – Front 2.09 inches, Rear 2.13 inches; Depth – 12.68 inches; Width – 17.17 inches; Weight – 11.93 pounds
  • Color Options: Nebula Red Anodized Aluminum or Space Black Anodized Aluminum
  • 16 GB RAM
  • Native Resolution – 1920×1080

Pros

  • The Alienware M18x offers a solid build quality with a very sleek design and cool lighting effects
  • It offers a blazing performance and a top of the line gaming experience; it is the most powerful rig available
  • It has extremely cool lighting effects, and the keyboard has backlight capability which makes it easy to use in the dark or at night
  • It has a stunning 18-inch display with copious configuration options to ensure a killer performance
  • Rich audio
  • Excellent dual video card setup
  • Huge and comfortable keyboard

Cons

  • The Alienware M18x is extremely expensive; this is probably its biggest drawback; while it offers an optimal gaming experience, it costs over $2000 and does not offer as many other features as a MacBook Pro or other top end notebook
  • It has a short battery life, which can be expected because of all the components; users will have to constantly charge their Alienware M18x and probably leave it plugged in while gaming
  • There have been some complaints that the mouse buttons are not responsive
  • For the price, Alienware could have come up with a better design
  • It is heavy to carry around