Pros The windows experience index puts my laptop at these numbers CPU-7.5 Memory-7.7 Gaming graphics-6.9 Graphics-6.9 HDD 5.9.
Ample Processing Power
Very nice screen
Lots of hookups
The best in class backlit keyboard slash everything
Good battery life
Cons A little more heat than I would like from HDD
Not the most ergonomic laptop ever designed
Summary I've owned several custom laptops from HP, and I after a month of looking between the Sony Vaio F series, Lenovo Thinkpad series and the M14X, I ended up taking the Alienware and have been nothing but absolutely satisfied with the purchase.
I spent about $2000 for a laptop I plan on using in college for the next several years.The backlit keyboard is awesome. I love being able to change it to really whatever color I want. Dell treats you pretty well too when you buy an Alienware, so it makes you feel that they actually care. I got the Intel 2820QM processor and the 3GB Nvidia 555m graphics card. The graphics card can stutter a little when playing some games. It is almost as good as my desktop. I use (2) nvidia GTX 275's that are overclocked in SLI. This computer does employ 2 graphics cards, the on board Intel one and the nvidia 555M. That is how you can get some really good battery life out of this laptop. When you aren't gaming or watching videos, the nvidia is powered off and the on board graphics are the sole power behind your browsing experience. Guess what? It works great!
Pros Extremely fast processing power, but what really sets it apart is the Nvidia GT555m graphics chipset, delivering unmatched power at this form factor. Powerful and yet portable. Runs Crysis 2 without a hitch at full resolution.
Cons Battery could be better, couldnt afford the SSD
Summary After having my m11x stolen, and finally getting my money back, I decided to move up to a larger Alienware that was still portable, but that could actually handle high-end processing tasks. This laptop is beyond amazing. In class, I get between 5 and 6 hours of battery life, and everyone stares in amazement at the color-changing keyboard. All of my games look great, and run smoothly. CAD software works without any issues. The speakers are phenominal for a laptop of its size.
Specs: Intel i7 2720QM, 3GB Nvidia GT555, 8GB 1600 MHz RAM, 750GB 7200RPM HDD, 900p screen
Pros Everything, its great.
Cons I guess the weight? But I understand the necessity
"JUST LOVE IT"on by vivek2691
Pros The new generation processors are great.
The battery is good.
You cant get more performance in a 14 inch laptop.
Cons People say its Noisy but i dont even feel it. Neither does it get that hot. The only problem i have is that i have to carry this to college and its quite heavy.
Pros Best graphics, processor and memory you can find in a 14-inch laptop. Even out does some larger-screen models.
Cons Still not a fully featured system; its gpu is still a mobile unit, and it's fans tend to run loud to keep the system from getting hotter than it already does.
Summary Would like to note that buying the 3GB Gpu as opposed to the 1.5GB is a waste. I maxed out my GPU's (1.5 GB) processing capacity running Shogun 2: Total War (one of the most graphically intensive games out there right now) but never exceeded 20% usage of it's memory. Have yet to max out my CPU, as nothing stringent uses just the CPU. And thanks to the optimus feature, whenever it does encounter a graphical load, it switches over to the GPU. I have the base 2.0 Ghz core i7. More ram is probably the best feature to upgrade, as windows 7 uses about 40% of my 6GB just upkeeping the interface and backround processes. 8Gb should keep your game's needs and OS needs completely covered. Also would recommend a 2x2 wireless antenna. That's about it. Runs well, is fairly portable, and had pretty colors, what more do you need?