Alienware's got the biggest, baddest gaming laptop we've seen (but still really expensive)

The m17x is about as powerful as a laptop gets.

We've just finished testing and reviewing Alienware's flagship 17-inch gaming laptop, the Area-51 m17x. We'll just come right out and say the m17x is about as powerful as a laptop gets, at least if it's as tricked-out as our $6,000-plus review unit was. How powerful? How about around 120 frames per second in Unreal Tournament III at a 1,920x1,200 resolution?

Sure there are more modest Area-51 m17x builds available for as little as $1,999, but at that level, you might as well save up your pennies for a few more years, or switch to an entirely more affordable option, such as Gateway's P-7811FX, which offers about as much gaming performance as anyone not in the rarefied $5,000-plus market, all for a highly reasonable $1,450.

Read the full review of the Alienware Area-51 m17x

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.

 

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