Alienware M17 review: Alienware M17

The Alienware M17 ran for a mere 1 hour and 25 minutes on our video playback battery drain test. That's about average for a high-end desktop replacement and explains why these systems spend most of their time plugged in.

Alienware backs the system with a standard one-year warranty on parts and labor, including onsite service and 24-7 toll-free phone support. You can extend the warranty to up to three years for $299. Support options on Alienware's Web site include live chat, an extensive knowledge database, and a page of drivers. Our review system also included Alienware's typically excellent owner's binder, and a Respawn recovery DVD, a $49 option.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Unreal Tournament 3 (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,920x1,200, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Alienware M17
104.7 

Video Playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Alienware M17
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 3,072MB DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz; 512MB Dual ATI Mobility Radeon HD3870 X2; 160GB Seagate 7,200rpm.

Gateway P-7811FX
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS; 200GB Seagate 7,200rpm.

HP Pavilion dv7-1025nr
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT; 320GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q701
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9700M GTS; 200GB Toshiba 7,200rpm.

Alienware Area-51 m17x
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000; 4,096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GT (x2); 200GB Seagate 5,400rpm (x2).

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    Alienware M17

    Part Number: PC-LT-M17:SKU-DEFAULT Released: Nov 3, 2008

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    • Release date Nov 3, 2008