Alienware M17x review: Alienware M17x

The Alienware M17x ran for 1 hour and 15 minutes on our video playback battery drain test--not that we expected much more from a huge desktop replacement. It's also one of the most power-hungry laptops we've tested, so be sure to turn it off or put it to sleep when not in use.

Alienware includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, which also includes in-home service. Upgrading to a three-year plan will cost an extra $299, and several other options are available for purchase, including "Tech Team" coverage for all your Dell products, and "Complete Care" coverage for accidental damage. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base and driver downloads, and Alienware will include a full factory restore image DVD for $49.

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 fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF*  
1440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF*  
1920x1200, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Alienware M17x
201.4 
200.1 
168 
Asus W90VP-X1 @ 1400x1050 / @ 1280x768
143.3 
129.6 
119.4 
Gateway P-7808u
N/A
100.3 
124.8 
Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725
N/A
100.8 
116.5 

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

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System configurations:

Alienware M17x
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit; 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9300; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; (2) 512MB SLI Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M; (2) 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

AVAdirect Clevo D900F
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.33GHz Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Quad Core; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M; HDD #1: 30GB, OCZ Vertex SSD / HDD #2: 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Gateway P-7808u
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Asus W90VP-X1
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600; 6GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 512MB Dual ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2; 320GB Seagate 7,200rpm

MSI GT725-212US
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000; 4GB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850; 320GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTX; HDD #1: 64GB Toshiba SSD / HDD #2: 320GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

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