The Alienware M17 is a magnificent beast. It's attractive, can be kitted out with just about any component you need and is blisteringly quick. Alternatives exist, but few laptops can match this polygon-munching monster's customisation options and features
The Core 2 Duo-based Alienware Area-51 m5550 can perform as well as larger, more expensive systems, but its short battery life means you won't be very mobile.
The 14-inch Alienware M14x laptop will devour your games and then demand seconds. Our pre-production sample's appearance failed to match its inner beauty, though, due to a dim display and less-than-perfect keyboard.
It's not quite the fastest gaming laptop we've seen, but the Alienware Area-51 M9750 is ruthlessly quick. It's also surprisingly attractive and can be configured to within an inch of its life. Overall, it's one of the nicest gaming laptops we've seen
The Alienware M17x is a monstrously fast laptop that makes mincemeat of the latest games, even at high resolutions. Unfortunately, it also costs an arm and a leg
Alienware's updated M11x gaming netbook is just as portable as before, but its gaming performance will melt your mind even more
The m14x is now the smallest Alienware laptop you can get. It's a mid-range gaming device both in spec and performance, although at the price involved it will come up against stiff competition with Asus' G55VW.
The M15x is an excellent performer and should handle everything you care to put to it — just hope you don't have to lug it anywhere frequently.