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Alienware is one of the most powerful players in the gaming laptop industry, and for good reason. Their M17x is a perfect example of what you need in a system if you are looking to take your game to the next level, and it earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award. The AMD 7970M graphics card creates optimal 3D imagery. The design of this gaming computer, along with a number of fans, creates a constant flow of air so your computer won't overheat while you own some noobs. The video card only has 2GB of video memory; however, this is the only drawback to one of the best gaming laptops out there.

Performance:
10/10
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An AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics card leads this powerful gaming device. In the hierarchy of graphics cards, the 7970M is near the top. It comes with 2GB of video memory, which takes some of the stress off your RAM and processor, allowing for smooth game play and amazing graphics. We've seen laptops with up to 4GB of video memory, but 2GB is more than enough to run games like Starcraft 2 with the graphics on the highest settings.

An Intel Core i7 powers this gaming machine. This quad-core processor has enough power to run any game or program without creating drastic loading times. The CPU has a clock speed of 2.3GHz, but with TurboBoost you can get speeds up to 3.3GHz, while the upgrade runs at 3.6GHz. Each core holds eight threads, giving your information a 32-lane highway to run on, which keeps your computer moving at top speed even while multitasking.

Audio quality has always been an issue with laptops. While it's true to say you will always be better off with external speakers, the sound on this laptop gives you a good mixture of highs and lows. Additionally, the M17x comes with a sound card that supports 7.1 surround sound.

This gaming laptop is also capable of using multiple drives. If you choose, you can pair two hard drives to work as one in a RAID array. This gaming device pairs the two hard drives into 750GB of space, so you won't run out of space anytime soon. The model we reviewed has 6GB of RAM with room to grow (you can opt to upgrade the system with up to 32GB of RAM).

Design:
10/10
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Alienware M17x
MSI GT70
Asus G75VW
Digital Storm x17
Battalion 101
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Origin Eon17-S
Falcon Northwest DRX
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10
9.4
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6.3
7.5
8.8
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8.1
7.5
7.5

The Alienware M17x has a 17.3-inch LCD screen and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Images are perfect, and with the graphics settings turned up, you will see picturesque environments in both games and movies.

What sets the design of the M17x apart from many other gaming laptops it its ability to stay cool. Heating and cooling are two things to keep in mind when considering a laptop, and the M17x has a good combination. There are two fans housed inside that constantly move the air out the back of the laptop. This keeps the components and the frame from overheating.

Feature Set:
10/10
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Alienware M17x
MSI GT70
Asus G75VW
Digital Storm x17
Battalion 101
Alienware M18x
Origin Eon17-S
Falcon Northwest DRX
Toshiba Qosmio X875
Razer Blade
10
8.8
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7.5

Alienware includes several added design benefits with their laptops. Keyboard backlighting can be controlled by the AlienFX system, which allows for a huge palette of color choices. In fact, the keyboard can be divided into four distinct sectors, each with its own hue. AlienFusion is a power management system where you configure your settings, cranking them up for hardcore gaming or toning them down when you just need to run general everyday programs. The M17x also has AlienTouch, which lets you customize your touchpad's sensitivity, which is a huge benefit if you like to use the touchpad instead of a mouse.

The Alienware M17x gaming laptop also has four USB ports, which will allow you to connect anything from another external monitor to a gaming keyboard and mouse. There is also a 720p webcam and an HDMI port, just in case you want to plug into a large HDTV for a more enhanced game play. Plus, you may want to hook up to a larger screen to watch movies, since there is a Blu-ray player included with this gaming machine.

Warranty & Support:
8.8/10
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MSI GT70
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Digital Storm x17
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6.3
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8.8

Alienware is a subsidiary of Dell, so Dell handles customer support for this line of gaming laptops. Dell is a well-known company, but they are also a big company, so it may take some work to get a hold of someone. Getting help over the phone can take a while, so you may be better off using the live chat support option. The one-year warranty covers any basic manufacturing and hardware issues you might experience with this gaming laptop.

Summary:

The Alienware M17x is one of the best gaming laptops. It has the graphics card, video memory and LCD screen to bring you to the top of your game. Dell isn't known for superior customer service, but using the live chat will be more useful than calling them, and we recommend opting for the extended warranty Dell offers in order to maximize your customer service options. Overall, this laptop is fantastic and you can expect flawless gaming when playing online.

 
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Alienware M17x R4-7263BK

Pros
The combination of the 120Hz LCD display and the Radeon 7970M graphics card make for picture perfection.

Cons
This gaming laptop has one of the best graphics cards on the market, but only 2GB of video memory.

The Verdict
: 9.88/10

This is the best gaming laptop on the market due to its display quality, cooling ability and an industry-leading graphics card.