Alienware M14x N00W1401-2430M Black Review posted on
14.1 inch Premium Notebook
With the M14x, Alienware has once again assembled a battalion's worth of hardware inside a stylish chassis. While you can get the same specs in a larger 17-inch notebook such as the Dell XPS 17, it's pretty fantastic that you can enjoy quad-core power and very high frame rates on the go. At $2,198, the M14x isn't cheap by any means, but it's a nice compromise for those who want a gaming rig more powerful than the M11x but more portable than the M17x. We don't like that the deck gets as hot as it does when gaming-despite the overactive fan-but strong graphics plus WirelessHD make the M14x a very impressive machine.
Rating: 4

Specifications

System

Category: Premium
Released: September 2011
RRP: £999
Display: 14.1 inch Glossy LCD (LED-lit) (1366x768 px)
Processor: 2.40 GHz Intel Core i5 2410M (2 cores)
Memory: 4 GB DDR3
OS: 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium
Warranty: 1 Year Collect-and-Return

Storage

Type: HDD 7200 rpm
Capacity: 500 GB
Optical Drive: DVD RW

Graphics

GPU: nVidia GeForce GT 555M
Memory: 1.5 GB
Type: Switchable
3DMark06: 11087

Connectivity

Express Card Slot: None
Memory Card Reader:
USB 3.0: 2
USB 2.0: 1
IEEE 1394 (FireWire):
eSATA: 0
VGA:
DVI:
HDMI:
DisplayPort:
Thunderbolt:

Dimensions & Weight

Thickness (Average): 38 mm
Width: 337 mm
Depth: 256 mm
Weight: 3.0 kg

Input Devices

Numeric Keypad:
Fingerprint Reader:

Multimedia

Webcam:
Microphone:

Communications

Ethernet (LAN): 10/100/1000
Wi-Fi (WLAN): B/G/N
Mobile Broadband (WWAN):
Bluetooth: None

Power

A.C. Power Adapter: 150 W
Battery Capacity: 64 WHr
Battery Size: 8-Cell
Battery Life: 3 hours

Reviews

Laptop Mag  
With the M14x, Alienware has once again assembled a battalion's worth of hardware inside a stylish chassis. While you can get the same specs in a larger 17-inch notebook such as the Dell XPS 17, it's pretty fantastic that you can enjoy quad-core power and very high frame rates on the go. At $2,198, the M14x isn't cheap by any means, but it's a nice compromise for those who want a gaming rig more powerful than the M11x but more portable than the M17x. We don't like that the deck gets as hot as it does when gaming-despite the overactive fan-but strong graphics plus WirelessHD make the M14x a very impressive machine.
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Cnet  
It's tough to find mobile PC gaming in a package that's neither too big nor too small. The Alienware M14x comes very close, with plenty of component options and a size that's hefty, but not backbreaking.
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TrustedReviews  
There's no denying that Alienware's 14.1in laptop is a beautiful piece of tech. It looks great, with its sleek 'stealth-bomber' lines, red or black matte finish and, most impressive of all, individually controllable light zones. It feels just as good, with solid build, soft-touch plastics and a superb keyboard and touchpad. There's plenty of connectivity, decent battery life and all the specifications you could wish for too. However, it's let down by arguably its key component, its graphics card. It's plenty fast enough to play all games but just not when looking their best, and for a gaming oriented machine that's crucial. Combined with its noisiness under load and premium price this prevents the M14x from receiving our coveted recommendation despite its many strengths.
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