Alienware M14x: A Mix of Power and Portability

Pros: it’s a split between the world’s smallest and the most powerful gaming laptop with powerful graphics, great design, back-lit keyboard, and a built in wireless HD.

Cons: it weighs 2.86 kg and with a very deep case at around 25.8 cm and it seriously has a very high price tag at $2, 198.

The M14x is the first ever 14 inch notebook from Alienware. Known to produce gaming- oriented laptops, Alienware had made a huge gamble on this particular model since most gamers do not pay attention to gaming laptops that fall below the 15 inch category. Nonetheless, the manufacturer assures that this device will still deliver the best performance to satisfy the gaming needs of avid gamers.

Installed graphics card in the M14x is the Nvidia GeForce GT555M with either a 1536 MB or 3072 MB memory. It also goes by Sandy Bridge generation, the latest quad core CPU by Intel. The buyer has a choice whether to have the Core i7-2630QM, Core i7-2720QM, or the Core i7-2820QM. Another option is whether to buy the unit with 4, 6, or 8 GB of the DDR3 RAM which is made available for the M14x. For the storage, three choices are being offered which can either be a 500 or a 750 GB HDD or an SSD with 256 GB. This gives the consumers a control to choose which specifications best suits their needs.

The 14.1 inch display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 0r 1600 x 900 pixels. This gives a pretty sharp images that can be appreciated with the games’ graphics and when watching movies. The mounted speakers complete the entertainment package that gives off a good sound for a relatively small system.

Aside from the keyboard being a pleasure to use with its big and highly responsive keys, the backlighting is fun to customize so that the colors of the logos, the keys, the ring around the touch pad, and the front grille could match whatever mood the player is in.

The M14x has the basics when it comes to high-end laptops ports: a 4-in-1 memory card slot, a chargeable USB 2.0 port, Ethernet port, a slot loading DVD drive, Display port, two USB 3.0 ports, VGA and HDMI ports plus a SIM card slot since it can support mobile broadband.

The integrated webcam displays detailed and bright images and can even be used to detect the user’s face to log in to the system via its FastAccess feature.

As always, Alienware’s impressive workmanship can be seen with the futuristic design of the M14x. With its slanted lines and appealing curves, one can’t help but compare it to a snazzy sports car. The laptop surface has a soft feel with an anti- fingerprint smudge feature thanks to its rubber coating. But what really stamps the trademark of Alienware is the extensive case lighting that features the alien head logo on the display border and as with the customizable lighting in the keyboard, any mix is possible to use with the lighting.

M14x is a power blend of style and great performance and not to mention an impressive battery run time, owning this mean machine could really make the others jealous as it is.

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