Alienware is a subsidiary of Dell. It specialize in desktops and laptops for gaming and also other high graphical performance applications. Alienware offers M11x, M15x and M17x product lines for their gaming laptops.
In this article, we are going to look at it’s 15 inch product line, the M15x gaming laptops. M15x gaming laptops boast of blazing fast graphics, the latest processor technology and hi defination capabilites in a devlishly sleek design. It features the new Intel Core i7 mobile processors with Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost technologies that will power through games and multimedia applications.It also features the DDR 1333MHz memory, that is also able to support next generation quad processors, working together to bring you the speed and bandwidth for the ultimate gaming experience.
The M15x gaming laptops starts at USD 1199 in it’s US site and SGD 2499 in it’s Singapore site. The specification offered in both sites are different, thus contributes to the difference in price even after conversion.
Let’s go through the specifications of what M15x gaming laptop have to offer.
It comes in 3 color selections, cosmic black base, nebula red base and lunar shadow base.
First, we are going to take a look at the processor or central processing unit (CPU). THe processor is the brain of your laptop. Faster processors with more cache can take on more workloads, which is often required in gaming. M15x gaming laptops comes with Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz (2.8 GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache), upgradable to Intel Core i7 820QM 1.73GHz(3.06GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache) or Intel Core i7 920XM 2.0GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache) in it’s Singapore site. In it’s US site, it comes standard with Intel Core i3 350M (2.26GHz, 3M cache) and upgradable to Intel Core i5-540M 2.53GHz (3.06Ghz Turbo Mode, 3M cache) or Intel Cor i7 740QM Quad Core Processor, 1.73GHz (2.93GHz Turbo Mode, 6M Cache) or Intel Core i7 840QM Quad Core Processor, 1.86GHz (3.20GHz Turbo Mode, 6M Cache) or Intel® Core i7 940XM Quad Core Processor, 2.13GHz (3.33GHz Turbo Mode, 8M Cache). There is a balancing act required when selecting your processor. The faster the processor, the better it is but it is also more expensive. Most games do not require the fastest processor money can buy to run.
M15x is shipped with Windows 7 operating system. As far as gaming is concerned, this should not be of any concern. Most new games support both Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Next, lets look at the graphic card. Graphic card handles the graphic processing for your computer. Games now has very detailed graphic effects such as shadow, reflection 3d and will require more and more powerful graphic processor to ensure the ultimate gaming experience. M15x comes with 1GB DDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730, upgradable to 1GB GDDR5 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 or 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M in it’s Singapore website. In it’s US website, it comes with 512MB GDDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M and upgradable to the other graphic cards in mentioned earlier. The cost of upgrading to a 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M is more expensive than a 1GB GDDR5 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850.
M15x gaming laptops comes with 4GB (2GBx2) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM, upgradable to 6GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 2GB + 1 x 4GB) or 8GB (4GBx2) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM in dell’s Singapore website. In it’s US website, it offers 3GB Memory (1x 1GB, 1x 2GB DDR3), upgradable to 4GB Dual Channel Memory (2x 2GB DDR3),6GB Memory (1x 2GB, 1x 4GB DDR3)or 8GB Dual Channel Memory (2x 4GB DDR3). The more memory, the better it is for your gaming laptops as it will increase your overall performance and enable your laptop to multitask more applications. If you are running Windows Vista and Windows 7 OS, you will do well with more than 2 GB of memory.
M15x gaming laptops comes with 500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive in it’s Singapore site and 250GB SATAII 7,200RPM in it’s US website. If you are storing a lot of pictures and videos, you will do well with large capacity hard disks. There are also solid state hard drive upgrade available but it is not necessary as it only improves the load time but not the overall gaming performance.
M15x gaming laptops comes with 15.6 inch Full HD (1080p) WLED (1920 x 1080) Display with TrueLife. In US, it comes with a lower spec 15.6-inch WideHD+ 1600 x 900 – WLED which is upgradable. The higher the resolution, the better the gaming experience.
M15x is a good gaming laptop and is capable of running all the mainstream games available out there. It is in the mid range in terms of budget and still packs a punch.