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The Alienware M17x is a premium gaming PC released in early 2011.

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Pros

One-piece glass screen overlay makes for an easy to clean surface

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Great overall performance

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Great build quality; no creaks or groans, no flexing

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customizable LED lighting illuminates the entire device, includes practical backlit keyboard

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3D capable configurations (120Hz 1080p display, Nvidia 3D vision kit)

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HDMI input - to use your display with other sources such as a gaming console

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many upgrade options - select from a good handful of processors, graphics options

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dual drive bays

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solid build - rubberized exterior over a magnesium alloy frame

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Relatively easy to maintain and upgrade

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customizable configuration directly from the manufacturer

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respectable starting price point

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comes standard with a 1600 x 900px display, upgradable to full 1080p for full HD gaming and media playback

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slot loaded optical drive (DVD burner or Blu-ray reader)

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5 x USB ports (2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA/USB combo)

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mini-DisplayPort and HDMI digital video outputs (alongside a standard VGA connection)

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Cons

Screen glass overly creates substantial glare in some lighting situations

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Only 4 total USB ports (two 3.0, two 2.0)

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a hefty 9.8 pounds - massive even for gaming laptop standards

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The Alienware M17x is a premium gaming PC released in early 2011. It features a stylish chassis with lots of LEDs, an illuminated backlit keyboard, and chrome accents. More importantly, it builds from previous generations by adding 3D functionality, meaning 3D Blu-ray discs can be watched with an optional pair of Nvidia 3D shutter glasses. In addition, the display supports a full 1080p resolution. Also featured are Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors up to a Core i7; up to 16GB DDR3 RAM; and a SATA drive up to 1.5TB and SSD up to 512GB. Signature though is a new SiBEAM WirelessHD chip that allows the device to stream 1080p video to an HDTV without any delays or problems whatsoever. Overall it's faster, it's more mobile, and it's 3D.

Features
  • Windows 7 OS
  • 3D Functionality
  • Faster Intel Core i7 2820QM (2.3GHz)
  • 4GB - 16GB DDR3
  • Improved 1.5GB Nvidia GTX460M GeForce
  • Bigger 17.3" 1080p Display
  • Integrated 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Larger 1500GB SATA, 512GB SSD
  • DVD / Blu-ray Drive
  • USB 2.0 / eSATA
  • 8-in-1 Card Reader
  • Firewire
  • ExpressCard
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI, VGA
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