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Alright so i just got my M17x R3 (Pandora As i have named it) From Dell, it took quite sometime to get to me in merry old australia but now im glad i did, Now i am not the best at writing Reviews, this is the first time i've written one so bear with me.


Machine specifications
2630QM (Up to 2.9ghz turbo boost 2 threads 2.6 four threads)
6990M 2Gb vram
8GB Ddr3 1333mhz
750GB drive + 60GB Ssd(SSD not here yet, its bought seperate from dell, will be an ocz agility 3 60gb)
Slotload DVD
17inch 1920x1080P Screen.





Alright so lets get started.
I ordered it on the 20th of last month, it got here TODAY the 17th of august, Not quite when dell said it would, But it was here between the guidelines, It was quite the grueling wait given i had saved up for this for sometime and i desperately wanted one ever since i saw just how powerful these machines could be *Waits for fanboyism* I went with alienware over Origin/sager/clevo/everyone else because i like backlit keyboards that was what sealed the deal for me.





Alright so onto the show.

*Build quality in general*

The thing is heavy, i am going to state that loudly i had a 16inch laptop a long time ago and it had ~nothing~ on this granted that thing lasted only a year or so before it fell apart. *Goes back on topic* It was very well packed inside the box, Don't quite know if its like that around the rest of the world, But with australia post they tend to just throw things around, the outside cardboard box had taken quite a beating, but nothing inside was damaged, so i must say it was very well packed, not that it would need it.

I paid 2700 dollars for this thing, So i expect it to live through everything it throw at it that said, This machine is quite sturdy, i've dropped it twice, Once when i accidentaly knocked my bedside table over with it on it, and the other time when i got up while writing this review, both times it hit a hardwood floor from a meter high(Thats 3 feet for you yanks), Both times i cringed given i had only had it a few hours, And it survived, without even a scratch, My floor however has two sizable dents in it where the machine landed so i can say quite easily that this machine is ~very~ sturdy, Very rugged and could probably be thrown at someone and not break, The laptop arrived clean and spotless so out of 10 for overall quality i would give it a 9, I take only one point off because the rubber padding on the palm rest annoys me, but that is personal preferance more then anything else.



Hardware Responsiveness.

I am a Massively multi tasker at hand, at any given point in time i often have 30 firefox tabs open, Photoshop, A movie/and or music and a game typicly world of warcraft, So the I7 suited me perfectly. Even with all of these things open the machine itself still asks for more despite the processor being the lowest of available choices, and the ram only slightly upgrades(It goes up to 32GB available to have 4x 8gb 2 under its sexy keyboard, and 2 under the easy to remove backpanel) It Seems to be able to switch seemlessly from program to program without issue at all For responsiveness i give it an 8/10 Being the speedfreak that i am nothing will ~ever~ be fast enough for me.


Heat, External and internal.

Right so whats the first thing you do when you get new hardware, You game on it, i spent 3 hours INSTANTLY after i got it running a Raid in world of warcraft, 10 man firelands to be exact(I play a priest tinyurl.com/raidvids) I had the thing on my lap while i was in bed with an external HDD feeding it, I didn't really notice it get hot at all, The keyboard and palm rests remained comfortable, they got a tiny bit warm, up to about skin temperature but other then that they were fine. During the raid, i had GPU-Z up keeping track of temps, Pandora(M17x) Ran an Average temp of 67C at an average gpu usage of 80% Given that this at the time of writing the fastest mobile gpu in the world consumer wise i would call that pretty damn cool. The core i7 2630QM Was measured using Throttlestop during the raid it reached a maximum of 57C Though i don't know the average.


Performance(Gaming)
Now, Given i had alot of things running in the background considering i took it immediatly out of its box and started gaming, this should be taken with a grain of salt though i must say i am impressed, Even while installing a ton of things in the background throughout my raid (World of warcraft max settings with Dx11 enabled) i reached a maximum FPS of 60, a minimum of 43.8 and an average of 57 Measured with fraps over the course of a 3 hour raid.


Battery
I expected the battery to drain pretty quick though after the raid it was fully charged and ready to go, i was able to get 2 and a half hours of WoW out of it on the wireless network, (was also using wireless headset and mouse)


things i like about it.
It glows in the dark
Its responsive
Upgradeable
I got it cheaper then i should of since i haggled
can be overclocked

Things i dislike
It hurts my thighs given i lay down with it resting on my legs raised up.

If anyone has any questions or they want me to post pics of it, Or has any benchmarks they would like me to run Feel free to post in here, this was just to give anyone an idea, and un bias thoughts on a product i now own.


Heaven benchmark

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/810/pandorar.jpg/ A pretty basic picture.
Edited by Rayleyne - 8/23/11 at 2:55pm
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Did you know there is an actual review section in the forum? Click my sidebar where it says hardware reviews. Copy this over.
 
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benchmarks!!!!
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I did not know if there was a section.


And benchmarks of what, I need links
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More pics!
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I got an m14x and I must say, the build quality is really nice. Granted, I only have the lowly GT 555M and the same quad but it sure is zippy.
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Originally Posted by Penryn;14625433 
I got an m14x and I must say, the build quality is really nice. Granted, I only have the lowly GT 555M and the same quad but it sure is zippy.

Oh it really is, Im kinda sad that my laptop is beating my desktop for responsiveness
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I had a M15X myself, but I sold it. They really are good laptops for power and gaming.

I think they want to see 3D Mark 11 primarily. Maybe even PC Mark Vantage. Both have free editions.
 
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Originally Posted by BWG;14628592 
I had a M15X myself, but I sold it. They really are good laptops for power and gaming.

I think they want to see 3D Mark 11 primarily. Maybe even PC Mark Vantage. Both have free editions.

If someone can get me a link, I'll download and do them.
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Would have liked to have seen you get the i7-2720.

I was looking long and hard at the Alienware to complement my Macbook Air as far as mobile gaming goes, but I have come to the hard realization that the Sager/Clevo models just own it in price ESPECIALLY with the 95% color gamut IPS like screen. However, I would have payed the extra $300-400 for the Alienware's looks depending on how many I had downed that night wink.gif - they're just so sexy.
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