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Alienware M14x Review: The Best or Worst Portable Gaming Laptop?

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by TechnologyGuide staff, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Selacstellap

    Selacstellap Newbie

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    m14x is designed as 'the combination of portability and performance' but I think it makes this laptop neither so portable nor so fast, an embarrassing status.
     
  2. DC87

    DC87 Notebook Consultant

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    I bought it for the fact that it meets my needs, I don't need the best graphics performance but I wanted enough to play games I like. I wanted something portable and a bit more compact then my past laptops 15.6+. And something that has good built quality. I'm in school to be an IT professional and I like to play some not insanely demanding games, so this works perfect. :D
     
  3. IKAS V

    IKAS V Notebook Prophet

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    We dont need reasons for members to justify there purchase, i sense a littlle regret coming from M14x owners.
     
  4. Gearsguy

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    Dont mean to bump an old thread, but just wanted to ask this quick question about the review. On the m11x r3, many users stated the screen is better than the r1 or r2, but the screen is still terrible and extremely glossy, and owners of both the m14x and m11x r3 say the m14x screen is better. Why in your m11x r3 review does it say lackluster screen as a con, but the m14x is a horrible glossy screen? It makes the m11x r3 screen seem better, when most users state the m14x screen is better. Just a question :)
     
  5. Kevin

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    The M14x just costs too much. Decently spec'd out it's nearly $1.5k, and it's basically a 15" notebook, meaning it underperforms every gaming notebook in its bracket. That's why it fails.
    The M11x has just has a glossy screen. The M14x has a sheet of horribly glossy glass in front of the screen. The latter is much, much worse.
     
  6. Gearsguy

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    Oh, really? I thought I saw a bunch of people say the m14x was better :/


    Can you take pictures of both of yours side by side so I can see what you mean? Probably should post in the m14x forum so moderators dont get mad.
     
  7. jamzkangster

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    haha you can think what you want, but even after reading this review long before purchasing, and knowing about the heating issues (which i dont get btw), i still went on to go buy the m14x r3 anyways.

    It's amazing laptop, and for its price range it's hard to find a gaming laptop that has all the amenities, fit and finish, plush keyboard and keys, features, style, and texture feel that this laptop has. Alienware does this best.

    Sure i could have gone MSI or Asus G route, but i like something I can both adorn and show off. Both msi and asus have this tacky cheap feeling, and the chassis feels really flimsy. Sure performance may be better, and might be better bang for the buck, but i dont have a top ramen eating budget, i can spend my money where i see is necessary, and the m14x was no brainer for me.
     
  8. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Mostly Harmless...

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    I agree. I actually strongly considered an M14x, but for half the price I got similar performance in the HP DV6z with a matte 1080p screen, weighing about the same.

    Actually no, the M11x has glossy glass over the screen too. But I did order and apply a matte protector and it worked great. I'm sure there's a similar one for the M14x. That being said, the glossy and substandard quality screen for the price of the laptop was another turnoff for me.

    Otherwise I quite liked the M14x, but cost and screen really disappointed me.
     
  9. Gearsguy

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    I dont know, I just find it extremely compact compared to a G53SX Ive seen in stores and such. It may weigh the same, but its much smaller and has similar performance to that of huge gaming notebooks (Notice how the G53 for example is the same size as a 17 inch and the m14x is the same weight as a 15 inch?). It can still currently play just about any game maxed at 900p (native res). Its not even that expensive though. For 1275 you can get a 500gb HDD, 4gb of RAM, a 900p screen and an i7. It doesnt need to cost 1500$ to get a decent spec. I think a 1080p G53SW costs about 1200, so its pretty similar. You get maybe a bit less performance (555M overclocks to stock 460M performance), but you get more than double the battery life and a much more compact machine.

    But its got a glossy screen and weighs alot so it fails youre right
     
  10. Starscream

    Starscream Notebook Consultant

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    I think the screen is great...in a dim setting, which is my room. In a classroom, the glare sucks.

    The m14x truly is heavy, and it feels dense.

    But on the other hand, I like the 14inch form factor over the 15inch and it looks sexy as hell (kinda like a stealth jet fighter)
     

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