Dell Alienware M15x Review

Aptly named, the Dell Alienware M15x is certainly a gaming monster with a 15-inch screen. Aside from its monster-like façade, the Dell Alienware has some monster specifications, especially with its Intel Core i5 notebook processor. Now this is certainly worth the $1,199 price tag.

Especially designed for the gaming aficionado, the Dell Alienware M15x initially came out with the Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000 driving its system. The Core 2 was already a powerful processor and it left behind other laptops in its class. To be competitive with other gaming laptops, the Dell Alienware M15x has been outfitted with the Intel Core “I” technology.

In terms of processors, one can choose between the Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors, with the Intel Core i5 being the less powerful of the two. Despite this fact, the Core i5 processor still packs one mean punch. If the Intel Core i7 processor is the current ruler of processors, then the Intel Core i5 is definitely its next in command. With the Core i7 processors gaining a lot of attention, it would also be fitting for the Intel Core i5 to receive an accolade of its own.

The Dell Alienware M15x with the Intel Core i5 processor comes in the following units: the Intel Core i5-540M or the Intel Core i5-520M processors. Both of their respective CPUs run with two cores. However, one could outrun other dual core processors, even its predecessors. Even with the i5 processor, this is one reason why the Dell Alienware M15x is a behemoth in the gaming world. This laptop is also set to becoming one of hardcore gamers’ favorites, especially if their pockets are not deep enough to acquire a similar laptop with the Intel Core i7 processor.

The Intel Core i5 that is integrated in the Dell Alienware M15x has a nifty feature: the Intel Turbo Boost technology. This allows any Intel Core i5 processor to clock at a faster rate when doing hefty processing jobs. The 2.4 GHz Intel Core i6-520M is capable of turbo boosting of up to 2.93 GHz while the Intel Core i5-540M could increase its speed to up to a maximum to 3.06 GHz.

While the processing specifications are commendable, the Dell Alienware M15x’s chassis is very elegant. One has a choice of picking the Red Nebula, Lunar Shadow and Cosmic Black designs.

Now that we know that the Dell Alienware M15x has a powerful processor and a sleek exterior. What else is there? This laptop is loaded with 4 GB of random access memory, guaranteeing superior performance even when one is accessing memory-hungry applications. This is supported by the backup graphics for hardcore games. Rendering heavy graphics becomes quite an easy task, especially with the graphics card. The Dell Alienware M15x comes with 1 GB of VRAM in the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M.

In terms of storage, the Dell Alienware M15x can contain up to 250 GB of digital files. If storage is inadequate, thought, one can use the integrated BD-ROM/DVD/-RW drive to burn those excess heavy files. The Core i5 also comes a full HD display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This may not be of great benefit to gamers but this resolution is more than adequate for those multimedia editors.

Specs
Central Processing Unit 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-520QM with Turbo Boost
2.53-GHz Intel Core i5-540QM with Turbo Boost
Read Access Memory 4 GB
Storage Drive SATA 250GB Hard Drive 7,200 rpm
Optical Drive BD-ROM/DVD /-RW
Display Size 15.6 inches
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Dimension 14.9 x 12.2 x 1.9 inches
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M with 1 GB VRAM
Weight 9.0 pounds

Pros

As powerful as it is, the Dell Alienware M15x with Intel Core i5 is still less powerful than the Dell Alienware M15x with Intel Core i7. Nevertheless, the Dell Alienware M15x with Intel Core i5 is still more than acceptable than other gaming laptop around.

The Dell Alienware M15x with Intel Core i5 offers spectacular graphics, a Blu-ray ready drive and an amazing and full HD display.

Cons

The Dell Alienware M15x can still do a lot better in the audio department. Its audio system plays beautiful sounds but only at an adequate level. Plus, portability is an issue. The Dell Alienware M15x is heavy at nine pounds.

Conclusion

Even with its steep price tag, the Dell Alienware M15x is still considered an excellent gaming laptop. You won’t regret choosing the Dell Alienware M15x for your entertainment and computing needs.

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