The new Alienware m15x is a powerful, lightweight gaming notebook with much practical user-friendly designs. Some of its features that set it apart from a crowd are:
1>15.4″ WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD (1200p)
2> Alienware AlienFX System Lighting
3> 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX
4> Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000 2.8GHz (6MB Cache, 800MHz FSB)
5> 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
6> Intel Turbo Memory (1GB)
7> Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
8> 200GB 7200RPM (16MB Cache)
9> 320GB 5400RPM (8MB Cache) Smart Bay
10> 2x Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc Burner (BD-R, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
11>Internal Intel Wireless 4965 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card
12>Internal High-Definition Audio with surround sound
13> AlienFX Illuminated Keyboard
Alienware has come up with a totally unique design for the m15x. The laptop is covered in glossy plastic making the entire unit shiny. Most of the surface is in metallic silver, while deep glossy black trim at the region around the lid. The bottom is mostly made of all-black metal alloy. The corners are rounded off with an overall soft feel to it.
The m15x feels solid with some flex in the palmrests and around the keyboard area which are minimal. The unit base is rigid with a strong internal frame. One of the fascinating visual features of them laptop is definitely the AlienFX System Lighting. The different lighting zones are:
1> Alien Head (on the back of the display)
2> Power Button
3> Light Pipe (around the edge of the display)
4> Alienware Name (below the display)
5> Quick Touch Controls
Alienware m15x has a WXGA+ (1440×900 pixels) “ClearView” glossy screen as standard which can be upgraded to a matte WUXGA (1920×1200 pixels) The WUXGA screen is noted for the excellent picture quality especially useful for games and movies. The backlighting is almost even. Viewing angles are also impressive. The display clarity is also acceptable Contrast levels are quite balanced, not like a glossy screen, butcomes without reflections and are quite easy to clean.
The m15x has two speakers at the left and right corners of the notebook which have no bass. They aren’t particularly loud too. But The headphone jack performs well without distortion.
The keyboard is comfortable, quiet with cool elegant backlighting. The keys all feel individual with good travel. They have pleasing tactile feedback; when depressed, there is enough padding to make the keys feel springy yet controlled. The keys are covered in an almost rubberized surface, so that they don’t wear like conventional plastic keys.
There’s also a large, functional touchpad with a sleek design design with its boundary marked by LED backlighting around the corners. But it has a slippery surface with vertical and horizontal scrolling bars unmarked.