Dell Alienware M18x Laptop Review



Ease of Use: 4.5 of 5
Hardware Quality: 4 of 5
Value for Money: 4.5 of 5
Performance: 5 of 5
Battery Life: 3.5 of 5


Dell Alienware M18x Gaming Notebook Specs

  • Processor – Intel Core i7-3820QM (4×2.7GHz + HTT, 3.7GHz Turbo, 22nm, 8MB L3, 45W)
  • Chipset – Intel HM77
  • Memory – 4x4GB Hynix DDR3-1600 (Max 4x8GB)
  • Graphics – 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M 2GB GDDR5 in SLI (1344 CUDA cores, 719MHz/3.6GHz core/memory clocks, 256-bit memory bus)
  • Display – 18.4″ LED Glossy 16:9 1080p (1920×1080), Samsung 184HT (SEC5448)
  • Hard Drive(s) – 2x Samsung PM830 256GB SATA 6Gbps SSD in RAID 0 (includes open mSATA slot and third 2.5″ drive bay)
  • Optical Drive – Slot-loading Blu-ray/DVDRW Combo (HL-DT-ST CA30N)
  • Networking – Atheros AR8151 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet, Killer Wireless-N 1103 Network Adapter, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio – SoundBlaster Recon3Di (CA0132) HD Audio, Stereo speakers with subwoofer, S/PDIF, mic, and two headphone jacks
  • Battery – 12-Cell, 11.1V, 97Wh
  • Front Side – N/A (Speaker grilles)
  • Right Side – ExpressCard/54, Slot-loading optical drive, MMC/SD/MS Flash reader, 2x USB 3.0, eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, HDMI input
  • Left Side – Kensington lock, Ethernet port, VGA, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.0 S/PDIF, mic, and two headphone jacks
  • Back Side – AC jack, 2x exhaust vents
  • Operating System -Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Dimensions - 17.17″ x 12.7″ x 2.09-2.15″ 436mm x 322.5mm x 53-54.7mm
  • Weight – 11.93 lbs. (5.41kg)
  • Extras – 2.1MP Webcam, Backlit keyboard with 10-key and programmable macro keys, Flash reader (MMC, SD/Mini SD, MS/Duo/Pro/Pro Duo), USB 3.0, SoundBlaster Recon3Di with THX TruStudio Pro, Configurable lighting


Dell’s newest upgraded laptop was released on April 30, 2012, behold the Alienware M18x R2. As much as all tech-geek knows, Alienware laptops and desktops are on the top of the line for absolute gaming performance. Typically much heavier than on the previous M17x also an Alienware laptop by Dell, you will probably think that this one is really a laptop or a desktop.




If you wanted to know some reviews about the Alienware M18x, you can visit the link: http://youtu.be/hsR37kTzRUE


Design and features


Beating the older version on the Alienware laptop lines, the M18x is anodized aluminum casing with a Space-like black finish that is more likely to be more metallic dark gray than black as you looked it on first glance. The logo of the Alienware which is the Alien’s head is still at its familiar place which is on the upper part of the notebook. At the front end part of the M18x, there you will see a corvette-like shape that makes this one look faster than you can ever expect.


If you can ever think that you can bring this laptop to any place that you wanted, you might think again because the M18x weighs 5.41 kg which made it a little heavier than the previous M17x which only weighs 5.3kg. Its power brick alone weighs 3 pounds and measures 1.5 x 3.7 x 7.6 inches (height, width and dimensions consecutively).


The Alienware M18x’s monstrous 18.4-inch display features edge-to-edge over black bezels, a 1920×1080 screen resolution and the superior color quality of this notebook will surely please everyone as much as gamers what is looking for. The bright anti-glare coating of the M18x can be reflective under some lighting conditions but still it is controlling up colors providing you nice viewing angles. The nice 3-megapixel camera is located at the top bezel of the laptop and on the bottom bezel is the illuminated Alienware logo.


If you are currently thinking right now if M18x supports the multiple lighting effects the M17x can offer, yes it can. The multiple lighting effects are still controlled using the Command Center of the Alien FX utility. You can customize the color of your keyboard as long as the color you wanted is supported by the color wheel of the Command Center. You can customize the keyboard lightings in four different colors which are supported by the four different zones of the Command Center. The four zones include the front grilles, the Alien head lid design, the touch pad, the power button and the media controls. There are 20 colors supported by the Command Center of the Alien FX utility, from dark to bright that will suit your mood. At the Command Center, you can also see the AlienTouch (touch pad settings) and the AlienFusion (power management) utilizes and also, it is where you can program the AlienTactx keys.


The Alienware M18x has really a lot of features.                Storage comes really fast (about 7,200 rpm), 500GB drives built for RIAD 0 for a total of 1TB storage capacity. Really a lot of storage for a real gamer, a person who really needs a lot of applications or videos. Wireless-N and Bluetooth are also part of the package.  With the internal 5.1 sound solution and a Kilpsch speaker system, you can maximize your volume for a much-realistic experience without worrying about the annoying distorted sound. The right part of the chassis  comes with two (2) USB 2.0 ports, a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) input,  an eSATA/USB combo port, MMC/SD/MS-Pro card slot, an ExpressCard reader and the Blu-ray drive which will truly makes the M18x worth to purchase. The left part of the chassis comes with a pair of headphone jacks, S/PDIF and microphone line-in jacks, two (2) USB 3.0 ports, VGA, HDMI, mini Display Port inputs and a Gigabit Ethernet port. As by default, Alienware has a pre-installed Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), the Alien utilities which include the AlienRespawn tool and Steam launcher.




The Alienware M18x is running with Intel’s Core i7-2960 XM Extreme Edition Processor that runs at a speed of 2.7GHz but still, has an overclocked Turbo Boost at a total of 4.0GHz rather than the average speed of 3.7GHz. With the 16GB of DDR3 (1600MHz) dual-channel RAM and a combination of SLI-enabled Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M Graphics Card, each comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory will surely give you what you expected about this notebook.


Processing power is very important but for a real gamer, it is all about graphics and here is why the M18x leads this area. The Alienware M18x scored an outstanding 7131 frames per second on the Crysis DX10 gaming test with the setting on the highest quality available for the game. The M18x also scored 96.5 frames per second on the Lost Planet 2 DX9 high-quality test.  The Alienware M18x really managed the Lost Planet 2 DX11 tests with aplomb scoring 114.1 fps on medium quality and 64.4 fps on high quality.


There is only one thing that Alienware did not make a good job: the MobileMark 2007 battery-life rundown. It only lasted for 1 hour and 38 minutes which is not really good if you would like to save a lot of energy if you wanted to play for a lot of hours.



When it comes to portable gaming, the M18x really does a great job because it is designed for it: hardcore ultimate gaming experience. If you are really a hardcore gamer and you are tired of the low quality graphics that is given by your computer or laptop, I recommend you should try the Alienware laptop series but make sure you will buy the latest series if you don’t wanted to be outdated for the unimaginable performance.




  • Customizable keyboard lighting to suit your mood.
  • A really fast processor that runs a total of 4.0GHz.
  • A monstrous 18.4-inch screen that gives you realistic gaming experience.
  • Playing with the highest quality of the game wouldn’t be a problem.
  • Even the sound is maximized; you will not hear any distorted sound.
  • A pre-installed Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) operating system. You don’t need to spend a little extra for the operating system installer.




  • Really heavy for a notebook (weighs 5.41kg).
  • It is not energy-friendly because it only lasts for 1 hour and 38 minutes.

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