Alienware M14x @ A Tech Reviews

03 Jul

The excellent:

The Alienware M14x, Dell’s latest Alienware mainframe, manages to pack incredible performance into a smaller-than-expected body with plenty of configuration options.

Alienware M14xThe terrible:

Alienware M14x High-end configurations can be insanely high-priced, andAlienware’s mainframe point is overdue for a refresh.

Alienware M14xunderside line:

Alienware M14x tough to find mobile PCbuilding a bet in a wrap that’s neither too huge nor too small. The Alienware M14x comes very close, with plenty of constituent options and a size that’s hefty, but not backbreaking.

Assess:Typically, the difference between a 14-inch mainframe and a 15-inch one is very affront, even if we commonly prefer the smaller of these two options for the sake of portability. When it comes to stout building a bet laptops, even if, the difference can be more pronounced. While we wouldn’t premeditated takingAlienware M14x 15-inch M15x mainframe on the road, the new 14-inch translation, unsurprisingly named the M14x, looks and feels a excellent deal smaller–even if it’s still a beast compared with other 14-inch laptops. 


For truly portable building a bet, you’d want to stick with the standard 11-inch M11x, pretty much the only building a bet ultraportable you’ll find. But this new in-between size is inviting for those who want to take their games on a family tree trip or affair trip and still delight in a reasonable cover size and generous 1,600×900-pixel cover pledge.

It’s been a few years since Dell gave its Alienware team a makeover, and it’s early to show. Like the recent M11x, the new M14x has the same angular, very near automotive point as the 15- and 17-inch models of a few years ago. When we first saw it we plotting it was a excellent step headed for a more chic feel, but since then we’ve seen a lot of sharp mainframe designs that go even additional headed for a modern, minimalist look.

Alienware M14x has the same automotive-inspired grille along the front edge (which is only for show, not freshening), a slick edge-to-edge glass overlay on the sight, and a matte black skeleton (the exterior of our logic was a matte red). It’s distinctive, to be sure, and will feel comfortable and familiar to longtime Alienware fans, but we’re also keen for a touch new, and hopefully a bit slimmer. At 1.2 thick and 6.5 pounds without A/C adapter, this is still an try to haul nearly more than occasionally.

Alienware’s FX lighting and settings control logic is still here. It lets you set the color for the backlit upright and the other light-up parts of the logic. Backlit keys can be essential while building a bet, as a black-on-black upright can be tough to make out in the dark.

The upright has a more habitual tapered key point, very than the wider, flat keys many mainframe makers are incomplete to these days. The company has earlier said that these tapered keys grant more space between the party calligraphy, which is better for first-person shooters, which make heavy use of the WASD keys. We’re not sure we have a favorite key point for before a live audience games, but it’s an fascinating scheme.

Alienware has permanently had exceptional touch pads, even if much of the rest of the mainframe industry is transmittable up in terms of size. The charming, matte texture on the touch pad feels fantastic under your fingers, and the two large, evident mouse buttons are welcome. As with previousAlienware laptops, the touch pad is demarcated by a backlit ring, the color of which is selectable. A few touch-pad options, such as the size of the scroll bar, are proscribed by an app called AlienTouch, but we didn’t see any multitouch gestures such as two-finger scrolling.

On a 14-inch sight, we’d guess to naturally find a 1,366×768-pixel pledge, but for this much money, it’s only natural to guess more. This model’s native pledge is in fact 1,600×900 pixels, which is a step up for building a bet. We’d be tempted to question for full 1,920×1,080-pixel pledge, but on a 14-inch cover text could become hard to make out. The built-in Klipsch speakers are as excellent as any we’ve heard in a mainframe this size, and better than you’d find in many better laptops.

Alienware M14x Price: $2,184.00

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