Alienware notebooks are one of the most appreciated designs among gaming laptops. Alienware terminated its popular M15x gaming notebook and replaced it with the M14x.
The M14x has a very good selection of ports for a 14-inch laptop. This Alienware laptop includes two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, Ethernet, memory card reader and slot-loading optical drive. The only item that’s missing is an ExpressCard expansion slot.
The build quality of the M14x is very good with a combination of metal and plastic parts. Most of the exterior contact points (lid, palm rests and keyboard surround) are made up of plastic.
For $1,199, the Alienware 14(Base Model) includes a quad-core 2.4 GHz Core i7-4700MQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, 8GB of memory, and the standard 1366 x 768 resolution screen and but no SSD. Configuration with a new fourth-generation Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce 765M GPU, and a combination of a 256GB SSD and 750GB HDD for storage costs $1,799. The device has two different graphics modes: the “switchable” mode where both Intel and Nvidia graphics are active, and the “discrete” mode with only Nvidia. Battery life is pretty good for a gaming laptop, but it’s less than the M11x and it’s only marginally better than 15-inch and 17-inch gaming laptops.
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Dell’s new Alienware 14 offers great performance, competitive price, and quirky features such as a backlit touch pad. The device disappoints you with relatively dim display, thick slab-like design and its mediocre battery life but no complaints about the performance.