Hands on Alienware M14x

Hands on Alienware M14x

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.

“These are specialty products, and they are no-compromise products. That’s why they’re the size and the weight they are,” Frank Azor.

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.