Good upgradeability and maintainability
Alienware once again lives up to its reputation as a manufacturer of high-end notebooks. The successor of the M18x R2, simply called 18, not only impresses with its dignified design but also with the excellent performance. Nothing comes close to the performance of an SLI system with two GeForce GTX 780M GPUs at the moment. Combined with a quad-core processor and a Solid State Drive the notebook even manages the most demanding applications. The retail price is consequently very high.
Display with strong contrast, Exceptional Performance
The Alienware M18x R2 is definitely a superlative notebook, but calling the massive 18-inch unit a "notebook" is stretching the term. At over 5 kg, the M18x R2 is essentially limiting the user to indoor use only.
Still, no one can deny its mighty performance. Thanks to the overclocked Ivy Bridge processor and the two Radeon HD 7970M GPUs, the high-end machine handles every task easily and painlessly. All currently available games can be played with maximum settings.
Comfortable keyboard, Beautiful 18-inch 1080p display
The Alienware M18x R2 is definitely one powerhouse of a computer. It has a fantastic 1080p display, top-of-the-class performance and good battery life. While quite expensive, it makes a great gaming laptop and will handle anything you throw at it.
In the beginning, we were skeptical of the M18x. Alienware's 18 inch "monster" does not exactly fit into any of the current trends, and most buyers do not go above the 17 inch range. However, after our in-depth testing of this laptop, we have to conclude that the M18x has a lot of potential.
To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown, if you absolutely, positively need to kill everyone at the LAN party, accept no substitutes. If you can only afford one GPU, the $3,300 M17x is a better option, but its chassis can only accommodate a single graphics card. But if you can swing for two GPUs, then the M18x is the way to go. From power to weight to price, this notebook simply has more--the most--of everything.
Nice Design with Programmable Macro Key Controls
Alienware's latest gaming laptop comes in the form of the larger than life 18.4-inch M18x system that features a 1920 x 1080 full HD display. Unfortunately, the base M18x is somewhat underwhelming for the price with only 4GB of memory, a small 320GB hard drive, and an average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB graphics card.
Excessive power that melts faces
Alienware's M18x is a screaming behemoth of performance. The switchable graphics when paired with AMD is a horrible headache, but given the desk-bound nature of the M18x, we don't think it'll bother too many people. If a desktop is too large but you still want excess power, the Alienware M18x is your holy grail.
The M18x lives up to expectations. It feels lovingly crafted around gamers' needs, combining superlative design, build quality, aesthetics and scalable power. But it comes at a cost. The review model's price compares reasonably well to other gaming laptops, but component upgrades incur a luxury brand tax, with the top spec costing close to Â£5k. The real issue, however, is one of positioning.
A powerful gaming laptop
Alienware M18x is a powerful gaming laptop with NVIDIA graphics and 18 inch screen. Laser-Engraved Nameplate enables you to customize it for your family and friends. The pricing options are also reasonable. The incredible gaming controls make it a true Gaming Monster. So, enjoy gaming.
Blu-ray Disc Player
Tired of laptops with super small screens? The Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9600 (LX.RJ207.008) is equipped with a 1080p 18.4 inch display that is nice and large for gaming. It also has a speedy quad-core processor and 8GB of memory with support for up to 16GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the slow hard drive is a bottleneck, and the video card isn't high end. However, if you are looking for a casual gaming system that also works well as a multimedia machine, the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G fits the bill.
Excellent Graphics Performance.
Acer's Aspire Ethos is certainly a desktop replacement class system as it is certainly larger and heavier than many laptops. In exchange for portability, it offers some solid performance thanks to a quad core processor, fast graphics processor and larger high resolution display.
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