Alienware's "Allpowerful" Laptop is the M17x

Alienware’s been teasing that a new gaming laptop’s on the way. The announcement wasn’t set to come out for another few more days, PC World’s got all the details on the next behemoth laptop from this boutique PC builder.

The M17x, as the name suggests, is a 17-inch laptop and pricing starts at $1,799. That’s just a starting point, however, as the price goes up with the hot option to upgrade to dual 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M GPUs.

PC World lists these as standard and upgrade options:

  • A single 1 GB nVidia GeForce GTX260M GPU (upgradable to dual 1 GB nVidia GeForce GTX 280M GPUs for your sweet high-end graphic needs)
  • An Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz P8600 CPU (upgradable to a Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core CPU)
  • 4 GB of RAM (Up to 8GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM)
  • A 250 GB 7200-rpm hard drive (upgradable to a 1 TB 7200-rpm or to 512 MB of solid-state storage capacity [RAID 1 or RAID 0]; users can swap out hard drives by removing the battery)
  • A slot-loading DVD-RW drive (upgradable to dual-layer Blu-ray Disc)
  • A nine-cell battery
  • An nVidia GeForce 9400M G1 GPU with HybridPower technology (the big bonus here on the motherboard helps you get decent scaled-down graphics when you don't need the dual-card megaton firepower; it kicks in when plugged into AC power)
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • An optional 1920-by-1200-resolution edge-to-edge LCD

All that power is contained in a not-so-small package measuring 15.98 x 12.65 x 2.11 inches and weighing a whopping 11.68 pounds. Does that sound appealing enough to make this your portable PC gaming rig?

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • w4ffles
    Can you say back breaker?

    I wonder if that number includes the weight of the power brick.
  • baracubra
    LOL! This is wicked, and it beats hauling around my 15kg desktop with all the wires and keyboard!!!
  • srogeta
    It looks freak en awesome this new alienware notebook but 1 question about the solid state drive I think there is a miss print of sort but it looks very cool. When is it coming out and price range at full spec?
  • Ciuy
    bah, with that cash u can build something even better, laptops are NOT made for gaming nomather what .
  • neon neophyte
    i wouldnt expect the battery to be gone in 20 minutes.

    thats what the hybrid video cards are for. 9400m for when you arent plugged into a wall.
  • MrBradley
    upgradable to a 1 TB 7200-rpm or to 512 MBof solid-state storage

    I think this is a typo.
  • gosefroba
    I'll stick to my macbook pro which is half the weight of that monstrosity
  • maddogoo9
    gosefrobaI'll stick to my macbook pro which is half the weight up my butt
  • blaze589
    I always hated h
  • jkflipflop98
    Let's see your gimpy lil macbook run Mass Effect with all the bells and whistles @ 60 frames per second.