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 Post subject: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:57 pm 
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I just took delivery of a brand new Alienware M17x yesterday, and all I can say is how impressed I am with this machine. They call it a true "desktop replacement", and I'll be honest, they aren't that far off.

With dual GTX 260M's, and a 1920x1200 lcd screen, games are looking really sweet. Of course, regular computing tasks are a breeze, and general aesthetics are really cool. I got the all black model with blue lights and it's definitely the sweetest laptop I've ever owned.

Desktop replacement is a good description but "mobile desktop" is something I don't think I would use to describe it because its very big and heavy, aside from the fact that with all this power, I'm sure the battery won't last but a few minutes. I don't know what size the power supply is, but my XPS M1730 had a 140w and this one is twice the size of that one.....its HUGE, lol.

Mine came with a Core 2 Duo T9800 (2.93 GHz) processor and 4GB's of "Elpida" 1066MHz ram, but you can get them with i7 cpu's and up to 8GB's of 1333MHz ram. I may consider upgrading the cpu to a quad core, not really sure on that yet though.

It does have overclocking capability within the BIOS, but all you can adjust is memory frequency and FSB. If you have an Extreme cpu, you would also have an unlocked multiplier, but absolutely no voltage controls, which really sucks. I tried to overclock from 1066MHz to 1076MHz, and it crashed, so overclocking is just a waste of time with the stock board/bios. Another advertising gimick.

One more con is that it has the capability to run dual hdd's, which is awesome, but if you don't order the computer with two hdd's from the factory, they don't supply you with what you need to add the second drive. Yes, the physical bay is there, but you need the drive bracket to hold the drive and something called an imposer which actually makes the connection from the drive to the board, and also some screws. They don't put two in by default, only one, so you are totally screwed if you ever want to add a second drive later down the road. This is really screwed up, if you ask me, and they don't tell you this when you're ordering it, so if you want one of these, I highly suggest ordering it with dual hdd's from the start

Anyway, other than the overclocking and hdd bracket fail, this little *big* rig is really cool. I will take some pics and post later.

All in all, for laptops, I'd give it an 8 out of 10. It would have been a 10 out of 10 if it was truly overclockable with voltage controls and came with the necessary hardware for a second drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:02 pm 
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Sweet, congrats. I would love to see some pictures when you get a chance. How heavy is it?

I just got a Inspiron 15 and am really impressed with it so far. Could not beat the price and features either.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:34 pm 
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JDookie, I have the same configuration on my M17X, had it since December. It did not have the 2nd hardrive caddy and interposter. All you have to do is call Dell and request P/N TRDD2.


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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:09 pm 
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JDookie, congrats on the laptop!

Some pics would be good when you get the chance.

JediWill71 wrote:
JDookie, I have the same configuration on my M17X, had it since December. It did not have the 2nd hardrive caddy and interposter. All you have to do is call Dell and request P/N TRDD2.


I guess that solves one problem, in a way. Did they send it free of charge, or did you have to pay for it?

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:22 pm 
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It was was sent free of charge, just had to give Dell my service tag.


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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:40 pm 
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I can not figure out how to post a pic. I serach for instructions :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:43 pm 
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You must upload the pictures to an image hosting server, such as ImageShack.us, then after uploading is complete, copy the direct link of the image and post it using the IMG code when typing up your post.

Just click the IMG button, and paste the direct link in between the 2 IMG texts. Make sure that the image is resized on ImageShack or whatever the server you chose to 1024x768 to fit, or it will not allow you to post it.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:46 pm 
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I'll give it a shot.


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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:06 pm 
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By jediwill71, shot with DSLR-A200 at 2010-03-13

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By jediwill71, shot with DSLR-A200 at 2010-03-13

WOW, that took forever :o


Last edited by JediWill71 on Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
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No it didnt. but before you post it, you can use the preview button, to show you what your post will look like. I think you copied the wrong link, because I tried posting it myself, and it didnt work. I tried going directly as well, with no luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:27 pm 
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Well I edited the post. I finally got it to work. When I copy from Image shack I do not have to click in th eimg icon, just paste the link.


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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:32 pm 
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JDookie, did your M17X come preloaded with Win7? I got the upgrade disk, and installed it, but Win7 does not like to work with the Hybrid graphics. I just reinstalled Vista. Her is a link to Alienware forums at Dell, I have not hand any problems with my laptop that the others are, or any of my Dells.
http://en.community.dell.com/forums/3746.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
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Looks very nice! Beautiful aesthetics. Definitely a headturner laptop.

Makes me wish I didnt sell my M1730 so I could have gotten a system exchange myself for one of these. LOL.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
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You did well for yourself with the Area 51, I'm stuck with the 630 for aleast another 6 months before the wife will let me upgrade, then I'll be following you. Like Jdookie said (where is he?) it one heavy laptop, but when on ther road it plays blu-ray perfectly.


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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:18 am 
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Sorry guys, we're having the most beautiful weather here and I've been taking advantage of it while it lasts, riding my quad (Yamaha Raptor 700R). It's just too nice outside to sit inside and play with a computer, lol. Here in the south, we only have maybe two or three months of perfect weather, the rest of the year is either too hot, too cold, or too wet.

Anyway, I still haven't taken any pics, but mine looks exactly like Jed's, except all my lights are blue.

Jed,

Mine came pre-loaded with Win7 Ultimate, and everything seems to be working just fine. I can change all the colors and everything with no problem.

As far as the extra hard drive caddy and connector, thanks for the tip. I found on another forum where they had the same discussion and all were able to secure the extra setup, but some had to pay as much as $70 for it.

I'm going to give them a call, and see what I come up with. Thanks for the tip!

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:37 am 
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I just did it last month, I had the laptop since dec 09. I only called once, I had no problems, Told the service rep that I had a Dell Alienware M17X that was missing the second hard drive caddy he then asked for my service tag and put in the order. Recieved it about 3-4 days later. While I have not installed another hard drive yet, I wanted to be able to in the future. I waiting for SSD's to come down in price a little more. Glad to hear their are people who still enjoy the great outdoors. We just made reservations for camping next month.


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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
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Yah bro, I love my computers, but I love my big boy toys even more. I live in New Orleans and for Mardi Gras every year, we go somewhere up north to go snowmobiling. This year we went to West Yellowstone (my most favorite sledding spot yet), and were surrounded by waist deep snow, and now here I am back home a month later in 70 degree weather riding street bikes, dirt bikes, and quads. I love it!!

Anyway, back to computers, I hear you on the SSD's. I have three 30GB Vertex Turbos in my main rig, and absolutely love them, but I also have a separate storage drive array for all of my personal stuff. With a laptop, it's either two very large SSD's that can hold all my stuff (which is VERY expensive) or two small ones plus an external drive for storage, which I don't want to have to do. So, for now, I'm just going the platter drive route. Two of the 500GB Seagates will do me fine in RAID 0. That will give me 1TB of decent speed, which is perfect for what I need.

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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
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Jed,

Just wanted to thank you again for the tip on how to get the second hdd caddy. I called them Monday morning, and had the part by Tuesday afternoon. Thank you!

Now I can set up a RAID array. :)

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Dual Corsair Neutron GTX 256GB SSD's in RAID0
Corsair AX1200 power supply
Win7 x64 Ultimate
Lian LI PC-P80B case w/ custom window and lighting
Koolance ERM-2K3U Rev 1.1 (copper) external water cooler
Dell U3011 30" 2560x1600 monitor
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 Post subject: Re: Just received a new Alienware M17x
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:51 pm 
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Not a problem JDookie, I am glad that you did not have any problems trying to get it.


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