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There's no denying that Alienware's 14.1in laptop is a beautiful piece of tech. It looks great, with its sleek 'stealth-bomber' lines, red or black matte finish and individually controllable light zones. It feels just as good, with solid build, soft-touch plastics and a superb keyboard and touchpad. There's also plenty of connectivity, decent battery life and all the specifications you could wish for. However, it's let down by arguably its key component; its graphics card. It's plenty fast enough to play all games but just not when looking their best, and for a gaming oriented machine that's crucial. Combined with its noisiness under load and premium price this prevents the M14x from receiving our coveted recommendation despite its many strengths. Introduction, Design and Lighting Who said gaming laptops couldn't come in small(er) packages? Since taking over the Alienware brand, Dell has given us beauties like the M11x, which managed to stuff enough power to play most games (albeit with some compromises) in an 11.6in chassis. Today we're looking at a somewhat larger machine, the Alienware M14x. Being a bigger machine it can really pack in the goodies, so here are the highlights. Our review sample has the HD version of its 14.1in screen, giving it a very nice resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels (higher than the usual 1,366 x 768 that's common even on far larger screens). There's a fully backlit keyboard and more connections than you can shake a stick at on the outside, while beneath the hood we have a quad-core Core i7 processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and GeForce GT 550M graphics.
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