- Editor's Rating
- Cool design
- "Good enough performance" for most serious gamers while on the road.
- AlienFX lighting is still awesome
- Still a horrible glossy screen
- Still thick and heavy
- Powerful, but not "best in class"
Quick TakeThe new Alienware M14x R2 is clearly an improvement over the original M14x, but Dell could have packed more into this notebook.
The Alienware M14x R2 is the perfect solution for serious gamers looking for a smaller, lighter gaming notebook. The futuristic design makes this 14-inch laptop look like something from a sci-fi movie, but with the Intel i7 \”Ivy Bridget\” processor, two storage drives, an optical rive, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card it actually has the tech to back that look up.
As expected with all of that impressive hardware, the Alienware M14x R2 performs well. The machine is capable of running even the latest games such as Max Payne 3 and Mass Effect 3 at high detail settings with the screen resolution set at 1600 x 900 with acceptable frame rates. While the machine is impressive on its own, relatively the M14 R2 does not stand out. Within the same price range similar 11-inch notebooks are available that offer the same performance specs, but in a thinner lighter package. If you look to the 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks in the same price range you can find notebooks that have even more powerful graphics cards and often better screen resolution. The display of the M14x R2 has a glossy cover placed in front of the actual screen that causes noticeable reflections from almost any light source (including the AlienFX lights).
The Alienware M14x R2 is the perfect example of how difficult it is to compete in the gaming PC market. While technically the M14 x R2 can call itself the \”best 14-inch gaming notebook\” it is as thick and heavy as many 15-inch gaming notebooks that in turn offer better performance and specs in many instances. If that wasn\’t bad enough there is a whole other subset of 11-inch gaming notebooks that have comparable specs and are even more portable than the M14x R2. Right now the M14x R2 has carved out is own niche as a semi-portable gaming platform. If you\’re looking for something that is somewhat portable, but still offers a respectable display then this is your machine.