When open the M17x is a very impressive looking machine thanks, in part, to the single surface area screen which is a high gloss layer which runs out to each of the four edges on the top half of the system. As always, a 3.0 Megapixel webcam and microphone is discretely positioned top and centre above the screen. The display used on this model is a 17.3" inch WLED model with resolution of 1920×1080 and it differs from many other screens as this is a 120Hz version aimed at giving users stereoscopic 3D functionality on movies, images and games. Interestingly, the 3D Vision transmitter which is normally an external box is built into the body of the system so we simply need to pop on our glasses to take advantage of this feature.
The keyboard on the M17x features the same Star Trek style font which Alienware use on all of their systems and as with the other larger models it has a full num-pad on the right.
The power button (an Alien head) is located between the keyboard and screen, there is no touch sensitive panel on this model, but the bar which runs from left to right at the top of the keyboard has buttons for media and device functionality.
Alienware use a Synaptics touchpad on the M17x and it has a textured surface. Although not marked on the pad the right and bottom edges can be configured as scroll bars. Two mouse buttons sit below this and have quite a deep action with near silent operation.