Alienware was formed in 1996 and in the first 10-years of their existence the company created a name for themselves in the enthusiast market. It didn’t matter if a consumer was looking for a high performance desktop, notebook or HTPC system because Alienware had something capable to offer. When combined with futuristic and distinctive styling they have always appealed to discerning users.
Back in 2006 there was a significant change behind the scenes at Alienware when they became part of the Dell corporation. For the first 3-years of the changeover the products released by the two divisions continued under the existing branding with Dell continuing to use XPS for their high end enthusiast products.
This situation changes with the launch of the Alienware M17x, the first machine to be released in a post XPS era. Today, for the first time in their history Alienware are allowing a publication to preview a product as yet unavailable to purchase by the public.
NOTE: The M17x should not be confused with the Area-51 m17x, this was a previous model from Alienware and differs significantly in style and specification (as we shall see shortly).