Regardless of how good an Alienware system is they always have one thing going for them, case design. Every recent laptop and desktop from the company just oozes cool and in the case of laptops it is rare to take one somewhere and not have it admired by someone. Thankfully we can report that with the Area-51 m9750 the style has been backed up by substance and the result is a hugely configurable system which performs very well within its market segment.
In fact, very few laptop manufacturers offer the same level of configuration as Alienware do on this model. Trying to find a laptop elsewhere with the option of DirectX 10 level SLI, solid state hard drives in RAID 0 and a Blu-Ray drive is almost impossible.
We were also happy to see that the build quality of our review sample was perfect although we do have some reservations regarding the level of support offered by Alienware as well as the hit and miss quality of previous builds. Hopefully Alienware have put these issues behind them and we will not experience any issues with future systems.
All of the above taken into account there are really only two other aspects which matter, price and performance. The Alienware m9750 has the option to include the fastest mobile CPU available as well as DDR2 which matches performance notebook specifications from other manufacturers. This combined with the high specification hard drives in RAID 0 and GeForce graphics cards in SLI mean that the performance in all of our tests was in the top 10% for a notebook system. So that just leaves pricing, at £1000/$1500 for the basic specification the m9750 is competitively priced with other high performance systems however the costs do begin to escalate as the machine is configured.
Model Reviewed Approx £2200/ $3300
A very impressive mobile system in both performance and design but really only one for those who need raw CPU or graphics power.