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Alienware M17x R3 – External Appearance (Closed)

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The Alienware M17x R3 has an external appearance which is similar to the other models in the range and as with those systems this has received some styling tweaks to refine the overall appearance. Other than these small tweaks such as the grill bar being more curved we have a system which features the same illuminated performance car styling and the lid has been slightly redesigned since the R2 with a more angled cut-away but we still have the Alien logo including light up eyes. Also worth noting is that this new model, in black, features a rubberised external shell rather than gloss plastic which is used on the older M17x designs.

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At the left edge of the machine we find the majority of the connectivity. This starts near the back with a Kensington Lock slot then runs through GB LAN (IPv6), VGA, HDMI out, mini-DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.0 and Creative powered 5.1/7.1 audio in/out which includes a S/P DIF socket. Turning the system round we find two further USB ports (2.0 speed), eSATA/USB combo charge port, our 9-in-1 memory card reader, slot loading optical drive which in this case was a Blu-Ray drive and finally there is the HDMI IN. this means we can connect external devices such as the PS3 to play on the inbuilt high spec screen.

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Round at the back of the M17x R3 we find two exhaust vents and almost in the centre is out power in socket. The base of the system is almost entirely flat and over ¾ is made up of one single panel. We have two perforated sections which allow air into the system and between these is Alienware’s plaque which is etched with the consumers name prior to dispatch. As with the previous models this allows the M17x R3 to draw air in and exhaust it away from the user, allowing more comfortable use on their lap. Also worthy of note is the Kilpsh logo on the base, they supply the speaker design for this system.

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