The laptop here is a 14-inch system specially designed for gamers. The Alienware AM14RX2-7223BK model is based on higher-end, but not the most powerful components. The main ingredients are the quad-core Intel Core i7-3610QM “Ivy Bridge” processor and the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M dedicated video card with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. For RAM it sports 6GB DDR3 at 1,600MHz, while for data storage there is a 500GB hard disk spinning at fast 7,200rpm.
Here are PassMark processor and graphics scores for the i7 and GT 650M:
The screen resolution is mediocre with 1366×768 pixel count, but the video card isn’t top-notch, so it isn’t suitable for high-res gaming anyway.
The AM14RX2-7223BK isn’t gaming-centric only inside. Its appearance clearly shows which customer category it is aimed at. When opened, the most striking on-body parts are the backlight keyboard and light-bordered touchpad. Other lighting areas are front grilles, Alienware’s logo beneath the display, and the power button. Light color is customizable in various ways, with “up to 512 billion distinct lighting combinations”. The lid and laptop’s base are covered with a soft touch finish. Being a gaming machine, it isn’t thin and portable, despite the relatively small screen diagonal. It’s 1.5-inch thick and weighs 6.45 pounds.
The notebook has a price tag of $1,299, which is not an expensive one in the gaming laptop category.
Alienware AM14RX2-7223BK Specifications
- Display: 14″ WLED HD display (1366 x 768 resolution)
- Processor: 3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3610QM, 6MB cache, 2.3GHz clock speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory
- Memory: 6GB DDR3 memory (expandable up to 8GB)
- Storage: 500GB Serial ATA HDD (7200 rpm)
- Optical drive: slot-loading DVD burner
- Webcam: 2.0MP webcam
- Audio: Klipsch 2.1 speakers (subwoofer built-in), Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3Di surround sound
- Network: Wireless-N, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0 interface
- Input: Backlit keyboard with touchpad
- Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x VGA, 9-in-1 media reader
- Battery: 8-cell lithium-ion battery
- Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.3 x 10.2 inches
- Weight: 6.4 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year