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Some of us will be receiving the M18x today so we'll be posting up pics, videos and impressions in this thread. Stay tuned!

Phew just finished the unboxing video and inspecting the system for flaws, so far I haven't found any *knock on wood*. After I edit the video I'll toss it up on youtube.

Quick impressions: I've owned Alienware M15x, M17x-R2, M17x-R3 so I'm no stranger to Alienware systems.

Display 7.5/10

I know I've made a big fuss over the display but I will admit this is a decent display. For those expecting a 90% gamut panel, don't count on it. It looks very similar to the M17x-R3 72% gamut panel which isn't bad, just not the best. It is not as bright as the M17x-R2 panel nor does it come close with respect to color reproduction. The contrast ratio isn't the best to be honest, it could have been better. That said, it is a pretty good panel (better than most notebooks) and very few people will have complaints. Those of you that haven't experienced an RGB LED won't be missing anything.

Build 10/10

Alienware took the best of the Alienware M17x-R2 and improved upon it. It is anodized aluminum like it's predecessor but also boasts a superior palm rest (soft touch rubber which seems higher quality than the R3). I have no complaints at all, it is Alienware's best built system thus far.

Weight 9/10

M17x-R2 owners will feel comfortable with the M18x, the weight is very similar. Because the M18x is wider, the weight is more spread out so it actually feels lighter than the R2 when you hold it or put it on your lap. I do not feel that build quality should be sacrificed for weight therefore I feel compelled to give Alienware high marks for building such a high quality system while maintaining a reasonable weight.

Sound 7.5/10

The sound beats the M17x-R2 and M17x-R3. Once you adjust the wavemaxx settings in the IDT control panel, it is crisp and loud. The subwoofer produces decent bass although it could be a bit better. If the volume was a bit louder I'd have given it an 8/10.

Keyboard 9/10

Feels solid, not much if any flex and the keys are fairly responsive. The alienware fx lighting is uniform. My only complaint is a hollow sound when you type because of the ram slots underneath.

Media Panel 8/10

Very responsive, feels great and I don't miss the capactive buttons from R2 at all. I wish the they were a bit more understated so I'm docking 2 points for that.

Design 9/10

Alienware took the best elements of the M17x-R1/R2/R3 and built the M18x and it shows. If they had an IPS panel and slightly better sound, the system would probably be their best system ever made. But what's up with removing the color configuration from the alien head?? ;)

Unboxing Video

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Photos - These are unedited photos. Please do not reproduce anywhere else without first asking. Thanks!

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And the rest of us cant wait. Just a couple of quick questions. How is the screen (I was considering an outlet r2 for the RGB screen. Do you have a wireless video receiver? And,

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The M18x has just landed! It will be about an hour before I report back, going to record an unboxing vid real quick and then take some pics. Might take a bit of time to get it all uploaded, stay tuned.

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The M18x has just landed! It will be about an hour before I report back, going to record an unboxing vid real quick and then take some pics. Might take a bit of time to get it all uploaded, stay tuned.

congratz Brian, can't wait to see the pletoria of information we gonna get kudos!!!

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The M18x has just landed! It will be about an hour before I report back, going to record an unboxing vid real quick and then take some pics. Might take a bit of time to get it all uploaded, stay tuned.

You are such a tease and oh so lazy. Take a simple picture and post up some shots of the HAWTNESS :51_002:

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First post updated, I'm going to add the unboxing video here on T|I exclusively once I finish editing it along with some pics.

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awesome, I await more news/videos/pics, but have some fun with it too :) Sad bout the screen was hoping it was the 90 percent gamut version.

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I like the first impressions Brian! Let's see some pics full resolution on your Nikon!

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Thanks everyone, the unboxing vid + pics will be done soon enough. I'd say about 45 mins to an hour max.

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At least the screen is not that bad...

btw would you guys like to see on our review a comparison between a fully overclocked R2 vs an overclocked M18x as well? (even though the M18x has an i7-2720QM)

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btw would you guys like to see on our review a comparison between a fully overclocked R2 vs an overclocked M18x as well? (even though the M18x has an i7-2720QM)

Yes, as long as it doesn't delay the M18x review/comparison with M17x R3. Those of us deciding exactly what to order need to know! ;)

Congrats on being first Brian, someone uploaded a boot video a couple days back, but it's sh*t.

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Sweeeeet! Looking forward for the pics and video. Sounds like an awesome system!!!

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Photos added :) Unboxing video is being uploaded to youtube.

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The LEDs seem so much better and the plastics part as well...

Is it me or the PSU is ugly as hell compared to the 240W one?

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Really impressive! Wow, I wish I could get some hands-on time with such a system... but I don't know anyone in my areay who ordered one.

Btw, someone who got some photoshop skills should design a watermark or similar... that would be nice for posting pictures here. Just an idea...

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The psu looks exactly like the m1730 one.

Brian, congrats! Glad you like the screen!

Do you like the nebula red?

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Really impressive! Wow, I wish I could get some hands-on time with such a system... but I don't know anyone in my areay who ordered one.

Btw, someone who got some photoshop skills should design a watermark or similar... that would be nice for posting pictures here. Just an idea...

We do have a watermark but it's on my other hard drive so I didn't want to hold up the release of the photos until then.

The psu looks exactly like the m1730 one.

Brian, congrats! Glad you like the screen!

Do you like the nebula red?

Thanks Michael! I love the nebula red, everyone at home thinks it looks fantastic as well! Definitely much nicer than space black.

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Unboxing video is up in first post!! Comments/questions welcomed.

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