We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Laptops Reviews
15,502 Reviews

Alienware Area-51 m9750 laptop PC

£2,303 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Alienware

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Alienware Area-51 m9750 laptop is a bit of a monster.

The Alienware Area-51 m9750 laptop is a bit of a monster.

See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

Its giant dimensions seem like overkill: the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is a 17in laptop yet it is more than 20mm deeper than the 17in Samsung M60 we recently tested and, at 5.4kg, is more than 2kg heavier than the M60.

The Alienware, then, is a laptop designed for static use, rather than being carted about from place to place. Its ridged, all black casing is certainly durable, but the brutish Alienware Area-51 m9750 doesn't look all that attractive, particularly when set alongside similarly sized laptops.

However, the Alienware Area-51 m9750's specification list and resulting performance more than make up for its lack of style. The striking screen does a good job of showing off graphics, photos and video. And with a gaming score of 43fps the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is on the right track as a gaming notebook.

Both in-game graphics and DVD film action are smooth, looking crisp and colourful on the Alienware Area-51 m9750's higher-than-standard 1,920x1,200 resolution screen. The strong graphics support includes a 512MB nVidia GeForce Go 7950 GTX card. Coupled with the 2.33GHz dual-core processor, this ensures the Alienware Area-51 m9750 makes a capable video-editing laptop too.

The high specifications also guarantee the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is able to turn in an impressive WorldBench speed benchmark performance, notching up 79 points. While this has been bettered recently by the Samsung M60 and the HP Pavilion HDX, the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is up against a particularly strong group of laptops.

When it comes to battery life, however, the Alienware Area-51 m9750 slips up. THe 64 minutes it lasted in our battery endurance tests was the shortest of any of the 15 laptops we reviewed this issue. We were also concerned to note that the Alienware was a huge energy guzzler, sucking 180 Watts of power at its peak.

Nor were we taken with the slightly off-centre trackpad. It isn't really recessed, which means it gets in the way and isn't easy to use. To the right of this is a responsive scrollbar. This is a single strip, which takes some getting used to if you're used to left- and right-tapping. The keyboard itself is large and easy to use and benefits from the vast dimensions of the Alienware Area-51 m9750 – the maker has even found room to include a numerical pad.

When it comes to its main selling point – entertainment – the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is hard to fault. The large speakers with subwoofers at the front produce full and booming surround sound, while Alienware has crammed in a multi-format drive that includes DVD-RAM (useful for archiving video you've edited), a TV tuner and 1.3Mp webcam. There's a volume control dial on the side and the most common playback options can be selected via quick access keys.

Alienware Area-51 m9750 Expert Verdict »
17in 1,920x1,200 screen
5.4kg
400x300x47mm
intensive use battery life:1hr 4mins
WorldBench speed benchmark: 79
graphics test framerate: 43fps
2.33GHz Intel Core 3 T7600
2GB DDR2 RAM
2x250GB hard drives
802.1 a, b, g
Bluetooth
PC Card
Express Card/34
256MB nVidia GeForce 8400M GS
75/173/180 Watts
Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Although the Alienware Area-51 m9750 isn't the best looking laptop, severely let down by its limited battery life, it is still a powerful and well featured multimedia notebook with adequate memory and two whopping 250GB capacity hard drives.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Toshiba Satellite X200 20S gaming laptop

    Toshiba Satellite X200 20S gaming laptop

    Toshiba has done well with the Toshibe Satellite X200 20S, delivering a powerful, well-featured and attractive laptop.

  • Alienware Area 51 m15x review

    Alienware Area 51 m15x

    The Alienware Area 51 m15x is a gaming laptop that stomped all over our WorldBench 6 benchmark, earning the highest laptop performance score to date and running effortlessly through our current graphics tests.

  • Alienware M17 review

    Alienware M17

    With the Alienware M17, Dell's Alienware, best-known for expensive, high-performance PCs, delivers a good gaming laptop at a reasonable price.

  • Alienware Area-51 ALX review

    Alienware Area-51 ALX

    If you're looking for an ultimate gaming PC, look no further than the Alienware Area-51 ALX. But at a list price starting at £2,734, all this power will not come cheap.

  • AJP M560A

    AJP M560A

    With a 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760, 1GB of DDR RAM, a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X700 graphics card and an excellent 15.4in widescreen display, the AJP is geared up for good visual performance. It really delivers.


IDG UK Sites

Motorola Moto G2 release date, price and specs: Best budget smartphone gets upgrades

IDG UK Sites

How to join Apple's OS X Beta Seed Program: Get OS X Yosemite on your Mac before public release

IDG UK Sites

Why the BBC iPlayer outage was caused by a DDoS attack: Topsy and Tim isn't *that* popular

IDG UK Sites

How to make an 'Apple iWatch' using an iPod nano and a 3D printer