Bring back the M15X and drop the M14X
Dell, I've been a fan of Alienware ever since I saw the original M15X with the Ripley lid and another lid type that I forget the name of. I've been wanting one of these machines ever since, but I haven't been able to afford one. I'm now 20 years old, and since you have bought Alienware, they've gained access to your resources and in turn lowered their prices a bit. This allowed me to finally purchase one.
I do have to say though, after having my M14X for a few months now, I will never go back to using another brand of computers. This laptop is truly satisfying to the gamer-on-the-go. I didn't upgrade to the quad core I7, nor did I get the 900p screen (looking into upgrading it soon). With that said, this laptop has truly amazed me in performance and portability. I used to have a 15" HP Pavilion I used for gaming and it was heavy. What didn't make sense to me was that it was 'thinner' than my M14X, yet heavier and less powerful. You crammed this power in a 14" beast and it has impressed me greatly. But I do have a complaint/idea/opportunity.
Like me, many Alienware fans who buy the laptops miss the M15X. I read that the M15X (before it was discontinued to bring the M14X) was fully GPU upgradeable, as opposed to the M14X not being GPU upgradeable. The M15X would also be big enough to cram a 1080p screen into, something some gamers like to have even in a 15" laptop, so screen options could range from 768p, to 900p to 1080p. More quality screens with a wider range of colors would also justify the price of the laptop even more - also offer matte and glossy choices, rather than jusy glossy.
In all honesty, I do not see the 'why' in changing from the M15X to the M14X. If I had a say-so in what builds you put out in Alienware, I would make a 13" model, a 15" model and the 17" model (dropping the 18"). In the 17" model, give it back the crossfire/sli support and make it the beast machine of your line-up again.
I also believe a new design on the laptop cases would be appropriate should you choose to go for another line-up in a next 'revision'. This design is beautiful, yes, but something a tad thinner and less bulky would appeal to a wider range of laptop users. Technology is getting thinner and thinner in the computer area and I think Alienware should keep up with it. It would bring more business should you appeal to the people who like the thinner laptops. I personally do not mind the bulkyness, but It's a bit odd when I'm around my friends with their Macbooks doing design like I do on my M14X and they have a simple design in an aluminum case that looks beautiful. I wish Alienware would make something thing, aluminum body to help with cooling yet shove the signature AlienFX lighting in there. I'd buy it.
Thank you for reviewing this, and I hope this eventually get's implemented.
Status Update: This idea is currently Under Review as stated in this comment from Francisco_S. Please understand that we will be limited in what what can share during this process. Thank you for posting!