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Alienware 17 R2 (2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 reviews of Alienware 17 R2 (2014). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and reliability. The screen and performance are also appreciated, but comments are divided on the price. There are some negative opinions about the usability and battery.

design, performance, screen, reliability, durability

portability, battery, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware 17 R2 (2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Sven Kloevekorn (

Alienware 17 R2 Notebook Review


Alien lightshow. Alienware, who are very popular among gamers, jumped on the Maxwell bandwagon and presented their first notebook with the new and extremely fast Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M. Numerous manufacturer specific special hardware and software...

expressive design (a matter of taste), looks like high-quality materials are used, largely resistant to fingerprints, stable, well-crafted case, light effects as only offered by Alienware, future-proof thanks to the optional graphics amplifier,...

no access to fans and battery without disassembly, unusual keyboard layout, suboptimal use of the Turbo technology, GPU throttles slightly under load, very loud in extreme scenarios, during the stress test: throttling and clock rate changes erratically

Alienware significantly shrunk the new device compared to its predecessors and accepted slightly louder fans in return. Unfortunately, the performance suffers from not optimal use of the CPU turbo, minor throttling during the stress test and slight...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Jimmy Thang (

Alienware 17 Review


Technically, there's no real definition for a “gaming laptop.” While it's generally considered a notebook with a discrete graphics card, sometimes it can feel like the GPU was slapped in as an afterthought. The Alienware 17, however, feels like it was...

Expensive; poor battery life; heavy; TN panel; loud fan

Expensive; poor battery life; heavy; TN panel; loud fan

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Matt Smith (

Alienware 17 review


We love Alienware's design, but this 17-incher doesn't deliver extreme performance that matches the price tag.

The new Alienware 17 is a powerful, well-built laptop that should fit the needs of most gamers well. While the Radeon M290X in our review unit provided slightly less capable graphics processing than the GTX 880M, it is also sold for less. You’ll have...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal


Lots of aluminum and magnesium in this chassis, but it still weighs 9.5 pounds.

Rugged yet pretty chassis ; Exceptional performance ; Customizable 10-zone lighting system

Relatively short battery life ; Could use a better keyboard and trackpad

The Alienware 17 is undeniably attractive and incredibly powerful, but only hardcore gamers will want to take this 9.5-pound beast on the road.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Brian Westover (

Alienware 17 (2014)


The Alienware 17 is a high-end gaming laptop with all the premium touches you'd expect, and performance to match.

Sleek design, with distinctive lighting effects and solid construction. Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and latest Nvidia graphics card.

Pricey. Limited portability. Battery is sealed in chassis.

Conclusion There's no doubt that the Alienware 17 continues the company's reputation for having high-quality, high-performance gaming laptops. A premium price comes with certain expectations, however, and with the less expensive Digital Storm Krypton...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (

Alienware 17 (2014) Review


The Alienware 17 gaming laptop retains the stunning looks and awesome display of its predecessor and adds a more powerful CPU and the latest Nvidia graphics.

Sexy chassis; Colorful 1080p display with wide viewing angles; Customizable lighting; Excellent graphics and performance; Big and rich audio

Expensive; Heavy

The Alienware 17 gaming laptop retains the stunning looks and awesome display of its predecessor and adds a more powerful CPU and the latest Nvidia graphics.

May, 2014

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (

Alienware 17 (AMD) Review


The AMD configuration of the Alienware 17 offers a slick design and beautiful full-HD display, and packs the graphics oomph of the Nvidia-powered model.

Flashy design; Customizable lighting; Colorful 1080p display with wide viewing angles; Big and balanced audio; Comfortable keyboard

Expensive; Below-average battery life; Runs hot when gaming; Heavy

The AMD configuration of the Alienware 17 offers a slick design and beautiful full-HD display, and packs the graphics oomph of the Nvidia-powered model.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Jason Bouwmeester (

Alienware 17 Laptop Review: Sleek Looking Performance Gaming Laptop


Alienware has long been one of the leading brands when it comes to gaming laptops, and Dell has 13.3″, 15.6″, and 17.3″ versions available. We had a chance to test out one of their 17″ models and put it through…

Dell delivers a great gaming laptop choice with the Alienware 17. Not only does it perform well for gaming, but has plenty of hard drive space for storage and more than enough ports to accommodate multiple USB devices. As well, the HDMI port allows you...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: David Eitelbach (

Alienware 17 (2014, Radeon R9 M290X) Review and Ratings


It has DVD instead of Blu-ray and the base model comes without an SSD, but the latest Alienware 17 with AMD graphics is a great gaming laptop at an attractive price.

Sleek soft-touch and aluminum design ; Beautiful 1080p display ; Comfortable keyboard ; Good graphics performance

Heavy and bulky ; Runs hot and loud ; Middling overall performance

We were surprised when the AMD graphics-equipped Alienware 17 lasted almost an hour longer in our grueling video playback test than its Nvidia-based rival.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: David Eitelbach (

Alienware 17 (2014, GeForce GTX 880M) Review and Ratings


The newest Alienware 17 with Nvidia GeForce graphics stretches the definition of "portable" compared to some gaming laptops, but its exceptional gaming performance and sleek design ensure that it will remain a favorite for years to come.

Sleek soft-touch and aluminum design ; Gorgeous 1080p display ; Good keyboard ; Excellent graphics performance

Bulky and heavy ; Runs hot and loud ; Unreliable touch pad

Gaming laptops generally don't last exceptionally long on a battery charge, and the Alienware proved to be no exception—it survived a little more than three hours in our strenuous battery rundown test, joining the MSI and Origin in the bottom half of...

Aug, 2014

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.07
Rear camera: No


Display Surface:Matt
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD / HD+ / No
Panel Type:IPS


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 8
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Pro Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B / 0x416 / 0xD26
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3 / 4
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Crystal Well / Haswell / Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4800 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4900 Mobile Extreme Edition series / Intel Core i7-4900 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37 / 45 / 47 / 57

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:75117 / 75128 / 75131 / 75133 / 78930 / 78931 / 78934 / 78939 / 78940 / 81012 / 83503 / 88967 / I7-4710HQ
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5 x 4.7 / 42


Cable lock slot type:Kensington / Noble
Password protection: Yes


Operating System Language:ENG / Multilingual


Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8 / 80
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash / SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000 / 500 / 80