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Alienware 17

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the usability and performance are overall positive. The screen and build quality are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the portability and battery.

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value for money, battery, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware 17 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 67 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Alienware 17

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Alienware 17 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

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84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware 17 ALW17-6877sLV 17-Inch Gaming LaptopAlienware 17 ALW17-4689sLV 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

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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

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Review Alienware 17 (Haswell) Notebook

 

Light(s) in the dark. Equipped with a quad-core Haswell CPU, Nvidia's fastest mobile single GPU, and capable of various lighting effects, the Alienware 17 vies for the attention of gaming customers. Our review will determine if the update is a...

Very easy to upgrade and maintain; Superb build quality; Very good speakers; Outstanding performance

Software selection somewhat meager; GPU throttling under load; Display panel uses TN technology

MSI has the GT70, Asus the G750JH. Compared to those models, the Alienware 17 just seems to be a more thoughtful design. Even the predecessor Alienware M17x R4 is a step behind the current model.

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Alienware 17 Review (2014 Edition)

 

This iteration of the Alienware 17 features AMD's flagship Radeon R9 M290X graphics card and a quad-core processor at a manageable price point. We see how AMD stacks up to[...]

Excellent gaming performance ; Good design and AlienFX lighting system ; Good display, keyboard and touchpad ; Effective cooling system

Needs a fast storage drive for best performance ; So-so battery life

The Alienware 17 is one of the few notebooks we’ve tested that leaves us with almost all praise. We like its futuristic design and AlienFX customizable lighting system, excellent gaming performance, solid build quality, good keyboard, touchpad and...

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Alienware 17 review

 

The Alienware 17's mediocre display and expensive price will force many into the arms of competing notebooks.

Attractive exterior ; Excellent connectivity ; Large, pleasing keyboard ; Loud, clear speakers ; Runs cool and quiet ; Screen is usable in bright rooms

Bulky and heavy ; Matte display saps contrast ; So-so performance for the price

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...

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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.

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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

Alienware has long been one of the leading names in gaming laptops, and with the 2014 version of the Alienware 17, that reputation continues. The new Alienware 17 ($3,399, as tested) boasts an Intel quad-core processor, Nvidia's latest graphics card,...

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Alienware 17 (2014)

 

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

Somehow, Alienware has managed to top itself -- again. The Alienware 17 continues to catch every single eye in the room with its cocky, flashy design. And once this rig has your attention, it reels you in more with a gorgeous 1080p display and a...

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Alienware 17 (AMD)

 

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 Alienware 17 continues to be an impressive gaming notebook. We're still fans of the menacing yet fun design, with its customizable backlit keyboard and gorgeous 1080p display.

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Alienware 17

 

What a difference a few inches makes. While the Alienware 17 desktop replacement gaming laptop is not all that much smaller than the 18-inch Alienware 18 version we recently reviewed, it feels like a much different beast. If the 18-inch model was a...

Dell's Alienware 17 is highly configurable, looks a bit more sophisticated than previous incarnations, and still delivers excellent performance.

You probably don't really want a programmable lightshow for your laptop. No dual-GPU options, and battery life isn't going to help much with on-the-go gaming.

It's not as much of a conversation piece as the tank-like Alienware 18, but the slimmer, lighter Alienware 17 is arguably more practical for serious gamers with realistic budgets.

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Alienware 17 Gaming Notebook Review

 

The Alienware M17x R3 and M17x R4 were, at the time, essentially the standard bearers of gaming notebooks. You've had your Clevos and your MSIs for as far back as I can remember; Toshiba throws their hat into the ring with the Qosmio and ASUS has their...

To say I went into this review of the Alienware 17 optimistic is accurate; surely Alienware would be able to tame Haswell and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, wouldn't they? If not them, then who? Yet the truth is unfortunately far more complicated, which...

Product Specifications

Configuration

Convertible: No
DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo / DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:7 in 1 Card Reader
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 8
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GTX680M / GEFORCE GTX675M / RAD R9 M290X

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM78 / Unknown
Processor:Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I7-3610QM / I7-3740QM / I7-4700MQ
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