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Alienware 17

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews of Alienware 17. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and durability are generally positive. The screen and design are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the battery and portability.

performance, design, screen, durability, reliability

price, portability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware 17 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and usability. The image quality and durability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the portability and price.

performance, durability, image quality, usability, design

price, portability

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 ALW17-6877sLV 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Jimmy Thang (maximumpc.com)

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: Dennis Ziesecke (notebookcheck.net)

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.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

Alienware 17 (2015) Review

 

Sexy, futuristic chassis; Lovely 1080p display; Good performance; Graphics amp significantly boosts GPU performance; Superb battery life for gaming laptop

Muddy audio quality; Runs hot

The Alienware 17 gets updated with an Nvidia GeForce 980M GPU and an optional graphics amplifier for unrivaled gaming power.

May, 2015

Expert review by: (NotebookReview.com)

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...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

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 (pcworld.com)

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 (pcmag.com)

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 (laptopmag.com)

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 (laptopmag.com)

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: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware 17 review:

 

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.

Nov, 2013

Product Specifications

Camera

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

Display

Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / No
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 8
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
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 G-SYNC: Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0x191B / 0x416
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
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, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub) / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub) / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

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

Processor

Configurable TDP-down:35
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3700 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: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
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
OS Guard: Yes
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 42
Thunderbolt 3 Technology: Yes

Security

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

Software

Operating System Language:ENG / Multilingual

Storage

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