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Alienware 17

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the screen and usability. The build quality and performance also get good views. The battery and portability get negative reviews. Opinions about the touchpad and value for money are mixed.

design, performance, build quality, usability, screen

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 97/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 55 reviews)

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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 (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...

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Alienware 17


The Alienware 17 is a little pricey, but it's a powerful imposing gaming rig that can be taken from room to room or to a friend's house. It will serve you well on the game grid.

Very Good 3D performance. Quad Core Haswell processor. 1080p screen. Cool lighting effects

Big and Bulky. Expensive. Low battery life

The Alienware 17 ($2,799) is a large-screen gaming rig for those who have a few bucks to spare. It has the power to run games at full 1080p resolution, and games look brilliant on its 17.3-inch screen. It's not the most portable thing in the world, but...

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Alienware 17 Review


Alienware's latest 17-inch gaming notebook, now called the Alienware 17 boasts a redesigned exterior and even better performance thanks to the new fourth-gen Intel processor.

Great design and lighting system ; Excellent performance ; Good keyboard and touchpad ; Respectable battery life

Touchpad surface could be firmer

The Alienware 17 continues its tradition of all-around excellence in portable performance. There’s almost nothing to dislike about this fifth-generation variant. The exterior has been redesigned with a slightly more mature appearance, better overall...

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Alienware 17 review


Hardcore gamers rejoice – this is the power-packing laptop you've been waiting for

Power, power and more power Big 1080p screen Decent battery life

LED-heavy styling Not really portable No 4k

Big, brash and totally brilliant for hardcore gaming

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Alienware M17x Review


True desktop performance in an almost portable size. Costly, but just about worth it for gamers with limited space

Alienware’s M17x is a supersized beast in an Ultrabook world. Can it prove there’s still a need for the desktop replacement laptop?Alienware M17x – introductionIt weighs-in at a massive four MacBoo

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Alienware 17


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 Laptop Review


Today we are analysing the Alienware 17 - a powerful gaming machine which fits into the Alienware range between the 18 that we looked at a few weeks ago and the 14 which has yet to pass through our ...

Unique styling ; Solid build quality ; Incredible performance

Short warranty

KitGuru says: An excellent laptop that offers everything a gamer would want.


Product Specifications


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


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


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


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


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