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Alienware 18

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews of Alienware 18. 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. People are impressed by the usability and durability. The design and screen also get good feedback, but opinions about the energy efficiency and size are mixed. There are some less positive reviews about the battery and portability.

performance, screen, design, durability, usability

price, portability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware 18 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Alienware 18

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Alienware 18 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware 18 HID38-AUK16 (i7-4940MX 3.1-4.4GHz / Dual SLI GTX 980M 16GB / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD / BLURAY)Alienware 18 HID38-AUK16 (i7-4940MX 3.1-4.4GHz / Dual SLI GTX 980M 16GB / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD / BLURAY)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Alienware 18

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Alienware 18 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People really like the size and screen. The usability and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

durability, performance, usability, screen, size

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware 18 ALW18-3002sLV 18-Inch Gaming LaptopAlienware 18 ALW18-3002sLV 18-Inch Gaming Laptop

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Alienware 18

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Alienware 18 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware 18 HID38-ACA11 (i7-4910MQ 2.9-4.1GHz / Dual SLI GTX 980M 16GB / 32GB RAM / 250GB SSD + 1TB HDD / DVDRW)Alienware 18 HID38-ACA11 (i7-4910MQ 2.9-4.1GHz / Dual SLI GTX 980M 16GB / 32GB RAM / 250GB SSD + 1TB HDD / DVDRW)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Review Alienware 18 Notebook

 

Superlatives. Alienware does not make any compromises with its la

Good upgradeability and maintainability; Bright display with good viewing angles; Sophisticated port layout; Excellent build quality; Individual configuration; Large palm rest; Excellent performance; High-quality materials; Good input devices; Decent...

Bulky and extremely heavy case; CPU & GPU throttling under maximum load; Turbo Boost potential cannot be used; Mediocre WLAN performance; High energy consumption; Bulky PSU; Fixed battery; Glossy display; Limited mobility

Dual GPU notebooks like the One K73-3S or the Schenker XMG P723. Single GPU notebooks like the Alienware 17, Asus G750JH, MSI GT70, One K73-3N, Schenker XMG P703 or Toshiba Qosmio X70.

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Charles P Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

Alienware 18 Review (Early 2014 model)

 

The flagship of Alienware's fleet, the Alienware 18 sports an 18.4" IPS display, factory overclocked Intel Core i7 processor and dual Nvidia graphics cards. Here's our in-depth review of this monster.

Stellar performance ; Good design and build quality ; Beautiful display ; Good keyboard and touchpad ; Excellent cooling system

Glossy display surface

The Alienware 18 is a one-of-a-kind gaming notebook that excels in nearly every area. Highlights of the Alienware 18 includes its beautiful 18.4” IPS display; excellent performance for all tasks, especially gaming; stealth-like design and AlienFX...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Alienware 18

 

That's the appeal of the Alienware 18, a rare entry in the oversize gaming laptop space. It's even more of an outlier now, as 2013 has seen an influx of smaller gaming laptops , from the Alienware 14 to the Origin EON13-S to the Razer Blade 14 .

Dell's Alienware 18 is highly configurable, with dual video cards, tons of RAM and storage space, and an understated design that you won't hate.

The thick body raises the keyboard uncomfortably high, and getting primo parts costs a lot. Battery life is predictably poor, and this would have been a prime candidate for a better-than-HD screen.

There's a premium to be paid, but the massive Alienware 18 is a show-off-worthy desktop replacement that takes down even the newest PC games, and is just plain fun to use.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Dell Alienware 18 review: Gaming laptop as big as a tank, and as powerful

 

Sometimes nothing will satisfy quite like a desktop-dominating monster with an 18-inch screen and a body built like a tank. After a couple of years of ultrabooks and hybrids, it's surprising how much fun a huge PC, one that barely qualifies to be...

Dell's Alienware 18 is highly configurable, with dual video cards, tons of RAM and storage space, and an understated design that you won't hate.

The thick body raises the keyboard uncomfortably high, and getting primo parts costs a lot. Battery life is predictably poor, and this would have been a prime candidate for a better-than-HD screen.

There's a premium to be paid, but the massive Alienware 18 is a show-off-worthy desktop replacement that takes down even the newest PC games, and is just plain fun to use.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Dustin Sklavos (anandtech.com)

Alienware 18 Gaming Notebook Review

 

We recently had a chance to play with the Alienware 17 , and while it's not the perfect 17" gaming notebook, I'm reasonably convinced it's still probably the best one available. Alienware has done a major refresh of their chassis design across their...

Sep, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware 18

 

The Alienware 18 is high-end gaming laptop for those with deep pockets.

Great performance. Smooth gameplay/SLI graphics. Cool lighting effects. Nice 1080p HD screen. Features include everything but the kitchen sink. Large capacity SSD+HDD. 32GB of memory. HDMI is an in/out port. 802.11ac WiFi.

Bulky. Heavy. Short battery life.

The Alienware 18 is a huge gaming laptop, but it throws performance, features, full-featured keyboard, smooth trackpad, customizable lighting, lots of I/O ports, and a great screen into the mix. It's the high-end gaming portable gaming rig you'd want...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Alienware 18

 

What do you get when you put the best of everything into a notebook? The Alienware 18.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Michael A. Prospero (laptopmag.com)

Alienware 18 Review

 

Packing the best of everything -- including two state-of-the-art GPUs -- the Alienware 18 is the quintessential gaming notebook.

Record-breaking performance; Comfortable keyboard; Awesome lighting effects; Beautiful 1080p display

Front edge can dig into your wrists; Obscenely expensive

Packing the best of everything -- including two state-of-the-art GPUs -- the Alienware 18 is the quintessential gaming notebook.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Stuart Davidson (hardwareheaven.com)

Alienware 18 Laptop Review

 

It has been some time since we last looked at an Alienware system on HardwareHeaven and since then Dell (and Alienware) have been busy updating their product stack with some interesting items such as the all in one 27" XPS system and massive, but...

The first thing which will hit anyone opening the Alienware 18 box is its size. This is a massive system and while it is absolutely possible to sit with it on your lap (I am doing that now to write this review) if you slouch, it begins to be an issue...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: John R. Delaney (computershopper.com)

Alienware 18 Review and Ratings

 

With its SLI-powered graphics, Core i7 "Haswell" CPU, and a liberal helping of speedy RAM, the Alienware 18 delivers some of the fastest frame rates we've seen to date. It's a hefty beast with a monstrous price tag, however.

Killer SLI graphics performance ; Lights galore ; Beautiful display ; High-end components

Expensive ; Heavy ; Brief battery life

We've been pleased with the battery-stretching results brought by Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, but "Haswell" can only do so much when teamed with a gigantic hi-res display and colossal array of hardware. The Alienware 18 came up short on...

Aug, 2013
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD + Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD, Dolby Home Theater v4 / Klipsch / Realtek ALC3661 / Realtek ALC3661 with Dolby Home Theater
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Klipsch

Battery

Battery Capacity:86
Battery capacity (Watt hours):86
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.8
Number of battery cells:8

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1
Rear camera:N
Swivel webcam: No
Video capturing speed:30

Design

Color of product:Aluminium / Aluminium, Silver / Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Magnesium
Market positioning:Gaming
Product type:Netbook / Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:350
Display Diagonal:18.4
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:PLS
Pixel Pitch:0.00839 x 0.00839
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:16.9
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:330
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

CUDA:No / Yes
CUDA cores:1280 / 1536 / 768
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:16 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon R9 M290X / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:12 / 16 / 4.096 / 6
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N / Y
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1300 / 1350
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Number of hot keys:9
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - 420000 / -600 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000 / -600 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:BD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-RW / CD, DVD / DVD, CD
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW / No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD + Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD, Dolby Home Theater v4 / Klipsch / Realtek ALC3661 / Realtek ALC3661 with Dolby Home Theater
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x / VT-x,VT-d

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 ports quantity:4
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:16.9
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:330
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel H87 / Intel HM87
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel H87 / Intel HM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i7-4700MQ / i7-4710MQ / i7-4800MQ / i7-4810MQ / i7-4900MQ / i7-4910MQ / i7-4930MX / i7-4940MX
Processor boost frequency:3.4 / 3.5 / 3.7 / 3.8 / 3.9 / 4
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx Extreme
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.5 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9 / 3 / 3.1
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i7-4700MQ / i7-4710MQ / i7-4800MQ / i7-4810MQ / i7-4900MQ / i7-4910MQ / i7-4930MX / i7-4940MX
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor 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
Processor socket:PGA946 / Socket G3
Processor threads:8
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):47 / 57
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:No / Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel QuickPath Interconnect: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75117 / 75128 / 75131 / 75133 / 78931 / 78937 / 78939 / 78940
Processor code:SR15H / SR15K / SR15L / SR15M / SR1PQ
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5 x 4.7
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:- Alienware Command Center\n- AlienFX\n- AlienTouch\n- AlienFusion\n- AlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator\n- Alienware TactX / - Alienware Command Center\n- AlienFX™\n- AlienTouch™\n- AlienFusion\n- AlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator\n- Alienware TactX™ / AlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator\nAlienware TactX / Alienware Command Center\nAlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator\nAlienware TactX / Alienware Command Center\nAlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline w/Accelerator\nAlienware TactX / Alienware Command Center\nAlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline with Accelerator\nAlienware TactX
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating system language:English
Recovery operating system:Windows 8.1
Trial software:Microsoft Office / Office

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:mSATA / SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8 / 80
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000 / 500
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 4
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512 / 64 / 80
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1006 / 1024 / 1080 / 1256 / 1500 / 1512 / 2000 / 2080 / 500 / 750 / 814 / 830

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.9 / 18
Height:2.11
Height (front):2.23
Height (rear):2.26
Weight:12.1 / 12.9
Weight (tablet mode):2.03
Width:12.9 / 18