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Alienware 18

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 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. Reviews about the usability and durability are generally positive. The screen and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas reviews about the energy efficiency and size are mixed. The battery and portability get less positive opinions.

performance, design, screen, 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 90/100 = Excellent 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, 2016

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. Reviews about the size and screen are generally positive. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, but views are divided on 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, 2016

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, 2016

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: 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: (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: 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

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

Alienware 18

 

Big, bulky, and ostentatious as heck, the Alienware 18 is the ginormous gaming laptop you want to use to show off your riches on the game grid.

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 gaming laptop is an unapologetic show of opulence and riches. It has the power to play AAA gaming titles at full 1080p HD resolution with all the eye candy and quality settings turned up. It will even interface with a pair of external...

Jul, 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

Expert review by: Kevin Lee (techradar.com)

Alienware 18 review

 

A gaming laptop with not one, but two of the best GPUs around

Extraordinary performance ; Envy-inducing style ; Great attention to detail

It's H-U-G-E ; Absurdly expensive ; Could use sharper screen

Scores in depth The 14-inch gaming laptop is in just about every vendor's repertoire, while 15-inchers are a step up, and just slightly harder to seek out. At 17.3-inches, the gaming laptop enters even more niche of a category, catered to by a few...

Jul, 2014
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Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1
Rear camera: No

Display

Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD
Panel Type:PLS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:16 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 6144 / 8 / 8192
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
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:No / Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 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
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

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

Processor

Conflict Free processor: 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 type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
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
Thermal Design Power (TDP):47 / 57

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
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
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):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:75117 / 75128 / 75131 / 75133 / 78931 / 78937 / 78939
Processor package size:37.5

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

Software

Recovery operating system:Windows 8.1

Storage

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