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Alienware 18

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of Alienware 18. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the keyboard and durability. The design and screen also get good comments. The battery and price get critical reviews, and there are some mixed opinions about the size.

performance, screen, design, durability, keyboard

portability, price, 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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 46 reviews)

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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. Views about the size and screen are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions 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 product: Alienware 18 ALW18-3002sLV 18-Inch Gaming Laptop

Jul, 2015

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: (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. You'll have a hard time finding a more impressive gaming notebook ... and even more trouble...

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
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Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Dell Alienware 18 Gaming

 

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...

Let's get it out of the way: the Alienware 18 is an expensive, niche product. It's a giant, beastly notebook that uses high-powered CPUs and can't be configured with anything less than two GPUs. It has an IPS display and it starts at a pretty...

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

 

On our test bench is the Alienware 18, a laptop/Desktop replacement which features high end Intel CPU and SLI'd 780M GPUs. We will be putting it through its paces in synthetic and real world tests including Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (computershopper.com)

Expert Review

 

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

Expensive, Heavy, Brief battery life

As a bonus, Alienware offers configurations to fit, well, any budget as long as it's a big one (though we'd skip the quad-SSD RAID array, since it deprives you of an optical drive). Yes, the 18 is huge and heavy, but there's an awful lot of firepower...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Harley Ogier (goodgearguide.com.au)

Dell Alienware 18 gaming laptop

 

Dell's massive Alienware 18 is more ‘portable desktop' than laptop, but can it justify its massive price?

Desktop-like gaming performance ; Solid and stylish build ; Great keyboard with gaming macro keys

Weighs 5.5kg, 58mm thick ; Costs about double an equivalent desktop

An excellent desktop replacement for serious gamers, let down only by its ultra-premium price.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Alienware 18 review

 

There aren't many companies that still make laptops of this size, so the 18.4-inch display alone makes the Alienware 18 stand out from the crowd. It's a real dazzler too – the resolution is only 1920 x 1080 pixels, although at this price you could...

It's big, heavy and outrageously expensive – and at this price the display could offer better-than-HD resolution. However, the dual GPUs of the Alienware 18 really do provide the strongest performance we've yet seen from a gaming laptop. The only...

Mar, 2014
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Product Specifications

Configuration

Convertible: No
DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo / 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

Connectivity

Bluetooth:No / Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce GTX 860M / GEFORCE GTX780M

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor:Core™ i7 / Core™ i7 Extreme
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:I7-4800MQ / I7-4810MQ / I7-4930MX
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