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Alienware DKPCGX17

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 reviews of Alienware DKPCGX17. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and usability are overall positive. The screen and portability are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the battery and size. Views are divided on the price.

performance, portability, screen, usability, reliability

size, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware DKPCGX17 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Alienware DKPCGX17 from 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 People are impressed by the performance.


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

This summary is based on the products: Alienware M17x R4 BLACK 17.3" i7 3630QM 3.4GHz AMD 7970M FHD 16GB 500GB HDD DVD Windows 8Alienware M17x R4 BLACK 17.3" i7 3630QM 3.4GHz AMD 7970M FHD 16GB 500GB HDD DVD Windows 8

Apr, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Alienware DKPCGX17


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Alienware DKPCGX17 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the sound and screen. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the size and price, while views are divided on the reliability.

portability, performance, usability, screen, sound

price, size

68% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware M17x R4 AM17xR4-7526BK 17-Inch LaptopAlienware M17x R4 AM17xR4-7526BK 17-Inch Laptop

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (

Alienware M17x R4 Notebook Review


It's partytime! While Nvidia's Kepler flagship still keeps us wai

Excellent Performance; Many lighting elements; Convincing Full HD display; Good input devices; Good Workmanship; Very fast GPU; Gummed surfaces; Rich selection of accessories; Great selection of connectors; Good sound quality; Simple to service

AMD's GPU auto-switching is poor; The plastic display cover causes extreme reflections.; High weight

Massive desktop replacements like the Asus G75V, the MSI GT70, the One M73-2N or the Schenker XMG P702 PRO.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (

Review Alienware M17x (i7/HD 4870 X2) Notebook


King of Performance? In the meantime, Alienware offers its 17.0 i

Well made design; Extensive, customizable illumination; Excellent performance; Excellent workmanship; Very good display; Always stays fairly cool; Vast connectivity; High-end, lavish supplies; Fast hard disk; Good sound

Unbelievably loud under load; Sometimes strange whistling noises; Extremely heavy; Several hard edges; Reflective display; Keyboard bends selectively; Touchpad is sometimes fastidious and a bit too far left; Short battery life; Graphic errors in...

Big and wickedly high-end systems: The HellMachine SLI, the Fragbook DTX or the 8800 DTX from Deviltech. The XMG8.c, the QXG7, the XMG7.c or the XMG8 from mySN. The Game.ForceM17.G2, the Game.ForceM18.G1 Kantana or the GameForceM17.G Katana from...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review Alienware M17x Gaming Notebook


The Power of Serenity Alienware and gaming - evidently always a s

Attractive design; Good workmanship; Very stable, high-quality case; Individualization possible; High image contrast and good color representation; Very good application and 3D performance; Low system noise in office mode possible

Heavy weight; Adverse port distribution for lefties; High surcharge for warranty extension; Mediocre display illumination; Price

Competitors? Which competitors could be named here? Various plastic buckets from the far east? Definitely not. Even if they might have a comparable hardware. The Asus W90 may just eventually have had the potential, but this wasn't exhausted.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Test Alienware Area-51 m17x Notebook


Beam me up, Scotty. While the european supporters of Alienware ha

Rugged shell with good workmanship; Effective and impressive LED lighting; Extensive port array with excellent layout; SmartBay; Comfortable Keyboard; Bright Display with high resolution and good contrast; Excellent performance in 3D applications;...

Squeaky and loose Display hinges; Slow input on keysZusatztasten sprechen sehr verzögert an; Loud idling; Limited battery life

The m17x is a good overall recommendation for the mobile gamer who doesn't want to compromise on performance and has some deep pockets, or their sponsor is in a good mood. Equipped with Quadro FX graphics, this notebook could of course be used for...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Charles P. Jefferies (

Alienware M17x R4 Review


This 17.3-inch monster includes the latest 2GB Nvidia GTX 680M graphics and an Intel quad-core processor. What's not to like about this fourth generation (R4) model?

Phenomenal performance ; Customizable LED lighting system ; Good keyboard and touchpad ; Beautiful full HD screen ; Tons of ports

Fans can be loud ; Options add up quickly

The Alienware M17x once again comes highly recommended as a high-end gaming and multimedia platform. Its unique design, customizable lighting system and outstanding performance make it a top choice. The M17x gets just about everything right including a...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by (

Alienware M17x R4 (2012)


With the fourth installment in any series, be it books, movies or a TV show, its creator has to guard against reproducing more of the same. Fortunately, Alienware has avoided that sense of ennui with the M17x R4. While it looks the same as last year,...

Jun, 2012

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Alienware M17x R4


The top-performing Alienware M17x R4 ostentatious, audacious, over the top, and strangely enough, more affordable than rivals.

Large, bright screen. HDMI-in is rare on a laptop. Blu-ray drive. Lots of video outputs. Four USB 3.0 ports. Ivy Bridge processor. 3D performance that rivals dual-card systems. Full-size keyboard with numeric keypad. Solid build quality....

Shiny screen. Heavy. Less than three hours of battery life.

As befits a gaming system, the M17x R4 is unencumbered by bloatware. The only icon you see on the desktop when you boot the system for the first time is the Alienware Command Center. No eBay, no Microsoft Office, no bloatware period. The system even...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Hunter Skipworth (

Alienware M17x R4


Alienware has been flying the flag for gamers for a while now. While its hardware isn't exactly cheap, for those serious about PC gaming, it is one of the go-to brands. The M17x is a very good laptop for gaming. At around £1,200 for the 680m-touting...

Performance, build quality, connectivity

Screen, price, size and weight

The M17x is a very good laptop for gaming. At around £1,200 for the 680m-touting model, with improved full HD screen and 8GB of RAM, we can't think of a much better rig on which to play your PC titles. HDMI out means you won't need a desktop and the...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (

Alienware M17x R4 review


The Alienware M17x R4 is Dell's Ivy Bridge refresh of its popular Alienware M17x gaming laptop. This new M17x keeps the aesthetics of the old M17x, and packs a new processor and graphics card.

This particular refresh of the Alienware M17x R4 is... well, refreshing. The new Ivy Bridge processor and Kepler-based Nvidia graphics card offer up great performance, and the entire system costs under £2,000 - a pretty good deal for a gaming-oriented...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Allan 'Zardon' Campbell (

Alienware M17x R4 Review (i7 3610QM/ AMD HD7970M)


Today we are looking at the latest, 4th revision of the ever popular M17X laptop from market leader, Today we are looking at the latest, 4th revision of the ever popular M17X laptop from market leader, Alienware. The M17X R4 features a quad core Ivy...

Chassis design is class leading.

battery life.

Kitguru says: The Alienware M17X is a gamers wet dream, just be sure to select the AMD HD7970M.

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:90
Battery capacity (Watt hours):90
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:9


Color of product:Black / Black, Red
Form Factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:17.3
Display Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD / HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Energy Management

Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000


Keyboard backlit: Yes
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:12 / 16
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:4 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):4 x 4
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi DL

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Display Diagonal:17.3
Display Diagonal (metric):17.3
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel, NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:2
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:2
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
SmartCard slot: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power auto-sensing: Yes


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):24 / 28
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:I7-3630QM / i7-3840QM
Processor boost frequency:3.4 / 3.80
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.8
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I7-3630QM / i7-3840QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3800 Mobile series
Processor socket:PGA988
Processor threads:8
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: 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 My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:70846 / 71459
Processor code:SR0UT / SR0UX
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8


Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 750
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of hard drives installed:2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 32
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1032 / 1500 / 256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):12
Height (imperial):1.75
Width (imperial):16.1