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Alienware 17 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 8GB 1TB HDD 17.3" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 8GB Apr 2015
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Alienware 17 Review

33 Reasons For

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Alienware 17 is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the 17 only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17 is 25GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory supported by processors amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

The average PCI Express slot version of similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 17 is 2.7, and the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3. At 3, the Alienware 17 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 17.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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Four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

Most laptops that have been available for a similar time to the 17 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Alienware 17 which has four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 400 megahertz, the Alienware 17 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst notebook PCs of this age. Notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the 17 have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 850MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 380MHz.

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Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 17 the discrete graphics adapter memory capacities range from 2GB to 8GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 2.5GB. The Alienware 17 has a fairly big discrete graphics adapter memory (3 gigabytes) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the 17.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Quite Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 17.3 inches, the Alienware 17 has a fairly big screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago. Many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the 17 have screen sizes of between 10" and 18", and the average screen size is 16".

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 17.3" portable PCs currently available including the Zbook 17 G2, or the Zbook 17 both from HP which is cheaper.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Alienware 17 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the 17 also have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard to this laptop and we think the HP Zbook 17 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared this laptop to all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think the Pro, or the Zbook 15 G2 both from HP is also worth considering.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many laptops of this spec and age.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops of this spec and age, the Alienware 17 has a front camera.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other laptops with a front camera and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the Zbook 17 G2, and the Zbook 17 both from HP is also worth considering.

It is worth also looking at other notebook PCs which also have a front camera including the Toshiba Qosmio X70-B.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Alienware 17 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most laptops of this spec and age. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Alienware notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Similar spec laptops that have been available for more than a year processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz (worst) to 1,866MHz (best).

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of portable PCs of this age and spec is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average internal memory is 8.7GB. The Alienware 17 has a fairly big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17.

We compared this laptop to all the other 8GB internal memory laptops and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the HP Omen ($899.99) is also worth considering.

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Very High Speaker Power

With an speaker power of 5 Watts, the Alienware 17 has a very high speaker power compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the 17. The speaker power of laptops of this type and age range from 1W to 5W.

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4.1 Bluetooth Version

The Alienware 17 supports a better bluetooth version than most portable PCs of this type and age. This notebook PC supports a 4.1 Bluetooth version, whereas most comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as it support a 4 Bluetooth version.

This laptop's bluetooth version (4.1) is actually the best supported bluetooth version amongst all notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year.

The worst supported bluetooth version across comparable types of laptop is 4.

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4x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

The biggest memory slots of the Alienware 17 is 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of the most common memory slot of 2x SO-DIMM.

This notebook PC's memory slots (4x SO-DIMM) is in fact the best memory slots amongst all laptops of this type and age.

A 1x SO-DIMM memory slot is the worst memory slots across comparable types of notebook PC.

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Four USB 3.0 Ports

The Alienware 17 is a four USB 3.0 port notebook PC.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

At 32 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17. Across all the many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the 17 the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

Across all the many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 4GB to 32GB. At 32 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a quite big maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for a similar time to the 17.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Alienware 17 is a eight processor thread laptop.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

Across all the portable PCs of a similar type and age to the 17 the processor caches range from 2MB to 8MB, and the average processor cache is 4.4MB. The Alienware 17 has one of the bigger processor caches (6 megabytes) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Fairly Fast Maximum WiFi Data Rate

At 867 megabits per second, the Alienware 17 has a fairly fast maximum WiFi data rate compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the 17. Across all the notebook PCs of this spec and age the maximum WiFi data rate range from 150 Mbit/s to 870 Mbit/s, and the average maximum WiFi data rate is 400 Mbit/s.

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Eight Battery Cells

Most many processor core portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 17 have between two and eight battery cells, including the Alienware 17 which has eight battery cells.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

Across all the portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the 17 the front camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 2.1MP. The Alienware 17 has a quite high front camera resolution (2 megapixels) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the 17.

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Very Big Operating Vibration

The average operating vibration of many processor core portable PCs that came out more than a year ago is 0.59G. At 0.66 gravity, the Alienware 17 has a very big operating vibration compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released one year ago.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The average discrete graphics adapter memory of portable PCs that have been around for more than a year is 2.5GB, and the discrete graphics adapter memory range from 1GB to 8.2GB. At 3,072 megabytes, the Alienware 17 has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for a similar time to the 17.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This portable PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most commonly found HDMI version on notebook PCs of this type and age.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The dimmest display brightness of many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17 is 200 cd/m² and the brightest is 400 cd/m². The Alienware 17 has one of the brighter display brightnesss (300 candellas per square meter) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This notebook PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly found discrete graphics memory type on many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on similar spec portable PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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4 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this type and age. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

We compared all the other laptops that have an HDD storage media to this notebook PC and we think the DELL Precision M4800 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth looking at include the HP Omen ($899.99) (SSD and cheaper) or the DELL XPS 15 ($1,079.99) (SSD and higher rated).

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Alienware 17 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although keep in mind that most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this portable PC to all the other laptops with a touch sensitive screen and we think the DELL XPS 15 ($1,079.99); or the HP Omen ($899.99) are also worth considering.

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Very Big Non-Operating Vibration

Many processor core portable PCs that were released more than a year ago have non-operating vibrations of between 1G and 1.3G. When compared to other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the 17, the non-operating vibration of the Alienware 17 of 1.3 gravity is one of the biggest.

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Very Heavy

The lightest many processor core notebook PC that came out more than a year ago is 980g heavy and the heaviest is 4.2kg. When compared to other many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as the 17, the weight of the Alienware 17 of 4.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest.

Alternative portable PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the HP Omen ($899.99) (2.1kg) which is also cheaper.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 17

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this notebook PC was released.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Alienware 17 has a relatively standard processor clock speed (2.5 gigahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

Alternative 2.5GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available that you might want to look at include cheaper notebook PCs such as the HP Omen ($899.99).

If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the DELL Precision M4800 (2.8GHz and cheaper).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware 17 has a fairly standard total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Market Positioning
Housing Material
Colour
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Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Pixel Pitch
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Audio
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Maximum WiFi Data Rate
WiFi Standard
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
SmartCard Slot
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
ExpressCard Slot
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Trial Software
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Processor Package Size
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Vibration
Operating Vibration
Non-Operating Shock
Operating Shock
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology

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