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Alienware 17 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.8GHz 16GB 1TB HDD 17.3" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.8GHz 16GB Feb 2014
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The durable anodized aluminum shell, reinforced by a magnesium-alloy frame, protects your LCD and the internal components. Angled front and side walls give the Alienware 17 an elite and stealth... More
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26 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

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

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The Alienware 17 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,300 megahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the 17 is 1,200MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,400MHz.

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

The Alienware 17 is a four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port laptop. Most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the 17 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This laptop has a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most commonly found on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The Alienware 17 has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution amongst all laptops of a comparable age and type to the 17.

A 1366 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 17.3 inches, the Alienware 17 has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. Notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 17 have screen sizes of between 10" and 18", and the average screen size is 16".

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of laptops of this spec and age is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the 17 that we have assessed the processor clock speed of, the Alienware 17's processor clock speed of 2.8 gigahertz is one of the fastest. The processor clock speeds of many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the 17 range from 1GHz to 3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.2GHz.

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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 many processor core portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 17 the total storage capacity range from 32GB to 2TB. The Alienware 17 has a quite big total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the 17.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Alienware 17 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the 17.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Alienware 17 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This portable PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the 17.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of portable PC.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the 17, the Alienware 17 has a front camera.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Alienware 17 is a eight processor thread portable PC. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the 17 only have between four and seven processor threads.

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Very Big Processor Cache

The processor caches of laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 17 range from 2MB to 8MB. The processor cache of the Alienware 17 of 8 megabytes is one of the biggest amongst many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is typical of many laptops that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

When compared to other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the 17 that we have checked the maximum turbo frequency of, the Alienware 17's maximum turbo frequency of 3.8 gigahertz is one of the fastest. The average maximum turbo frequency of many processor core portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 17 is 3.2GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3.9GHz.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on portable PCs of this type and age.

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Four USB 3.0 Ports

The Alienware 17 is a four USB 3.0 port portable PC. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the 17 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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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.

A 4x SO-DIMM memory slot is actually the best memory slots amongst all many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the 17.

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

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the 17 range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 18GB. At 32 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the 17.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 86 watt-hours, the Alienware 17 has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the 17. Laptops that came out around the same time as the 17 have battery capacities of between 30Wh and 100Wh, and the average battery capacity is 58Wh.

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Eight Battery Cells

The Alienware 17 is a eight battery cell count notebook PC.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This laptop has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on laptops of a similar age and type to it.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Alienware 17 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 17 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed

The hard drive speeds of notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the 17 range from 5,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,900 RPM. The Alienware 17 has a fairly slow hard drive speed (only 5,400 revolutions per minute) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 17.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on portable PCs of this age and type.

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Very Heavy

Comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the 17 have weights of between 430g and 4.8kg. At 4.2 kilograms, the Alienware 17 is very heavy compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the 17.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 17

Released Over Two Years Ago

This laptop has been on the market for over two years.

HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it. 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.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Device Type
Market Positioning
Colour
Product Type
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
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
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 ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
WiFi Standard
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
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
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Rapid Start 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 Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology

13 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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24 December 2015

What a notebook! We'll start with its flaws because they're very simple to enumerate ? Alienware 17 R3's price renders it day-dream territory for 99% of all users. And we're not even going to...

29 September 2015

If there was a machine that I've wanted to get my hands on ever since I've started writing for tech, it would be this one. The Alienware series of gaming laptops have always been this Holy Grail... Read more…

28 September 2015

W hen someone spends big money on a BMW with the same power as, say, a Commodore, there's this general understanding that the BMW is, in some way, worth the massive premium. There's a perception... Read more…

Slick, surprisingly practical design
Powerful
Cool and quiet
Good 3D gaming performance
Innovative design
Not value for money
Four 4GB RAM sticks rather than two 8GB
Included mouse and keyboard aren't great
Huge tower
128GB solid-state boot drive is on the small side
6 May 2015

The Alienware 17 gets updated with an Nvidia GeForce 980M GPU and an optional graphics amplifier for unrivaled gaming power...

Alienware 17 R2 Alienware significantly shrunk the new device compared to its predecessors and accepted slightly louder fans in return. Unfortunately, the performance suffers from not optimal use...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 23 January 2016 by DJDan

Had nothing but problems with this machine, spent hours just trying to fix poor performance issues definitely would not recommend Alienware for a gaming PC or any other type of PC for that matter...

SO AMAZING. .. I absolutely love this SSD. Small fits right in my tray with no problem. Boots windows within like 10 secs
Very fast Benchmarked with Atto Disk Benchmark and getting 510 MBs read and 200 MBs write on SATA III, exactly as advertised. Latest firmware already installed. Got it at a good price, and includes mo
Its Quick like All SSD's
Does not Use Sandforce Controllers
High Quality Toshiba Nand
Refuses to go to the bathroom for me when I'm to lazy to get up
The included mounting bracket unfortunately does not work at all with my case's tool-less mounting system, and I ended up having to tape the bracket SSD into my drive bay. Just something to keep in mi
Expensive at the time of purchase
So far
The trial NTI software they pack with it gets the job done but it is limited and is not for hardcore partition table cloning. No problem for everyday users, It worked fine for me
Reviewed 24 February 2015 by Nelson G.
(Verified Purchase)

Have Kingston V300 in another old laptop of the same model and it has been rock solid so think I will go with Kingston on future purchases...

Works OK and price was right on-sale
Cheap fast, plus has RAIN for supposed reliability
Very nice SSD. .. boot time is 30 seconds now for an older laptop. Priced very low for what you get
I installed the 256Gb 2.5" 550 drive as a replacement boot drive for my Mac Pro. Works Great Made a huge difference in all things IO related. Boots way faster. Very Happy This is the 2nd 550 SSD tha
Reliable technology
Bought two. Installed one in an old laptop. Works fine but have had a couple blue screens since installing. Never saw this with original drive
Where to start
Has compatibility issues with AMD RAID configurations
This model and it's predecessor have issues where it either disconnects or crashes Windows, including having Windows crash upon reboot
Crucial has been aware of this problem since August of 2014 and has done nothing about it

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