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

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.8GHz 16GB Apr 2014
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This 43.9 cm (17.3") laptop combines powerful performance and incredible graphics into a revolutionary new design perfect for immersive gaming. The durable anodized aluminum shell, reinforced by a... More
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Alienware 17 Review

26 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,300 megahertz, the Alienware 17 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years. Laptops that were released more than two years ago have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 750MHz and 1,400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,200MHz.

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

Most many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as 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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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This laptop has a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the Alienware 17 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels notebook PC, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all laptops that were released more than two years ago.

A 1366 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution across similar types of portable PC.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

The average screen size of many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the 17 is 16". The Alienware 17 has a quite big screen size (17.3 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the 17 range from 2GB to 32GB. When compared to other similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the internal memory of, the Alienware 17's internal memory of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2.8 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago. Across all the laptops of this age and type the processor clock speeds 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 released around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware 17 has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec. The total storage capacity of comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the 17 range from 32GB to 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 730GB.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Alienware 17 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs of this age and spec. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of notebook PC is 133MHz.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 17 has a front camera. Most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the 17 also have a front camera.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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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 laptops of a comparable spec and age to the 17 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Big Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity

With a hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware 17 has a fairly big hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the 17. The smallest hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity of many processor core portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the 17 is 500GB, the biggest is 1TB, and the average hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity is 840GB.

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Very Big Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory

With a hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory of 80 gigabytes, the Alienware 17's hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory is one of the biggest amongst notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the 17. The smallest hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory of similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 8GB and the biggest is 80GB.

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4x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

The Alienware 17 has a maximum memory slots of 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of a 2x SO-DIMM portable PC, which is the most frequently found memory slots.

A 4x SO-DIMM memory slot is in fact the best memory slots amongst all portable PCs of this spec and age.

The worst memory slots amongst similar types of notebook PC is 1x SO-DIMM.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of portable PCs of this spec and age is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 18GB. With a maximum internal memory of 32 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of similar spec laptops that have been available for more than two years is 3.2GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.8 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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Eight Processor Threads

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

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Very Big Processor Cache

The Alienware 17 has a very big processor cache (8 megabytes) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the 17. Notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the 17 have processor caches of between 2MB and 8MB.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

Portable PCs that are a similar age to the 17 have front camera resolutions of between 0.3MP and 1,300MP, and the average front camera resolution is 13MP. At 2 megapixels, the Alienware 17 has a quite high front camera resolution compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of portable PCs that have been available for more than two years is 58Wh, and the battery capacities range from 30Wh to 100Wh. At 86 watt-hours, the Alienware 17 has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec.

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Eight Battery Cells

The Alienware 17 is a eight battery cell count laptop. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as the 17 have between two and eight battery cells.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This laptop has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly found discrete graphics memory type on portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Alienware 17 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops that have been around for more than two years which have a full-size keyboard.

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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 portable PCs of this spec and age 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 frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on portable PCs of this type and age.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Alienware 17 has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11n WiFi standard found on most many processor core portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11a) is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst all laptops of a similar age and spec to the 17.

The best Wi-Fi standard across comparable types of laptop is 802.11n.

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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed

With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Alienware 17 has one of the slower hard drive speeds amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. The hard drive speeds of many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the 17 range from 5,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,900 RPM.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Heavy

At 4.2 kilograms, the Alienware 17 is very heavy compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the 17. Across all the laptops that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 430g to 4.8kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 17

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this Alienware notebook PC was released.

HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on laptops of a comparable age and spec to 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
Colour
Product Type
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
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
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
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
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
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
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology

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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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