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Alienware 17 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 16GB 1TB HDD 17.3" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 16GB Aug 2015
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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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20 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of portable PCs that came out more than a year ago is 1,200MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 900MHz to 1,400MHz. At 1,200 megahertz, the Alienware 17 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 400 megahertz, the Alienware 17 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the 17. The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of laptops of this spec and age range from 200MHz to 400MHz.

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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 frequently found display resolution on notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Alienware 17 has one of the bigger internal memory (16 gigabytes) amongst gaming laptops of this age. The average internal memory of gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 17 is 13GB, and the internal memory range from 4GB to 32GB.

We compared this laptop to all the other 16GB internal memory portable PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the MSI GS30 2M is also worth considering.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Alienware 17 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other laptops of this spec and age do not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think the Asus GL771JW which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 17 has a front camera. Most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 17 also have a front camera.

Alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Asus G771JM.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on portable PCs of this spec and age.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

This portable PC supports a 1333|1600MHz processor memory clock speed, which is the most frequently supported processor memory clock speed on laptops that have been available for more than a year.

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HD HD Type

The HD type of this notebook PC is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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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 in fact the best memory slots amongst all notebook PCs that are a similar age to the 17.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the worst memory slots is 2x SO-DIMM.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

The Alienware 17 has a fairly big maximum internal memory (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type. Comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the 17 have maximum internal memory of between 16GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 20GB.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The Alienware 17 has one of the biggest maximum internal memory (64-bit) (32 gigabytes) amongst gaming laptops of this age. Comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for more than a year have maximum internal memory (64-bit) of between 16GB and 32GB.

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4.1 Bluetooth Version

The Alienware 17 supports a 4.1 Bluetooth version which is better than the 4 Bluetooth version supported by most laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

A 4.1 Bluetooth version is actually the best supported bluetooth version amongst all comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the 17.

A 4 Bluetooth version is the worst supported bluetooth version amongst comparable types of laptop.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Alienware 17 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11a WiFi standard found on most gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to it. This notebook PC also have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is actually the best Wi-Fi standard across all gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 17.

The worst Wi-Fi standard amongst comparable types of notebook PC is 802.11a.

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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 Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 17 range from 47Wh to 92Wh, and the average battery capacity is 64Wh. At 86 watt-hours, the Alienware 17 has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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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 notebook PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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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 this age and type.

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8 Reasons Against

Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 1.74 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a fairly small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 17. Across all the gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 17 the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1.7GB to 32GB.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most gaming laptops that came out more than a year ago do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Alienware 17 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed

At only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Alienware 17 has a quite slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the 17. The slowest hard drive speed of gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17 is 5,400 RPM, the fastest is 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,700 RPM.

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Only One Mini DisplayPort

Most comparable spec laptops that have been available for more than a year have one mini DisplayPort, including the Alienware 17 which has one mini DisplayPort.

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Only Two Built-In Speakers

Most gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the 17 have between two and three built-in speakers, including the Alienware 17 which has two built-in speakers.

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Heavy

The lightest similar spec portable PC that has been around for around the same time as the 17 is 1.2kg heavy and the heaviest is 4.8kg. The Alienware 17 is one of the heavier portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the 17 (4.2 kilograms) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the 17 range from 1.7GHz to 3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.6GHz. At only 2.5 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has a quite slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released around the same time as the 17.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

At only 3.5 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type. The maximum turbo frequencies of similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the 17 range from 2.7GHz to 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.5GHz.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 17

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Alienware released the 17.

Average Screen Size

The Alienware 17 has a relatively standard screen size (17.3 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the 17.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware 17 has a pretty standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 17.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the GL771JW (1.1TB), or the G751JL (1.1TB) both from Asus which is also higher rated.

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HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on similar spec laptops that have been on the market for 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
Market Positioning
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Product Type
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Pixel Pitch
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
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
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Installed
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Data Rate (max)
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
USB Sleep-and-Charge Ports
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Trial Software
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel TSX-NI
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
Security
Password Protection
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height (front)
Depth
Height (rear)
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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

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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

(2)
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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