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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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15 Reasons For

Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The Alienware 17 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,300 megahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 17. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17 is 1,200MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 1,100MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of notebook PCs of this type and age range from 1.8GHz to 2.9GHz. At 2.8 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the laptops of a similar type and age to the 17 the internal memory range from 4GB to 32GB. With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Alienware 17 has a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the 17 which do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 17 has a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec also have a front camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other portable PCs with a front camera currently available including the AORUS X3 Plus which has better reviews.

We think you might also be interested in alternative laptops which also have a front camera including the GT70, or the GE60 both from MSI.

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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 gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than two years. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 17.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC.

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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 gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 17. Across all the gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB, and the average processor cache is 5.9MB.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

Across all the portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 17 the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.8GHz to 4GHz. The maximum turbo frequency of the Alienware 17 of 3.8 gigahertz is one of the fastest amongst similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of the Alienware 17 of 32 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17. The smallest maximum internal memory of gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 17 is 8GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 23GB.

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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 a 2x SO-DIMM portable PC, which is the most common memory slots.

This notebook PC's memory slots (4x SO-DIMM) is in fact the best memory slots across all gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 17.

A 2x SO-DIMM memory slot is the worst memory slots across comparable types of notebook PC.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as 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 age and spec to the 17 have between two and five USB 3.0 ports.

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Eight Battery Cells

Most comparable spec portable PCs that came out more than two years ago have between four and eight battery cells, including the Alienware 17 which has eight battery cells.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This notebook PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most commonly found HDMI version on comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as it.

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most portable PCs of a similar type and age to the 17 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

With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Alienware 17 has a fairly slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for more than two years. The hard drive speeds of notebook PCs of this type and age range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,600 RPM.

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Heavy

With a weight of 4.2 kilograms, the Alienware 17 is one of the heavier gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the 17 amongst portable PCs of this age. The average weight of similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago is 3.3kg.

Other laptops with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the MSI GE60 (2.4kg).

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6 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 17

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this portable PC was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 17.3 inches, the Alienware 17 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the 17.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware 17 has a fairly standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the 17.

If this laptop total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the MSI GT72 (1.3TB).

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HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time 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.

If the storage medium of this Alienware laptop is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the AORUS X3 Plus (SSD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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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® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
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24 December 2015

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29 September 2015

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6 May 2015

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23 April 2015

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22 April 2015

The Alienware 17 is a nearly perfect 17-inch gaming laptop, and the Graphics Amplifier only makes things sweeter with a beefy desktop GPU...

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4 April 2015

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1 April 2015

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25 March 2015

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