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...
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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of the Alienware 17 of 1,300 megahertz is one of the fastest amongst notebook PCs of this age and spec. Gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the 17 have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 1,100MHz and 1,300MHz.
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 notebook PCs of this age and type have between two and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
Very Fast Processor Clock Speed
The Alienware 17 has one of the fastest processor clock speeds (2.9 gigahertz) amongst notebook PCs of this age. The slowest processor clock speed of portable PCs of this age and spec is 1.8GHz, the fastest is 2.9GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.5GHz.
Has a Front Camera
The Alienware 17 has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of this age and type.
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 came out around the same time as it. In addition, this portable 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 amongst all similar spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the 17.
The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC is 133MHz.
Very Big Processor Cache
With a processor cache of 8 megabytes, the Alienware 17's processor cache is one of the biggest amongst similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the 17. The smallest processor cache of gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the 17 is 3MB and the biggest is 8MB.
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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency
With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.9 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has one of the fastest maximum turbo frequencies amongst gaming laptops of this age. The average maximum turbo frequency of similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the 17 is 3.5GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.8GHz to 4GHz.
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.
A 4x SO-DIMM memory slot is actually the best memory slots amongst all notebook PCs of this type and age.
A 2x SO-DIMM memory slot is the worst memory slots across comparable types of portable PC.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This portable PC has an 802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.
Four USB 3.0 Ports
Most laptops of this age and spec have between two and five USB 3.0 ports, including the Alienware 17 which has four USB 3.0 ports.
1.4 HDMI Version
This portable PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This notebook PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as it.
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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard
Most laptops of a similar age and spec to the 17 do not have a full-size keyboard. The Alienware 17 is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
The Alienware 17 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 17 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.
We compared this notebook PC to all the other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the Lenovo Y50 is also worth considering.
Only 80 Solid-State Drive Capacity
The Alienware 17 is an 80 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity laptop. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have between 8 and 255 solid-state drive capacity.
Very Slow Hard Drive Speed
Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 17 the hard drive speeds range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,600 RPM. With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Alienware 17 has a quite slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the 17.
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Across all the laptops that are a comparable age to the 17 the weights range from 1.6kg to 5.5kg. The Alienware 17 is quite heavy (4.2 kilograms) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.
Other laptops with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Alienware 17 (4.2kg).
7 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 17
Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when Alienware released the 17.
Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 17.3 inches, the Alienware 17 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 17.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on notebook PCs of this type and age.
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Average Internal Memory
At 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the 17.
It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 16GB internal memory portable PCs currently available including the Medion Erazer X6825 which has better reviews.
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as it.
Average Total Storage Capacity
The Alienware 17 has a relatively average total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the 17.
If this Alienware notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Medion Erazer X7611 (1.1TB and higher rated).
HDD Storage Medium
This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many gaming laptops 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.
If you would prefer a notebook PC with a better storage medium then you might want to look at the AORUS X3 Plus (SSD) which is also higher rated.
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