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Alienware 18 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.8GHz 16GB 750GB HDD+SSD 18.4" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.8GHz 16GB Dec 2013
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The Alienware 18 is a monster gaming powerhouse. Every detail is engineered to give you the most intense experience possible. A durable and sophisticated design is made for performance with an... More
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12 Reasons For

Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,300 megahertz, the Alienware 18 has a very fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for more than two years. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1,100MHz, the fastest is 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,200MHz.

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Very Big Screen Size

When compared to other similar spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the 18 that we have assessed, the Alienware 18's screen size of 18.4 inches is one of the biggest. The smallest screen size of gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 18 is 13", the biggest is 19", and the average screen size is 17".

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of portable PCs of a similar age and type to the 18 range from 1.8GHz to 2.9GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.5GHz. When compared to other gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 18, the processor clock speed of the Alienware 18 of 2.8 gigahertz is one of the fastest.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 18 has a front camera, as do most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the 18.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Alienware 18 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all gaming laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 18.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of laptop is 133MHz.

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Very Big Processor Cache

When compared to other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 18 that we have assessed, the Alienware 18's processor cache of 8 megabytes is one of the biggest. Laptops of this age and spec have processor caches of between 3MB and 8MB.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

Across all the laptops of this age and type the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.8GHz to 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.5GHz. When compared to other laptops of this spec and age that we have checked the maximum turbo frequency of, the Alienware 18's maximum turbo frequency of 3.8 gigahertz is one of the fastest.

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4x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

The Alienware 18 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 common memory slots.

This laptop's memory slots (4x SO-DIMM) is in fact the best memory slots across all laptops of a similar type and age to the 18.

Across similar types of laptop the worst memory slots is 2x SO-DIMM.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

With a display brightness of 350 candellas per square meter, the Alienware 18 has a quite bright display brightness compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the 18. Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago the display brightnesss range from 220 cd/m² to 350 cd/m².

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1.4 HDMI Version

This laptop has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most commonly found HDMI version on gaming laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

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

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most portable PCs of a similar type and age to the 18 do not have a full-size keyboard. The Alienware 18 is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Alienware 18 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the 18 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of only 750 gigabytes, the Alienware 18 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the 18. Similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 18 have total storage capacity of between 250GB and 2.3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 1TB.

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Only 80 Solid-State Drive Capacity

The Alienware 18 is an 80 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC. Most of the other laptops that have been around for more than two years have between 8 and 255 solid-state drive capacity.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

The Alienware 18 has one of the smaller hard drive capacity (only 750 gigabytes) amongst gaming laptops of this age. The hard drive capacity of laptops that came out around the same time as the 18 range from 500GB to 2TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 980GB.

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Only One Installed SSD

Most portable PCs of a similar type and age to the 18 have between one and three installed SSDs, including the Alienware 18 which has one installed SSD.

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Very Heavy

Across all the notebook PCs of this type and age the weights range from 1.6kg to 5.5kg. With a weight of 5.5 kilograms, the Alienware 18 is one of the heaviest gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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Very Wide

The width of the Alienware 18 of 456.5 millimeters is one of the widest amongst laptops that have been available for more than two years. The widths of notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the 18 range from 330mm to 460mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 18

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Alienware released the 18.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Average Internal Memory

The Alienware 18 has a fairly average internal memory (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD+SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago. 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

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Motherboard Chipset
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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
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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
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Installed
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
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Audio
Built-In Microphone
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Networking
4G
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Bluetooth
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SmartCard Slot
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DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
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Keyboard
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Trial Software
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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
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
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
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Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
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Security
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Intel Visual Technology

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Expert Reviews

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7 August 2014

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18 July 2014

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17 July 2014

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 5 March 2014 by Melodee G.
(Verified Purchase)

Besides Newggs false advertisment. The Laptop was a great buy for me. My money was well spent. Gaming is the @#$% on this Laptop...

Reviewed 7 April 2014 by Matthew H.
(Verified Purchase)

More Info: I rather enjoyed the Alienware 18 laptop. It doesn't have quite as much under the hood (especially considering the price), but it was super easy to add my own SSD and Memory! This... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dkcwx31h, n00aw853, w511093au, alienware i74700, alienware i74700m, alienware i74700mq
Barcodes 00612058936271
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