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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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24 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on many processor core portable PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Notebook PCs of this type and age have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 750MHz and 1,400MHz. At 1,300 megahertz, the Alienware 17 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 17.

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

Most laptops of this spec and age 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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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 laptop, which is the most common display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all portable PCs of this age and type.

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

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Quite Big Screen Size

Across all the laptops of a similar age and spec to the 17 the screen sizes range from 10" to 18", and the average screen size is 16". The Alienware 17 has one of the bigger screen sizes (17.3 inches) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

We compared all the other 17.3" portable PCs to this notebook PC and we think the HP ZBook 17 (£1,326.00) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The internal memory of similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years range from 2GB to 32GB. The Alienware 17 has a quite big internal memory (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the 17.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 16GB internal memory laptops currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the ZBook 15, or the ZBook 15 both from HP.

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

Many processor core portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 17 have processor clock speeds of between 1GHz and 3GHz. The Alienware 17 has one of the fastest processor clock speeds (2.8 gigahertz) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

Alternative 2.8GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available that you might want to consider include cheaper laptops such as the HP ZBook 15.

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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 similar spec portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of laptops of a similar spec and age to the 17 is 710GB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware 17 has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17.

Laptops with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth looking at include the DELL XPS 15 (1TB).

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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 most notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. Most comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This laptop's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 17 has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the 17.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative laptops with a front camera currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the Z Book 15 (£1,507.37), or the ZBook 17 (£1,326.00) both from HP or the DELL XPS 15.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Four USB 3.0 Ports

The Alienware 17 is a four USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time 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 one of the bigger hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacities amongst similar spec laptops of this age. Many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacities of between 8GB and 1TB, and the average hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity is 810GB.

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

Across all the many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago the hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory range from 8GB to 80GB, and the average hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory is 14GB. At 80 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a very big hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

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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 the most frequently found memory slot of 2x SO-DIMM.

A 4x SO-DIMM memory slot is actually the best memory slots amongst all notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the 17.

The worst memory slots across comparable types of notebook PC is 1x SO-DIMM.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

At 32 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been around for more than two years. The smallest maximum internal memory of many processor core portable PCs that were released around the same time as the 17 is 2GB and the biggest is 32GB.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.8 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has a very fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out more than two years ago. Across all the notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the 17 the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3.9GHz.

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Very Big Processor Cache

Many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have processor caches of between 2MB and 8MB, and the average processor cache is 4.8MB. The Alienware 17 has one of the biggest processor caches (8 megabytes) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

Many processor core 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 14MP. The Alienware 17 has one of the higher front camera resolutions (2 megapixels) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 86 watt-hours, the Alienware 17 has one of the bigger battery capacities amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. The average battery capacity of laptops of this age and type is 59Wh.

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Eight Battery Cells

Most many processor core portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago have between two and eight battery cells, including the Alienware 17 which has eight battery cells.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This portable PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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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 many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the 17.

It is worth also looking at other laptops which also have a full-size keyboard including the Z Book 15 (£1,507.37), or the ZBook 17 (£1,326.00) both from HP or the DELL XPS 15 which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most laptops that are a comparable 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.

We compared this laptop to all the other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the DELL XPS 15 which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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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 on the market for around the same time as it.

An 802.11a WiFi standard is actually the worst Wi-Fi standard across all portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the 17.

Across similar types of portable PC the best Wi-Fi standard is 802.11n.

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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 many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 17. 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.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many laptops that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Heavy

The weight of the Alienware 17 of 4.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest amongst many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the 17. Across all the portable PCs that came out around the same time as the 17 the weights range from 430g to 4.8kg, and the average weight is 2.5kg.

If you would consider a laptop with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the HP ZBook 17 (£1,326.00) (3.4kg) which is also cheaper.

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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 notebook PC was released.

HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age 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
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free 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
Integrated Card Reader
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
3D Compatible
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
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
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide

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6 May 2015

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23 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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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

Dell's Alienware laptops are among the most powerful gaming machines money can buy - if you can afford them. Compared with the mammoth Alienware 18 that I tried almost two years ago, the new... Read more…

1 April 2015

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25 March 2015

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