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Alienware 17 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.9GHz 16GB 1TB HDD 17.3" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.9GHz 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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Alienware 17 Review

12 Reasons For

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.

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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.

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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.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 17 has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of this age and type.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 the most frequently found WiFi standard on gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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.

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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.

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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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5 Reasons Against

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Heavy

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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 (£1,629.54) (SSD) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
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Product Type
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Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo 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
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
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
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 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
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Camera
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 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Included Driver
Bundled Software
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
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology

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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…

Pcauthority.com.au

A lienware has come a long way since it first landed back in 1996. Gone are the luminous-green laptops and giant alien skulls: the new Alienware 17 R2 oozes class. With its soft-touch matte-black... Read more…

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...

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...

Techradar

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...

Techradar.com/au/

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

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…

25 March 2015

The Alienware 17 R2 is one of the latest gaming notebooks from Alienware/Dell that boasts a very large 17.3? Touch Screen Display, a 4th Generation Intel® Core? i7 Processor, 32GB of RAM and an... Read more…

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