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Alienware is one of the better rated portable PC manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Alienware also has good ratings for its gaming laptops.
Very Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
The discrete graphics adapter memorys of laptops that were released around the same time as the 17 range from 2GB to 8GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.2GB. When compared to other gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 17, the Alienware 17's discrete graphics adapter memory of 8 gigabytes is one of the biggest.
Quite Big Display Diagonal
The display diagonals of notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago range from 13" to 19". With a display diagonal of 17.3 inches, the Alienware 17 has a fairly big display diagonal compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the 17.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
Unlike most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec which do not have a full-size keyboard, the Alienware 17 has a full-size keyboard.
Has a Front Camera
Like most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the 17, the Alienware 17 has a front camera.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
This portable PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this type and age.
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HD HD Type
The HD type of this portable PC is Full HD, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.
4x SO-DIMM Memory Slots
The Alienware 17 has a maximum memory slots of 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of a 2x SO-DIMM notebook PC, which is the most frequently found memory slots.
A 4x SO-DIMM memory slots is actually the best memory slots amongst all notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the 17.
The worst memory slots across comparable types of laptop is 2x SO-DIMM.
802.11n Wi-Fi Standards
This portable PC has an 802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it.
1.4 HDMI Version
This laptop has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly found discrete graphics memory type on portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it.
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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 17 is 1,200MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of only 1,150 megahertz, the Alienware 17 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago.
Does Not Have a Touchscreen
The Alienware 17 does not have a touchscreen, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the 17 also do not have a touchscreen.
Only 80 Solid-State Drive Capacitys
Most comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the 17 have between 8 and 511 solid-state drive capacitys, including the Alienware 17 which has 80 solid-state drive capacitys.
Very Small Internal Memory
The average internal memory of gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than two years is 13GB, and the internal memorys range from 4GB to 32GB. The Alienware 17 has one of the smaller internal memorys (only 8 gigabytes) amongst gaming laptops of this age.
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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed
The slowest hard drive speed of gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago is 5,400 RPM and the fastest is 7,200 RPM. The Alienware 17 has a quite slow hard drive speed (only 5,400 revolutions per minute) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Only One Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
The Alienware 17 is a one mini DisplayPorts quantity portable PC. Most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the 17 have one mini DisplayPorts quantity.
Only Two Number of Built-In Speakerss
The Alienware 17 is a two number of built-in speakers portable PC.
The lightest gaming laptop that has been on the market for more than two years is 1.6kg heavy and the heaviest is 5.5kg. With a weight of 4.2 kilograms, the Alienware 17 is one of the heavier comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the 17 amongst gaming laptops of this age.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when Alienware released the 17.
Average Processor Frequency
The Alienware 17 has a relatively standard processor frequency (2.5 gigahertz) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17.
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many gaming laptops that have been around for more than two years.
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Average Total Storage Capacity
With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware 17 has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 17.
HDD Storage Media
This notebook PC has an HDD+SSD storage media, which is the most commonly found storage media on notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec 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.
Colour of Product
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-4xxx
System Bus Rate
Processor Boost Frequency
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configurations
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
Processor Cache Type
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
2 x 4
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Total Storage Capacity
HDD, HDD+SSD, SSD, SSD
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
1920 x 1080
Full HD, HD
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
11, 11.2, 11.2/12
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
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive Type
Number of Built-In Speakers
Dolby Home Theater v4
Front Camera Resolution
1920 x 1080
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
S/PDIF Out Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Operating System Installed
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
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