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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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16 Reasons For

Good Brand

On average Alienware gaming laptops have good ratings compared to other brands as do all laptops manufactured by Alienware.

Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the 17 is 1,200MHz. The Alienware 17 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s (1,300 megahertz) amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

The Alienware 17 has an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version which is newer than the 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version found on most gaming laptops that have been available for more than two years. The on-board graphics adapter DirectX version of all gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the 17 ranges from 11.2/12 to 12.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 17 has one of the bigger internal memorys amongst gaming laptops of this age. The smallest internal memory of notebook PCs of this type and age is 4GB and the biggest is 32GB.

We compared all the other 16GB internal memory portable PCs to this portable PC and we think the Medion Erazer X6825[plb_1571194_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Fast Processor Frequency

At 2.9 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has a very fast processor frequency compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17. Across all the similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the 17 the processor frequencys range from 1.7GHz to 2.9GHz.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the 17, the Alienware 17 has a front camera.

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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 portable PCs that are a similar age to it. Most notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This portable PC also 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 gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 17.

Amongst similar types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on gaming laptops that came out more than two years ago.

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HD HD Type

The HD type of this portable PC is Full HD, which is typical of many gaming laptops that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Big Processor Cache

The processor caches of gaming laptops that have been around for more than two years range from 3MB to 8MB, and the average processor cache is 5.8MB. The Alienware 17 has a very big processor cache (8 megabytes) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Fast Processor Boost Frequency

The slowest processor boost frequency of portable PCs of this type and age is 2.7GHz, the fastest is 4GHz, and the average processor boost frequency is 3.5GHz. With a processor boost frequency of 3.9 gigahertz, the Alienware 17 has one of the fastest processor boost frequencys amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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

A 4x SO-DIMM memory slots is in fact the best memory slots across all gaming laptops that have been available for a similar time to the 17.

Across comparable types of portable PC the worst memory slots is 2x SO-DIMM.

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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 gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Four USB 3.0 Ports

The Alienware 17 is a four USB 3.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the 17 have between two and five USB 3.0 ports.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This notebook PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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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 age and spec.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago 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 Touchscreen

Like most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age, the Alienware 17 does not have a touchscreen.

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Only 80 Solid-State Drive Capacitys

Most comparable spec portable 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.

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Quite Slow Hard Drive Speed

The slowest hard drive speed of portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the 17 is 5,400 RPM, the fastest is 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,600 RPM. When compared to other similar spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 17 that we have checked the hard drive speed of, the Alienware 17's hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute is one of the slowest.

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Heavy

The lightest gaming laptop that has been around for more than two years is 1.6kg heavy and the heaviest is 5.5kg. The Alienware 17 is one of the heavier portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 17 (4.2 kilograms) amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 17

Released Over Three Years Ago

This portable PC has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 17.3 inches, the Alienware 17 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released 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 typical of many portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware 17 has a relatively standard total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Medion Erazer X7611[plb_2170162_price] (1.1TB) which also has a higher rating.

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HDD Storage Media

This portable PC has an HDD storage media, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and type. 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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Conflict Free Processor
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Processor Codename
Processor Series
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Memory
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Memory Clock Speed
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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
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
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Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
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Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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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
On-Board Graphics Adapter
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Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
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Audio
Built-In Microphone
Number of Built-In Speakers
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
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Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
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SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
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USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
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Operating System Installed
Drivers Included
Bundled 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
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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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Cable Lock Slot
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Manual
Quick Start Guide
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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…

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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...

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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

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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