Alienware 17 (Haswell)


Alienware 17 (Haswell)
Alienware 17 (Haswell) (17 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M - 4096 MB, Core: 823 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, GDDR5, Forceware 326.45, Optimus
16384 MB 
, 4x 4096 MB SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-12800 (1600 MHz), 4 Slots
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, LG Philips LP173WF1, TN LED, glossy: no
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
Liteonit LMT-256M6M, 256 GB 
, mSATA-SSD + WDC Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT-75PK4T0, HDD @ 7200 RPM, 750 GB
Realtek ALC668 @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x 3.5 mm microphone jack, 1x 3.5 mm headphone jack, 1x 3.5 mm audio combo jack, , Card Reader: 9-in-1, Sensors: HDD free-fall sensor
Qualcomm Killer e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom 802.11ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
height x width x depth (in mm): 48 x 414 x 299 ( = 1.89 x 16.3 x 11.77 in)
86 Wh Lithium-Ion, 8 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
Webcam: 2 MP (Full-HD) mit zwei digitalen Mikrofonen
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter: 240 watts, Quick Start Guide, Safetey Guide, Ressource DVD, Application DVD, Alienware Command Center, AlienFX, AlienTouch, AlienFusion, AlienAdrenaline, Alienware TactX, PowerDVD 10, 12-48 Months Warranty
4.244 kg ( = 149.7 oz / 9.36 pounds), Power Supply: 814 g ( = 28.71 oz / 1.79 pounds)
2464 Euro


Average Score: 81.75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 88%, features: 86%, display: 80% mobility: 60%, workmanship: 91%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 75%

Reviews for the Alienware 17 (Haswell)

87% Review Alienware 17 (Haswell) Notebook | Notebookcheck
Light(s) in the dark. Equipped with a quad-core Haswell CPU, Nvidia's fastest mobile single GPU, and capable of various lighting effects, the Alienware 17 vies for the attention of gaming customers. Our review will determine if the update is a worthwhile choice.
80% Alienware 17 review Does Radeon do a gaming laptop good?
Source: Techradar English
Save for some nagging (but ultimately fixable) problems, the Alienware 17 is one of the best gaming laptops money can buy. From its sharp metallic and soft-touch build to a host of powerful components, this is a one-stop shop for getting into PC gaming with a single click. Given that a 17.3-inch laptop, gaming or not, is a terribly niche product, consider every path before paying over two grand for the toll. Regardless, it's undeniable that this is the best-built mobile gaming PC around. If the fast lane to high quality PC gaming is what you seek, then the Alienware 17 will not steer you wrong.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
80% Alienware 17
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Alienware 17 continues to be an impressive gaming notebook. We're still fans of the menacing yet fun design, with its customizable backlit keyboard and gorgeous 1080p display. For $2,499, this rig provides better performance than a similarly equipped version with Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics, which costs $100 more.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware 17 Gaming Notebook Review
Source: AnandTech English
To say I went into this review of the Alienware 17 optimistic is accurate; surely Alienware would be able to tame Haswell and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, wouldn't they? If not them, then who? Yet the truth is unfortunately far more complicated, which has led to this review taking much longer than I had hoped.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/06/2013

Foreign Reviews

80% Avec l'Alienware 17, Dell signe une très belle machine pour jouer en Full HD
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Ревю на Alienware 17 – извънземно геймърско изживяване (с NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M и Intel Core i7-4800MQ)
Source: BU→EN
Positive: Unique performance; impressive body; high quality 3D screen; great sound Negative: Heavy and thick; high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/16/2013
デル ALIENWARE 17の実機レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Positive: Good performance; wide color gamut of the display; good keyboard; Negative: Narrow viewing angles of the display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/29/2013



Alienware recently made an impressive foray into making an 18 inch gaming behemoth. While two video cards and some of the most powerful components grouped together in one ostensibly portable machine were a wonder just to contemplate, Alienware have now returned to the much more user friendly size of 17 inches. This is still desktop replacement size, but the 1 inch of difference should make it appreciably easier to carry around. On the outside, a muted silver hue encases the minimalist looking machine. The familiar Alienware head stands out in matte black, matching the keyboard and palm rests. For those wanting to showoff, this machine comes with that familiar Alienware programmable light show. The logo, the keyboard backlight, touchpad, and the alien head on the lid can be lit up and customized for color and be made to pulse.

At the high end of the available configuration options, the Alienware 17 features the 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 4800MQ and the 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M. With 16 GB of RAM thrown in for good measure, only the most demanding games will require use of medium settings. The 17 inch, 1920x1080 resolution matte screen may be a disappointment to those who were looking out for the newer 3200x1800 resolution which has yet to be adopted by current gaming laptops. As is typical for machines this power hungry, the Alienware will allow for approximately 4 hours of light use. During more intensive gaming, plugging in is mandatory. Overall, this is a high-end machine with lots of power for the enthusiastic gamer with deep pockets.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M: High-end graphics card of the GeForce 700M series based on the Kepler architecture.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

4800MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.7 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

4.244 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. Alienware has belonged to the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops. Trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an alien logo. In addition, Alienware offers workstations for private and business customers.


Alienware belongs to the mid-sized manufacturers of the notebook market. There are some reviews with average ratings overall.

81.75%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Alienware M17x, Haswell
GeForce GTX 780M

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Asus G750JH-T4180H
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700HQ
MSI GT70 2OD-679UK
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4930MX
Origin PC EON17-S 2013
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4930MX
Medion Erazer X7827
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700MQ
Asus G750JH-T4080H
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700HQ
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4930MX
MSI GT70 20D-077NE
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4930MX
MSI GT70-2OD-039US
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700MQ
Cyberpower Fangbook EVO HX7-200
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700MQ
MSI GT70-2OD Dragon Edition 2
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4930MX
MSI GT70SR2-x80M43237BW
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700MQ
Schenker XMG P703
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4900MQ

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Asus G750JH-T4070H
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700HQ, 4.8 kg

Devices with the same GPU

Eurocom X3
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4930MX, 15.6", 3.49 kg
One K56-3N2
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700MQ, 15.6", 3.314 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Alienware 15 R2 A15-0238
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 6700HQ, 15.6", 3.2 kg
Alienware 17 A17-4518
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 4720HQ, 17.3", 3.8 kg
Alienware 17 R3 A17-9942
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 6820HK, 17.3", 3.8 kg
Alienware 17-A17-9942
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 6820HK, 17.3", 3.8 kg
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 6700HQ, 17.3", 3.71 kg
Alienware 17 R3-A17-9911
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 6700HQ, 17.3", 3.8 kg
Alienware 17 R3
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 6700HQ, 17.3", 3.8 kg
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 6700HQ, 15.6", 3.11 kg
Alienware 15 R2
GeForce GTX 965M, Core i5 6300HQ, 15.6", 3.2 kg
Alienware 13 (GTX 960M)
GeForce GTX 960M, Core i7 5500U, 13.3", 1.97 kg
Alienware 17-1784
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 3.8 kg
Alienware 17 R2
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 4980HQ, 17.3", 3.68 kg
Alienware 15
GeForce GTX 970M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 3.02 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2013-08-29 (Update: 2013-08-29)