Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)


Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)Notebook: Alienware 17 (GTX 880M) (17 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4700MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M 8192 MB
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 4.176kg
Price: 2000 euro
Average Score: 78.14% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 91%, features: 88%, display: 76% mobility: 65%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 73%

Reviews for the Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)

87% Alienware 17 (GTX 880M) Notebook Review | Notebookcheck
Gaming tank. Big, heavy and a case full of fast hardware describes the new Alienware 17. Especially hardcore gamers will be interested in the GeForce GTX 880M, which is one of the fastest single-chip GPUs. But can the overall package support the good initial impression?
80% Alienware 17
Source: Computer Shopper English
All told, this rig exemplifies why the Alienware brand remains the first choice for many gamers. Like its predecessors, the 17 sports a sleek and stylish soft-touch and aluminum design, a vivid 1080p display, and an excellent keyboard. And if you have the cash, it can be configured with dream-machine parts for the best performance money can buy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/04/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware 17 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
As usual, Alienware’s latest gaming machine looks the part, and its exciting design is backed up by benchmark-breaking speed in the latest titles. The screen is good but not great, however, and the battery life during gameplay is typically poor. As usual, though, the price is high, and portable gaming power is available elsewhere for less, albeit without the bells and whistles. Only consider this if you’ve got money to burn.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 100% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 75% emissions: 70%
80% Alienware 17 review: Beauty and beast in one gorgeous gaming notebook
Source: PC World English
The Alienware 17 is attractive, fast, and specced to the max. It’s the best performer we’ve tested so far, and it’s comparatively lightweight for the category. It does have its drawbacks, though: Lower-than-average battery life, a slippery keyboard, and a mediocre trackpad. This is one of the better-looking 17.3-inch notebooks out there, and it definitely delivers on performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware 17 review: GeForce GTX 880M graphics mean gaming laptop offers top-of-the-range performance at a decent price
Source: PC Advisor English
The Alienware 17 isn't perfect – a laptop costing this much really ought to include a proper solid-state drive, and maybe 16 GB memory too. And, of course, its sheer size and weight mean that it's rarely going to leave home. However it provides top-of-the-range performance that would previously have cost you £2000 or more. It's a great choice for gamers who can afford not to compromise so much.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 80%
80% Alienware 17 (2014)
Source: PC Mag English
There's no doubt that the Alienware 17 continues the company's reputation for having high-quality, high-performance gaming laptops. A premium price comes with certain expectations, however, and with the less expensive Digital Storm Krypton offering similar performance, there is the question of what the extra money gets you. In the case of the Alienware 17, that means a premium design with high-quality metal construction, top-of-the-line hardware, and more than a terabyte of storage space.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Gaming-Flaggschiff mit Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Positive: extraordinary notebook; very good chassis illumination; elaborate control software; good stability; appropriate price
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2014
60% Test Dell Alienware 17 : le PC gamer qui aurait dû nous mettre une claque
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% mobility: 60%



Alienware is no stranger in the gaming industry and the reason has been simple, it has been providing gamers with state of the art gaming equipment since its arrival. The Alienware 17 (GTX 880M) is just one of them.

The first thing normal people would notice about this laptop is that it's big and bulky. However, for gamers, this isn't much of an issue. A gaming laptop that isn't big or bulky certainly raises some red flags. Sadly, even though there is ample space on the big device, connectivity is not to its fullest potential. There are only two USB ports, one HDMI port, the usual headphone/microphone jack, an Ethernet port and a DVD burner. Even adding two more USB ports would not have made any effect on the size.

The Qualcomm Atheros Killer network card ensures that gamers have smooth pings all the time. The 802.11 ac wireless module ensures that wireless connectivity is possible alongside Bluetooth 4.0. As for the core of it all, the Alienware 17 (GTX 880M) is powered by an Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, which is one of the best available, GeForce GTX 880M graphics card for best graphics and 8 GB of RAM.

The powerhouse from Alienware is made for gamers without considering size and mobility. It is unsuitable for casual users both in terms of finance and functionality.


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 880M: High-end graphics card from the GeForce GTX 800M series.

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.  

4700MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 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.

17.3": Meanwhile the 17 inch display size is a more frequently offered standard format for desktop-replacements. The DTR-laptops can't be carried easily, need much energy but on the other side texts can be read easily and high resolutions are no problem. DTR mainly are intended for stationary usage on desks, where the weight and the energy need are unimportant.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

4.176 kg: This laptop is heavy below average, compared with the average of notebooks. Therefore especially desktop replacements fit in this class of weight.

Alienware: Alienware is an American computer hardware company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell. It mainly assembles for high-performance gaming. Alienware also offers for sale rebadged laptops and computer peripherals, such as headsets, computer mice, monitors and keyboards. Alienware was founded in 1996. The corporate headquarters is located in Florida. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. 2005, Alienware brought in upwards of $170 million USD in annual sales and launched an international in 2003 with a presence in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. The international market share is limited.


Alienware reviews

78.14%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

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

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» MSI GT70 2PE-2089RU
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» MSI GT70 2PE-1200NL
Core i7 4940MX
» Asus G750JZ-T4079H
Core i7 4700HQ
» MSI GT72 2PE-072UK
Core i7 4710HQ
» MSI GT70 2PE-1862UK
Core i7 4810MQ
» MSI GT72-2PE16SR231BW
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» Asus G750JZ-T4039D
Core i7 4700HQ
» Origin PC EON 17-S 2014
Core i7 4930MX
» Asus G750JZ-T4024H
Core i7 4700HQ
» Asus G750JZ-T4023H
Core i7 4700HQ
» MSI GT70-2PE16SR231B
Core i7 4800MQ
» Asus G750JZ-XS72
Core i7 4700HQ

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus G750JZ-T4110H
Core i7 4860HQ, 4.8 kg
» Asus G750JZ-T4089H
Core i7 4700HQ, 4.8 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» MSI GT72 2PE-005FR
Core i7 4710HQ, 17.0", 3.8 kg
» Gigabyte P25X v2
Core i7 4810MQ, 15.6", 2.81 kg
» MSI GT60 2PE-495RU
Core i7 4800MQ, 15.6", 3.5 kg
» AVADirect Clevo P157SM-A
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» MSI GT60 2PE Dominator Pro
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» MSI GT60-2PE16H11B
Core i7 4800MQ, 15.6", 3.5 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Alienware 17 R2
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 4980HQ
» Asus ROG G751JM-T7031H
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ
» Origin PC EON17-X
GeForce GTX 965M, unknown
» Asus G751JY-DH72X
GeForce GTX 980M SLI, Core i7 4860HQ
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 4710HQ
» Alienware 17-3511
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ
» Asus G751JY-T7058H
GeForce GTX 980M, Core i7 4710HQ
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-06-14 (Update: 2014-06-14)