Alienware 17 Series

Alienware 17 (Haswell)

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.

Processor: Intel Core i7 4800MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
Display: 17.3 inch
Weight: 4.2kg, 4.244kg
Price: 2464, 2750 euro
Average Score: 85.88% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 12 reviews)
price: 83%, performance: 92%, features: 83%, display: 80%
mobility: 62%, workmanship: 91%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 75%


Alienware 17


Alienware 17Notebook: Alienware 17
Processor: Intel Core i7 4800MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4.2kg
Price: 2750 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
 Alienware notebook section

Average Score: 88% - very good
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)


100% Alienware 17 review
Source: Stuff TV English
Complaining about the size and weight of the Alienware 17 is missing the point, really – this laptop is all about no-compromise gaming, and in this it excels. OK, so the styling won't be to everyone's tastes and it's a long way from cheap, but if fragging is your thing, this beast of a machine will be your new best friend.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 100% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
90% Alienware 17 Gaming Laptop Review
Source: Kitguru English
Overall we are very impressed with the Alienware 17. It offers almost all of the performance of the Alienware 18 in a more convenient, portable package. The aesthetic design remains very similar, despite the difference in size. The Alienware 17 is very eye catching and is sure to attract gamers who are looking to buy a desktop replacement. Even though the Alienware 17 isn’t currently available with the same range-topping Intel Core i7-4930MX processor as the Alienware 18, the performance of the i7-4800MQ will be more than enough for the vast majority of users.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
82% A little slimmer and lighter, but still not exactly portable
Source: CNet English
Side by side, the massive Alienware 18 we reviewed alongside this 17-inch model is the more impressive, and more expensive system. But the (slightly) more modest Alienware 17 is probably the winner in terms of practicality for most shoppers, cramming nearly all the same features, and much of the performance, into a thinner, lighter body.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 90% mobility: 60%
83% Review: Alienware 17
Source: PC Authority English
Alienware still delivers a great product with a striking design and very robust build quality. But you pay for the Alienware brand, and if you just want the best bang for your buck then we suggest you will want to shop around a bit. If money isn’t an option though, this is a seriously good, if not quite great, gaming laptop.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
Dell's new gaming laptops are fast, powerful and well-lit
Source: Engadget English
Surprise: Dell's legacy as an OEM and Alienware's gaming cred still make for an awesome combination -- both the Alienware 14 and 17 rank among the best gaming laptops we've reviewed this year. Excellent build quality, killer components and excellent performance have left us with little to complain about.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/15/2013
85% Dell Alienware 17 teszt
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 100%
Alienware 17 – telivér, csúcs játékos notebook
Source: HU→EN
Positive: Powerful performance; great build quality; greate sound system; IPS display; cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/07/2013


Alienware 17 (Haswell)


Alienware 17 (Haswell)Notebook: Alienware 17 (Haswell)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4800MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4096 MB
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4.244kg
Price: 2464 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
 Alienware notebook section

Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 5 reviews)


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
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
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: 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.


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

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M: Upcoming high-end graphics card for laptops and part of the 700M series.

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

» 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.

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.

4.2 kg:

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

4.244 kg:

85.88%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.

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

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

» MSI GT70 2OD-679UK
Core i7 4930MX
» Origin PC EON17-S 2013
Core i7 4930MX
» Medion Erazer X7827
Core i7 4700MQ
» Asus G750JH-T4080H
Core i7 4700HQ
» MSI GT70 20D-077NE
Core i7 4930MX
» MSI GT70-2OD-039US
Core i7 4700MQ
» MSI GT70SR2-x80M43237BW
Core i7 4700MQ
» Schenker XMG P703
Core i7 4900MQ

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Eurocom Panther 5D
Xeon (Desktop) E5-2680, 5.5 kg

Notebooks with the same GPU

» Asus G750JH-T4070H
Core i7 4700HQ, 17.0", 4.8 kg
» MSI GT60-2OD-092UK
Core i7 4700MQ, 15.6", 3.5 kg
» Deviltech Devil 7800
Core i7 4700MQ, 15.6", 3.5 kg
» MSI GT70-2OC-3OC
Core i7 4930MX, 17.0", 4 kg
» Eurocom X3
Core i7 4930MX, 15.6", 3.49 kg
» MSI GT60-2OD-026US
Core i7 4800MQ, 15.6", 3.4 kg
» One K56-3N2
Core i7 4700MQ, 15.6", 3.314 kg

Laptops with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» MSI GT70 2PE-1051FR Dominator Pro
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4800MQ
» MSI GT70-2PC-1282UK
GeForce GTX 870M, Core i7 4800MQ
» MSI GT70-2PE16SR231B
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4800MQ
» Asus G750JZ-XS72
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4700HQ
» Digital Storm Krypton 17 inch
GeForce GTX 770M, Core i7 4700MQ
» Notebookguru EARTH V
Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire, Core i7 4700MQ
» Cyberpower Fangbook EVO HX7-150
GeForce GTX 770M, Core i7 4700MQ
» Origin PC EON17-SLX, Haswell
GeForce GTX 780M SLI, Core i7 4930MX
» AVADirect Clevo P375SM
Radeon HD 8970M, Core i7 4700HQ
» HP ZBook 17 E9X11AA-ABA
Quadro K610M, Core i7 4900MQ
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-08-29 (Update: 2013-08-29)