Alienware 17 Series

Alienware 17, Radeon R9 M290X

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 4700MQ, Intel Core i7 4710MQ, Intel Core i7 4800MQ
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon R9 M290X, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
Display: 17.3 inch
Weight: 4.1kg, 4.176kg, 4.2kg, 4.244kg
Price: 1700, 2000, 2464, 2750 euro
Average Score: 81.4% - good
Average of 20 scores (from 25 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 89%, features: 87%, display: 78%
mobility: 63%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 84%, emissions: 74%

 

Alienware 17

Specifications

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: 85.71% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 10 reviews)

 

80% Alienware 17
Source: Laptop Mag English
Somehow, Alienware has managed to top itself -- again. The Alienware 17 continues to catch every single eye in the room with its cocky, flashy design. And once this rig has your attention, it reels you in more with a gorgeous 1080p display and a stellar sound system. From there, it hits you with a one-two punch from the upgraded Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M CPU -- a combination that Floyd Mayweather would be proud of.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/02/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% 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. That said, over $2,000 is a fat wad of cash to put up in hopes of avoiding the perceived hassles of PC gaming. And again, if space is a concern, there are plenty of options that offer more power for less, given this isn't a laptop you'll want in your backpack for long.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
AMD's R9 M290X Goes Mobile
Source: Hot Hardware English
Overall, we're very pleased with the balance on this system, even if AMD Enduro's stability was a sore spot. Disabling the function isn't difficult, but it does come with a battery life tradeoff. Hopefully AMD and Alienware will be able to improve the situation with better drivers and software in the future. Regardless, if you're gaming on this machine, you're going to always want to use the discrete GPU anyway.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/24/2014
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: Prohardver.hu 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)

Specifications

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 3 scores (from 6 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 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
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: Laptop.bg 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 17 (GTX 880M)

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.

Specifications

Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)Notebook: Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4700MQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M 8192 MB
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4.176kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
 Alienware notebook section

Average Score: 76.67% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)

 

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%
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 17, Radeon R9 M290X

Specifications

Alienware 17, Radeon R9 M290XNotebook: Alienware 17, Radeon R9 M290X
Processor: Intel Core i7 4710MQ
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 4.1kg
Price: 1700 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
 Alienware notebook section
 17, Radeon R9 M290X (Model)

Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

84% Alienware 17 Review (2014 Edition)
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The Alienware 17 is one of the few notebooks we’ve tested that leaves us with almost all praise. We like its futuristic design and AlienFX customizable lighting system, excellent gaming performance, solid build quality, good keyboard, touchpad and speakers; and effective cooling system. We noticed battery life at just less than three hours was considerably less than the Nvidia-based Alienware 17 we tested last year (five hours). This AMD-based Alienware 17 still turned an acceptable time for a desktop replacement but it leaves room for improvement.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 84%
70% Alienware 17
Source: Digital Trends English
The new Alienware 17 is a powerful, well-built laptop that should fit the needs of most gamers well. While the Radeon M290X in our review unit provided slightly less capable graphics processing than the GTX 880M, it is also sold for less. You’ll have to spend about $250 more to receive a similar configuration with Nvidia’s hardware.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%

 

Comment

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.

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

AMD Radeon R9 M290X: High-end GPU from AMD based on the 28nm Neptune GPU (GCN architecture). Technically identical to the HD 8970M.

» 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.

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.

4710MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.5 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.


4.1 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:


81.4%: 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.

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Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Asus G750JZ-T4039D
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4700HQ
» Asus G750JH-T4180H
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700HQ
» MSI GT70 Dominator-893
GeForce GTX 870M, Core i7 4800MQ
» Origin PC EON 17-S 2014
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4930MX
» Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4700MQ
» Asus G750JZ-T4024H
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4700HQ
» Asus G750JS-T4064H
GeForce GTX 870M, Core i7 4700HQ
» Asus G750JZ-T4023H
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4700HQ
» MSI GT70 2PE-1051FR Dominator Pro
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4800MQ
» Schenker XMG P724
GeForce GTX 880M SLI, Core i7 4810MQ
» 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
» MSI GT70 2OD-679UK
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4930MX
» 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
» Origin PC EON17-S 2013
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4930MX
» Dell Precision M6800
Quadro K3100M, Core i7 4800MQ
» Medion Erazer X7827
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700MQ
» Asus G750JW-T4031
GeForce GTX 765M, Core i7 4700HQ
» Eurocom X5
GeForce GTX 780M SLI, Core i7 4930MX
» Alienware 17, GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4800MQ
» Asus G750JH-T4080H
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4700HQ
» MSI GT70 2OC-065US
GeForce GTX 770M, Core i7 4700MQ
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-08-29 (Update: 2013-08-29)