Alienware 18

Specifications

Alienware 18Notebook: Alienware 18
Processor: Intel Core i7 4930MX
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI 4096 MB
Display: 18.4 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 5.5kg
Price: 4260 euro
Average Score: 85.29% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 12 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 99%, features: 74%, display: 80% mobility: 50%, workmanship: 96%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 77%

Reviews for the Alienware 18

86% Review Alienware 18 Notebook | Notebookcheck
Superlatives. Alienware does not make any compromises with its latest 18-inch monster. You can not only select the best mobile quad-core processors in the configurator but also the fastest high-end graphics cards. The manufacturer also combines two of these models for a dual GPU system to increase the performance even further. Continue reading to find out whether the high price is justified.
70% A gaming laptop with not one, but two of the best GPUs around
Source: Techradar English
More so than the Alienware 17 and Origin EON17-S, or any gaming laptop in existence, users should think long and hard before picking up an Alienware 18. There are just far too many more affordable and sensible options out there. For roughly the same price, you can build a desktop around an Nvidia Titan part (or two even) and still have enough leftover to build a beastly gaming machine. At half the price, both of these listed competitors serve up more than enough graphical horsepower to play most games out today. You might have to spend your first moments in-game toning down the settings for the optimal experience, but a more affordable option will leave you with more money in the bank to spend on monitors, peripherals, Doritos or whatever else tickles your fancy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 100% features: 60% workmanship: 100%
87% Alienware 18 Review (Early 2014 model)
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The Alienware 18 is a one-of-a-kind gaming notebook that excels in nearly every area. Highlights of the Alienware 18 includes its beautiful 18.4” IPS display; excellent performance for all tasks, especially gaming; stealth-like design and AlienFX customizable lighting system; solid build quality; good-feeling keyboard and touchpad; loud speakers; and it even gets respectable battery life (3-4 hours normal usage). The only con that stands out is the glossy display surface which can produce some annoying reflections depending on the ambient lighting.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 87%
90% Alienware 18 review: big, heavy and outrageously expensive gaming laptop
Source: PC Advisor English
It's big, heavy and outrageously expensive – and at this price the display could offer better-than-HD resolution. However, the dual GPUs of the Alienware 18 really do provide the strongest performance we've yet seen from a gaming laptop. The only question now is whether the forthcoming GeForce 800M series can outdo that performance, in either single or dual-GPU configurations.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 100% features: 80% workmanship: 100%
Alienware 18
Source: Hardwareheaven English
The first thing which will hit anyone opening the Alienware 18 box is its size. This is a massive system and while it is absolutely possible to sit with it on your lap (I am doing that now to write this review) if you slouch, it begins to be an issue looking over the screen and moving about on the couch/chair is a bit awkward and a weight lifting exercise.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/08/2014
84% Dell Alienware 18
Source: CNet English
Sometimes nothing will satisfy quite like a desktop-dominating monster with an 18-inch screen and a body built like a tank. After a couple of years of ultrabooks and hybrids, it's surprising how much fun a huge PC, one that barely qualifies to be called a laptop, can be.There's a premium to be paid, but the massive Alienware 18 is a show-off-worthy desktop replacement that takes down even the newest PC games, and is just plain fun to use.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 100% mobility: 50%
90% Dell Alienware 18
Source: Good Gear Guide English
The Alienware 18 is a laptop that walks like a gaming desktop. Downside? It’s going to cost you about twice as much as a gaming desktop of equivalent performance. Upside? It’s going to be much less than half the size. Unless you are one of the world’s few professional gamers, Dell’s Alienware 18 is a luxury item. It is a Lamborghini of Laptops, a Porsche of Portables.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Alienware 18 Gaming Notebook Review (with Intel Core i7 4930MX)
Source: Kitguru English
There’s no denying that the Alienware 18 gaming notebook is a very powerful system targeting the high end audience who want a desktop replacement. It offers significantly more power than many desktop PC’s we have reviewed this year and there are few laptops out there which will be able to compete. We love the design of the Alienware 18, it is very dramatic and will attract the eye of people close by which is exactly what a gamer will want when spending a lot of money. The use of anodized aluminium and soft-touch plastic give the 18 an exclusive look and feel which could only be rivaled by a Macbook Pro. The integration of customisable LED lighting is ensure to entice those gamers who like to show off at LAN events, too!
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
Alienware 18 Gaming Notebook Review
Source: AnandTech English
Let's get it out of the way: the Alienware 18 is an expensive, niche product. It's a giant, beastly notebook that uses high-powered CPUs and can't be configured with anything less than two GPUs. It has an IPS display and it starts at a pretty intimidating $2,099.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/16/2013

Foreign Reviews

Alienware 18 (Core i7-4930MX, 750GB + 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, GeForce GTX 780M)
Source: PC Games Hardware - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Alienware 18
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Positive: excellent workmanship; very good display; outstanding performance Negative: high price
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2013
Test portable Alienware 18
Source: Cowcotland French FR→EN
Positive: Good full HD display; good performance; excellent cooling system; good workmanship. Negative: Price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/02/2014
Dell Alienware 18 – Агент Под Прикрытием
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Powerful performance; good viewing angles, brightness and contrast of the display. Negative: Glossy display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/30/2014

Comment

Series:

The flagship product in mobile gaming, Alienware, is back with its latest gaming laptop, Alienware 18. The latest gaming laptop brings a different and fresh design compared to its predecessor. Alienware 18 is one of the latest gaming laptop that still employs a traditional keyboard which is very comfortable to be used when playing games or completing common tasks such as writing. The touchpad on this device is completely lit and looks great in the daytime. Watching videos and playing games on the 18.4 inch screen would be a great relief, not to mention that the screen is capable of delivering a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. This gaming laptop’s stereo speakers pump out a serious amount of quality sound. The Alienware 18 wraps a quad core Intel Core i7 processor 32GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD and a 750 GB hard disk. With dual Nvidia GTX 780M GPU in a SLI setup - each with 4GB of DDR5 memory, the Alienware 18 is expected to run any heavy graphics games with ease. It is fair to say that the Alienware 18 series is the most powerful gaming laptops on the market to date. With a great and silent cooling system, there will be no heat problem at all.

The laptop is bulky and heavy at 6 kg. In addition, it only lasts 2 hours 30 minutes during conventional usage. On the other hand, it is still perfect to be used as a desktop replacement. Unlike other laptops, Alienware 18 runs Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Windows 8. Nevertheless, it is still a great choice for those who are looking for a reliable gaming laptop. For a steep price, you will get the most powerful gaming devices on the market today.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI: Two GeForce GTX 780M graphics cards in SLI combination.

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.  


4930MX: Mobile quad-core processor based on the Haswell architecture. Fastest CPU in Q2/2013 with an unlocked multiplier.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


18.4": 18 inch display size is a rare and very big size for desktop-replacement laptops. Laptops with 18 inch displays did not exist before 2008. 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.


5.5 kg: This laptop is heavy. Especially desktop replacements with 19 inch display fit in this class of weight. This class is too heavy, even for 17 inch DTR.


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


85.29%: 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.

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

» Alienware M18x, Haswell
Core i7 4900MQ

Devices with the same GPU

» Origin PC EON17-SLX, Haswell
Core i7 4930MX, 17.3", 4.2 kg
» Eurocom X5
Core i7 4930MX, 17.3", 4.1 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Alienware M18x R2, GTX 680M SLI, Core i7-3820QM
GeForce GTX 680M SLI, Core i7 3820QM
» Alienware M18x R2
Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire, Core i7 3920XM
» Eurocom Leopard 2.0
Radeon HD 6990M, Core i7 2960XM
» Alienware M18x, i7-2960XM, GTX 580M SLI
GeForce GTX 580M SLI, Core i7 2960XM
» Alienware M18x, 6990M
Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire, Core i7 2920XM
» Schenker XMG P801 PRO
GeForce GTX 560M SLI, Core i7 2760QM
» Alienware M18x (GTX 580M SLI, 2920XM)
GeForce GTX 580M SLI, Core i7 2920XM
» Alienware M18x
Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire, Core i7 2920XM
» Cryo Libri Iceni
GeForce GTX 285M SLI, Core i7 940XM
» mySN XMG P800
Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire, Core i7 740QM
» Deviltech HellMachine (HD 5870)
Mobility Radeon HD 5870, Core i7 720QM
» Origin PC EON18
GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2 Duo P8700
» Eurocom M98NU
GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2 Duo T9900
» Malibal Veda
GeForce GTX 280M SLI, Core 2 Duo P8700
» mySN XMG8
GeForce GTX 280M SLI, Core 2 Duo T6500
» Novatech X1 PRO
GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2 Duo T9900
» Cyber System QX18
GeForce GTX 280M SLI, Core 2 Duo T9900
» Clevo M980NU
GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2 Extreme X9100

Devices from the same Manufacturer

» Alienware 17, Radeon R9 M290X
Radeon R9 M290X, Core i7 4710MQ, 17.3", 4.1 kg
» Alienware 17 (GTX 880M)
GeForce GTX 880M, Core i7 4700MQ, 17.3", 4.176 kg
» Alienware 17, GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4800MQ, 17.3", 4.244 kg
» Alienware 17
GeForce GTX 770M, Core i7 4800MQ, 17.3", 4.2 kg
» Alienware 14, GTX 750
GeForce GT 750M, Core i7 4700MQ, 14.0", 2.8 kg
» Alienware 14
GeForce GTX 765M, Core i7 4700MQ, 14.0", 2.94 kg
» Alienware M14x, Haswell
GeForce GTX 765M, Core i7 4900MQ, 14.0", 2.8 kg
» Alienware M17x, Haswell
GeForce GTX 780M, Core i7 4800MQ, 17.3", 4.1 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-09-24 (Update: 2013-09-24)