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Alienware 17-A17-9942

Specifications

Alienware 17-A17-9942
Alienware 17-A17-9942 (17 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, glossy: no
Weight
3.8 kg ( = 134.04 oz / 8.38 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

Reviews for the Alienware 17-A17-9942

Dell Alienware 17 - Test wydajnego laptopa z GeForce GTX 980M
Source: PurePC Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Great quality, resistance to dirt; powerful hardware; easy access to RAM and disk; matte IPS screen with high color reproduction sRGB; comfortable keyboard and touchpad; surprisingly high level of audio; long battery life. Negative: Soldered CPU and GPU; very high CPU temperature during overclocking; short battery life; high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/09/2016
Dell Alienware 17 R3 – Инопланетное Вмешательство
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Robust design; powerful hardware; good display; pretty good autonomy; good keyboard. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/20/2016
Alienware 17 – Dell в търсене на идеалния геймърски лаптоп
Source: PC Store BU→EN
Positive: Ехtrаvаgаnt dеѕіgn; excellent pеrfоrmаnсе; excellent display; unіquе funсtіоnаlіtу; long bаttеrу lіfе Negative: Ѕlіghtlу unuѕuаl kеуbоаrd lауоut .
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/17/2016
Stark debut. Acer har tagit plats i den lilla skaran av gaming-PC-tillverkare.
Source: Ljud och Bild SV→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; excellent performance for gamers. Negative: No optical drive; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/30/2016

Comment

Series:

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 980M:

Fast high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M 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.  
6820HK: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.3":

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.
3.8 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.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
Alienware 17 R3 A17-9942
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Stefan Hinum, 2016-02-22 (Update: 2016-02-22)