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Alienware 17 R5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Alienware 17 R5. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and durability. The sound and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the price and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Alienware 17 R5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Andrew E. Freedman (tomshardware.co.uk)

Alienware 17 R5 Review: Strong Gaming Performance, Back in Black

 

Just when you thought the Alienware 17 had pulled out all of the stops, the latest version, the R5 ($1,549 to start, $3,974 as tested), pushes everything a step further. Sure, its new black color scheme is handsome, but inside, a combination of an...

The Alienware 17 R5 looks great and has a lovely display and strong audio, and while it plays games well, it has weaker CPU performance than its competitors.

Jun, 2018

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Jayce Wagner (digitaltrends.com)

Alienware 17 R5 review

 

With this laptop, Alienware re-affirms its well-earned reputation for high-end gaming performance.

Excellent build quality ; High refresh rate display ; Variety of configuration options ; Exceptional gaming performance

Big and heavy ; Mediocre battery life

Taken as a whole, the Alienware 17 R5 delivers on everything it promises — exceptional gaming performance, unbelievable processing power, and a gorgeous display. It’s not without its flaws, but this is the laptop to beat if you need a gaming powerhouse...

Expert review by : Brad Chacos (pcworld.com)

Alienware 17 R5 review: Core i9 and an overclocked GTX 1080 create an incredible desktop replacement

 

The Alienware 17's Core i9 CPU and overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 let this gaming laptop pump out incredible desktop-class performance, but you pay for it in both cash and size.

Incredible desktop-class performance ; Overclockable CPU and GPU ; Gorgeous industrial design ; Decent battery life for a desktop replacement

Large and heavy ; Annoying hinge/vent design ; Can't get one without Tobii eye-tracking

The old Alienware 17 kicked ass. The new Alienware 17 R5 blows us away.

Jun, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Alienware 17 R5

 

The Alienware 17 R5 gaming laptop delivers serious power in a big, but nicely built, package. The model we reviewed is expensive, but the configuration choices offer well-priced options for different budgets.

Top-end gaming performance. Slick chassis with sharp lighting. Oodles of storage and ports. 1440p G-Sync display. Configurable, with less expensive models a strong value.

As-tested configuration is expensive. Tobii eye tracking adds to cost, but doesn't add much functionality.

Bottom Line: The Alienware 17 R5 gaming laptop delivers serious power in a big, but nicely built, package. The model we reviewed is expensive, but the configuration choices offer well-priced options for different budgets.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Alienware 17 R5

 

The new Alienware 17 R5 delivers excellent gaming power in a sleeker, hinge-forward design with captivating sound and lighting effects.

Excellent gaming performance; Slimmer design; 13 customizable lighting zones ; Above-average battery life; Impressive audio quality

CPU performance trails competitors

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Alienware 17 R5 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070, QHD) Laptop Review

 

Now with a hexa-core CPU. Despite using the most current components, the former top-gaming brand Alienware has had more and more difficulties standing up against the competitors. Find out in our review why this effort is not quite sufficient anymore...

robust and high-quality case ; many configuration options ; numerous illumination elements ; fast and responsive QHD display ; good input devices ; decent sound ; Thunderbolt 3 ; NVMe SSD ; G-Sync

CPU Turbo could be better ; limited viewing angles ; unnecessarily noisy in 3D operation ; few maintenance options ; very large and heavy ; meager battery life ; no card reader

Those looking for a stylish high-end notebook with good input devices, modern connections, and many illumination options should be pleased with the Alienware 17 R5. Aside from some smaller details, the 17-inch case is able to convince, as long as you...

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Alienware 17 R5 review: Full, in-depth review

 

The Alienware 17 R5 oesn't reinvent the wheel but it does live up the brand's legacy in all the right ways.

Peak performance ; Super-responsive trackpad

It ain't cheap ; Bit bulky

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (mobiletechreview.com)

Alienware 17 R5

 

We look at the top of the line Alienware 17 R5 configuration, with an Intel 8th gen Coffee Lake Core i9-8950HK overclockable CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics. This is the 2018 refresh with a new CPU in a familiar casing, with the same excellent RGB...

Consumer review (very.co.uk)

A let down

 

Well what can I say? The keyboard didn't work and the processor was thermal throttling itself as it was getting too hot even only under slight loads. I sent it back.

Nov, 2018

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3266
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:4

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):68 / 99
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.4 / 15.2
Battery weight:330
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:Full HD
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.07
Front camera signal format:1080p
Infrared (IR) camera:Y
Video capturing speed:30
Windows Hello:Y

Certificates

EPEAT rating:91.36 / 91.4

Design

Colour name:Epic Silver
Colour of product:Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Magnesium / Aluminium,Magnesium
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black / Black, Silver / Black,Silver / Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:300 / 400
Display diagonal:43.9
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:2K Ultra HD / 4K Ultra HD / Full HD / Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS / WLED / WVA
Pixel pitch:0.0995 x 0.0995 / 0.149 x 0.149 / 0.199 x 0.199
Screen shape:Flat
Touchscreen:N

Graphics

CUDA:Y
CUDA cores:1280 / 1920 / 2560
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5 / GDDR5X
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:Y
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter 4K support:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel UHD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x3E9B / 0x591B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel UHD Graphics 630 / Intel® HD Graphics 630 / Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4 / 4.5

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard backlit colour:Various
Keyboard language:UK English
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:Y
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y

Logistics data

Maximum number of stacking cartons:4
Number of cartons per intermodal container (20ft):720
Number of cartons per intermodal container (40ft):1512
Number of cartons per pallet:36
Number of cartons per pallet layer:18
Number of layers per pallet:2
Pallet height:106.8
Pallet length:120
Pallet volume:213.6 / 214
Pallet volume weight:213.6 / 214
Pallet weight:253.3
Pallet width:100
Quantity per intermodal container (20ft):720
Quantity per intermodal container (40ft, HC):1512
Quantity per intermodal container (40ft):1512
Quantity per layer:18
Quantity per pallet:36
Shipping (inner) case height:11.7
Shipping (inner) case length:51.7
Shipping (inner) case volume weight:4.69
Shipping (inner) case weight:6.81 / 6.82
Shipping (inner) case width:46.4
Shipping carton height:11.7
Shipping carton length:51.7
Shipping carton volume:4.69
Shipping carton volume weight:4.69
Shipping carton weight:6.81 / 6.82
Shipping carton width:46.4

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:2400 / 2666 / 2667
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 16 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade note:Additional memory sold separately

Networking

3G:N
4G:N
Antenna type:2X2
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 5.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi data rate (max):1733
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a,Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
WLAN controller model:Killer Wireless-AC 1435 / Killer Wireless-AC 1550

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668 / -15.2 - 1068
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.37
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating vibration:0.26 / 0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Other features

On/off button:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

Package material:Corrugated cardboard, Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)

Performance

Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port:Y
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Docking connector:Y
DVI port:N
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:Y
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:2.0
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:1
On/off button:Y
PowerShare:Y
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode:Y

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 100-240
AC adapter output current:12.31 / 16.92 / 9.23
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:180 / 240 / 330

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI3
Configurable TDP-down:35
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard ARK ID:0x3E9B
Motherboard chipset:Intel CM246 / Intel® CM246
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x16,1x8,2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.9 / 4.10 / 4.80
Processor cache:12 / 8 / 9
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Coffee Lake / Kaby Lake
Processor Cores:4 / 6
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i9
Processor frequency:2.20 / 2.9 / 2.90
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i7-7820HK / i7-8750H / i9-8950HK
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-7800 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440
Processor threads:12 / 8
Stepping:U0
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Memory Protection Extensions (Intel® MPX):Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready:Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:134903 / 134906 / 97464
Processor code:SR3YY / SRCKN
Processor package size:42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y

Recycling data

Corrugated cardboard content per package:1.59
Corrugated cardboard content per shipping (inner) case:1.59
Corrugated cardboard content per shipping carton:1.59
Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) content per package:12
Other materials content per package:138

Security

Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Face recognition:Y
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:BIOS, User

Software

Bundled software:Financial Tracker & Retail Information / McAfee LiveSafe / McAfee LiveSafe 12-month subscription
Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows 10 Advanced / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO
Operating System Language:English / German, Dutch, English, French, Italian
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe (30 days Trial) / McAfee LiveSafe (30 days Trial), Microsoft Office (30 days Trial) / Microsoft Office 30 Day / Microsoft Office 30-day

Storage

Card reader integrated:N
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
HDD Capacity:1000
HDD interface:SATA III
HDD Size:2.5
HDD Speed:7200
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA III
SSD capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 512
SSD form factor:M.2
SSD interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD
Total HDDs capacity:1000
Total SSDs capacity:256
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 1256 / 1512 / 2000

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:332
Height :29.9 / 30
Weight:4.42
Width:424