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Alienware 17 (2013)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 reviews of Alienware 17 (2013). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the usability and durability. The screen and design also get good feedback, but there are some negative comments about the keyboard and price. The touchpad and reliability get mixed views.

performance, design, screen, durability, usability

battery, portability, price, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Alienware 17 (2013) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Alienware 17 (2013)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of Alienware 17 (2013) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware 17 ALW17-6877sLV 17-Inch Gaming LaptopAlienware 17 ALW17-6877sLV 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

Jan, 2019

Techradar Recommended 2017

Expert review by : Gabe Carey (techradar.com)

Alienware 17 R4 review

 

A much-needed makeover to the biggest Alienware laptop

Wildly powerful ; Swanky looks ; Lots of configuration options

Obnoxiously loud fans ; So-so battery life

Sporting a more powerful processor, cool looks and a strong range of prices, the Alienware 17 R4 may be your best bet if on the prowl for a 17-inch gaming laptop.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (techradar.com)

Alienware 17 review

 

Does Radeon do a gaming laptop good?

Super premium build ; Fantastic performance ; Bright, vibrant screen

Expensive ; GPU driver/switching issues

While you can get there for less, this gaming laptop is the express lane to high quality PC gaming.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (techadvisor.co.uk)

Alienware 17 review

 

The spec alone is mouth-watering, with a quad-core i7-4800MQ processor running at 2.7GHz, 16GB of memory and a high-performance GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB of video memory. UPDATE: see our 2014 Alienware 17 review to see how the Alienware 17 fairs with a...

There's no doubt that Alienware makes some of the most powerful and eye-catching gaming rigs currently available, and the fact that the Alienware 17 lasts more than four hours on battery power is a tribute to the efficiency of its Haswell processor....

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Henry Butt (kitguru.net)

Alienware 17 Gaming Laptop Review

 

Today we are analysing the Alienware 17 - a powerful gaming machine which fits into the Alienware r Today we are analysing the Alienware 17 – a powerful gaming machine which fits into the Alienware range between the 18 that we looked at a few weeks ago...

Unique styling.

Short warranty.

An excellent laptop that offers everything a gamer would want.

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (itreviews.co.uk)

Alienware 17

 

The Alienware 17 is a little pricey, but it's a powerful imposing gaming rig that can be taken from room to room or to a friend's house. It will serve you well on the game grid.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Alienware 17 (2014)

 

The Alienware 17 is a high-end gaming laptop with all the premium touches you'd expect, and performance to match.

Sleek design, with distinctive lighting effects and solid construction. Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and latest Nvidia graphics card.

Pricey. Limited portability. Battery is sealed in chassis.

Conclusion 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...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Alienware 17 Gaming

 

While it's less immediately impressive as a conversation piece, the smaller (of course, that's a relative term here) chassis is more ergonomic and easier to use while gaming, web-surfing, or even on those rare occasions when it has to go in a backpack...

Dell's Alienware 17 is highly configurable, looks a bit more sophisticated than previous incarnations, and still delivers excellent performance.

You probably don't really want a programmable lightshow for your laptop. No dual-GPU options, and battery life isn't going to help much with on-the-go gaming.

It's not as much of a conversation piece as the tank-like Alienware 18, but the slimmer, lighter Alienware 17 is arguably more practical for serious gamers with realistic budgets.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware 17 review

 

What a difference a few inches makes. While the Alienware 17 desktop replacement gaming laptop is not all that much smaller than the 18-inch Alienware 18 version we recently reviewed, it feels like a much different beast. If the 18-inch model was a...

Dell's Alienware 17 is highly configurable, looks a bit more sophisticated than previous incarnations, and still delivers excellent performance.

You probably don't really want a programmable lightshow for your laptop. No dual-GPU options, and battery life isn't going to help much with on-the-go gaming.

It's not as much of a conversation piece as the tank-like Alienware 18, but the slimmer, lighter Alienware 17 is arguably more practical for serious gamers with realistic budgets.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware 17

 

The Alienware 17 is a little pricey, but it's a powerful imposing gaming rig that can be taken from room to room or to a friend's house. It will serve you well on the game grid.

Very Good 3D performance. Quad Core Haswell processor. 1080p screen. Cool lighting effects.

Big and Bulky. Expensive. Low battery life.

The Alienware 17 is certainly a statement that you are at least somewhat serious about your gaming. The Alienware is still attractive, with good scores on the gaming tests. However, a short battery life and the fact that only a bit more money will get...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Dustin Sklavos (anandtech.com)

Alienware 17 Gaming Notebook Review

 

The Alienware M17x R3 and M17x R4 were, at the time, essentially the standard bearers of gaming notebooks. You've had your Clevos and your MSIs for as far back as I can remember; Toshiba throws their hat into the ring with the Qosmio and ASUS has their...

Sep, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3661
Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD + Dolby Home Theater v4
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:5
Speakers manufacturer:Klipsch

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):86
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.8
Number of battery cells:8

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Video capturing speed:30

Design

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

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:300
Display diagonal:43.9
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight: Yes
Pixel pitch:0.252 x 0.252
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

CUDA: Yes
CUDA cores:1536
Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA G-SYNC: Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416 / 0xD26
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac

Operational conditions

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

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD + Dolby Home Theater v4
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 1.4
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:12.3
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:180 / 240
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.4 / 3.5 / 3.9 / 4
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Crystal Well / Haswell
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.5 / 2.8 / 2.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I7-4700MQ / I7-4710MQ / I7-4910MQ / I7-4980HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4900 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1364 / PGA946
Processor threads:8
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):47
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75117 / 78931 / 78939 / 83503
Processor code:SR15H / SR15K / SR1PQ / SR1ZY
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

Software

Bundled software:430 x 340 x 181
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDIO, SDXC / MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 64 / 80
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1080 / 1256 / 750 / 814 / 830

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:29.9 / 299
Height (front):4.31 / 4.62
Height (rear):4.85
Weight:4.13 / 4.15
Width:41.4 / 413.6