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Alienware 17 R4 17.3 inch Laptop Review


Alienware 17 R4 17.3 inch Laptop Review – Alienware is regarded as the some of the best gaming laptops around. The Alienware 17 R4 laptop is holding that statement true. The specs make this laptop a top gaming machine. For the mid level model, the spec is still very powerful with a  7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor. which will run at 2.8 GHz  with a Max Turbo Frequency of 3.8GHz.

Along side this the cop has a  6MB Smart Cache. So gaming will be a smooth experience. To match the CPU spec there is a NVIDIA graphic card. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 has a massive 6GB GDDR5. This low end model also comes with 8GB DDR4 running at 2400MHz. The storage is a 1TB 7200RPM HDD, this i feel is a slight let down.

Let me explain.

The Alienware has some of the top end components to give a User, (thats you), a smooth gaming and overall high performance laptop. But in this day and age of modern technology there really should have been a SSD or a hybrid HHD. Although I do know that people have brought this type of laptop and then replaced the HHD with a SSD or hybrid.

Alienware 17 R4 17.3 inch Laptop Review

Alienware 17 R4 Laptop Specs

Brand Alienware
Manufacturer Dell
Laptop Model Alienware 17 R4
Processor manufacturer Intel
Processor Model Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Processor Number i7-7700HQ
Graphic Processor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Graphics Manufacturer NVIDIA
Graphic Memory 6GB GDDR5
Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Screen size 17.3 inch
Screen Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Touchscreen No
Display Features G-Sync, 120 Hz refresh rate

and QHD resolution

Display Type IPS
Convertible Device No
Back lit keyboard Yes
Physical
Width 16.69″
Depth 13.07″
Height 1.18″
Weight 4.42 kg (9.74 lb)
Colour Black
Memory RAM 16GB
Ram Speed 2133 MHz,

2400 MHz,

and 2667 MHz

Capacity / Slots 2
Memory type  DDR4
Storage 1TB HDD, 7200 rpm
SSD Capacity 2x 2280 PCIe NVMe (M key),

1x 2242 PCIe NVMe (M key)

Optical Drive No
Connection 
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps
WiFi 802.11ac
HDMI Port HDMI 2.0
Other Display Ports Mini DisplayPort 1.2
Usb 3.0 Slots One USB 3.0 (Type-C),

One USB 3.0 port

with PowerShare,

Thunderbolt 3

(USB Type-C) port,

One USB 3.0 port

Usb 2.0 Slots None
Headphone Jack Yes
Microphone Jack Yes
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1
Webcam 1080p Full HD
Battery Li-Ion
Battery Cell 4-cell
Battery Life 68+B12:B40Wh

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Benefits

  • 16 GB of RAM supporting the Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core processor provides high speed, solid performance to handle all computing needs for gaming, as well as editing photos or streaming movies.  17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare screen makes everything look crisp and detailed, with bright vibrant colours.  Overall audio performance with crisp highs and deep lows is delivered by the 2.0 Speaker configuration.
  • There is a large amounts of ports for connectivity. 1xRJ-45 Killer Networks e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Port, 1xType-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port, 1xType-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port with PowerShare technology, 1xType-C SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port, 1xAlienware Graphics Amplifier Port, 1xHDMI 2.0 Output, 1xMini-Display Port 1.2 Output and the standard audio ports. With a solid build

 

Downsides

  • The battery will not last long as a gaming laptop, but for low impact daily use it will be better.
  • The weight. Alienware has always been heavy laptops, this sit around the 4kg mark. Some people are OK with this and some are not.
  • It also gets hot and fairly loud after a short amount of time

 

Verdict

Alienware 17 R4 Laptop is one of the most capable gaming laptops you can buy and incredibly powerful. With customization of the keyboard backlight in four preset zones plus the trackpad make working or playing during the night or in poor light condition easier. Allowing you to make the keyboard back light and the customisable LEDs across the body of the laptop, all setup the way you prefer and to your environment. The Alienware 17 R4 does offer excellent build quality and a experience that you have got a machine built for speed and power. Running Windows 10 64bit which is pre install, which gives you the latest OS with all the benefits you need.


Alienware 17 R4 17.3 inch Laptop Review

With the addition of the QHD display screen, there is a nice crisp look and with the 120 Hz refresh rate and very fast black-white response times, it  makes for an extremely smooth experience. Simple actions such as the cursor movement or window dragging, for example, feel faster and more responsive.

If you are looking for a top gaming laptop or even a laptop that can do high levels of processing, such as graphic design or programming, this will fit your needs. Just don’t expect it be a laptop that is highly mobile with a long battery life. It designed for power and speed.


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