Summary: - The Alienware M17x R.3 is an updated version of the popular 17.3-inch gaming laptop, and this year's model is slimmer, lighter, and fast with a new 2nd generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor.
Summary: - In addition to updating the hardware, Dell also refined the style of the Alienware 17 to be a bit smoother than the angular M17X R4. The systems is still just as stylish with its customizable lighting system and solid build quality.
Conclusion: But for those who want to save a thousand dollars, the AMD Radeon R9 M290X configuration is an eye-opening alternative, with enough horsepower to play the latest games on the highest—OK, worst case, second highest—graphics settings, as well as the same stylish aluminum and soft-touch design,...
Pros: Sleek soft-touch and aluminum design, Beautiful 1080p display, Comfortable keyboard, Good graphics performance
Cons: Heavy and bulky, Runs hot and loud, Middling overall performance
Conclusion: Nevertheless, the Alienware 17 with GeForce GTX 880M graphics excels where it counts most—playing games. The laptop handled every game we threw at it, with nary a stutter even on the highest settings.
Pros: Sleek soft-touch and aluminum design, Gorgeous 1080p display, Good keyboard, Excellent graphics performance
Cons: Bulky and heavy, Runs hot and loud, Unreliable touch pad
Conclusion: The new Alienware 17 is a powerful, well-built laptop that should fit the needs of most gamers well. While the Radeon M290X in our review unit provided slightly less capable graphics processing than the GTX 880M, it is also sold for less.
Pros: Attractive exterior, Excellent connectivity, Large, pleasing keyboard, Loud, clear speakers, Runs cool and quiet, Screen is usable in bright rooms
Cons: Bulky and heavy, Matte display saps contrast, So-so performance for the price
Excerpt: Alienware has long been one of the leading names in gaming laptops, and with the 2014 version of the Alienware 17, that reputation continues. The new Alienware 17 boasts an Intel quad-core processor, Nvidia's latest graphics card, and premium features, like a distinctive design, rich display and...
Summary: Gaming tank. Big, heavy and a case full of fast hardware describes the new Alienware 17. Especially hardcore gamers will be interested in the GeForce GTX 880M, which is one of the fastest single-chip GPUs. But can the overall package support the good initial impression?
Pros: High-quality and sturdy case, Large Full HD display, Illuminated keyboard and case, Good touchpad, Good gaming performance, The Alienware 17 looks like a tank with the sturdy case. Display and performance are convincing as well.
Cons: Big and heavy, No SSD, Throttling under load, A quieter DVD drive. It creates occasional noise, even if no disc is inserted.
Excerpt: Technically, there’s no real definition for a “gaming laptop.” While it’s generally considered a notebook with a discrete graphics card, sometimes it can feel like the GPU was slapped in as an afterthought.
Pros: Powerful; customizable LED lights; good keyboard and trackpad; high-quality chassis.