The moment you pull this laptop out of the bag, you will know it is of quality. It feels solid but is a bit heavy. Therefore it’s not the type of laptop you would want to lug around with from place to place. You would rather keep it on a table by the sofa or on a desk. That aside, its performance is incredible and its graphics revolutionary. It also features a new design that’s perfect for gaming.
Pros: The machine has high quality design and can be easily upgraded due to access to all major components. It has a powerful graphics processor and offers large storage capacity (1TB hard drive). The screen is of high quality with wide viewing angles. The performance is great and games run smoothly without lags. And it comes with a full size backlit keyboard
Cons: The machine is heavy and large and has a short battery life
Dell Alienware ALW17-8751SLV
- 2.5GHz Intel Core i7- 4710MQ processor
- 1TB HDD plus 80GB SSD
- 16GB of RAM
- 17.3-inch Antiglare LED-Backlit Display
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M Graphics
- Full HD 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
- SuperMulti DVD Burner
- Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
The Alienware ALW17- 8751sLV is powered by an Intel HM87 Express chipset having a Haswell 2.5GHz Intel Core i7- 4710MQ processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M Graphics card on board. If you are familiar with those names then you will definitely know that this machine is a power horse. The machine is powerful inside out. You will get the power, speed and performance you need for your gaming and other tasks. Several games including Batman: Arkham City, Bioshock Infinite and World of Warcraft ran smoothly at high frame rates on this machine. And with the Alienware TactX which is exclusive to the 17-inch gaming laptops, you will be able to create and execute game commands in just seconds. The Alienware 17 also has 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM to maximize multitasking, and a slot-loading SuperMulti DVD burner that makes it easy to install games. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) operating system.
The Alienware ALW17- 8751sLV uses an 8-cell Lithium-ion rated at 86 wHr. Meaning you can take longer on a single charge. The Haswell chip provides high performance at a low voltage for better battery life.
This device features a 17.3-inch widescreen display with an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is backlit with LED lamps and has Full HD 1920 X 1920 native resolution. This allows for native 1080p high definition video playback. The LED lamps brighten faster and use less power and provide more crisp images than their CCFL counterparts. The display is fine, with wide viewing angle and an antiglare finish to reduce glare. If 17.3 inches is not wide enough for you, there is the HDMI port or the Mini DisplayPort that you can use to connect to a wider screen.
Design and Functionality
The Alienware ALW17 has an elite and stealth look with an angled front and side walls. Its anodized aluminum chassis is reinforced by a magnesium alloy frame to protect the LCD and the internal components. It features a rear CPU/GPU exhaust vent to eliminate the heat generated inside the system. Its build quality beats most of its competitors hands down that’s why it is very popular among gamers.
It has a full size backlit AlienFX Illuminated Keyboard featuring 6 customizable macro keys and unlimited customizable user profiles. The keyboard also features WASD gaming cluster with anti-ghosting technology, and a removable palm rest. Accessing the multimedia controls is very easy with this keyboard making gaming to be very comfortable. They keyboard id of high quality by all means.
The Alien 17 has a customizable touchpad. Through customization, you can control its sensitivity so as to prevent unnecessary reaction due to accidental contact. You can also modify the tap and drag functions and horizontal scrolling with just the brush of your finger. The touchpad responds well and is a good companion to the keyboard.
Connections and Storage
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac for mobile gaming, and Bluetooth 4.0 which allows you to use peripherals such as gaming joystick or mouse wirelessly. It also offers 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet jack for fast and reliable wired connections. That’s not all; it also offers 4 high-speed USB 3.0, and HDMI ports. All these options are sufficient for all your connectivity needs. For storage, you will get a 1TB hard drive spinning at 5400 rpm and an mSATA 80GB SSD. These are enough to store all your media contents.
Other Things to Consider
The machine comes with a 1-year warranty but there are also some extended warranty options that you can choose depending on your need.
The Alienware 17 was built for gaming, but it serves more than that. It is also perfect for Photoshop, Video editing, CAD Design and any intensive programs that you can throw its way. It is therefore and asset that will serve all your computing and storage needs. Even though the base CPU speed is 2.5GHz, it can be overclocked up to 3.5GHz using the Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The large RAM ensures that games and programs open quickly to you can easily change from one task to another without much ado. In all, Alienware 17 offers good value for money.