For the most part, serious gamers put their money on a really good desktop PC. But for some people getting a desktop PC is not practical because they’re always on the go. For those with deep pockets there’s only one choice and that is none other than the Alienware 17 Notebook. It’s made of the best materials and features a fantastic design. It specs offer a gaming experience that no hardcore gamer will scoff at but then again, the price is as intimidating as its design and specs.
Features of the Alienware 17
For this review, we took the Alienware 17 ANW17-6421SLV for a spin. It offers 1920 by 1080 resolution on its large 17.3-inch screen. The design is cool and eye-catching with its superb matte aluminum frame, tough silver and black color scheme, and futuristic light effects. It’s entirely immodest in its aesthetics. You won’t even have to worry about fingerprints on its surface.
But it’s perhaps what’s inside this notebook that will really get you excited. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz processor with 16GB DDR3L of RAM, 1 TB HDD for storage, plus 128 GB m2 SSD. For your graphics needs, you have the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M installed along with 4 GB GDDR5 of graphic memory.
Connectivity includes HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, Killer 1525 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0. There’s no optical drive, but there’s a webcam. The 2.1 audio comes with a subwoofer, and the battery can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours.
Pros and Cons
For gaming performance, the Alienware 17 can match up with any competitor in its class. It really is that good, and with that display you can play with high settings for a very long time. The keyboard also performs admirably, and the battery life is excellent. There’s nothing you can complain about when it comes to the specs, because it’s well-nigh impossible to find a better one today.
Eventually there will be a better one that comes along, but Alienware even helps with upgrade issues for the Alienware 17. You can use a graphics amplifier so that you can connect desktop graphics to your notebook. So in the future when the graphics card becomes dated, you can add any desktop card instead.
So is there anything wrong with it? For the nitpicky, the weak spot is probably its audio. It may sound a bit muddy. Don’t get me wrong, it sounds great, but admittedly its competitors can offer better quality.
You may also want to refrain from using it in extreme circumstances, such as playing for 48 hours straight. You’ll likely encounter some heat and noise problems and you’ll need a lot of effort before you can access the battery and fans.
If money is no object, the Alienware 17 is the right choice. You get a magnificent notebook for gaming; its performance and its looks are without peer. And if you’re very lucky, you may even find a seller willing to offer it to you for less than $2,000.