Alienware 17 (R4, 2017)

The Good The Alienware 17 R4 is built like a tank, offers a well-designed lighting scheme and controls, and you can get a reasonably fast configuration for the money.

The Bad The fans are loud and seem like they're always on, battery life doesn't impress, could use more USB connectors and Alienware doesn't make it easy to tweak or monitor performance.

The Bottom Line If you want something that's fast out of the box but don't yearn to endlessly fiddle for that last bit of speed, the Alienware 17 delivers.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 7.0
8.2 Overall

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Review

A battle-hardened but not yet war-weary gaming laptop

If the Alienware 15 R3 is a tank, its 17-inch big brother, the Alienware 17 R4, is more of an AT-AT, stomping on everything in its path. 

The 17-inch model starts at $1,350 (£1,500, AU$2,800), which is only $100 more than the 15-inch's base price, but that's with a Core i7 instead of Core i5 -- unless the slightly smaller size really matters to you, the 17-inch is actually a better value.

Our test configuration costs about $2,750, which seems like a really good price given the components. The closest configuration in the UK is £2,757, with a different version of Killer wireless; prices start at £1,500. In Australia, it's AU$5,000 with alternatives starting at AU$2,800.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Dell, Inc.
  • Installed Size 8 GB DDR4 at 2400MHz (1x8GB)
  • Capacity 180 GB M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD
  • Diagonal Size 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits
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