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Alienware 17 (2014) Review

LiLing KimReviewed By: Rating: ★★★★★ (5) Updated On: Jul 29, 2014

Gaming freaks are in for a treat with the latest gaming laptop from Alienware.The subsidiary of Dell is noted for its robust computing technology. With Alienware 17 (2014), the laptop manufacturer has gifted the gaming world with a powerful medium to try out heavy video games. Though little heavy, the gizmo has specifications that can efficiently host action-adventure series of Lara Croft or vehicular combat games. If you love playing mind-boggling games while on the move, here is a piece of news that will interest you.

Alienware 17 (2014) Review


Alienware 17 (2014) is sleek and majestic looking gaming laptop with steel, grey, anodized cover.  The material is made up of magnesium alloy and aluminum. The top cover ends in a soft-touch, black tip. The interior is also well-decked up with glossy strips, large power button, ‘blue-glowing’ keyboard, touchpad, and power button. The matte-finish dark band is at the rear part of the laptop. Otherwise, the color of the interior is of black soft-touch texture.


Weighing 4kg, the weighty laptop can be a little problematic to carry. However, those loving some sensational games will soon forget the weight. The edges are curved – giving an elegant look to the gizmo. The 17-inch display with anti-glare coating looks equally majestic like the body.


All gamers will know that the computing device must be powered with a graphics utility and high-performing processor to host a fast-moving game. No wonder, Alienware 17 (2014) has quad-core Intel Core i7-4910MQ processor that can produce a remarkable speed of 2.9GHz. Additional turbo booster can maximize the potent speed to 3.4GHz. There is 6MB cache option as well.

With 16GB DDR3L SDRAM memory, the gaming gizmo is all set to showcase 3D videos, HD movies, and precise images. The storage capacity is 750 GB with the hard disk providing a spin speed of 7200 rpm. With an updated SATA 6Gb/s interface, the Seagate hard disk is just apt to offer gamers a memorable gaming session.

Just like a traditional laptop, there is a detailed keyboard (along with 4 additional keys for macros) and a numeric pad. The touchpad allows various touch facilities. Quite expected from a gaming gadget, this one too has a dedicated well-made webcam with 2MP. The video shown is 1080p (compared to 720p for most standard laptops or ultrabooks).

For seamless data transfer and connectivity, the Alienware 17 (2014) is aided with a port for Blu-Ray player, Two USB3.0 ports, an Ethernet LAN card, a HDMI connectivity, a 9-in-1 card reader, a Mini DisplayPort, and a couple of jacks for security lock and power adapter.

Alienware 17 (2014) Review


However, computing technology must be aided with an equally matching display that offers captivating images and videos. In this respect too, the gaming laptop has been fulfilling the wants of the gamers. The 17-inch display provides a Full High-Definition (FHD) resolution of (1920 x 1080) pixels. The viewing angle is good enough to invite 3 more members to view the gaming show. The brightness is 268 nit (remarkably more than that seen in desktops). This means that the colors are vivid and contrast is precise.

Alienware 17 (2014) Review

There is a DVD Super Multi optical drive, one audio-port, a NVIDIA-based GeForce GTX 770M graphics card with 8MB of dedicated video memory. This will mean that the NVIDIA-based GPU features, such as Battery Boost and Shadow-Play (quite common in gaming CDs) will be viewed in this laptop.

A special mention on audio is a must – especially since games cannot be played without the perfect pitch and bass. The Klipsch-made sound system along with Dolby Home Theater v4 software utility offers the ‘cinematic sound’ that one can hear in a movie hall. So, the sound quality and throw is clear and loud.

Owners can also use this laptop to watch HD movies, music videos, and view HD pictures as well. They can store many heavy graphic DVDs and movies. The SSD configuration of the hard disk is good enough to store movies. One can also use custom-lighting option and gaming shortcuts in game-mode to play a winning game.

Help and Customer Support

Just like Dell, the offshoot – Alienware offers a detailed support service to its customers.  As the laptop is meant for games, there is a dedicated gaming service organized by the company to hand-hold gamers through the setting up process. Users can also find details on the customer service and warranty options at the dedicated support site.


At a price of $2,099 Alienware 17 (2014) does come with a hefty price. However, don’t forget the laptop means business as far as hosting games is concerned. It has the perfect appeal for serious gaming freaks – those who have money to buy the gizmo and can play a sensational game as well.

Alienware 17 (2014) $2099.99

Review Overall

Strongly recommand
Summary: Excellent build quality and performance have give us no excuse to complain about the Alienware 17.
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