Welcome to this Alienware 17 R4 AW17R4 review. In this day and age, finding a good laptop isn’t exactly easy, especially if you don’t have any experience in the technology world. For this reason, many people are spending money on gadgets that don’t really suit their needs. We’re here today to help you pick out a good computer and that is why we are recommending the Alienware 17 R4 AW17R4.
With a price tag that roars above $2000 , it’s probably safe to assume this laptop comes with a lot of special bells and whistles packed into its case. However, are those stuff good enough for you? Or do you think you need something else? Before you fork out a little over a couple grand, let’s first make sure this is what you need.
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The Alienware 17 R4 AW17R4 has a chassis that looks a lot like the one that was used in the Alienware M17x. Like the models before, this one has that modern retro look to it – you know, the type of look that just reaches out to you and grabs your attention. The system’s grilles and lighting are purely captivating, to say the least.
There are various lighting zones, which are responsible for controlling Alienware’s Command Center software, which is called AlienFX. You can go to AlienFX in order to change the colors on the touchpad, backlit keyboard, Alien head/power button, the grilles on the front of the laptop and the Alienware logo that is below the screen.
The chassis is big and the system feels as if it’s a chunk of granite. When you pick it up with one hand, the chassis or screen doesn’t flex. However, you will have to have some strength if you were to carry this laptop around with one hand – it weighs 9.6 pounds.
The 17-inch screen is a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution monitor that is fully capable of displaying HD videos in 1080p. Both 3D games and Blu-ray movies look stunning on this laptop. With older movies, however, there was some natural film grain, but that is expected and it is an excellent screen, regardless.
The one drawback to the screen’s excellence would be the glass panel. It is highly reflective. When you use the default black wallpaper, you will be able to see yourself.
In this Alienware 17 R4 AW17R4 laptop, you’ll find 8 gigs of memory. Along with that, you’ll see a third generation Intel Core i7-3720QM quad-core processor, a 500GB 7,200rpm primary drive, and a 32GB mSATA cache drive. You also have a nice Blu-ray player/DVD burner combo built in.
And there’s more…
The laptop offers both dual-band Wi-Fi and wired Gigabit Ethernet. Adding to the connectivity, you have a total of four USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port, and a 9-in-1 media card reader. For external monitors and HDTV’s, you have an HDMI-out port and a Mini Display port for monitors, plus an HDMI-port so that you can use the built-in display with external sources, like media players. There’s also a VGA port.
We also feel the need to mention the fact that this system doesn’t have any bloatware on it. The only thing you’re going to see on the desktop when you turn the system on for the first time is the command center. You won’t find Microsoft Office, eBay or anything. No bloatware, period.
As an additional benefit, the laptop comes without an Internet security suite or antivirus. Those are the first things gamers tend to uninstall on their laptop. Gamers turn away from resident programs and bloatware because they believe it takes away various resources, such as processor cycles, from their gaming experience.
Speaking of gaming, this is a good gaming laptop due to the Intel Core i7-6700HQ with four cores, a clock speed of 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz turbo. For example, if you were to play GTA 5, your frame rates will hover around 100 and those heavyweight games, like The Witcher 3 will have you at over 80FPS with your settings maxed out. The Nvidia GTX 1070 is definitely making its presence felt.
Alienware 17 R4 AW17R4 Review: Verdict
If you’re looking for a good gaming laptop and you have the extra money to spend, then the Alienware 17 R4 AW17R4 is highly recommended, especially if you are a hardcore gamer. Seriously, what type of gamer can turn away from a laptop that offers 80FPS+ on high-end games?