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The Best Gaming Laptop of 2015

TYPE
Gaming  

SCREEN SIZE
17.3 inches  

SCREEN RESOLUTION
1600 x 900  

BUNDLED OS
Windows (8)  

CPU FAMILY
Core i7

PROCESSOR SPEED
2.4 GHz  

SYSTEM RAM
8 GB  

DIMENSIONS
1.91 x 11.77 x 16.28 in  

WEIGHT
9.15 lb  

RELEASED
June 11, 2013

General

Type Gaming

Bundled OSWindows (8)

Display
Screen size17.3 inches
Screen resolution1600 x 900
Screen typeLCD (Active, Color, Backlit, LED)
Screen surfaceMatte / anti-glare

Processor
Processor makeIntel
CPU familyCore i7
CPU model4700MQ
Processor speed2.4 GHz

Optical media
Optical driveYes
Disc loading typeSlot loading
Readable optical mediaDVD (8x), CD
Optical write supportYes
Writable optical mediaDVD
Writable DVD formatsDVD-R (8x), DVD-RW (8x), DVD+R (8x), DVD+RW (8x)

Networking
WiFi802.11 ac, b, g, n (2.4, 5 GHz)
WiFi encryptionWEP, WPA, WPA2
Ethernet10/100/1000 [Gigabit]

Video
Graphics adapterDiscrete
Graphics (discrete)NVIDIA (GeForce)
GPU modelGTX 765M
Video RAM2 GB
Video outputsDisplayPort (Mini connector), HDMI (v1.4)

Memory details
RAM bus / speedDDR3
Memory package204-pin SODIMM
RAM slots4 slots (total)

Other features
Security lock slotYes
Memory and storage (basic)
System RAM8 GB
Hard drive(s)750 GB (total)
Platter

Battery
Battery typeLi-ion (86 Wh capacity)

Input
KeyboardBacklit

Connections
USB3.0 (4 port(s))
Bluetooth4.0
Audio
Audio inputs3.5mm
Audio outputs3.5mm
Memory card reader
Memory card readerYes
Memory card supportSD (SDXC, SDHC)

Size & weight
Dimensions 1.91 inches (h)
11.77 inches (w)
16.28 inches (d)
Weight9.15 pounds
Pricing & availability
Availability Available

Released (US)June 11, 2013
Announced (US)June 11, 2013

Original price$1499 USD

Colors
Black UPC: 884116120681

PROS
Rugged yet pretty chassis
Exceptional performance
Customizable 10-zone lighting system

CONS
Relatively short battery life
Could use a better keyboard and trackpad

AT A GLANCE
The Alienware 17 is undeniably attractive and incredibly powerful, but only hardcore gamers will want to take this 9.5-pound beast on the road.

MANUFACTURER’S DESCRIPTION
The durable anodized aluminum shell, reinforced by a magnesium-alloy frame, protects your LCD and the internal components. Angled front and side walls give the Alienware 17 an elite and stealth look. And it is designed for maximum performance, with a rear GPU/CPU exhaust vent to manage heat generated inside the system.

Alienware 17 Gaming Test - Battlefield 3 ULTRA SETTINGS HD
credits: Special thanks to engadget for the specs and to Marko Steinberg for the video.