Monday, 18 May 2020

Alienware 17 Review - Alien Powers

The Alienware brand name gives the impression of having extraterrestrial technology, at least that is what the design and working speed of this Alienware 17 make you believe. This Alienware 17 is made for the die-hard gamer who often travel. The graphic power in this laptop can also be expanded.

The new Alienware 17 is a pure gaming laptop and therefore focuses on the consumer who longs for high performance and prefers to see the action conjured on a large screen. Alienware 17 has, as the name suggests, a 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) LCD screen and an anti-glare rounding, which ensures that you can see what is happening on your screen despite the reflecting (sun) light on the screen.

For the discerning users it is optional to add a TrueLife and Touch function. TrueLife is an exclusive Dell parent company of Alienware - LCD technology that provides razor sharp contrast, which is of interest to gamers and movie buffs. If you want to get the most out of the laptop, it is possible to connect the Alienware Graphics Amplifier to which you can connect the latest AMD and NVIDIA desktop video cards, and overclock the Intel Core i7 CPU.


Enough fun


After prolonged use, the laptop does not get hot and the device can provide enough hours of fun. The 8-cell lithium ion battery promises almost 7 hours of intensive use without a socket nearby. That's great if you consider that the Alienware 17 contains an Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 3.5 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5.


The 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L of working memory ensure minimal loading times so that you stay in your work or play rhythm. Speaking of rhythm, the Klipsch speakers provide a nice sound while gaming or watching a movie. The Creative Sound Core3D sound card supports 7.1. Digital Audio that can be connected externally via HDMI.


The Alienware 17 is made of carbon fiber that provides a solid base. Carbon fiber is a light and strong carbon fiber mainly used for sports cars and spacecraft; you can show off to your friends. The Alienware 17 also feels like a solid piece of hardware that feels anything but fragile. Dell himself describes that the Alienware 17 is the thinnest and lightest they have ever made.

However, this laptop does not feel light. With a weight of 3.7 kilos, the Alienware 17 is not really pleasant to transport in a laptop bag or backpack, which you want to do with a laptop just like with a tablet . The graphic power that this Alienware laptop in the house probably costs a few pounds more, but does not make the device a comfortable weight for a laptop.


Professional and recreational


If you want to use the Alienware 17 in a professional work environment and connect it to multiple screens, that is possible. With the onboard video card you can connect up to 3 screens. If you want to connect more, you can do so by connecting the Alienware Graphics Amplifier with a video card that supports connecting multiple screens.

Interesting for the graphic frontrunners is that the Alienware 17 makes it possible to play 4K, but you will also need an Alienware Graphics Amplifier to achieve that required power.

Now the impression can be created that this laptop can only be enjoyed when the combination with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier is used. That is not the case. The internal power of the Alienware 17 is decent and makes it possible to play modern games on it.
Powerful laptop

If you're looking for a solid and powerful gaming laptop that offers expandability until you weigh an ounce, the Alienware 17 is for you. However, keep in mind that the laptop is quite heavy and is not ideal for transporting a lot. But if you have a permanent workplace where you want to put a laptop for professional work or gaming, this Alienware 17 might be something for you.


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