The Alienware 17 R3 features a high-quality 4K display across the 17.3-inch screen. It comes equipped with the 6th gen Intel Core i7 and 16GB of RAM to ensure performance is respectable, and 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD for your storage needs. The base graphics offered by the Nvidia 980M GPU perform admirably for the price, but to take advantage of all the screen is capable of the optional Graphics Amp is a costly, but necessary, addition.
The casing also features a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3. This allows the user to use multiple 4K displays simultaneously or transfer data at rates up to 40 Gbps. It also features a full complement of the ports and readers you would expect with three US 3.0 ports, an HDMI 2.0 and an SD card reader. This is a great laptop for IT support Los Angeles consultants that enjoy gaming as a hobby. The gunmetal gray exterior is nicely offset by the external lighting features, and the black interior surfaces provide a nice contrast to the overall look. The backlit keyboard is comfortable and the touchpad is responsive. Well-constructed, the case comes in at 16.93 x 11.49 x 1.35 inches and a notable 8.3 pounds.
- The UHD screen is amazing.
- Great battery life
- Optional Graphics Amp
- Sound quality can be improved, making it not ideal for some applications.
- Prone to hotspots, making long-term use directly on one’s lap ill-advisable.
While the display capabilities are almost unrivaled in its segment, the need for the Graphics Amp may disappoint some. Without the amp, the Alienware 17 does not match the performance of some of its beefier brethren.
With its starting price point of $1499, the Alienware 17 R3 can be considered competitively priced within the gaming laptop market.