Alienware 17 R5 review: Full, in-depth review

The Pitch

The latest Alienware 17 can be the most Alienware gaming laptops Alienware has sent enough to Alienware customers. This does not make the wheel again, but it remains branded correctly.

After all, Alienware primarily invented – or at least in the popular – Navy lit lit as a glowy death machine, now dominates the place of gaming laptops. It’s not really surprising that they run the same card here – and they play well. However, the amazing thing is that the only Alienware 17 R5 is how to compete for performance.

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Even if Alienware 17’s broad stroke blueprint is a bit predictable, it’s not necessary. If you call the separation gaming laptop loudly, maybe you’re closer to the machine you’re thinking about. It’s big and big. It is silver, black, and whatever adjustable of RGB light takes your choice. These are the keys to compete with large guns at desktop PC space, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and Intel I9 processor’s law.

As with most recent products, Alienware 17 is not as heavy as customizable lighting is very heavy. This is available – but other than that heavy hack gaming is relatively less than a laptop. Unfortunately, the back-end of the laptop is not well. This end of 15 is packed with heat vents which further adds to significantly significant physical effects.

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Here’s a small detail track pad to call. This soft, mood looks with lightning light and comes from the center of the laptop. Although this description initially becomes a bit odd, it eliminates the experience as a much more ergonomic. The Alienware 17 R5 also opens to include both the hip-sensor and physical buttons – which sounds like alignment call.

To sum things up: there’s not really been any effort to change up or distill down the experience here. It’s technically better – but it’s not meaningfully different. All the same, that’s not really surprising conclusion to draw here. Alienware know who their audience is. They know what their expectations are. The new Alienware 17 is just the next logical step to everything they’ve done prior, with all the bells and whistles you’d expect.


The specs for our Alienware 17 Series R5 gaming laptop were as follows:

Processor:  Intel Core i9-8950HK

Graphics:  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X

RAM:  32GB DDR4 2666MHz

Storage: 1TB 7200RPM HDD + 512GB PCle M.2 SDD

Display: 17.3-inch FHD 60Hz, IPS Anti-Glare, 300-nits, NVIDIA G-SYNC

Ports: Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 Type-C, USB 3.0 Type-A (x2), HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, headphone/mic, Noble Lock slot, ethernet, Alienware Graphics Amplifier port

Weight: 4.42Kg

Dimensions: 29.9mm x 424mm x 332mm

Battery: 99Whr battery

Connectivity:  Killer 1550 (802.11ac) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0

Webcam: Alienware FHD with Tobii IR eye-tracking

Price: $5808