DELL ALIENWARE 17 R4: All The Gaming Power You Need Is Here

  • Alienware 17 R4
    The Gaming heaven

Alienware is a known gaming laptop series which tries to retain its original design with some changes inside. The new laptop is out which defines some new limits in the gaming world.

Introduction

The new Alienware 17 R4 (2016) features a massive 17.3-inch 4K display with NVIDIA G-Sync Technology in the top-end model. New 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” Intel CPU and NVIDIA graphics support the gaming performance very efficiently. Alienware’s All-Time aggressive design is still intact while shifting some tiny pieces, it has made it more like a gaming rig for the gamers. The look might feel a little boring but It still looks premium and gaming-like. Much like the design, the keyboard is also kept simple and old-fashioned given the fact that it has always been comfortable.

Sneak Peek

Alienware 17 R4 is packed with The “Kaby Lake” 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7820HK processor clocked at 2.9GHz in the top-end model and Intel Core i7-7700HQ clocked at 2.8GHz in base-model and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 on base-model and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 on the high-end model for the necessary thrust required by modern games. The base model features 8GB of DDR4 RAM and top-end version features 16GB of DDR4 RAM. They feature 1TB of HDD and 500GB SDD storage.

What’s cool What’s not so cool
Many Display Configurations (FHD, QHD, UHD, 120 Hz, GSync, IPS, TN)

2x USB TypeC Ports

Tobii Eye Tracking

High-Quality Chassis

Comfortable Keyboard and Touchpad

Laptop Gets Too Hot While Gaming

 Only 20 color keys  

 G-Sync is available only with QHD Configuration

 Weighs Too Much

 

 

ORIGINAL BUT PREMIUM DESIGN

Design Hardly Touched

Though Alienware is a known name in the market, it appears that they like the fundamental design of Alienware configuration as there is hardly a change over a long time. The design is still aggressive and looks premium with aluminum and soft-touch plastic. The lid carries Alienware logo, inside is a black deck and Tobii eye camera is also fitted nicely. The laptop weighs 9.6 pounds and dimensions 16.7 x 13.1 x 1.2 inches make it a little bulky and heavy than its competitors.

GORGEOUS DISPLAY, MUFFLED AUDIO!!

Amazing Display But Audio Could Be Better

Alienware 17 R4 features a 17.3-inch 4K compatible display, which delivers a better contrast and brightness. The base model has a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and the high-end version has a screen resolution of 2560×1440 pixels which supports NVIDIA G-Sync Technology. The screen in the base version is sharp and bright but is not as good as its competitors. While the screen in the higher version is much better. The base and the higher screen show 113% and 114% color gamut respectively. The audio in Alienware 17 R4 is of a mixed kind, while at one time it delivers a very good audio experience; at the other places it is not as effective as it should be.

DON’T LET ERRORS STOP YOU!

Old Fashioned Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard and touchpad are as usually kept old fashioned but despite their non-tweaked design, they really seem comfortable to use. The keyboard has RGB keys has light strips on the sides of the deck that can be lit up with customizable RGBs. Each light can be chosen individually and some special louder effects may also be chosen through AlienFX. The keyboard is handy with 2.3mm of travel between the keys. He 3.5×2.2-inch touchpad feels a little compact but is enough for gestures like pinch zoom and scrolling.

ALWAYS BEEN BETTER

Expected Performance

When we are talking about Alienware laptops, the main focus is on gaming but when you are not gaming, the laptops should behave like a normal PC too. With all those heavy specifications, it is no doubt going to be a safe and sound experience. While about gaming, Alienware has always been one of the top competitors and no doubt the 7th Gen Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA graphics put some extra stability in the performance zone.

CHOICE IS YOURS!

Battery Life And Heat Problem

There is a huge difference in the battery life of two models. While the base version runs more on juice, the higher version finishes off in about 1/4th of its time. The base version gives it an advantage over the other competitors while the higher version is much of the same. The laptops begin to heat up even under normal usage and become much hotter on gaming that is not very easy to bear. On gaming, the temperature of the laptops reaches the comfort threshold easily and climbs up further.

A BETTER WAY TO NAVIGATE

Software and Tobii Eye Tracking

The two laptops come with Windows 10 operating system and feature some Alienware specials like AlienFX and customizing RGB controls. The Alienware exclusive Tobii Eye Tracking is also featured in the two laptops. Tobii Eye tracking has several infrared sensors just below the display that can be used to navigate Windows or play games that support it. Not a lot of games supports Tobii eye tracking but for a bonus, you can use the tracker as a camera for face recognition as it used infrared.

Some Unique Features Of ALIENWARE 17 R4

·AlienFX
·Tobii Eye Tracking
·Aggressive Look
·Alienware Command Center
·Networking Control Center

Tech Specs

BASIC INFORMATION

   
Model Name Dell Alienware 17 R4
Operating System Windows 10 
Laptop Type Gaming
Processor
Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7820HK CPU, quad-core 2.9 GHz, 3.9Ghz turbo

DISPLAY

Display Size (inches) 16.7
Display Technology Tobii Eye Tracking
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

HARDWARE

Hard Drive SSD, 7200RPM, 1TB
RAM 16GB
RAM Type DDR4
Ram Speed(in mhz) 2400
   

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATION

Laptop Weight (in kgs) 4.42
Laptop Dimension 424 x 332 x 29.9 mm
 Color Black

OTHER SPECIFICATION

Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes,  4.1
USB
  • One USB 3.0 port
  • One USB 3.0 port with PowerShare
  • One USB 3.0 (Type-C) port
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) port
Controller Realtek ALC 3266
Network One RJ-45 port
Audio/Video  

  • One HDMI port
  • One microphone/headphone port (configurable)
  • One headset port
  • One Mini DisplayPort
  • One external graphics port
Power  
Battery Type and Operating time
  • 4-cell “smart” lithium-ion (68 WHr)
  • 6-cell “smart” lithium-ion (99 WHr)
  • Varies depending on operating conditions and can significantly reduce under certain power-intensive conditions
 

Conclusion

With all those gaming products out there, Alienware has its own reputation among the individuals. Looking at the price range, maybe for some people, it will be too high but for some, it is worth the money. With the specifications and performance benefits, maybe it is not a bad choice!!

 

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Srishti

Gad-fy belongs to Srishti Agarwal, a commerce graduate by degree but a technophile and a writer by heart. Her love for gadgets and writing made her choose a profession which is altogether a new journey. Being a novice in the blogging community, she strives to provide her audience with reviews on the latest gadgets and guidance tips on OS and Applications.

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