Alienware 17: Conclusion

June 11, 2013 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (164,811)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 9
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.71
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


The Alienware 17 continues its tradition of all-around excellence in portable performance. There’s almost nothing to dislike about this fifth-generation variant. The exterior has been redesigned with a slightly more mature appearance, better overall build quality thanks to the inclusion of more metal components, and a new take on the AlienFX lighting system. System performance is outstanding with the fourth-gen Intel Core i7 processor and top-of-the-line Nvidia GTX 780M graphics card. The keyboard, touchpad, speakers and display are all top-notch. The cooling system is relatively quiet and the five-plus hour battery life is stellar for a notebook as large and powerful as this one.

The Alienware 17 in its fifth generation is easier than ever to recommend for the above reasons and gets our Editor’s Choice award.


  • Great design and lighting system
  • Excellent performance
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
  • Respectable battery life


  • Touchpad surface could be firmer



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