Alienware is one of the most famous brands especially in the affairs of PC or Laptop devices for gaming, also makes upscale PC and laptop games. One of the latest additions to the 2017 lineup is Alienware 17 R4, a 17.3-inch gaming laptop that looks packed punch. But how does it work in real life? Let’s look at the reviews below carefully.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Alienware 17 R4 2017 series start from $ 1567 packs the IPS screen Full-HD 17.3 inches along with Radeon R9 470 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB RAM and Core i7 processor, is a bit expensive compared to gaming laptops with other 17-inch screens like MSI Apache Pro.
If you want a little more frightening again, you can choose another model with a price of $ 2300, carrying Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 which has 6GB of RAM. There is also a $ 3000 million model equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB RAM and an upgraded 17.3 inch 2560 × 1440 screen. The top-end model offers Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of RAM, and has a 2560 × 1440 display and more, with the highest price of $ 3200
DESIGN AND COMPONENTS
Like most other gaming laptops, Alienware 17 R4 has a metal finish on its lid with most of its body is made of plastic, although the surround keyboard is covered in a matte finish for a more premium look. But while this gaming laptop does not look as sleek as the MacBook Pro or Surface Pro, Alienware 17 R4 is very eye-catching thanks to its use (or arguably overused) of LED lighting.
In addition to backlit keyboard and trackpad, almost every area has several types of LED lights, ranging from the strip on the side of the laptop to the illuminated power button. Even logos on both front and back can be adjusted to match your color interest.
Everything is fully customizable through the Alienware FX app that comes in this laptop, which means you can change its color depending on mood, task, or just because you want a change. While the LEDs change color, this laptop itself is offered in one color, the Epic Silver. After all the lighting, the next thing you should notice is its 17.3-inch screen. It seems to be quite impressive if you’re used to laptops 11 or 13 inches, and the thickness and weight of the general are not helpful either.
It is a bit wild, measuring 424mm x 332mm x 29.9mm and weighs 4.42kg which is tolerable, so a bit heavy and awkward carried everywhere, laptop bags designed for 17-inch laptops can not accommodate Alienware 17 R4. Of course, that extra bulk also means there is room for some fan outlets to keep laptop laptops cool in great game sessions.
If the price of the laptop above is too painful in your wallet, consider you can buy a PC gaming with similar specifications at a cheaper price. Unless you really need portability (R4 is not even portable) then you will also benefit from the upgradability of PC capabilities as well.
While Alienware 17 R4 does not have an optical drive, this is actually not a surprise. Many modern laptops have discarded the optical drive while downloading via the internet is the new norm – of course this is an online game. Outside of optical drive negligence, there are various ports available. On the left you will find USB Super Type C Type ports with A-Type SuperSpeed USB 3.0, audio output port and microphone port.
In the back is where you will find most of the empty space; From left to right, you will find Gigabit Ethernet ports, Mini-Display Port 1.2 output, HDMI 2.0 output, Thunderbolt port 3, Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port and power port. Interestingly, there is no USB Type-A 3.0 port on the back, making the VR headset connecting both require HDMI output and USB output which makes it a bit awkward.
On the right, you’ll find one USB Type-A 3.0 port and not much else – why not include another USB port? Especially when you consider that Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch controller requires three USB 3.0 ports and Alienware R4 17 has only two, strange moves for VR-ready laptops.
As the name suggests, Alienware 17 R4 packs a 17.3-inch screen, and while it’s a bit big for full-HD displays. Quad HD screen resolutions make it all look much sharper and more detailed, which is a must have for top-class gaming PCs.
Specifically, Alienware 17 R4 is equipped with IPS screen or TN LCD screen, both equipped with matte to help negate the reflection of lights and other objects. This laptop has a TN panel that has a refresh rate of 120Hz and support for G-Sync Nvidia technology, which offers a tear-free gameplay game. The quality of the display itself is very impressive, offering detailed images and bright and bright colors. We will be running our screen benchmark in the coming days and will update this review in accordance with update changes from this device.
You’ll also see the optical tracking hardware installed at the bottom of the screen, offering benefits to the gaming experience. How? This can make the UI in your game a mess by only displaying the UI when you see a common area of some screens. It also brings benefits to the standard Windows 10 experience with features like auto dimming where the display automatically dims as you look back. Although a bit of a gimmick-y, this can help improve the laptop battery life.
KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD
With a large 17.3 inCI screen, Alienware 17 R4 manages to squeeze in a standard-sized Alienware TactX keyboard. Although there are fewer obstacles when pressing a button, the key itself is pretty shallow – a common complaint with this laptop – but users will still feel comfortable playing and working.
Due to the space available, Alienware 17 R4 also comes with a full numeric keypad and nine programmable buttons, allowing up to 19 customizable functions per application or game.
It features multi-color RGB backlighting, fully customizable via built-in AlienFX lighting control. You can program certain buttons into specific colors or even create patterns on the keyboard. If you like it and are not very creative, you can also load pre-made designs from apps, or you can download more online.
The lighting itself is even, though not the brightest we have ever seen. When combined with the default Tobii eye-tracking device, this camera can brighten the keyboard area you see. While we’re not so sure that this brings something to the table in terms of performance, it’s a cool feature you can show your friends.
The keyboard is not the only area that is backlit, because the trackpad also features LED backlighting feature. The color and brightness are enough, though you can see the bright lines of light (from which we imagine the illumination coming) between the trackpad and the integrated button.
The trackpad is also a bit on the small side, especially when you consider how big a laptop is, although most gamers will choose a mouse plug-in for the game sessions.
Alienware 17 R4 is an animal in terms of its spec – although keep in mind that our sample is at the top of what R4 has to offer, and lower spec variants may not perform as well. Our samples offer 16GB DDR4 RAM coupled with 256GB SSD for super fast performance, but also high speed 1TB 7200RPM HDD for file storage. Games running on SSDs will be much faster than those stored on HDD, although high RPM means it will perform better than a standard HDD.
This is the same story as the CPU, which features the latest generation (seventh) Intel quad-core i7-7820-HK CPU that has a 2.90GHz clock, overclocks up to 4.4GHz. It’s very capable and more than enough for people like video editing along with games, impressing 13,144 impressive on Geekbench 4 and 3812 at PCMark 8.
Moving beyond the CPU, our sample of Alienware 17 R4 features the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X VRAM and when combined with the above, delivers decent benchmark results.
First, we run a benchmark built into Grand Theft Auto 5. It runs at 125fps at 1080p with high graphics and post-processing presets, down to 56fps when running at 1440p with ultra-high and ultra-high post processing effect Preset graphics Although not enough 60fps when running native resolutions, most people will not notice the difference between 56 and 60fps while playing the game.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is one of the most visually impressive games we’ve ever seen and demands more graphics power than most other games today – the ultimate test for Alienware 17 R4 and its Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU. Running Wildlands in 1080p with ‘high’ graphics settings, he managed an average of 96fps, while that number dropped to 67fps while running in 1440p with ‘very high’ graphics settings.
Although it looks a bit disappointing, keep in mind that the Nvidia GTX 980 only reaches about 59fps at 1080p with the ‘high’ graphics settings in Ghost Recon Wildlands. In addition, many games do not require this type of power and if they do, changing the resolution down or changing the graphics settings should give a boost in performance.
It’s also more than enough for the VR because we run a number of VR games on Oculus Rift and do not miss out on it, even with the graphics option up to the maximum. Beyond the performance of a laptop graphics, there is one problem: noise. While Alienware 17 R4 is generally quiet when surfing the web and listening to music, which quickly changes when you start playing the game.
Fans should work hard to keep high-end laptops cool and it’s the same as a rather disturbing drone. Laptops do get hot pretty fast while playing games, though not hot enough to worry about – make sure you keep them on the desk and not the bed or on the laps!
POWER HOLD BATTERY
With such powerful components in Alienware 17 R4, it should come as no surprise that this is not the biggest we’ve seen when it comes to battery life. When using a laptop for internet browsing, use Microsoft Office and listen to music, we will last between two and three hours with a single charge – although this depends on the LED status and what you do like when playing a game. , You can expect about half of it. It’s clear that this is not designed to be a portable machine.