Review of the Alienware 17 R4 2017 Gaming laptop. Powerful, fast, great for VR and packed with the latest i7-7820HQ processor and GTX 1080. Watch for the full review!
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Looks well worth it to me - not even close, especially if you work on it. People under-equip/handicap themselves by cheaping out on important things - including or especially laptops you use to make a living. It's a cheap electronics mentality where you think a few hundred bucks is a lot or even important when it's nothing and it's not. This thing is a chunk of hardware you use for WORK - earning your living. Power, screen, ergonomics/comfort, and design/looks are productivity and morale - $$$ and decreased stress - to a butt-load more than the tune of a few hundred extra bucks. That's a joke. Ask anyone who's equipment, who's main rig or rigs cost thousands, tens, or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tank of gas is freaking $80 or more. So is a night out...
Anyone that has to throw down for equipment would have a laugh at $1500, much less an extra $300 you won't miss in a few months, much less 5 years. No-brainer if it's what you want - is suited to your needs and then some.
Get it or whatever you love, take care of it - don't throw it around like an idiot, especially if you're a grownup, and don't look back.
SHould i get this Alienware 17 or the MSI GT73VR? I really need some help.
The cooling system on the GT73 is so cool compare to Alienware,idk,maybe because the 17r4's fans look smaller and all the pipes.I never use any of them.
On the other hand,i love 17r4 design.
What should i get?guys,help me out.
Sorry im not speak english very well..:)
Anis Ahmed the touch pad dosent work as alot of other people are having this issue and it juts keeps shuting down after spending $1700 i wouldn't want my laptop to do all these things... its not worthit
I must say I was treated like crap by Alienware last year and have had a MSI since BUT I have the opportunity to upgrade again and I'm going back to Alienware, truthfully my MSI is sh*t for the money I spent on it. $2400 and MSI has had it more in the past year than me so back to Alienware I willing go!
Hi guys, I am doing 3D modelling and 3D rendering(using Vray and Corona) maybe trying VR and everything afterward and I have planned to buy this computer. Do you guys think it is a good idea or do you have any other laptop to recommand? Your opinions are really important. Thanks
Thanks for the video, just ordered the Alienware 17 R4 1070 with the FHD IPS, do you know if there is anyway to overclock the panel? I plan on hooking this up to an external G-sync monitor when I am home but the monitor is 144hz. Does it support 120hz externally? Thanks man.
"Only one with G-Sync". That is not true. Both the default UHD and one of the two QHD panel options have G-Sync. Albeit, the UHD Panel is the only option for both G-Sync and Tobii Eye Tracking. If you want a QHD panel, you will have to choose either having G-Sync or Tobii Eye Tracking.
ANYONE looking to purchase the 1080GTX Model should also be aware that by default.. the 1050ti and 1080 models both come default with 8gb RAM. If you want to the 16gb or 32gb, you will need to customize your model for an additional price, or upgrade at a later point.
im about to go to college...im inbetween alienware and apple tbh im not a fan of apple but ive never own alienware and i wanted to give it a try...would you recommend this laptop for college?.....i also play bunch of games like alot of games...haha
I ordered it, not this exact model of the review, but the one with a GTX 1060 6GB and 16GB DDR4, it should arrive in 2-3 weeks... (on Dell's site it says extimated delivery 30/10/2017)
I can't wait to get a decent laptop to bring to my University to work with Maya, Cinema 4D, Photoshop and Sony Vegas... last year I brought my laptop and it sucks, slow as shit, it's a 2008 MacBook 13", it takes roughly 5 minutes to completely boot and the programs are very slow, I couldn't even render properly with Cinema 4D, that damn thing has only 2 cores... can't wait to get this laptop and I hope the battery will also last longer than mine...
Gary Sellars yeah, it arrived November 6th.
The thermals are good for a laptop, on 100% usage, the CPU reaches 73 degrees, the overall performance feels like a 2015-2016 desktop, it can get over 60 FPS on most modern games on medium-high settings and has no issues at all with old games, I bring it weekly to the University to work with Cinema 4D and the render time is exactly like my i7-4790k.
At home, is used by my mom, for whom I made a second user, so I don't have her messy desktop and her Chrome saved passwords when I use it; on boot, depending whose in front of it, gets recognized by the IR and it automatically logs in the right user.
Our best laptop so far!!!
Thank you for this great review! Quick and straight to the point. I was searching for information what manufacturer's PCIe SSDs are inside these laptops but here I got speeds information which is even better.
Depends on how serious of a gamer you are. If you do a lot of competitive online gaming, are into E-sports and that type of stuff, then a 120 is a must. The 1070 will run many games above 60 fps anyway so with the cheaper display you're gonna be choosing between a lot of screen tear and lag that comes via V-sync.
I don't know much about VR but it seems that a 120 is needed or at least highly recommended for VR too. I'd say yes, if you're gonna utilize the better display, it's worth it.
Nah, the "default" monitor is already amazing and with the right settings in the nVidia control panel, you can get pretty much the same quality in terms of colours and brightness, as for 120hz... well, not so many games and programs take advantage of that and human eyes can't really see the difference between 60Hz and 120Hz, we usually don't see any difference past the 60 frames per seconds.
Nice review.. Can I get a bit of help here buying the right laptop? I have Dell XPS 15-9560 and Alienware 17 R4 in my mind.
I am comparing Dell XPS 15-9560 with UHD 4k touch which supports up to 1 TB SSD, 32GB RAMx2400Hz and 4GB VDDR5 GTX 1050 Graphics and Alienware 17 R4 UHD that supports up to 3TB SSD+HDD, 32GB RAMx2400Hz and 8GB VDDR5 GTX 1080 graphics. I hardly game..
I am looking for a power horse that can basically serve these purposes:
1) Render 4k videos in Adobe Premier pro, After effects, Davinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer with ease.
2) 3D modelling in Blender and Cinema 4d
3) Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
The challenges in front of me for the Dell XPS 15-9560 is limited SSD storage (only up to 1TB) and a max of 4GB GTX 1050 VDDR5 graphics, where as Alienware offers up to 3TB and 8GB GTX 1080 VDDR5 graphics while both offers up to 32GB DDR4 RAM x 2400Hz. I am not concerned with the heaviness of Alienware (5Kg), but care for ultimate performance. I would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you !
I know it is a late reply - I think he was talking about the QHD display, which has a TN panel but very fast refresh rate. For design work you might wanna get 4K one because that will have (in general) better colors, viewing angles, and more resolutions.
I recently ordered this laptop from dell but I went with the 17.3 inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits, Enabled with Tobii Eye-tracking... I wanted the best they had to offer so I opted for the UHD rather than the QHD.. did I make a mistake in doing that? The only game I plan on playing on this machine is World of Warcraft... you mentioned screen tearing? Am I going to regret going with the UHD...? Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
hey guys, do anyone know, if the several overheating problem's are history in these days? i've heard of so much problems, when running a gtx 1080 with the i7 7820HK in this setup. on some site's i've heard, they solved the problems and from others i've heard they didn't. thanks in advance!
a very nice review, great work and perfect quality matthew! i have already a gaming pc with the newest components (1080ti, ...) and i was looking for a second solution to go-out... you helped with my decision and now that's the one i need! :-) take care!
I just got one of these in April. It's a beast. It's quite powerful, I call it "the tank" the only problem I have is the battery life and the speakers are slightly tinny, also you need to get an expensive backpack to hold this ( don't plan on putting anything else in the bag) I got this because this was the only laptop I could find with 4 hard drive bays. If you plan on not leaving the house, I would get this. If you need to edit video and on the go I would get something else.
It's the killer Wi-Fi settings. Make the base setting higher. It's alerting you when ever you go over and under. Same thing happened to me and was annoying as fuck. Put them both at I think 5000, and no more notifications. Love this beast of a machine.
BeatzCracker not even close to those temperatures I'd say the hottest it gets is 80 and that's if I'm playing for like 5 or 6 hours straight with the charger in running full power, the fans & the vents really get rid of the heat very well.
BeatzCracker I haven't put it through a stress test but the only time it tends to get warm to hot for me is when im playing a game for hours , I typically have the charger connected when I'm playing so it tends to get a little hotter but with all the vents it has you have nothing to worry about, Definitely worth it if you are considering getting one . You won't be disappointed .
lmfao what the fuck. if i wanted all that garbage id just build a desktop. do you have any idea how much 100tb is? that's 100,000GB. let alone the 1,000,000 gb hdd you want. for that kind of horsepower i could launch myself into space.