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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I bought this laptop with gtx 1080 and TN panel 1440p Monitor. I hated it and sent it back. Thankfully Alienware have a 2 weeks no questions asked returns policy. I didn't like it because it was so heavy that carrying it with one hand was PAINFUL.... sometimes you need to carry with one hand when moving around the house. Also the TN panel screen the colours were SO bad. It was dull and washed out.... I got a 15 inch alienware laptop instead and much happier with it. I got IPS screen so colours much better. Now I got gtx1070 instead but that is OK.
He has a very upgraded model. This would run you (right now, in Feb 2018!) around $3500 (!!) on Dell.ca.
Also, frustratingly the cost has not gone down, in a year. The starting price of them is now 50-100 more.
Beware that this model has a lot of cooling problems making it impossible to play any games for more that 15 to 30 minutes... temperatures go so high and you begin to experience screen stuttering as a result of thermal throttling. Do some research in google and you will find out that there is a lot of people with this problem.
I bought one of this in december 2017 and had to return it and ask for a refund, cause all of the fixes i found involved opening the laptop and doing a repaste and add thermal pads everywhere... and if you are like me, you don't pay 2.5k to 3k on a laptop to have to do this kind of work to be able to use for gaming.
what happen if u re out of guaranty? I had my Alienware 18 2x 880 sli notebook not even 3 years. After one year gpu made grounding to motherboard. After 2 years mosfets on motherboard get burn. The price it cost me was almost 3k $...
Rodney Young i don't question that... I'm saying that if you are going to pay premium you expect a flawless product, not something they need to fix or charge. Just do a quick search on reddit or gouge and you will find a lot of customers with the same problem.
Dear All, i have plan to buy Alienware 17 R4 but as per below comments now i am in doubt. Please someone tell me which Laptop should i buy then if not Alienware 17 R4 then which one you suggest? Some says this model is over-heating, is it true?
It's kind of split. Some got a good ones and some got bad ones. I think I got a bad one. It rips through benchmarks but my processor is thermal throttling for some reason and the temperatures are definetly higher than what the guy had.
1 advice guys stay away from alienware ... i got it 17 R3 and it's problems never ends. Cheap quality keyboard , killer network is the worst with infinite net cutting and many other things. Go for asus or even acer predator i regretted getting alienware.
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.
Tanner did you like 120Hz screen? I have ordered UHD 4K display with i7-7700 with 1070 graphic. Do you think I should exchange with QHD 120Hz screen? Is it worth? It will increase the price to $600 as it is only available with 1080 card.
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.
The Dell Alienware is a Gaming Notebook, so a card reader on this makes no sense. As a photographer you have a bag full of equipment. Use an usb card reader for 5 dollars or a cable to connect your camera.
It should have an SD card reader because there's space. It has nearly 100% rbg which would make it a great computer for photo and video editing. The majority of people take photos from a DSLR on an SD card. Thus, it should have one.
Yes thats what it should be used for, but we have customer calling in on how to make a RAID using an SD card, or if its possible, so its not implausible that people just use SD cards for pictures and videos. That being said to the original question why not have an SD card on a laptop. I think having finger print readers are worthless on laptops due to many ways to hack them but people still have them. I personally don't use an SD card reader unless I need to get something off real quick, and you're not going to tell me that getting them wirelessley is faster than just copying and pasting them to the desktop, that process takes literally seconds upon putting the SD card in and accessing it.
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!