Alienware AW17R4-7005SLV-PUS 17″ Gaming Laptop Review
Alienware have long been considered by gamers to be the benchmark in both desktop and laptop gaming units. Their unique, outer-worldly design aesthetic has always given Alienware that extra-terrestrial look and feel, and this offering is no exception. Magnesium alloy and steel make up the bulk of the materials used here, and gives the laptop a healthy weight and premium feel.
The display is a generous 17 inches of Full High Definition with a refresh rate 120Hz. This gives the images on screen appear to move smoothly and gives gamers an unrivalled experience in motion fluidity. Combining these factors with a respectable 4ms and you have yourselves the makings of a high end gaming display. This is then further complimented by better viewing angles, meaning that gamers are not forced to sit in front of the laptop and sit upright as though they were in an office. It also means that viewing movies is a better experience for viewers too. NVidia comes to the party with their GSYNC technology, further bolstering this laptop’s already top notch display capabilities with frame tear protection built in. This is achieved by synchronizing your display’s refresh rate directly to the NVidia GTX 10 series GPU that is housed within this beast of a gaming unit. This example features a mid to high level GTX 1060 that features 6GB of GDDR5 memory that is able to render AAA title games with great precision and high frames per second performances. The end result is an unrivalled gaming experience for players who will soon notice no lag in their input, resulting in more accurate aiming and controls while in-game.
Bearing in mind that there are some high end computational components inside of this unit, it is worth noting that the potential for heat generation is enormous. Luckily, Alienware is well versed in system cooling and have brought a few solutions to this gaming laptop that are impressive, to say the least. All components on board have a much higher heat tolerance which means that when combined with great cooling, your internals are likely to last a very long time when not overclocked beyond the recommended manufacturer recommendations. This particular model is air cooled, and features an upgraded cooling vent design, allowing for greater airflow and superior cooling.
Sound is delivered via the unit’s built in speakers, which features a larger sound aperture for greater resonance and superior volume. Controls are handled by Alienware’s signature TactX keyboard, with n-key rollover support. This means that gamers can expect to benefit from over 108 different key combinations. The added slim profile keys means that key travel is limited to a minuscule 2.2mm. This allows gamers to benefit from even less lag between taking action and seeing results on their screen. Connectivity options include DoubleShot Pro networking solutions which prioritizes internet traffic and can be customized to give you an optimal gaming experience, with greater latency response times and better overall throughput.