“‘Dell once again shows that it knows how to makes its existing products even better”
The one thing that Dell is good at is improving its products. This time, Dell has provided some noteworthy upgrades to the Alienware 17 2017.
This year’s Alienware 17 isn’t quite the same. Although thinner, it’s also larger due to the provia the AlienFX Editor. Of course, there are some design elements that were retained, such as the angular contours of the notebook, as well as the illuminated logo on the lid.
Flipping the lid open, you’ll also find that there’s now a glossy plastic section, above the keyboard and below the display, that contain the Tobii eye-tracking system. Dell also redesigned the hinge, which feels rock-solid. In addition, there’s a full-sized keyboard with a numpad and nine macro keys on the front. One thing we disliked here is the rubber surface, which collects fingerprints like a magdie does with shiny things
Moving to the back, we found a HDMI, mini Displayport, USB Type-C, Ethernet, DC output, and the port that connects to the optional Alienware Graphics Amplifier. On the left is the audio and microphone jacks, as well as a USB Type-A and another USB Type-C port, while the right side only has a single USB Type-A port. The corners have vents that perform well when under heavy load, but the larger vents are at the bottom, so the notebook should be elevated for the best cooling efficiency
The keyboard’s design and layout remain the same, with good tactile feedback and key travel. With the Alienware software included, you get a wide range of customisable functions.
Last but not least, we put the Alienware 17 2017 through its paces with top triple-A titles, like Rise of the Tomb Raider. As expected, it can play such titles on 1080p at max settings. It handles heat management well and only becomes slightly warm when running on high load. Moreover, we hardly heard the fans spinning.
Visually, the notebook’s display is sharp, has good viewing angles, and good colour reproduction. However, the built-in speakers can’t keep up, with distortion setting in higher volume levels.
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1070
Memory: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Input/Output: 1x Gigabit LAN, 1x HDMI, 1x mini Displayport, 1x audio out, 1x microphone input, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port Dimensions: 424 x 332 x 29.9 mm