Alienware x17 17.3" Gaming Laptop - Lunar Light (Intel Core i7-11800H/1TB SSD/16GB RAM/RTX 3070) - En

Model Number: AWX17R1-7463WHT-PUS
Web Code: 15602012

Alienware x17 17.3" Gaming Laptop - Lunar Light - En

Overview

Enjoy your favourite games like never before on the Alienware x17 gaming laptop. Boasting an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, 16GB RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, this laptop delivers robust performance to take on the most demanding games. Plus, its 17.3" FHD display with ComfortView Plus technology presents superb picture quality.
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Overview

Enjoy your favourite games like never before on the Alienware x17 gaming laptop. Boasting an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, 16GB RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, this laptop delivers robust performance to take on the most demanding games. Plus, its 17.3" FHD display with ComfortView Plus technology presents superb picture quality.
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11 when available (see below)
  • 2.3GHz 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11800H processor (24MB cache) along with 16GB of 3,200MHz DDR4 RAM deliver extremely smooth and reliable performance for gaming and multitasking
  • 1TB PCIe M.2 solid state drive (SSD) provides ample storage space for all your games, media, software, documents, and other digital files
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card with 8GB of dedicated GDDR6 video memory renders every game in precise, realistic graphic details with Dynamic Boost 2.0 and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technologies
  • 17.3-inch Full HD display of 1920 x 1080 native resolution, 3ms response time, and 360Hz refresh rate produces vibrant visuals that keep you fully immersed in your gameplay, plus the ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-Sync and advanced Optimus technologies ensure smooth and tear-free picture transitions
  • Killer AX1675 Wi-Fi and a 10/100/1000 RJ-45 Ethernet port provide quick and reliable access to wired and wireless networks for online gaming, movie streaming, web browsing, and more
  • Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity lets you pair your smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices for wireless data transferring and audio streaming
  • Six-cell, 87Wh li-ion battery keeps the laptop powered up for a long time, so you won't have to worry about frequent power up sessions
  • One Thunderbolt 4 bolt port with Power Delivery support, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with Power Delivery and Video support, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports with PowerShare 2 support, one Mini-DisplayPort 1.4 port, one HDMI 2.1 port, and a headphone/microphone combo jack enable effortless connectivity with a wide range of external peripherals
  • One MicroSD card reader slot makes it easy to share files or photos quickly from your memory cards (sold separately)
  • Innovative Alienware Cyro-Tech quad-cooling technology features a gallium silicone thermal interface material and 4 intelligently controlled, uniquely programmed fans to quickly dissipate the internal heat even under immense loads for optimal performance
  • Integrated stereo speakers deliver high-quality audio that matches the stellar gaming visuals
  • Alienware X-series thin keyboard with per-key AlienFX lighting offers colourful illumination for gaming in the dark
  • Built-in webcam lets you enjoy clear video chats with your friends and family from anywhere
  • Downloadable Alienware Command Center lets you set, activate, and manage the PC with 5 unique power states based on your gaming requirements
  • Advanced Thermal Control Circuit Offset makes it easy to manage the power settings of the CPU for optimal performance
  • Legend 2.0 Industrial design features an attractive, customizable AlienFX lighting that matches your gameplay with colourful lighting effects
  • Preinstalled Windows 10 Home 64-bit (English version) operating system comes with a simplified UI, advanced Microsoft applications, and much more
  • Microsoft Office 30-day free trial software included for your productivity needs
  • Upgrade rollout plan is being finalised and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/windows-11-specifications

Display

Year of Original Release
2021
Screen Size
17.3 in
Native Screen Resolution
1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Display
No
Convertible/Hybrid Display
No
Other Display Features
FHD

Processor

Processor Type
Intel Core i7-11800H
Processor Generation
11th Generation
Processor Cores
8
Processor Speed
2.30 GHz
Processor Cache
24 MB

Storage & Memory

Solid-State Drive Capacity
1 TB
RAM Size
16 GB
RAM Type
16GB 3200MHz DDR4
Optical Drive
No

Graphics

Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
Video Memory Configuration
Dedicated
Dedicated Video Memory Size
8 GB
Wireless Display (WiDi) Capable
No
VR Ready
No

Inputs & Outputs

Card Reader
1 x Micro-SD Card Reader (Back)
USB Ports
1 x Thunderbolt 4 with Power Delivery (Back), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with PowerDelivery and Video (Back), 2 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 w/ PowerShare 2 (Back)
Display Ports
1 x Mini-DisplayPort 1.4 Out (Back)
Other Input or Output Ports
1 x HDMI 2.1 Output Port (Back)
Digital Audio Output
1 x Combo Jack (Headphone/Microphone) (Side)

Networking

Ethernet Port
1 x 10/100/1000 RJ-45 Ethernet (Back)
Integrated Wi-Fi
Killer AX 1675
Integrated Bluetooth
Yes - 5.2

Power

Battery Type
Lithium-ion
Battery - Number of Cells
6
Battery - Capacity
87 Wh
ENERGY STAR Qualified
No

Software

Pre-loaded Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Operating System Language
English
Loaded Software
Microsoft Office 30 Day Trial

Physical Features

Webcam
Yes
Keyboard Language
English
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Colour
Lunar Light
Dimensions (cm)
39.93 (W) x 2.08 (H) x 29.95 (D) cm
Dimensions (in)
15.72 (W) x 0.82 (H) x 11.79 (D) in
Weight (lbs)
7.05 lb

Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts
1 Year
Manufacturer's Warranty - Labour
1 Year
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  • Power Cord
  • Power Adaptor
  • Manual

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Rating Breakdown

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15

Reviewer Recommendation

80%

Of the 240 reviewers who responded, 192 would recommend this product.

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  • My new daily driver!
    Verified BuyerReviewed by Jonathan - September 11, 2021

    I originally bought the x17 from dell directly but it had some issues and I sent it back. I bought it again from best buy and it's been perfect, couldn't be happier. This is my new daily driver going forward. Thermals are finally well managed, in heavy gaming cpu temperatures tend to stay in the high 70s to low 80s celsius with gpu temps being the same or lower than cpu temps. Performance is excellent at 1080p, you can play any game you throw at this with max graphics. The laptop did come with the slower high density RAM but that wasn't an issue for me as I had my on RAM kit ready to swap in. The included SSD is a gen 3 from SK Hynix and it is fast but I swapped in my own SSDs. Build quality is great and quality control is also great. I haven't had any issues so far and I don't expect any. The keyboard experience is pretty decent but not as good as the M15 R2-R6. However the X17 is just much better than those laptops overall. If you're buying this for work, you can always use an external display for multi tasking as a 1080p display isn't great for multi tasking. The built in display is very nice though, color accurate, very repsonsive with no ghosting. If you're on the market for a well rounded gaming laptop for work or just gaming this is definitely a solid option and I recommend it.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Oh My Goodness
    Reviewed by hitsuyoo - October 17, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I expected to like this laptop, simply off the name brand alone, but I also had my worries, as it can be real easy to phone it in and just run off brand recognition. I'm just going to say it. This is best laptop I've ever had. That massive 17.3" screen is so beautiful. I was a going to connect it to my external monitor as I usually do, but as soon as I booted up Scarlet Nexus, I was in love. I'm not going to complain about the standard sounding speakers, as they are passable and I'll be using headphones most of the time anyway. The fans aren't even that annoying and there are 4 in this machine. Not to mention, the ventilation. This thing is more vented than a mobster on the business end of a Tommy-gun. RTX 3070 marks this system as a mid-ranger. There is a higher tier, with a RTX 3080 and it also comes with added lighting, an optional 4K screen and a much beefier battery charger. And then there's that extra cash it'll cost. I've had a few mid-range gaming laptops over the years, but I can, without question, say that this X17 R1 is the best gaming laptop I have ever owned. It only comes in one color scheme this year, but it's gorgeous, so I'm not complaining. I've played with it for a few days and I'm boxed up my other gaming laptop and shipping it to family. This break-up wasn't hard to do at all. Yes, it's fast with the 11th gen Intel processor. And the mechanical keyboard feels so good to type on. Heck, the mouse pad is even near perfect for me. In the back of the laptop, you get 2 type C ports, 2 USB A ports, an ethernet port, 1 HDMI out port. With the power port on one side and the headphone jack on the other. I like this layout. It makes for a cleaner feel for cable management The RGB lighting is a programmable to your liking and logged in profiles, if you'd like different styles for different games. And to cap it off, you get 240 watt battery charger. I average 3 1/2 to 4 hours of gaming on a charge. I'm not mad at that. I don't use my laptop too much without being near a wall socket anyway. And finally, I have to talk about Windows Hello. I love how great this works. It recognizes me in a blink or two(Literally). I can't enough of how quickly I get up and going with that feature. If you've gotten this far, you already know I'm recommending that you buy this. I prefer this over the 4K screen, because of the power consumption. This screen looks amazing. You even get two of those Alienware stickers to show off your true geekiness.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • The Cadillac of Gaming laptop
    Reviewed by Wishkid - October 16, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This gaming laptop is a beast, not only it has the power under the hood but performs extremely well. First when you unpack it, you will definitely admire the white box labeled “Alienware” that housed your laptop inside of it. That’s more like a collector’s box that you should def keep around, it has the machine architecture design inside and out. The laptop itself is beautiful, I really like this frost white white with black accent on the inside. The manufacturer actually calls it Lunar Light. It is very well designed and those honeycombs grills above the keyboard look awesome. This machine is equipped with Intel i7 2.3ghz 11th Gen, GeForce 3070, 16GB memory @3200mhz, 1TB SDD and a 17in display whopping up to 360hz. All of the connections are in the back, which include USB-C x2, 2 USB-A x2, Micro SD, HDMI 2.1, and mini displayport. This specific model comes with an RGB backlit keyboard, not the touch pad :-(. In the back where all the connections are there's an RGB strip surrounding them. That strip can display multiple colors at the same time. It's very cool and it looks beautiful. The bad thing, it's in the back not easily visible. The keyboard feels nice, almost like a soft touch, they are not loud and don’t get stuck. You can really appreciate the detail that has been put into this machine. The power button is an alien head and it can change colors. One of the best parts about the Alienware machine is that you don’t have to be computer savvy to tweak the performance. Using the Alienware command center, you can customize the lighting and performance to even overclock the CPU of this laptop. You can control the fan speed and even do macros. One thing I noticed is that the fan can get very loud during heavy loads, and the heat exhaust can get really hot. During normal use, those fans are very quiet. Loading games was extremely fast. I played the Microsoft flight simulator at its highest setting “Ultra” @60 FPS 1080p. This thing ran that game like it was cake. It looks beautiful, no lag, the rendering was so smooth, I was very impressed. Back 4 Blood was another game that I played, and again, not even a dent on this video card. Despite the display being only 1080p and not even OLED or 4K, the colors on this thing are bright and vivid. There is a front camera and to be honest it is not the best. However it does work beautifully with windows hello for facial unlock along with the Overall, this machine lives up to its hype. It is nicely crafted and well put together. My sister said “it looks like a Cadillac” LOL. It performs like a champ and the best part is that it is portable. It has one of the top video cards made for laptops, and for this to be a gaming machine, it doesn’t even weigh that much. In the box you get the laptop, power brick, power cords, and some Alienware materials.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Another Winner from Alienware
    Reviewed by Beradon - October 19, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I've owned a number of gaming level laptops in the past including some previous Alienware products and there's always a level of 'premium' that you want to feel when it comes to a gaming machine, laptop in particular.  I will say that Alienware has hit all the marks with the construction of this machine. To start, opening the machine was an absolute joy.  Sure it comes in your standard rectangular laptop box, but then inside, there is a wonderfully embossed smaller box which contains the laptop itself.  The box is individually wrapped, magnetically closed, and has the word Alienware in silver lettering on the side.  Opening this box you're greeted with not only the laptop (also individually wrapped) nestled and packed well inside the box, but also with a very cool design on the box itself.  To borrow a quote from John Hammond in the movie Jurassic Park - "They spared no expense".  Truly even from the outset, this has been designed to deliver a premium experience.  In the larger box you'll also find a small amount of documentation and the charging cable. The physical design of the laptop itself is just beautiful.  In removing it from the box and wrapping you can immediately feel the quality of the build.  While it is indeed plastic, there's a finish on this machine that speaks of quality.  It's smooth, feels good under the hand, the action of the lid is smooth, it doesn't hold fingerprints, and really it's just a wonderful thing to behold. They didn't even skimp on the underside of the laptop where in most cases you'd see just plain black plastic, but here it's the same white as the top with the same luxury finish.  I will say that it is heavy, but I would not mark it as a negative because of what it is designed to be.  With the specs and cooling that a laptop of this design should have, it could only have some weight behind it. Initial boot is much as you'd expect from any Windows laptop, although interestingly this did not ship with Windows 11 which I expected because I received it after the Windows 11 general release announcement.  I can't say that's a bad thing though unless you're just wanting Windows 11, as I prefer the Windows 10 experience, so at least for the time being these are still being shipped with Windows 10.  The laptop lights up on the keys, the lid and in a ring around the expansion ports on the back with the AlienFX lighting which is fully adjustable inside the Alienware Command Center application. To anyone near you, it will be obvious that you're not only using an Alienware, but that it has all the bells and whistles. The screen is beautiful, the specs tout it as a 360hz refresh rate, although I will say that even the included RTX 3070 might have a hard time driving a game with a refresh rate that high.  There's extremely little bloat installed, just Office 365, MyAlienware, as well as some warranty and customer support apps, and the Alienware Command Center for controlling lighting and profiles for the machine.  The keyboard is a standard membrane chiclet keyboard with Alienware's backlighting.  It would have been nice to see a mechanical keyboard in a laptop of this calibre, and purchased directly from Alienware, that is an option, but this model does not have it. Now for the fun part. The specs of the machine are no slouch, the near-top end mobile i7-11800H and the Geforce RTX 3070 drive the laptop and do a wonderful job at it.  It's important to know something about current generation mobile graphics;  NVidia does not require manufacturers to specify whether they have implemented the 'Max-Q' (low power) or 'Max-P' (full power).  That said, this laptop clearly comes with the full power 'Max-P' version of the 3070, which is great to see, but is expected of a laptop of Alienware's quality. The 3DMark Timespy score came out to 10662 with no overclocks enabled, which was actually a full 3000 points above the Max-Q version of the graphics. There will be zero issues running all current games at high settings on this beautiful 1080p screen.  I will say that I am a little disappointed in the performance of the included nVME SSD.  The processor and graphics are capable of full PCI-E Gen4 performance, the included Samsung PM9A1 SSD is a Gen4 drive, but the benchmark from the drive will show I'm getting Gen3 performance from it, which means the M.2 slots are Gen3, not Gen4 capable.  I've searched the bios settings to ensure there wasn't a setting misconfigured for this, but there seem to be no controls for PCI-E generation.  It is very fast, but not as fast as it should be. This takes me to the gaming portion, I then installed World of Warcraft Shadowlands, Cyberpunk 2077 and Back 4 Blood.  The automatic settings for each placed them in the highest configuration for graphics and I experienced no issues playing any of them. The display is a 360hz refresh rate display which according to the Dell website should support Gsync, however I seem to be unable to enable Gsync on this display.  I can tell you, however, that it is still an enjoyable experience to use this display.  There's no frame shearing or stuttering, and really just all around fun to see.  The responsiveness from the keyboard is good despite being a membrane keyboard, and the performance from the included Killer wireless NIC is good for downloads as much as for gaming. A quick note on the thermals while gaming.  As expected the fans kick up a lot when gaming. No significant hotspots in the keyboard or palm rest while using it, most of the heat appears to be centered at the back side above the keyboard and of course out of the exhaust on the back of the laptop.  If you're concerned about fan sound when just browsing the net or other less strenuous functions, there is a 'quiet' profile as well as a battery saving profile which turns down the usage of the fans so it is less intrusive. This brings me to the sound.  The Alienware Command Center application has prebuilt profiles for different types of sound.  When playing music on Youtube with the music profile enabled it definitely gives a fuller sound, though you must still remember that these are laptop speakers. These are the signature front-edge-firing speakers that Alienware tends to include in their laptops.  In gaming, with the shooter profile, you can tell where it plays up footsteps and gunfire.  In 'com' mode for things like Zoom calls, you can hear voices are improved and it tones down background sound.  The speakers are capable of being very loud, particularly for laptop speakers, however I feel like they could definitely put a little more effort into the sound. I will finish this by saying they are not bad speakers, but not as good as they could be.  You will definitely not want to use them on the default sound profile as it's very bad. To sum it up.  Alienware has released another extremely well built laptop.  The Best Buy version of this laptop has some slight caveats and sacrifices at the price point.  I highly recommend it if you're in the market for a premium level laptop with excellent capabilities.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Powerful and Flashy Gaming Setup
    Reviewed by DaveW - October 28, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Alienware x17 R1 sits near the top of Alienware’s current laptop lineup. This x17 features a large 17” display, per key lit RGB keyboard, and a super sleek design. It’s a fairly loaded laptop, and the only way to get one higher spec’d is to configure it yourself on Dell’s website. Nevertheless, this is one of the more impressive laptops I have had the opportunity to unbox. Benchmarking this laptop places it among other high end gaming laptops in 2021 with its combination of powerful processor and GPU. Specs Processor – Intel Core i7 118000H - CPU 8C/16T @ 2.3 GHz with boost to 4.6 GHz Graphics – NVidia GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU w/ 8GB GDDR6 @ 1750 MHz Memory – 16GB Kingston DDR4 3200 Dual Channel (22-22-22-52) Storage – 1TB Micron PCIe SSD (M.2 NVME) Display - 17.3” 1920 x 1080p LED IPS screen @360Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB with Advanced Optimus Camera – single camera 720p @ 30fps – Windows Hello enabled Network Adapter – 802.11AX (WiFi 6) adapter / 1X Gigabit LAN Port / Bluetooth 5.2 Radio Ports – 1X USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort and Power Delivery / 2X USB 3.2 Gen 1 with PowerShare / 1X Thunderbolt 4 with Power Delivery/ 1X HDMI 2.1 / 3.5mm TRRS jacks for headsets / 1X microSD slot Battery – 87Wh with varying operating times and a 3hr charge while off OS – Windows 10 Home – Several (7) Dell/Alienware Utilities, but minimal other bloat The x17 R1 comes with an 11th gen Intel i7 and 3070 series NVIDIA GPU. The intel processor is a multithreaded Octo core with a 2.3GHz base clock with a single core boost up to 4.6GHz. The RTX 3070 laptop GPU is a slightly cut down version of the full desktop GPU (5120 shader pipelines vs 5888 and a reduced core clock of 1110 vs 1500MHz). The 3070 supports ray tracing and DLSS for some 4K gaming if you connect to an external screen via the HDMI 2.1, thunderbolt 4, or mini DisplayPort. To use this port you would need a USB-C 4.0 to Display port 1.4a adapter. The highest rates supported by these ports are: 4K @120 or 8K @ 60 for HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort. I couldn’t find what the external monitor limit was, but I have a similarly spec’d ASUS TUF laptop and it was limited to 2 external monitors. The x17 comes with 16GB of DDR4 3200 RAM via 2X 8 GB SO-DIMM sticks. 16GB has been plenty of memory for me in the past, but If you are a heavy streamer or content creator then you might need to upgrade. Storage comes in the form of a 1TB PCIe 3.0 M.2 2280 NVME drive from Micron. There’s an additional PCIE M.2 slot available if more storage is need. Both storage slots support PCIe Gen 3 up to 1 TB or PCIe Gen 4 up to 2 TB. The display is a 17.3” 1920 x 1080p IPS screen – Alienware dubs it a WVA (wide viewing angle) panel. It has a super high refresh rate at 360Hz. This allows the screen to display extra smooth visuals and keep pace with the highest framerates a game might put out. The response time for the display is 3ms which is pretty good for an IPS. Only the 165Hz panel the x17 is offered with has a faster response time at 1ms. The display gets Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus and G-Sync support which allows the display to switch seamlessly between the embedded Intel graphics and the 3070. This improves battery life when performing tasks that don’t require the dGPU. Games/Benchmarking I ran the x17 through a series of benchmarks to see where it stood in the world, and against my other similarly spec’d ASUS TUF Dash 15 laptop (Intel i7 11370H and GTX 3070 6GB), and high end (circa 2018) gaming tower (AMD R7 1800X and VEGA64). I ran it through 3DMark Time Spy, Cinebench R15, GeekBench, CrystalDiskMark 6, CPU-Z, and CrystalDiskMark 6. I have included a screenshot of my raw results table. Overall, the benches put it in pretty good standing with other high end gaming laptops, outpaced my TUF, and officially surpassed my full size tower in terms of raw performance. I played a range of old and new games across Steam and my library from the Xbox Gamepass. My favorite game to throw back to on Steam is Portal and Portal 2. These are Directx 11 games that for the most part won’t push the computer to its limits by any means. However, these are games I like to play casually and it gives me a metric for how much the fans might spin up under a low-medium load. I didn’t experience any screen tearing or framerate issues playing these games – all good there. The fans spun up moderately but weren’t audible at all with headphones on. My favorite game to play, even on Xbox, is the Halo MCC. It had no issue running games on the highest settings – both single and multiplayer matches. I tossed on Halo Reaches campaign and played through a mission – RIP Jorge. The 360Hz kept things looking nice and smooth even with a framerate cap at 120Hz. I did have some mild tearing in cutscenes but that was pretty minimal. I’m sure this could have been eliminated by capping my refresh rate. I let my partner’s son test out a few games he likes to play as well. He booted up Geometry dash and Grounded. Geometry Dash relies on smooth screen playback and low input lag. For both of these metrics the x17 performed great. With Grounded he was able to bump the settings up to epic, but encountered some lag and framerate drops. I ended up capping the frame rate at 120FPS and that seemed to smooth things out for him, and I didn’t hear anymore complaints. No matter what games I played the fans/cooling system started to kick up. It wasn’t until I moved into games like the MCC or Grounded that the system fans really kicked up to full blast. One thing I noticed was how much cooler the keyboard and laptop body stayed compare to my TUF. The side exhausts work well and I’m happy with how much ventilation there seems to be. I never felt like the x17 was going to overheat, even if it sitting in my lap while I played a game. Design The design of the x17 is what Alienware calls the Legend 2.0 Industrial Design. What that really means is a sleek outer shell that comes in Alienware’s well known Lunar White. On the screen shell is a large ‘17’ silkscreened onto the surface and the Alienware logo lights up with an RGB LED. Opening up the case you are greeted by a large, center set keyboard that features media controls along the right side. The numberpad is absent on this 17.3” laptop, which somewhat perplexed me since there is ample space. Beneath the keyboard in a large clickable trackpad with multitouch input. Above the keyboard is the power button (an RGB alien head) and a honeycomb pattern of slots. These slots appear to be part of the ventilation and help passively vent some radiant heat upwards. Opening the screen is limited to around 135° by the rear portion of the laptop. Most laptops have all their ports on the sides, but the x17 only has its power cord port (left) and headset jack (right) located near the rear. Spinning around to the backside you are greeted by a loop of RGB strip that encircles the entire I/O port panel. I would liken this back section to my docking station for my work. I wish the power cord would have joined the rear of the laptop – its unfortunate that you will always have that hanging off the side. This setup, I would have to assume, is mainly for airflow/cooling purposes since the sides are lined with vents. The size of the x17 has its pros and cons. The large screen is a benefit if you want to plop it down on a desk and sit back. At the same time a 17” laptop is quite a lot to handle if you have it on your lap. I traveled with it and it was too large to nicely sit on the tray table during my flights. Its also a lot of laptop to carry around – coming in at a little over 7 pounds it’s a good sized chunk of hardware. Overall, the design is the polar opposite of my TUF, which was pretty sleek and unassuming. This design screams gamer to everyone that sees it. It’s a real head turner, and I love how excessive it is. All of the RGB elements are controlled via the Alienware Command Center. You can turn everything off or light it up however you please. The tool is a little clunky to navigate, but it works. Keyboard I was hoping this would come with the slim Cherry MX mechanical switches, but it doesn’t. Instead the keyboard has a per key RGB backlight that is sitting atop a traditional laptop chiclet-style membrane. The keys have decent actuation force and have about 1.5-1.7mm of travel. The main key function is all that is highlighted by the keys’ RGB, so secondary key functions remain unlit. This can be a little hard to see if you turn off the RGB because the shine of the keys allows the reflection of the screen to washout what the secondary function is. Upgradability There are 2 main ways to upgrade the x17 – storage and RAM. There is an available M.2 NVMe x4 slot that supports 1TB Gen3 drives or 2TB Gen4 drives. After installing 6 games I have utilized 1/3 of my overall space. I can see this upgrade being necessary in my future, but for now I have enough space. The RAM is pretty easy to upgrade as well. There are 2 removable RAM sticks that can be upgraded to 32GB per stick (64GB max) at a max speed of 3466Mhz via XMP. There is also the OS to upgrade. At the time of release Windows 11 hadn’t quite rolled out, so these machines shipped with Windows 10. I’d assume stock of these laptops will come preloaded with Windows 11 once the stock of Windows 10 machines is depleted. Final Thoughts Overall the x17 is an undoubtedly cool looking gaming laptop. It has the performance to match the looks as well. I really enjoyed getting to mess around the with lighting and customization. The cooling system is powerful, and appears to be plenty adequate. I like the rear panel design and how it makes the overall setup look more compact and neat. There are a lot of ways to bundle the same core components, so what sets these laptops apart is the overall design and look.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.


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