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Alienware introduces the new Alienware 17 gaming laptop (in pictures)


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Alienware, the pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, introduced its latest and most powerful gaming laptops with the unveiling of the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 at E3 in Los Angeles.  The systems feature a bold new design and extraordinary performance, uniquely engineered to deliver the ultimate gaming experience.


The new laptops include the Alienware 14 for the enthusiast gamer who requires a laptop that provides enough performance for any task, yet is mobile enough to fit into a backpack; the Alienware 17 for an immersive, graphics-intensive experience with the latest technologies for desktop-grade performance; and the Alienware 18, the ultimate gaming laptop that commands respect among top gamers for its unparalleled performance and construction.

All three laptops feature a new, iconic, angular design that takes its cues from jet engines and stealth bombers with an anodised aluminium shell and magnesium alloy body. The latest laptops are exceptionally durable, with over 60 percent of the main mechanical components made of various metals. The keyboard is protected by a reinforced plate to ensure a solid typing experience, while the travel and responsiveness is specifically designed with gamers’ needs in mind. Based on customer feedback, the new Alienware 14 now features an anti-glare LCD display with wide viewing angles for reflection-free gaming in nearly any lighting condition, including a premium Full HD panel option with IPS. For 3D gaming enthusiasts, the Alienware 17 has an optional 3D panel for an immersive visual experience, while the Alienware 18 will feature a Full HD display with PLS wide viewing-angle technology.

Along with the new design, the laptops also feature a number of components that when combined create a superb PC gaming experience. The laptops sport full voltage, quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics. DDR3L memory provides exceptional bandwidth with lower voltage requirements designed for increased battery life, and the laptops now provide support for up to three storage drives on the Alienware 14, and up to four storage drives on the Alienware 17 and 18. For the first time ever, the Alienware 18 will feature NVIDIA SLI dual graphics technology as standard, and the laptop will offer an overclocked CPU option with a maximum speed of 4.3GHz. The laptops all feature Ethernet technology by Qualcomm’s Killer networks, Klipsch speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio.

The updated Alienware Command Center software provides intuitive, user-friendly access to Alienware-exclusive applications and controls in one centralised hub.  Command Center includes the exclusive AlienFX lighting control system which allows users to create their own custom lighting themes and special effects. The new laptops have up to 20 colors to choose from across 10 different lighting zones, totaling to over 10 trillion lighting combinations. Alienware has worked closely with game developers to incorporate AlienFX in over 60 game titles, including cross-platform titles like Anomaly2, to PC-exclusive titles like SMITE and Neverwinter, for an immersive experience that can only be found on an Alienware. Whether healing, taking damage, or completing missions, AlienFX lights are an extension of the game play. Alienware Command Center also features AlienAdrenaline, a custom configurable game and application automation tool, the new Accelerator dynamic performance optimiser, and a new performance monitoring tool.

The Alienware 17 is available to order in UK June 11th starting from £1299 excl. VAT + Shipping.

Here are some more images of the new Alienware 17:


Intel HM87 Express Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-4700MQ (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/Turbo Boost)
  • Intel Core i7-4800MQ (6MB Cache, up to 3.7GHz w/Turbo Boost)
  • Overclocked Intel Core i7-M4900MQ (8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz w/Turbo Boost)
  • Intel Core i7-M4930MX (8MB Cache, up to 3.9GHz w/Turbo Boost)
Graphic Options
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M with 3GB GDDR5
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5
Memory Options
  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
  • 16GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
  • 32GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
Memory Slots
  • 4x 204-Pin DDR3L SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots
Single Drive Options
  • 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s (Standard)
  • 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s + 64GB mSATA SSD Caching
Multi Drive Options
  • 256GB mSATA SSD Boot + 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s
  • 1.5TB RAID 0 (2x750GB 7200RPM) + 64GB mSATA SSD Caching
  • 768GB RAID 0 (3x256GB SSD) + 256GB mSATA SSD Storage Drive
Optical Drive
  • Slot-Loading 8x SuperMulti Drive (DVD +/- R/RW)
  • Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BD-ROM, DVD+/- RW, CD-RW)
Audio Details
  • Internal High-Definition 5.1 Performance Audio
  • 2.0 Speaker configuration
  • Audio powered by Klipsch
  • 7.1 Digital Audio Out using HDMI out connection or S/PDIF Optical Port
Networking and Wi-Fi Options
  • Killer Networks Gigabit Ethernet NIC (Standard)
  • 3G WiFi Broadcom 4352 802.11n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 (Standard)
Display Details
  • 17.3 inch WLED HD+ (1600×900) Anti-Glare Display
  • 17.3 inch WLED FHD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare Display
  • 17.3 inch 120Hz WLED FHD (1920×1080) w/3D Bundle
Exterior Chassis Materials
  • Anodised Aluminium
  • Magnesium Alloy
System Dimensions
  • Front Height: 42.42mm (1.820 in.)
  • Rear Height: 48.46mm (1.908 in.)
  • Depth: 299.0mm (11.772 in.)
  • Width: 413.56mm (16.282 in.)
  • Starting at weight with optional SSD: 4.1501 kg (9.1494 lbs)
Battery Details
  • 8-cell Lithium Ion (86 wHr)
Integrated Camera Details
  • FullHD 2MP Camera with dual digital microphones
  • AlienFX Lighting Zones
  • 10 unique programmable zones with up to 20 distinct colours providing over 10 trillion lighting combinations
  • Reinforced and set on an aluminium foundation for a rigid and sturdy feel
  • 4-Zone, multi-colour RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls and numeric keypad
  • 9 user-programmable keys providing up to 19 distinct functions per application or game
  • Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)
Laser-Engraved Nameplate
  • Displays “Deployed Date”, System Name and the installed CPU & GPU
A/C Adapters
  • 180W
  • 240W
Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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