Dell Alienware 17 r5, or the fifth rendition of the Alienware 17″ gaming laptops.
It is Alienware’s most powerful laptop, released in 2018. Dell Alienware 17 r5 is a device that combines aesthetics of the past with the future for a unique blend. But it’s not just what’s on the outside. The Intel Core i9 8950HK 6-Core, which can be clocked up to 5 GHz, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 OC with 8 GB GDDR5X make it a beast for gaming. 32 GB of DDR4 RAM only adds to its power. Now add a 2560 x 1440 G-Sync display with 400 cd/m2 brightness, and a 120 Hz refresh rate to the mix for a truly fantastic gaming experience. Colors are vivid, frame rates are high, and the gaming experience is superb – with the Alienware 17 r5.
Coming to the storage, this amazing machine has a 256 GB PCIe SSD along with 1 TB of Hard Drive, giving you enough space for everything. You can even add storage, both in SSD and HDD, but the price will go up – so keep that in mind. All of this is powered by a big battery of 99 Wh, which can last for up to 3+ hours, depending on the usage.
Before I start going into details about each component and how well it fares, let me first give you a brief note on whether Alienware 17 r5 is worth the price tag or not.
The simple answer is Yes, if you’re an avid gamer or if you’re in the market for a powerful device for intense graphic-related work. But it’s not everyone. Dell Alienware 17 r5 isn’t your day-to-day laptop that you can throw in your backpack and take wherever you do. It weighs around 9.74 Lb / 4.42 kg and is a bit larger than a regular 17″ laptop because of the design, which we’ll discuss in a bit.
So buy it –if you want to replace your gaming PC. But if you’re looking for a day-to-day laptop, this isn’t it, chief. With that out of the system, no pun intended, let’s start breaking down this beast of a laptop.
An Alien Design
Alienware doesn’t compromise on its displays, and it shows here. The display is a huge upgrade to the last version. And I’d argue this screen is better than the ISP panels on other Alienware devices. The 17.3″ QHD (2560×1440), 120Hz refresh rate screen is what you’d expect from a laptop of this caliber. The viewing angles are great. Colors are accurate in games, videos, and graphics. Reds are reds, blacks are deep blacks. One thing that bugged me a little was the matte finish. Although it helped reduce unnecessary reflections, removing it would’ve added an extra crispiness to the graphics. I’d argue that a reflective screen wouldn’t have hurt this device because you aren’t taking this device in the sun anyway. Oh did I mention that the Dell Alienware 17 r5 display supports support for Nvidia G-Sync, so there’s that too.
Big Touchpad and Comfortable Keyboard
Better than expected BatteryBattery life isn’t the strongest point of any high-end gaming laptop. After all, every frame, every computation requires power, and the battery can only supply that much. The Dell Alienware 17 r5 lasts more than 3.5 hours when web surfing with normal brightness level. But the competition doesn’t even come close. The Titan and Aorus last 3 and 2.5 hours respectively. This relatively higher battery life is in part due to the efficient heat discharge, thanks to the extra chassis size.
Efficient Heat Discharge
Tobii Eye Tracker
Which configuration is for you?
2.9 GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK 6-Core
Maximum Boost Speed
2666 MHz DDR4
Total Installed Memory
2 x 16 GB
Memory Slot Type
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 OC with 8 GB GDDR5X VRAM
2560 x 1440
Variable Refresh Technology
Storage and Expansion
Total Installed Capacity
Solid State Storage
1 x 256 GB M.2 PCIe
Hard Disk Storage
1 x 1 TB 2.5″ SATA (7200 rpm)
2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1)
1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Supports DisplayPort)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Headphone/Microphone Input/Output
Media Card Slots