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Andrea B.

Andrea B.

Joined on 02/21/16

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A Full month into using it, and happy so far

Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV Gaming Laptop 6th Generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4 GB GDDR5 17.3" 4K Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV Gaming Laptop 6th Generation Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4 GB GDDR5 17.3" 4K Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

Pros: -Its thinner than typical beefed up gaming laptops -Doesn't run as hot as I expected -Incredible display quality, sharpness, and color. Specially good for color and photo editors -The chroma keyboard is super zen to work with -Battery life is super impressive for the amount of power packed into this laptop. I can get 6 hours off it just browsing, youtube, writing. For movies it'll last about 4 hours, more than what the description says, and about an hour and a half while heavy gaming. -Love the matte finish on the inner surface. Dirt and oil hasn't stuck that easy. -Very very fast processing, specially with the PCie tech and if you're using SSD's. The boot time is almost none. Lets wait a few more months after loading it up with files. -Speakers are surprisingly loud and clear. Much louder than my late Asus. -All 3.0 USB ports and the USB C addon is nice, for faster transfer speeds. But it's useless unless you're an editor that needs those extra 40gb/s transfers. I work with film editing, but the advertising fails to mention that you need the expensive firewire cable to get those speeds and a RAID enabled HDDS or SSD's. Should be common knowledge for those who often use it, but the general consumer might not know how to exploit that USB C/firewire port.

Cons: -The battery is NOT removable and it's especially hard to get to. Terrible design if the battery needs replacement. -The casing is plastic and feels specially cheap. I would've imagined a better casing to protect it better from denting. It had a tiny drop inside my backback and the plastic already scraped, ever so slightly. The drop was not a terrible one either, so it makes me afraid of more serious ones and without protection. -The thunderbolt is a nice touch, but it's not super intuitive that, in order to get the juice from it to connect several ports, the auto-shut down of the ports needs to be shut down. This is used to protect the battery juice, but I would rather the ports remain on ALL the time. -Still on the heavy side, but it's to be expected. -The price tag doesn't justify the cheap plastic enclosure, at least not for me. -The Intel Integrated Graphics still needs some adjustment for more natural Graphics switching. Mine insists on using Intel, when Id rather use NVIDIA all the time and the Intel Graphics shuts down my computer on certain apps. Most forums just talk about bad drivers on Intel's part. -I got the 4k screen model and its great for the most part, but a lot of apps aren't yet on par with this display so a lot of things look very blurry and tiny. If you don't work with 4k video, it honestly doesn't matter that the screen is 4k. It's not worth it. If you ARE and editor then I highly recommend it. Most games don't even come in 4k, some do, but a lot of folks report lagging. I haven't had that experience. -The internal components are surprisingly hard to get to, minus the RAM and memory modules. If you like to tear down the computer, the rest is kind of complicated. Best to get it serviced if some day some parts need replacement. I only opened up what I needed to swap the HDD for an SDD. I highly recommend it. And get an aditional M.2 SSD. -The BIOS reports having 4 M.2 SSD ports..... this is a lie.... maybe someone can enlighten me on this. But I only saw two. The description reads that 4 SSD's can be used, OR one SATA and two chips. This needs to be CLEARED UP.

Overall Review: Im a little disappointed that I bought it at an already discounted price, and a month later I come back to find it at $1,869 (original $2,099) When I bought it, it was discounted at $2,099 (original price $2,500 or so) It's only been a month's difference. What gives? Anyhow, I hope I don't get jacked again like I did with my Asus, when I bought it, a month later, a revised model came out. But thats just the tech market, it's unpredictable. So far I AM happy with my purchase, it's a tiny beast, let's see when I get the graphics amplifier, how it plays. I played Skyrim and it runs smooth as butter. My videos render super fast and I can get quick RAM previews on After Effects.