Pros: This laptop is amazingly fast. It runs games on high to very high with few issues. FFXIV Heavensword benchmark on very high setting pulled in a 6134. Runs solid at 38 FPS. Games like DayZ ran a lot slower and setting had to be pretty low. Battlefield and COD ran at 38 to 56 FPS on very high. Games like DOTA and LoL ran everything at max setting beautifully. Hard drive is nice and big and works great. I've seen some reviews about screen issues with alienware laptops, specifically this one but I've had none. Even when pushing the computer hard the fans were never super loud. Most of the time I could sit in class and it not be too loud to use. This computer has been worth every penny so far. Computer is very well built and air circulation in the laptop is superb.
Cons: As stated in the title - Driver issues...It took me a few days to get everything working perfectly because of driver issues. Dont' get me wrong, this should not keep you from buying the laptop. Just know you're going to have to do a little work to get it working perfectly. The only other con I would list is the battery life can be very low. You should expect this with a gaming computer though.
Overall Review: - Buy a laptop cooling mat ( Doesn't have to be a super huge, loud, crazy LED one either.) I have a single small fan one that is super for when I'm gaming- Buy a SSD for fun. The HDD that it comes with works great but putting a SSD in it for the OS is a nice touch on the speed side for booting and windows related operations.- Extra RAM is fun but not needed for average gaming.
Pros: Was expecting better build quality for the hefty price tag.
- Aesthetically pleasing to look at.
- Nearly silent operation when performing simple tasks, like browsing the web or taking notes for school. I hadn't thrown any CPU intensive tasks at it since I only had this laptop for a few hours, but I was impressed by how quiet it was while I was in class.
- Boots extremely fast (under 5s)
- Built-in keyboard shortcuts that control lighting and trackpad are genius.
- Keyboard and keymat area feel sturdy yet soft to the touch. Typing is effortless, silent, and the backlit touchpad is just icing to the cake.
- Exactly what I was looking for in terms of specs. Newest gen processor, an abundance of memory, PCle SSD + 1TB for my documents and games, and a 970 graphics card to play Tera with. Future proofed laptop.
Cons: - Does get a little warm after only messing around with settings for a few hours.
- The camera on the specific product I received was hiding within the bezel of the laptop lid. This was the dealbreaker for me (as it should be with anyone...), as half a camera lens can only take half a picture.
- Display scaling for this laptop is set at 125% by default, which causes a lot of issues with blurry text in various applications due to its high resolution in a small form factor. If this was only a problem in third-party programs, fine. But the scaling issue persists throughout system dialogues and the like, so I scaled it down to 100%. I personally was fine with it at 100%, but those who have trouble reading small text might just have to squint to get crisp text, or bear with the scaling issues.
- Cursor jumps while navigating. Quite possibly skews a third of my trackpad movements. When traveling short distances, the cursor tends to move to the new location, then jumps back to its original location. Not a huge problem, but without a mouse, I was clicking on the wrong things a third of the time.
Overall Review: When I first received this laptop and powered it on, it took a few minutes to successfully boot up. The same process happened during the second, third, fourth, and fifth reboots. During the sixth reboot, the laptop was operational within 5 seconds. Every boot onwards from then was also very quick. Don't be discouraged if your first few boots take a few minutes.
I requested a replacement due to the misalignment of the camera, and I will update upon receiving my new device.
Pros: Battery Life
Bright 4K Screen
Cons: Blacklight Bleeding on Screen
Poor Driver Support
Overall Review: I've owned the Alienware m17x r3 from 2011 for 4 years. That machine was fantastic and it was still running todays games but I decided to sell it and upgrade to this model. The most notable improvement from the old model is battery life. I'm truly shocked this thing can manage 4-7 hours depending on usage.
I owned the old 3D m17x R3 and one thing I miss is the 3D 120hz screen. While the screen is very bright and vibrant on this new model. It is not as fluid as the 120 hz screen and I have severe blacklight bleeding in both the bottom corners. Although it is only apparent in dark sceens of games and movies it doesnt make this machine feel like its worth the price tag. The video card drivers from dell also are not updated frequently enough.
Other than those issues though this machine is fantastic and that is why ill be keeping it for years to come. The build quality is second to none. It feels incredibly well built and the keyboard and touch pad are great to work with. The audio quality in my opinion is quite good for a laptop even surpassing the last model I owned which was also good. The games I have played so far (GTA V, Black Ops 3, Fallout 4) have all performed beautifully at 1080p max settings. This machine can even play at 4K if you lower the settings a little. Honestly I prefer the 1080p though. The machine is also smaller than the last model I had by a little bit and feels more sturdy (which is saying something).
If you are looking for a monster laptop with excellent performance, great build quality, and above average battery life. I would highly recommend this. But although the 4K screen does look good it may be better to go with the 1080p one as I hear it is high quality and the 980 doesnt perform as well at 4K
Pros: This laptop is true to Alienware craftsmanship. After the few months of owning and using it is still going strong. Handles everything maxed. Stays cool. The features are still awesome. Good job Alienware!
Overall Review: The killer wifi started losing functions. I checked on the killer site to find I was running an outdated version. Re downloaded Killer Suite from killer site. All options now available and verified working properly. Check for updates frequently if you notice things running poorly. After update this thing still rocks my world.
Pros: Great battery life, extremely good gaming performance, dunno why people think this thing gets hot, mine seems fine after 1 hr of playing witcher 3 maxed out max brightness
Cons: Non so far.
Pros: The laptop worked great for 9 months.
Cons: The laptop broke after 9 months. The USB ports and backlighting broke, requiring a replacement motherboard. The replacement motherboard had broken wifi on installation. Shipped to Dell support when quoted 3-5 days to fix. Motherboard #3 was on backorder for 3 weeks. Complained to tech support, but there was "nothing they could do." There is also only a 90 day warranty on replacement parts.
Pros: -easy to set up and use
-fast and can easily multi-task from start up.
-large display is like a hooking up to an HDMI t.v. and graphics card powers through most anything spectacularly
-long charger cord that allows you to easily move the laptop around without too much fuss or worry about pulling it out or knocking it over if accidentally tripped over.
-the TB HD makes for plenty of storage room.
-as long as the surface you place it on is relatively aerated, fans keep it nice and cool, also dead silent.
-LED lit keyboard and programmable options are awesome.
Cons: -a bit bulky, large and heavy. makes for very few placement or storage options, though a small con at most.
-having a bit of an issue with the wireless card, though it could just be my interwebs.
-the large surge protector can SOMETIMES be a hassle, although having it is much more of a pro then a con.
Overall Review: Overall, its an Alienware, and you get what you pay for. This machine is SO worth the money if you're looking to switch from a desktop to laptop. Powerful, silent and lightning fast. Just the way every computer should be built. Quality is king, and this computer is unmatched. So if you're looking to drop money into something, i highly recommend this laptop.
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.