•  Date Published: 08 Feb 2018
  • Intel Core i7-7820HK
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)
  • 17.3”, QHD (2560 x 1440), 120 Hz, TN + G-Sync
  • 256GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
  • 16GB
  • 4.42 kg (9.7 lbs)

Pros

  • Clean and sophisticated design
  • Impeccable build quality
  • Good keyboard and touchpad experience
  • Supports three M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs
  • Impressive display with excellent image quality, G-Sync, 120 Hz refresh rate and QHD resolution
  • The screen doesn't use PWM for regulating brightness
  • Fairly portable compared to other 17-inch gaming laptops
  • Well-designed cooling system
  • Tobii Eye Tracking system

Cons

  • Short battery life despite the huge 99Wh battery, thanks to the lack of NVIDIA Optimus support
  • Only the QHD configuration comes with G-Sync support
  • Overclocking is possible only through BIOS and third-party software
  • The CPU's stock clock speeds are lower than they should
  • The TN panel has low contrast ratio and poor viewing angles when tilted forward
  • Only two RAM slots

Specs

CPU Performance #113in Top CPUs
  • Intel Core i5-10300H 1.7%
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 2.0%
  • Intel Core i7-7820HK 
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ 0.3%
  • Intel Core i7-8557U 0.4%
  • Intel Core i7-8705G 0.7%
GPU Performance #42in Top GPUs
  • AMD Radeon RX 6600M 16.0%
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 85W) 3.9%
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5) 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 75W) 6.4%
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 95W) 5.7%
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop, 80W) 5.0%
  • HDD/SSD
  • 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 2x 2280 PCIe NVMe (M key) + 1x 2242 PCIe NVMe (M key) 
  • RAM
  • 16GB
  • OS
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Body Material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 424 x 332 x 29.99 mm (16.69" x 13.07" x 1.18")
  • Weight
  • 4.42 kg (9.7 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • HDMI
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth
  • 4.1
  • Audio jack
  • 2x 3.5 mm jacks for headset and external microphone
  • External graphics port for Alienware Graphics Amplifier
  • Features
  • Web camera
  • 1080p Full HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual-Array Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Security Lock slot

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