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November 29, 2018

Alienware 17 R5 Review – Amazing Graphical Performance with Surprisingly Decent Battery

The latest and greatest Alienware 17 R5 in Australia might be the most gorgeous and super-powerful laptop for gaming Alienware has shipped out to its customers. Though 17 R5 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, rather it lives up Alienware’s legacy in all possible ways.

Comprising a 17-inches screen and chassis weighing in almost 10 pounds, making Alienware 17 R5 undoubtedly massive (heavy and thick). In some cases, a laptop with the same size would be entirely impractical for daily use, if it weren’t packed to gills alongside powerful hardware. Alienware has tried to deliver everything in 17 R5 one would want such as a six-core Intel Core i9 Processor with 32GB of RAM and a GTX 1080 Graphics card. It certainly sounds like a gaming laptop which competes Apple MacBook Pro 2018 to some extent. Let’s find out more in our Alienware 17 R5 review in Australia below.

Price and Availability

It’s been almost 7 months since Alienware 17 R5 started hitting shelves across Australia as official Alienware 17 R5 release date in Australia was April 2018. That means it’s available all over Australia and audience from every city can get their hands on one with immediate effects.

As far as Alienware Price in Australia is concerned, it set users back around AU$2298 with 8GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7-7700hQ variant whereas Intel Core i7-8750H with doubles the memory capacity goes for AU$2999.

There is another configuration with 32GB of RAM, Intel Core i9-8950HK, 1TB of onboard memory which costs approx. AU$5465. That sounds mind-boggling as it has been a while since we have seen the price of gaming laptop notebook go so high. The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 which costs AU$3500-3900 is an excellent option to get your hands on if you’re running out of your budget.

Alienware 17 R5 Specs

The Alienware 17 R5 specifications in Australia include 8GB/16GB/32GB of RAM, 1TB of onboard memory, Intel Core i9-8950HK Processor and 99Whr battery. Other specs are as follow:

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-8950HK
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
  • Display Size: 17.3-inches Full HD 60Hz, IPS Anti-Glare, 300-nits, and Nvidia G-Sync
  • Onboard Storage: 1TB 7200RPM HDD + 512GB PCle M.2 SDD
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X
  • Dimensions: 29.9m x 424mm x 332mm
  • Weight: 4.42 Kilogram
  • Wireless: Killer 802.11 ac, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • Webcam: Alienware FHD with Tobii IR Eye-Tracking
  • Battery: 99WHr
  • Ports: Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, Noble Lock Slot, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 Type-C, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, Headphone Port, HDMI 2.0 and Ethernet

Display and Ports

Backed by 17.3-inches Anti-Glare screen which delivers users robust color and unrivaled brightness alongside amazing viewing angles. Based on several online tests, Alienware hit 110% of sRGB color gamut which surpasses 100% minimum in panels. With a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440 Pixels screen and Nvidia G-Sync Technology, delivers a refresh rate of 120Hz which ultimately makes things smooth and silky. Color gamut-wise, Alienware’s display hit 73% in AdobeRGB color space which is quite impressive for gamers.

The Alienware 17 R5 offers a plethora of ports but there is still something lacking on this beast. You’ll get a noble lock port on the left side of the machine with USB 3.0 Type-C Port, USB 3.0 Type-A Port, a microphone and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The right side is filled with USB 3.0 Type-A port – considering you’d have your mount on that side.

Outback, you’ll see RJ45-LAN Port, a Mini-DisplayPort 1.2 Port, Graphics Amplifiers Port, Thunderbolt 3 Port, HDMI 2.0 Port, and Power Port.

Performance and Keyboard

Equipped with Intel Core i9-8950HK Processor which means day-to-day tasks won’t be an issue, for example, working with office documents, watching a movie and more. Gaming performance-wise, with a hefty 32GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTC 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X, Alienware 17 R5 is already a beast on paper. According to online sources, they ran games at 2560 x 1440 resolution and maxed out graphics quality, running settings labeled as very High, Extreme etc.

Being a gamer or a writer, Alienware 17 R5’s keyboard is great. Coming with a numpad and leaves only a little space to no room for any complaints. Boasting matte-black, closely arranged and rubberized keys provide a typing experience like no other. It comes with a total of 10 macro keys alongside 6 on the left side of the keyboard and 4 on the right side.

Touchpad and Battery

The most important thing which will leave you wanting for more is Touchpad. For starters, the touchpad doesn’t house Windows Precision Drivers. Yes, Dell comes with own touchpad drivers to help you pretend every gesture but for a couple of reasons, it’s lacking the smoothness of an actual precision drove touchpad. On the other side, 4 x 2.1-inches touchpad might seem massive for many but considering the overall body of 17-inches beast, there is a hell lot of space being wasted on a body.

Coming to the battery, normally gaming laptops around don’t tend to last longer and unfortunately, Alienware 17 R5 is no exception. The laptop comes with a 99Wh battery which lasts you about 3-3.5 hours of medium usage with a screen at maximum brightness. Just add a little more load by playing a game, it would last for just about an hour.

Charging-wise, a 240W power brick is able to entirely charge a device in under 140 minutes which sounds a decent enough for a beast like Alienware 17 R5. The machine actually backed by a lot of power but lacks a display and battery life that don’t make it a really productive laptop.

If you use it in your office for graphics designing and video editing, you would definitely consider this once since Alienware 17 R5 is virtuously a gaming beast.

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