Dell has owned Alienware, the flashy, gaming-centric hardware maker, since 2006. And the Alienware 17 is arguably the most powerful, best choice for a gaming laptop from Dell. Why? Well let’s start with the graphics card (this is a gaming comp, after all). The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is the cream of the crop for mobile video cards, and it shows with ultra-fast operation and a seamless set of graphic movements and functionality. Speaking of how the graphics look, the 17-inch, virtually immersive screen is the largest that Alienware offers in its laptop line. To be more specific, the display is actually 17.3 inches, and it offers a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s an IPS, anti-glare surface that also employs 300 nits for supremely striking color and brightness.
Now let’s get into the guts of the performance this thing packs. There is a quad-core Intel i7-7700HQ processor that gives you speeds of 3.8 GHz with turbo boost. In other words, this thing is lightning fast. To go with those clock speeds, there’s a huge bank of RAM…16GB DDR4 to be exact. And you can even expand the RAM up to 32 GB with a separate purchase if things are lagging a bit for you. It comes with a 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive that’ll store a small fortune of files, and it all runs on 64-bit Windows 10 HighEnd. There are Bluetooth capabilities and the usual suspects of display ports and USBs for all the peripherals you’ll inevitably need when setting up a proper gaming situation on the go. All in all, this is a competition-ready system.