Alienware 17 ANW17-2136SLV 17.3 inch Gaming Laptop Review

The Alienware 17 ANW17-2136SLV is the latest high end gaming laptop that also has a very affordable price. If you are planning to get yourself a gaming laptop at a decent budget, this is a very good choice. Read this full review to see if this is the one for you!

Design

Build quality is something Alienware devices are known for. That is true in this case as well. The build quality is excellent and we have to say that people at Alienware know the pulses of Gamers. The lighting feature will be loved by almost everyone as it allows you to make the laptop you’re very own.

It might be slightly heavy for a laptop but that is to be expected for gaming laptops. The keypad and the track pad are pretty standard ones and no complaints there. That’s what we have in the design department, let’s see other hardware now.

Display

We have a 17.3 inch full HD LCD display which is just the right size for gaming. The screen comes with IPS (in plane switching) technology which offers good visibility and accurate colors from any angle. You’ll know what it means you see a display like this in action.

You can see a lot of detail in the gameplay, thanks to the full HD resolution of the display. The refresh rate of the display is also pretty decent which means there is very little lag and every movement in game will be smoother than before.

Processor

The beast of a processor that powers the Alienware 17 ANW17-2136SLV gaming laptop is an Intel core i7 processor that clocks at 3.5GHz. This is a 4th gen processor which means it is fast, efficient and also consumes less power.

It can run pretty much any application without any problems. When it comes to gaming, we can guarantee that you’ll be able to run most of the modern day games without losing any juicy details in the gameplay. This processor and GPU combo makes this device a gamers’ dream.

Memory

You get 8GB dual channel DDR3L RAM for memory. Some might think this is low memory for a gaming device but you can still run most of the games without any lag in performance. This amount of RAM is perfect for multi tasking and running big, multi threaded apps.

If you need more memory, you can easily upgrade the RAM in the future as there is provision for upgrading to more RAM.

Storage

The hard drive has a capacity of 1TB. This 5400 RPM SATA hard drive may not be the fastest when it comes to performance but does a great job in terms of storage. It gives you ample space for all your games and even other important stuff like school work, pictures and videos.

The operating system that comes along is Windows 8.1 which is the latest you can get at this point. Windows 8.1 is known to give excellent support for gaming, which is exactly what we want. You also can upgrade to Windows 10 for free once it is released.

Graphics and Battery

The graphics card is like the heart of any gaming system. Here we have an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M. This is one of the best GPUs in the market right now. It comes with a dedicated memory of 3GB which is very impressive. If you are a serious gamer you should be licking your lips with a GPU like this.

The 8-cell 92 WH lithium ion battery makes the battery pack and it holds good for about 4 to 5 hours. Hardcore games will be plugged to the power outlets but if you aren’t you should be safe for quite some time.

Connectivity

There are loads of options when it comes to connectivity. The laptop supports 802.11a/c wireless connectivity which is faster Wi-Fi. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.0 technology. You have USB 3.0 ports that can help with both external connectivity and fast data transfer. The 9-in-1 media card reader can be handy for those who use SD cards a lot. The HDMI port enables you to connect to a higher end device like a bigger HD display.

Verdict

This Alienware 17 ANW17-2136SLV review talked about the best and also some of the not-so-good parts of this gaming machine. It is surely one of the best in the market right now and the 5-star reviews in Amazon prove it. Go get this one if you need a near-perfect gaming machine without spending a fortune. TechWeirdo recommends it.