Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV 17.3-inch UHD Laptop

The Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV is a gem among the mid-range gaming laptops. From crushing the benchmarks to having an unbeatable battery, this rig absolutely rules the gaming world. While the specs found in this machine are also available in other gaming laptops from ASUS, MSI, and Lenovo, the quality, and durability of the Alienware series can’t be found elsewhere.

Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV front

Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV – Design Elements:

The silver colored chassis of the Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV is designed to take a beating. The sharp curves and the Alienware logo on the lid look fantastic, but we miss the huge cooling vents seen in other gaming rigs.

This machine sports a 17.3-inch screen which is better than pretty much anything in its class. At UHD resolution, the screen breathes life into every frame. It produces just the right amount of sharpness, brightness, and color accuracy, so you’ll have a life-like experience while playing your favorite games or watching movies. If you’re low on budget, you may choose the model with a full-HD display.

Overall Performance:

Intel’s 6th-generation Core i7-6700HQ processor provides extreme performance for multitasking. Its base clock speed of 2.6 GHz can be increased to 3.5 GHz via Intel’s turbo boost technology. The 16GB DDR4 RAM which complements the powerful CPU suffices for most processing requirements. However, this Alienware model is also available with 8GB for a reduced price.

The NVIDIA GTX 980M GPU is one of the most powerful laptop GPUs out there. With 8GB of vRAM, it can handle gaming and 4K video playback without much effort.

The 128GB SSD and the 1TB SSD inside the chassis should be enough to store all your files and movies onboard.

Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV keyboard

Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV – Ports and Battery Life:

Dell made good use of the Alienware’s spacious chassis by including a plethora of ports for connectivity. There are three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, a Thunderbolt 3 port, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader and a headphone/mic jack. The 2MP camera, along with the dual mics, provides excellent voice chat experience when your headset isn’t around. The pictures taken by the webcam show enough details with good sharpness and color accuracy.

The Alienware series is known for its huge battery life. Usually, gaming rigs last for about four and a half hours, after a full charge. But, this machine lasted for a little more than six hours which is mind blowing. The only gaming laptop which beats this model is the Acer Predator 17 which lasted for almost seven hours in our battery test.

Software and Warranty:

The Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV ships in with an unfettered version of Windows 10. Dell added some essential utilities like the Alienware Command Center, which lets you customize keyboard macros, and power settings.. The Killer Networking Manager helps you manage your data traffic while the GeForce Experience by NVIDIA enhances your gaming experience.

Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV side

Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV – Verdict:

The Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV deserves a place among the best gaming laptops such as the Origin Eon17-SLX and the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro (Dragon Edition). With a vivid screen, solid build, and plenty of customizing options, it should be your ultimate choice if you’re planning to get a gaming rig for less than $2,000.