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Top 5 Best Alienware Gaming Laptops

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Gaming laptops from Alienware are beloved by video game fans. Here are five of the best Alienware gaming laptops you can buy.


1. Best Overall Gaming Laptop: Alienware 17

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This 17-incher’s best feature is its built-in Killer Gigabit Ethernet NIC, which prioritizes your games over other applications. Additionally, the Visual Bandwidth Control center helps you to visualize how your bandwidth is being divvied up.

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Pros:

  • 16 GB of RAM
  • 7200 RPM hard drive
  • Very cool “stealth” design
  • Display has been given an anti-glare treatment
  • Great “command hub” for gamers

  • Cons:

  • Depending on whether you like Windows 8, the presence of Windows 7 here could be either a pro or a con
  • Weighs nearly 10 pounds
  • Somewhat hard to take apart if you want to mod or upgrade
  • Some users have complained about issues with the graphic drivers
  • Some users have complained about issues with getting laptop to recognize peripherals

  • 2. Best 18-Inch Gaming Laptop: Alienware 18

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    This massive laptop has a big, beautiful display…though it is a bit on the heavy side as a result. That being said, this gaming laptop is ideal for gamers who hate having to squint at an undersized monitor.

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    Pros:

  • Four USB ports
  • Large display
  • 16GB RAM, 750GB hard drive
  • Comes preloaded with Dolby® Home Theater® v4 software
  • Want even more? This model comes with optional 1TB Quad Play solid state drive

  • Cons:

  • Depending on whether you like Windows 8, the presence of Windows 7 here could be either a pro or a con
  • Heavy at nearly 12 pounds
  • Intel i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz is solid, but other laptops surpass it
  • When streaming videos, battery life as reported by users is just two hours
  • Somewhat slow to start up

  • 3. Best Cheap Gaming Laptop: Alienware M14x

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    The words “cheap” and “gaming laptop” aren’t a natural match, but the M14x is a surprisingly inexpensive option for gamers on a budget. Costing around a thousand bucks (or a few hundred less if you buy it used), this particular Alienware model runs Windows 8, making it a smarter buy than buying an even older Alienware laptop that doesn’t support Windows 8.

    Don’t care about pinching pennies? There’s a newer version of the M14x available here, and it has upgraded specs.

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    Pros:

  • 500GB on-board storage
  • Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz (3.1GHz with Turbo Boost, 3MB Cache)
  • Has a soft touch finish that feels nice under your fingertips
  • 7.1 surround audio output
  • Comes with McAfee® SecurityCenter (30-day trial)

  • Cons:

  • 14-inch screen may seem to small to some
  • Only 8GB of RAM
  • At over six pounds, not exactly lightweight
  • Some users have reported keyboard leaves imprints on the screen after being closed
  • Some users are concerned about overheating

  • 4. Best Compact Gaming Laptop: Alienware AM11X-2894CSB

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    If you’re looking for something lightweight and compact, the Alienware AM11X-2894CSB may suit your needs. It’s a bit of an older model, so it may not appeal if you’re looking for the latest and greatest. That being said, its age and smaller size mean that you can get it for very little money.

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    Pros:

  • At just over eight pounds, this is the lightest laptop on the list/li>
  • Compact design makes this easier to use for people with smaller hands
  • Comes with 24/7 phone support, one-year limited hardware warranty
  • Includes 1.3MP webcam and microphone
  • Windows 7 Home Premium will appeal to those who got burned on Windows 8

  • Cons:

  • 11.6-inch screen may be too small for some tastes
  • Only has 4GB of RAM
  • A mere Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 1.3GHz
  • 320GB hard drive may be too small for some
  • Upgrading the RAM is possible, but an annoyance for some

  • 5. Best Premium Gaming Laptop: Alienware 18 Overclocked i7

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    Just the word “overclocked” is enough to get most PC gamers salivating. If you have several thousand dollars to invest in your gaming laptop, an overclocked Alienware 18 is a pretty mouthwatering proposition. This particular overclocked job has some impressive specs.

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    Pros:

  • Overclocked Intel i7-4930MX (3.0 – 4.3 GHz) (the fastest mobile CPU you can get)
  • 2TB hard drive
  • Supports Blu-ray
  • Comes with 1 Year Alienware Basic Service, includes in-home service after Remote Diagnosis
  • A serious machine that can handle even the most resource-intensive games

  • Cons:

  • Weighs about 12 pounds, making it annoying to lug around
  • Camera is Full HD, but only just over 2MP
  • Some extras, like laser-engraved nameplates, seem unnecessary to some gamers
  • Runs Windows 7, not Windows 8 (which may not be a bad thing depending on your view)
  • Will take a serious bite out of your wallet.

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