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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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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At just over eight pounds, this is the lightest laptop on the list
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
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
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.