Last year, Alienware unveiled their new 17 line of laptops. This year, they’re bringing out the latest iteration of it, dubbed the 17-R2 (at least from what I’ve seen on screenshots of pages now fixed from their site). The page now says that there are two Alienware 17s – one having its current configuration, and one with new 900-series mobile GPUs and more goodies. Let’s take a look at Dell’s refresh of their 17” mobile battlestation, before we’re intended to by its’ creators.
First off, from the pictures on the website it looks identical to the old 17. These may just be placeholders, but I’m not sure as the M14x R1 and R2 looked identical as well. I’d just like to put it out there that all pictures I show in this article are and are showcasing property of Dell; I do not own them, and are using them under the United States’ Fair Use act.
First off; the specs. There are two options for graphics this time around, the 3GB Nvidia GeForce 970m and the 4GB Nvidia GeForce 980m – the latest Nvidia mobile GPUs. It sports a 17.3” FHD 1920×1080 display, coming in a standard and touchscreen variety. It has an internal soundcard sporting the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi MB3 software, and a 2.1 Klipsch audio system with subwoofer (7.1 supported through HDMI-out). It has a webcam, two Killer Wireless network cards to choose from, a gigabit ethernet port, 4 USB 3.0 ports (1 with PowerShare technology), an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port, an HDMI 1.4 port, a 9-in-1 card reader, a headphone jack, line-in jack, and a Noble Lock port. The keyboard is a full, AlienFX supported keyboard with a numpad and 9 fully programmable macro keys. It comes with either Windows 8.1, 8.1 Pro, or Windows 7 Professional. This whole package weighs in at a whopping 8.73 pounds; heavier than my fully-grown 8-years-old Teacup Poodle (she’s 6 pounds).
Here are some screenshots of Dell’s website page for this laptop, which I’m pretty sure isn’t supposed to be public yet:
I’m curious to see Dell’s reaction to having their latest laptop model out in the open before it’s intended by accident (most likely an accident). Stay tuned here at Gaveroid.com for more tech news on subjects such as the Alienware 17-R2 gaming laptop leak!
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