Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV – Review


  • Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5 RAM.
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM.
  • 256 GB SATA SSD with 1 TB HDD storage
  • 17.3 inch with in-plane switching based LCD technology Display .
  • Windows 10.
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When you talk of Alienware you think of an outstanding gaming laptop that has all it takes to play graphically-demanding games.

And YES, this has been continuously proven with the Alienware AW17 R3 which is simply amazing, not only with its looks which is quite monstrous, but also with its speed, storage, and graphics all put together with master craftsmanship to provide a leader in gaming laptops.

Performance in Games


The Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV has a quad core processor core i7-6700HQ with a 2.6GHz rating, which is impressive, with 4 processors working hand in hand you is sure of pretty fast handling of performances.


The NVidia GeForce GTX 980M with a 4GB graphics card RAM uses G-SYNC technology, which is dedicated solely for graphics and video this makes sure you get quality graphics.


The Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV has a 16GB DDR4 memory which offers greater range of available clock speeds and timings which is quite important during game time, the size is also good and can handle loading of games faster.

When it comes to power the Alienware AW17R3 is not a let down. With a powerful processor such as the Intel quad core i7, you are sure for a smooth running process and the games with also enough storage to install the games you love.



The Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV has an anti-glare screen with a 17.3″ display with in-plane switching based LCD technology that offers clear colour and clarity. It has a maximum screen resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels which is astonishing with extra wide viewing angles.

Connection and Ports

The Alienware 17 R3 has got a lot of connection ports, on the right side there is 9-in-1 media card reader, a USB type-C with support for super speed USB 10Gbps and a thunderbolt 3 technologies, USB 3.0 ports and an RJ-45 gigabit Ethernet IPv6. At the back an Alienware graphics amplifier port and a HDMI output on the left a power/DC jack, noble lock port and a headphone and microphone jack.


The laptop comes equipped with a 256GB SATA SSD with 1TB hard disk drive storage.


The Alienware 17 R3 audio is powered by Klipsch and creative sound blaster X-Fi technology, decent sound and audio system.


The Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV is made of an aluminium chassis with a silver colour.

It is pretty big and wide with the signature Alienware logo placed at the centre of the top lid, with most of its design the usual Alienware trademark it is amazing and beautiful. It has an amazing keyboard and touchpad.


It is quite silent when not playing, but during intensive game play the fans make a humming noise when cooling the system and there is slight noise coming from the air vents.


During intensive game plays it heats up, especially at the bottom, but the fans cool the system and hot air is channeled away through the air vents.


At 16.9 by 11.5 by 1.4 inches (HWD) it is heavy at 8.3 pounds and it would not be that much fun walking around with it.

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My Thoughts

The Alienware AW17R3-8342SLV is a fine laptop with a splendid build quality, a nice FHD screen and good gaming performance and it thereby makes this list due to its prowess. It has a graphics amplifier to boost its graphics. The only problem is that it requires a lot of upgrades but it’s generally a good laptop.



  • Good graphics
  • Good battery life
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  • Requires upgrading
  • Heavy
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