Alienware - 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive - Silver

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Alienware Laptop: Tackle the gaming world with this 15-inch Dell Alienware laptop. Its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card provides high-definition images, and its Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and 16GB of RAM ensure that even the most demanding games run smoothly. This Dell Alienware laptop has a 1TB hard drive to save all your gaming data.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Alienware 15 R3
  • 4-cell battery
  • Power adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (207 out of 237)

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Features


  • Intel 7th Generation Core i7
  • Windows Mixed Reality Ultra

Windows 10 operating system

Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

15.6" Full HD display

The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles.

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ mobile processor

Powerful quad-core processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.

16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming

Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.

1TB hard drive and 128GB solid state drive (SSD) for a blend of storage space and speed

The hard drive provides ample storage, while the SSD delivers faster start-up times and data access.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics

Backed by 8GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.

Windows Mixed Reality Ultra Ready

Push your gaming and VR exhilaration to the limit with Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. This PC is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality headsets.Learn more ›

Weighs 7.69 lbs. and measures 1" thin

Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.

Bluetooth 4.1 interface syncs with compatible devices

Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

2 USB Type-C ports

To maximize performance on the latest high-speed devices.

2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices

USB 3.0 ports are backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

HDMI output expands your viewing options

Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives

This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video — plus power over cable for bus-powered devices — ideal for digital content creators.

Wireless network connectivity

High-speed wireless LAN built into the screen, so it connects to your network or hotspots on the most common Wi-Fi standards in both laptop and tablet modes.

Basic software package included

Trial of Microsoft Office.

Additional ports

Headphone/microphone combo jack and mini DisplayPort.

Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


Overall customer rating

4.5
88%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.1

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Designed Laptop at a great price point!

    Posted
    Tetrall

    Hello, thanks for reading my review. As a long time gamer and system builder, I have a pretty good handle on what is essential for a smooth running computer, and if you just want a gaming computer that does that, this is one worthy of your consideration. If you want a better idea of why that is, keep reading. Alright - Firstly, lets look at some basic internals. CPU: i7-7700HQ - This is the cooler running mobile solution from intel for a high end processor. It is a touch overkill for current gaming, but an excellent component that will help prevent you from bottleneck issues down the road. Excellent choice Best Buy, 5 Stars! GPU: GTX 1070 - I would say that this is about as large a GPU as you should put in a 15" gaming laptop due to coolling considerations. It will run all current AAA title games with ease at 1080P screen resolution. 5 star component! It also pairs excellently with the ISP panel, speaking of which... The 60Hz IPS 1080P Panel is G-SYNC: My word, I was pleasantly surprised by the color and brightness of this particular 15" 1080P IPS panel. Now, a word to Best Buy's advertising, if you're selling a 15" Gaming Laptop with a 60Hz IPS G-SYNC panel, you ought to make that a big part of your pitch. Nowhere on the website could I find a reference to the refresh rate or the expensive G-SYNC chipset. I had assumed it was a bare bones 60Hz IPS 1080P screen not the higher grade, tearing free, high performance option that I received. Thank you, Best Buy, but don't sell yourself short. Cooling: The fan system is impressively quiet even under gaming loads, I have not been distracted at all during my gaming and have experienced zero throttling. Storage: 128GB of SSD and 1TB harddrive is an adequate solution, it is one of the weaker points as a larger SSD would have been faster but I can't fault a corner cut here, it's not as important to performance. Memory: 16GB DDR4 - Again, like the above, it's totally adequate, not too little and not overkill. If your going to be "just adequate" these are two locations I approve of doing that. The keyboard is very comfortable to type on, they aren't mechanical keys, but they do a fine job with good travel and resistance. It's a little tight for typing but you'll learn to love it. Trackpad: It works and doesn't screw up, I always use a mouse anyways. -------------------------------- The above topics were the core to what makes a good gaming laptop. The next points are the gravy. Connectivity and compatibility - Talk about having all the right extras. This computer has every essential connection including Thunderbolt 3, 2xUSB Type C, USB, and display port. It even has wireless bluetooth which means you can use those fancy headphones without the cords. Best of all, most of those ports are located on the back side of computer keeping the sides uncluttered for a better experience. Chassis - Rock solid, built to the hilt with metal and high quality polymers. It also has RGB lighting that can be customized to your own liking, including disabled for officer workers who moonlight as gamers. Ok, so is there anything about this computer that isn't likeable? Well, if I were to give it one downside, it would have to be the weight. That was a purposed design choice as the additional space was given for better cooling and improved performance without greatly increasing the price. If you plan on lugging this thing to classes all over campus you might want to consider something lighter but it's doable, even if it's not optimal. Battery life is not super great, even with all the ample battery that has been added to this beast. Just keep the thing plugged in while gaming, no one actually games with it unplugged anyways. One of the best purchases I have made in a long time and I can't complement Best Buy enough at putting this system together. Usually I can find something I don't like or that doesn't make sense in a pre-built system but in this case, each and every component melds into a seamless optimized gaming machine for a great price. No corners were cut that drastically effect quality and the overall design is as flawless as I've seen. Well made Dell and well chosen Best Buy! I'll be back soon to see what else you can come up with!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lots of Power

    Posted
    lemonkake
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I needed a new laptop since mine was falling apart and I was looking into getting a laptop for multimedia since I am going to major in that field. I was looking into both macs and gaming laptops. I like the mac for the nice sleek design and longevity. I saw in one of my local stores, there was a 512gb macbook pro as a open box a little over $2000. Even though that was a smoking deal, I still waited a week because it was still a large lump sum to stomach for only my productive needs and no gaming aspects. After doing some more research, I realized that to get a gaming laptop with specs I wanted, I would have to order it online. The only one that fitted my needs was the Alienware 17.3 incher they had out on display in their store, and I was not about to settle for something so huge! When I went back having it set in my mind to just grab the macbook pro I saw this puppy in the open box area. It was an online order returned and at 1/2 of the cost of the Macbook open box I was considering! It was like a godsend! I snagged it up real quick since it has all the power of the 17.3 Alienware displayed but in a smaller package. Not only would this suit my productive needs as a multimedia major, but I could also game with this that I knew a macbook would lack in. Best decision ever! Now I have the option of gaming with high graphics games like Witcher (witcher 2 and 3 runs smoothly on high settings!), Mass Effect, and even doing VR. Still learning my programs for music production to truly test the machine. But I'm happy overall with my machine! Built solid and with little issues. PROS: -beautiful display! bright, sharp! -LOTS OF POWER! -love the custom features -less bloatware than other PCs -decent battery for being a power house (3-4hrs of use) -modifiable, can upgrade to 32gb of memory and has 2 slots for m.2 SSDs -includes SSD CONS: -HEAVY, compared to MSI and other 15.6 inch gaming laptops -no touchscreen, music editing would be much easier with a touch screen vs mouse -Alienware FX program used to change the RGB lights for keyboard is GLITCHY, Sometimes lights work and doesnt work. Must restart PC every time they dont come back on from sleep mode -does heat up quite a bit, but also to be expected with the beefy processor and graphics card -small SSD, would prefer 256gb to start

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good computer, but some flaws

    Posted
    wem003
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    First, the performance of the machine was stellar. This was the version with a 128gb ssd, 1tb hdd and the GTX 1070. Game performance was great - it had the Gsync screen and I had no tearing, AA worked great and the machine stayed cool. The not so great... - When playing older games (TF2, Portal 2) the fans would spin up and while probably quiet for this class of machine, it was too loud for me. Look for the full review on notebookcheck.com and look at the emissions section. - Heavy. The day I bought it I was deciding between the 13" and this, and decided I wanted the 1070, but in the end I wish I'd gotten the smaller machine. - Big. The machine is just big - I had a hard time fitting it in my backpack, and while it was very solid and had great build quality - it was just a bit to move around. - Fingerprint magnet. The soft touch surface for the palm rests and elsewhere really show fingerprints. - I intended to use this as a desktop replacement and then do some gaming in other parts of the house. While battery seemed like it would hold up to 2 hour gaming sessions, a spare power adapter (the main work area would have had it run under the desk) is quite expensive. - You can't have the lid closed and have it plugged into an external monitor and turn it on easily. Older Dells sit in real docking stations and that's great - but I just wanted a usb-c dock and wake on USB. To do this you need to enable it the bios, change the power plan settings to do nothing when plugged in while the lid was closed, allow USB to wake the computer, and then go into the device manager and allow specific USB devices to wake the computer. I couldn't get it to work with a mouse or keyboard, but it did finally work after I introduced a powered usb 3.0 hub in the mix. I have no doubt there might have been an easier way, but I got tired of trying different things I found on line and this seemed to work. In the end, I chose to return the machine. The size, the fan noise and the wake on USB issues were too much for me given the price. I've since decided to wait for the 13" to go back on sale and grab that - at least then the size and weight will be addressed and if I want to do something with tougher games, I'll add the Alienware Graphics Accelerator. Best of luck to those buying it. If you can deal with those issues - its a fantastic machine, but didn't quite meet my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Device

    Posted
    OridinaryJoe

    So I received my alienware around August 23, with the minor annoyance of my first device being defective so Best Buy gave me a new one. Which was much better. Pros: 1. Build: The build quality is solid on the alienware the keyboard doesn't flex and there is minimum screen flex. I wouldn't worry about dropping my alineware, but there is no way in the world were I'd drop an machine that's $1,800. 2. Gaming: This machine is a beast at gaming the G-SYNC monitor plays game smoothly with out any screen tear. On more demanding games like Elite Dangerous you can get around 60 FPS on 1080p and on moderately demanding games like most shooters you can peak at 143 FPS depending on your graphics settings. 3. Media Consumption: I'd watch any movie on this the 15" screen makes movie watching very comfertable combined with the almost "surround sound" speakers it is quite the enjoyable experience. The speakers on this is phenomenal it gets louder than the fans when gaming. Though this isn't particularly built for netflix n' chill it gets a little hot when the ventilation is covered. 4. Screen: the 1920 x 1080p 15" FHD IPS screen on this provides nice viewing angles. 5. Upgradeability: This system is very upgradable the back is easy to access if you want to upgrade your RAM in the future. You can also connect an Alienware graphics Amplifier to update your graphics driver. 6. Long battery life although if you plan on gaming under battery that would probably give you around an hour. Cons: 1. Weight if you're looking for a system for school use/gaming this is not the one it weighs around 5 bl and let me tell you from first hand experience that it's horrendous to carry around school all day. Get the MSI stealth 15" or the Razer Blade if you want a system for school/gaming. 2. USB ports you only have 2 USB type 3 ports one USB type C port and one thunder bolt port. Not enough ports an average gamer takes up two of those USB ports so that leaves no room for anything else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome laptop

    Posted
    Gom3Mari

    I first tried HP spectre x360, and it was not my ideal after first two days. The laptop was becoming so hot and the fan noise was too much that I was not able to bring it to outside. I returned that gear and got this one. I love this computer with following specs: 1. i7-7700HQ (Quad Core, and it's much faster than dual core that I had, my hp spectre x360 was i7-7500U and it was reacting slow) 2. GTX 1070, the best graphic card in my life. 3. The weight (Even though it's still kinda heavy, they decreased about 1.5 lbs from previous one, and my very first laptop was 12lbs.. so I still love 7.5 lbs) 4. Ideal Ram capacity (16GB) 5. Battery amount (99 Wh if I saw correctly?) Cons 1. Weight (compared to ultrabooks which are around 4lbs) 2. The size of SSD (since it's only 128 GB, you have to care when you actually download the software. Make sure that you install to the HDD not on SSD, You need certain empty amount in SSD required to keep it fast) 3. It could be a little bit pricey for people who have limited budget, but I think this is worthy getting. P.S. I love overall design of this laptop. Some people could hate this kind of model, but I desired for this kind since high school... I hope my review could help :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good but with flaws

    Posted
    sapd
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The SSD is a small capacity and should be upgraded IMO. Right out of the box the Windows 10 system image/restore function was non functional when creating a recovery disk via a USB 3.0 optical drive. Geek squad tried to correct this but were unable to do so using any USB device as the recovery drive. The only solution is to go into recovery mode within windows. The system image can be accessed on a USB device (HDD) and successful restoration can be made then. In the event of a C drive hardware failure one would have to install a new drive, reinstall windows in order to have recovery options, and restore a saved system image. Were USB recovery option viable then reinstallation of Windows would not be needed. USB recovery options have worked fine until the latest build of Windows 10. A new Alienware laptop should work correctly out of the box and if a major component of Window is deficient in any way a fix should be available or knowledge of one being worked on should be available. If you want to use this function be aware. A 3rd party backup solution may be a better way to go.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Gaming Computer

    Posted
    David
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I received this computer as a gift for Christmas. It definitely has some weight to it but it is sturdy and constructed well. It runs perfect and I like how well the software specific to Alienware doesn’t bog the computer down. As soon as I got the computer I ran a VR benchmark on it and was surprised to see how well it performed. Definitely as close to a future proof computer as you can get. The only con I would give this laptop is the fan noise while intense gaming and the weight of the laptop but that is only if you are very picky. All of the lights you can see in the photo can be individually changed to multiple color types. The face recognition also works very well. I haven’t had a single problem with this laptop and am very pleased with everything it has to offer. It handles every game I throw at it on max settings so far, the most intensive game being Skyrim fully modded for 4k and it runs smooth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Temperature Issues and Poor Customer Service

    Posted
    Murph
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Constant overheating issues with this laptop. 85-95 degree average temperatures on a cpu stress test. Horrible paste job on the cpu and gpu.Dell customer service is absolutely horrible and will do everything they can to try and put you in the wrong. Had 2 techs come out to service the laptop under warranty. First tech fixed heating issues with new heat sink sent by Dell, but he messed up my video cable and caused my screen to not work. Second tech replaced the mobo and fixed screen issues, but the heat issues came back. Ultimately I cannot recommend this laptop, or any Dell / Alienware product, to anyone. I returned the laptop to my local Best Buy because it was still within the return period. Happy to be an elite plus member, because if I wasn't, then I would have been stuck with a leg warmer. If anyone has questions regarding this laptop just reply to my review and I will gladly give more information on why this product is not a good choice.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about touchpad, image quality, screen and keyboard. Editors are less positive about sound and portability and have mixed opinions about usability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 91/100 = Excellent quality.
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