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Alienware - R3 17.3" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive - Epic Silver

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Alienware R3 Laptop: With an expansive 17.3" HD display and 4GB dedicated graphics, you can immerse yourself in virtual worlds and take on gaming challenges with ease. The reinforced keyboard ensures smooth response, plus the 1TB hard drive and 256GB solid state drive provide ample storage as well as improved start-up times.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • R3 17.3" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
    • 8-cell lithium-ion battery
    • AC adapter
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 25)

    Features


    • Intel 6th Generation Core i7

    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 ›

    17.3" Full HD display

    1920 x 1080 resolution showcases your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity.

    6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ processor

    Powerful quad-core, eight-way 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 256GB 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 980M graphics

    Driven by 4GB dedicated video memory to quickly render high-quality images for videos and games.

    Weighs 8.33 lbs. and measures 1.35" thin

    Compact power to go, so there's no need to compromise on visual real estate or gaming power to gain portability. 8-cell lithium-ion battery.

    Carbon fiber and anodized aluminum enclosure

    Inspired by aerospace technologies, the rigid yet lightweight frame offers strength and durability.

    Keep your laptop cool during extended gaming sessions

    Copper thermal modules dissipate heat to ensure optimal graphics and processing performance.

    4 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).

    Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer

    Supports select memory card formats.

    Next-generation wireless connectivity

    Connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. Connect to a Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N. The Fast Ethernet LAN port also plugs into wired networks.

    Built-in HD webcam

    Video chat with your family and friends — or with gaming allies and enemies.

    TactX programmable backlit keyboard

    Responsive keyboard with 9 customizable keys capable of up to 19 unique commands. Reinforced steel plate for uniform feedback and response.

    Basic software package included

    Trial of Microsoft Office.

    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.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 25 reviews

    88%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Monster gaming!

      Posted
      Sarloch
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Yeah, it doesn't have an optical disk drive, or even a bay for one. That was the only thing i was second guessing before purchase. But now that i have it, i couldnt care less. Why? Because im getting over 60fps @ 1080p with everything on ultra (minus hairworks) on The Witcher 3! On a freaking laptop! If you're a laptop gamer like me you know how awesome that is. Plus this beast has a port on the back that allows you to hook up a Graphics acceleration box (sold separately) that you can put a full sized desktop GPU inside to use instead of the on board 980m. Not that i have any money left now, but when this thing starts chugging along and getting to that dangerously low <30fps state years from now, i can just upgrade the GPU and keep on trucking on this thing! No more dropping another 2k on a whole new system every 3-4 years! The speakers are top notch (Powerful little subwoofer inside), the LED bling is customizable is tons of ways, the large SSD makes loading times minimal. Even in Fallout 4! I loved you ASUS, but this time, Alienware had the hardware i needed for my price range. Just buy this thing, and you'll be glad you did too :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Alienware, Good But Dell Needs To Up Their Game

      Posted
      TigerBoi
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased this laptop for personal gaming as well as for school being that I am a full time IT student. I figured if I am going to get something I am going to get something I can game plus get through my homework. I love the laptop but I will say Dell has degraded the name of this company. I have had a few issues with my laptop, i.e. I got the blue screen of death four days after getting the laptop because the drivers were not updated for Windows 10 Home. You would think after paying almost $2,000.00 the company would have had everything upgraded from Windows 8.1 drivers. Plus, the laptop runs hot in which I can feel heat dispersing out of the keyboard. I am definitely going to have to buy a cooking device. The other issue I have had is that there is no optical drive in this model. So, you have to purchase an external one. I did receive a free one from Best Buy because I was told there was one when I ordered it, which I appreciate but it's not the quality I would have perffered. Was thinking it was going to come with a bluray optical drive and was greatly disappointed when there was none. The weight of my he laptop is a bit reficulous as well. Would have also been nice if this system would have come with 32gigs of gaming RAM verses 16 gigs. Plus, "looking at possibly getting another graphics card to hook up externally with a separate power supply to boost my gaming experience. I honestly wanted a MSI laptop but Best Buy could not accommodate my wishes because they could not order the item due to out of stock issues. It was greatly upsetting because the MSI model would have been 100 times this laptop with better specs. I guess time will tell and I hope I did not put my faith in Dell again to only be disappointed in the future yet again. Overall, I am happy, next time I hope that Best Buy can order what is listed on their site versuses a customer having to settle on an item over what they really wanted.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Laptop Ever!

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

      I have owned many gaming laptops. The last two I owned were from Asus and while they were great, they are just in a different league from the alienware. This model came with a 256g PCIE SSD. I ordered a second one and configured a raid 0 stripe, so my boot volume is 500g PCIE raid 0. Very fast. In addition I replaced the 1tb hdd with a 1tb sata drive for raw storage. This model supports the external graphics amplifier. It is a must have. i put a AMD 390x in the amplifier and can play Doom on ultra settings. Also having the amplifier future proofs the laptop as newer FULL LENGTH cards can be put in. The onboard 980m can play doom at near ultra settings maxed out, but as with ANY laptop without upgradeable graphics, it was doomed from the day of purchase. Having an upgradeable external enclosure helps a lot with keeping my purchase from becoming outdated. The build quality is excellent and the keyboard is a 10. The track pad is GOOD but not the same as a MAC... The Macs simply have the best track pads in the industry. Upgrading is very easy on this model. Flip over and take a screw off. I highly recommend this model. Spend a little more. Do not buy any model without an external upgradeable graphics option.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Happy But Disappointed

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

      When I was younger it was a dream of mine to have an Alienware Laptop. Finally, this year I got one and was ecstatic. Then I opened my laptop after looking at the box for three days at school. I was so happy until I got asked where's your optical drive. I was dumbfounded that a laptop of this measure would not have bluray player/burner. I was greatly upset and luckily Best Buy made it right. Not even a week and I got a blue screen of death. Luckily it was just a matter of updating my drivers which I was shocked to find out the drivers were not updated for Windows 10. The laptop came preinstalled with Win 10 Home edition, why were my drivers for Win 8.....even worse, most of my internal hardware drivers were also Win 8. It goes to show, that once Dell took over Alienware, they have definitely messed up things. So sad that something I have wasted my whole life, finally gotten, and greatly disappointed.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Absolute Beast

      Posted
      garcia400
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Love the aesthetics (compared to my original preffered company Asus who has been doing G*d knows what after their very successful "stealth bomber" look) and love that I can throw anything at this machine and it makes mince meat out of it. Love not being tied down to red backlights on my keyboard and the DDR4 Memory along with the 6th generation Skylake...you will not be disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      My Bad

      Posted
      gggg

      My bad for buying DELL anything! Laptop does not even have an official branded DELL replacement battery and you will need one because the battery will not last 6 months before it starts to seriously degrade! DELL claims this is "normal" battery! Really? For $2K laptop? Buy yourself a MAC and if you need Windows just install it. MAC = 12 hour battery, hardware A+, support A++. DELL zero, zilch, nada!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        YourDellTeam

        gggg,

        We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry that the battery life on your Alienware laptop is not what you had hoped for. We'd encourage you to reach out directly to our Alienware support team via Email - awsocialmedia@dell.com. Please use your username from this review as the subject line for your Email.

        If you'd like some tips on extending the life of your battery please consider the following:

        Change the Power Plan:

        1. On the notification area of the taskbar, right-click the Battery icon.
        2. On the options list, click Power Options.
        3. Select a power plan on the battery meter, such as Power Saver or Balanced. Windows 10 has a built in 'Battery Saver' mode that can be activated to extend your system's battery life. The Battery Saver mode will monitor and limit background activity and other features such as push notifications. You do have the option to enable or disable this mode within settings or within advanced Battery Saver settings, you can customize the mode to best suit your needs.

        a) Click on the Action Center icon in the taskbar and select the tile for Battery Saver.
        b) If running Cortana then type Battery Saver into the search box and select from the results.
        Within the Battery Saver settings page, you will be able to turn on and off the feature and customize the feature to best meet your needs.
        c) Turn Battery Saver On or Off.
        d) Additional settings available via the Battery use and Battery saver settings links.
        e) Battery use shows further info on apps and their power usage.
        f) Battery Saver Settings screen allows you to customize further Battery Saver feature.

        You can read the full article here -  http://dell.to/2vfXWf4.

        We hope these tips help your battery life last longer for you.

        Best,
        Bryan
        1-800-624-9896 Dell

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      LOTS of bang for the buck!

      Posted
      LLORCA331
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is my 4th gaming laptop and my first Alienware. This thing is crazy fast and although it's a little large and kinda heavy being a 17", it's not has big as, not as heavy as, my last 17" gaming rig. I am able to run my 55" 4K off of the HDMI port and push some games to 4K at 60-80FPS, and others to 1080p at 40-60FPS - all WITHOUTH the external video adapter! The 980m with 4GB is strong! Best bang for the buck in this price range!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing computer

      Posted
      LAFU911015
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is a incredible computer because of all the technologie but I didn't expected to return one. The first computer that arrives show up blue screen, we had to bring the computer back to the store for a return and we get another,now it works perfectly and a don't have any problem. This item is Highly recommended if you play heavy video games.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about touchpad, energy, keyboard and design. Editors are less positive about connectivity and reliability and have mixed opinions about portability. 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 85/100 = Very good quality.
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