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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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

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Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 24)

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Features


  • Intel 6th Generation Core i7

Windows 10 operating system

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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.


What experts are saying

Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews

92%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • 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: 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome labtop

    Posted
    RavenX815
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Very great labtop you really get what you pay for. Yes it is very expensive but you can't beat the quality out performs all the competition. Worth saving up for graphics are great strongly recommend buying cool matter for thought can get hot when playing 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 86/100 = Very good quality.
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