If the Alienware 15 R3 is a tank, its 17-inch large brother, the Alienware 17 R4, is extra of an AT-AT, stomping on every thing in its path. 

The 17-inch mannequin begins at $1,350 (£1,500, AU$2,800), which is just $100 greater than the 15-inch’s base worth, however that is with a Core i7 as an alternative of Core i5 — except the marginally smaller measurement actually issues to you, the 17-inch is definitely a greater worth.

Our check configuration prices about $2,750, which looks like a very good worth given the parts. The closest configuration within the UK is £2,757, with a distinct model of Killer wi-fi; costs begin at £1,500. In Australia, it is AU$5,000 with options beginning at AU$2,800.

There are numerous show choices: a fundamental 1,920×1,080 60Hz IPS 300-nit panel, the identical however G-Sync enabled, a QHD (2,560×1,440) 120Hz TN 400-nit G-sync with Tobii Eye-tracking, and a UHD (Three,840×2,160) 300-nit IPS panel with Tobii. You may as well go for an AMD Radeon RX 570 GPU. 

4K in all probability appears fairly good on this method, although I believe 2,560×1,440 is a pleasant worth/efficiency compromise. It really works out to 173 pixels per inch, which makes it sharp sufficient for all types of labor, and a 120Hz refresh plus G-Sync compatibility, which is correct for all types of play. You’ll be able to all the time connect an enormous, high-resolution show to it, and if you happen to do it by way of the Mini DisplayPort, you will get G-Sync assist. 

Specs

Alienware 17 (R4, 2017)

Worth as reviewed

$2,925, AU$5,000

Show measurement/decision

17.Three-inch 2,560×1,440 show

PC CPU

2.9GHz Intel Core i7-7820HK (OC to 4GHz)

PC Reminiscence

16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz

Graphics

8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

Storage

1TB HDD+512GB SSD

Ports

1 x Ethernet; 1 x Mini DisplayPort (1 x G-Sync); 1 x HDMI; 2 x USB-C (1 x Thunderbolt/DP); 2 x USB Three Sort-A (1 charging); mic; headphone/audio; devoted eGPU connection

Networking

Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet, Killer Wi-fi 1535, Bluetooth four.1

Working system

Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit)

Weight

9.7 lbs/four.4kg

Plus, the battery life is not nice with this panel; it makes use of the identical measurement battery because the Alienware 15 we examined (99 Whr) nevertheless it’s driving a ton extra energy and a much bigger display screen for a miserable Three.2-hour life on our checks. 4K would possible tank that much more. Not less than there’s an possibility with 4K and G-Sync (although solely 60Hz) on the higher-end fashions.

Our check system got here with the TN+WVA show, which seems to be a reasonably good compromise in order for you velocity and do not care about colour accuracy. On this case “WVA” stands for “huge viewing angle,” to not be confused with VA (Vertical Alignment) panels. Viewing angle is best than an affordable TN panel, however I nonetheless would not name it “huge.” 

Its colour gamut measures 90 % of sRGB, worse than the same HD panel within the AW15. In apply, video games look advantageous and pop sufficiently. It hits a peak luminance of about 458 nits — typical is nearer to about 320 nits except you allow it on the default 100 % brightness. There’s little ghosting, and at 120Hz video games run fairly easily. When urgent the system, I may see the distinction between G-Sync enabled and disabled utilizing the Metro Final Mild benchmark — some tearing when operating at 60-70fps and 100fps with the refresh fee at 120Hz, for instance. Nothing uncommon, although.

If you need higher colour you’ll be able to all the time hook it as much as an exterior monitor. You’ll be able to join a show by way of USB-C/Thunderbolt, however that is not on the GPU bus; it could possibly solely run off the Intel HD 630 built-in graphics, so no G-Sync. It’s a must to use the Mini DisplayPort for that.

Tobii or not Tobii?

One of many foremost options (apart from the scale) that differentiates the AW17 from the AW15 is the Tobii Eye-Monitoring constructed into a few of the higher-end monitor choices on the AW17. I am not an enormous fan of the attention monitoring; it jogs my memory of Canon’s eye-controlled focus launched to its movie cameras within the ’90s. You discovered it both invaluable or in the way in which. 

Tobii’s system at present works with about 90 video games, not an enormous quantity given the breadth and number of video games that exist. It consists of two sensors beneath the display screen and software program.

In concept, it ought to really feel extra pure than different types of sport navigation, however I discover my eyes wander across the display screen an excessive amount of, and if I begin heading a method with the mouse whereas I briefly look elsewhere, it simply will get complicated. Aiming did not appear any faster or extra exact, both, at the very least in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided — and that is the place I want it most. 

It incorporates a characteristic known as Gaze Hint, the place a blob zips across the display screen to point the place you are wanting, and it was form of enjoyable for five minutes earlier than I began to get a headache. That is actually extra for working with various, hands-free operation in accessibility circumstances than for  video games, although I may see how the know-how typically is likely to be nice in VR. Microsoft’s additionally engaged on including assist for it in Home windows 10.

The system additionally works together with energy administration to wake once you stare upon it, as an example. Good, however not likely that needed.

Some Greatest Purchase shops have stations arrange the place you’ll be able to attempt it before you purchase if you happen to’re on the fence. You do not have to make use of it if it comes in your system, although, and it solely prices additional when upgrading from the bottom show choice to the subsequent one up.

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