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Alienware 18 Gaming Notebook Review (with Intel Core i7 4930MX)

There’s no denying that the Alienware 18 gaming notebook is a very powerful system targeting the high end audience who want a desktop replacement.  It offers significantly more power than many desktop PC’s we have reviewed this year and there are few laptops out there which will be able to compete.

We love the design of the Alienware 18, it is very dramatic and will attract the eye of people close by which is exactly what a gamer will want when spending a lot of money.  The use of anodized aluminium and soft-touch plastic give the 18 an exclusive look and feel which could only be rivaled by a Macbook Pro.  The integration of customisable LED lighting is ensure to entice those gamers who like to show off at LAN events, too!

Alienware have obviously spent a lot of time perfecting the touchpad and keyboard as they are among the best we have ever used.  They are a far cry from the cheap and rattly keyboards that we find all too often on Clevo based gaming machines.

While the specification of the 18 will vary wildly depending on how much cash you are willing to spend, we would recommend that you upgrade the warranty.  As standard, the 18 only gets a year of cover which we don’t think is enough when you are spending this kind of money.

At a price of around £3,500, our fully loaded version of the 18 won’t suit everyone’s budget, however even the £2000 base system will offer excellent performance and is well worth considering if you’re in the market for a high performance gaming notebook.

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Pros:

  • Massive screen.
  • Unique aesthetics and lighting.
  • Outrageous performance.
  • Excellent build quality.

Cons:

  • Short standard warranty.
  • Expensive.

KitGuru says: An amazing notebook that is more powerful than many desktop systems available today.

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Rating: 9.0.

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