Background and Identification
Alienware is a subsidiary of Dell that focuses on gaming computers. The Alienware brand was founded in 1996 as an independent company. The name allegedly comes from the Alienware founders’ fondness for the X-Files TV show and other science fiction stories. The brand was bought by Dell in 2006. At the time, Dell had its own series of gaming computers known as the XPS series. However, this line was eventually scaled back, and Alienware became the main Dell gaming computer brand.
The Alienware 17 R2 is the second version of the Alienware 17 inch laptop. The 17 series, confusingly, comes after the M17x series. This model introduced BGA-mounted CPU and GPU. Unfortunately, this means that users can’t replace the CPU or GPU unless they change the whole motherboard of the laptop.
The model number on a Dell laptop can be in several different places. Use this Dell support page to find your model number. You can enter this number or the name of the computer into the Dell support website to find troubleshooting help from the manufacturer.
- Width: 430 mm
- Depth: 292 mm
- Height: 34.40 mm
- Weight: 3.68 kg (Non Touch) or 3.88 kg (Touch)
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core i7
- Memory Type: DDR3L
- Memory Configurations: 8 GB, 12 GB, and 16 GB
- Battery: 8 cell Lithium-ion 92 WHr