RRP 1318.99. Reduced to 1149. Use code PREMIUM to get another 100 off. OR, you can get 114.99 off if you are a student instead of the code.
I know you can probably build a desktop for less. But for some portability is a preference.
I know its not the new nividia 10 series GPU. 17.3'' with GTX1060 costs 700 more.
Alienware seems to be future proof to some extent, due to the graphics amplifier which can be used to plug in any desktop gpu (costs 170 w/o gpu).
Cheapest compareable laptop is ASUS GL702VT-GC018T, which is also selling for 1049, but does not have the SSD.
I believe Alienware is better because;
1. Better heat management
2. Better durability due to better build quality.
3. Better battery life
4. Future Proof due to the graphics amp. (ASUS is due to release a graphics dock of its own later this year)
Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Processor (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.5GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
Windows 10 Home English
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5
17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Panel Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
16GB Dual Channel DDR4 2133MHz (8GBx2)
256GB PCIe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)
Killer N1535 Wireless Card
Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard
Retail Standard Service - 15 Months Collect & Return
Front: 34.4mm / 1.354"
Rear: 34.4mm / 1.354"
Height (base): 23.9mm / 0.94"
Depth: 291.9mm / 11.49"
Width: 430mm / 16.93"
Average weight: 3.780Kg / 8.33Lbs2
1 Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet IPV6
3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
1 Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with Support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort)
1 Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
1 HDMI 2.0 Output
1 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
1 Noble Lock Port (Cable and Lock Sold Separately)
AlienFX Lighting Zones
10 unique programmable zones with up to 20 distinct colors providing over 10 trillion lighting combinations
FullHD 2MP Camera with dual digital microphones
Exterior Chassis Color
4-Zone, multi-color RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls and numeric keypad
9 user-programmable keys providing up to 19 distinct functions per application or game
Software: Alienware Command Center
AlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator
Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)