Review: Alienware ANW15-5357SLV 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop

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Alienware ANW15-5357SLV

Ladies and gentleman, here it is: a sleek, performance-based laptop that’s heavy on features, but not heavy on weight. The Alienware ANW15-5357SLV is a generation behind its newest line of gaming laptop models, but this good gaming laptop certainly isn’t behind with respect to its features, which all contribute to it being one of the best gaming laptops on the market. Although it certainly shouldn’t be considered a cheap gaming laptop, the Alienware FHD packs a mighty punch, and features all the optimal hardware and capabilities of similar gaming laptops in its price range. However, as far as performance goes, it stands alone. The Alienware FHD, features a 4th generation Intel Core i74710HQ 2.5GHz Processor, 16 GBDDR3L SDRAM, an impressive and combat-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics/video coprocessor, 1 terabyte hard drive storage plus 128 GB SSD Storage, a resounding 15.6 Inch FHD LED-lit IPS Screen, a Windows 8.1 Operating System, and Bluetooth/WiFi capabilities. An eye-opening set of features, this beautifully designed gaming laptop stands out above the rest, and lies in a tier of its own, providing the performance supply for all of your gaming needs.

KEY FEATURES

  • Intel Core i7 4710HQ 2.5 GHz Processor
  • 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD
  • 15.6-inch Full HD, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M 2G GDDR5
  • Windows 8.1

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Alienware ANW15-5357SLV

Top-Of-Class Performance

A prominent feature of any gaming laptop, the Alienware FHD boasts extraordinarily capable gaming performance, allowing flawless performance of high-demand games such as The Witcher 3 and Battlefield 4, on ultra-high graphical settings. Coping with the intense graphical needs of the aforementioned games requires an arsenal of graphical weapons. Rest assured that the Alienware FHD gaming laptop has all the weapons necessary, and then some. The first notable piece of hardware that should be mentioned is the Alienware FHD’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics/video coprocessor. This graphics processor is first-class, to say the least. On a more interesting note, the Alienware FHD is, by many peoples standards, slightly outdated, having first emerged almost a year ago. With this being taken in to account, the NVIDEA graphics card that the Alienware FHD possesses outpaces the graphics cards that are found in most of the newer gaming laptops, with some of these laptops being almost a full year newer than the Alienware FHD. This, alone, speaks volumes on the performance capabilities of this mighty machine. Additionally, the graphical capabilities of the Alienware FHD’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics/video coprocessor are very likely to be unrivaled for the next 3-4 years, depending on how fast technology advances, with respect to graphics processing. If you buy an Alienware FHD gaming laptop, you’re guaranteed to have top-notch gaming performance, for a long time. In addition to excellent performance across many types of high-quality games, the display of the Alienware FHD is awe-inspiring, and will leave a dazzle in any computer gamer’s eye. Featuring a 15.6 Inch FHD LED-lit IPS screen, the Alienware FHD tops off its graphical capabilities with almost unrivaled brightness. This brightness is the icing on the cake for an already incredible visual experience. In addition to the graphic performance of the Alienware FHD, this gaming laptop is incredibly mobile, a highly-coveted feature for any gaming laptop. With most high-class, hardware-heavy gaming laptops on the market today, a reasonable expectation is for these “mobile” computers to be quite heavy. With the Alienware FHD, however, this is not the case. With the total weight being just shy of seven pounds, this gaming laptop provides flexibility, mobility, and ease of transportation, although its hardware deceivingly gives the gaming laptop a heavy connotation. Supreme visual and internal performance of the Alienware FHD is amplified by its light weight, as well as its ease of transportation.

A Few Issues

With every good gaming laptop on the market today, there are going to inevitably be flaws. With the Alienware FHD, however, these flaws are few and far between. A few noticeable issues with this engine of a gaming laptop relate to keyboard problems, connectivity issues, and heating. Firstly, the keyboard doesn’t come equipped with a number pad. If you do your research before purchasing this gaming laptop, and see this feature, you’ll certainly want to assess how valuable a conventional number pad on a keyboard is to you. Ultimately, it boils down to how often the use of a number pad is, for personal gaming purposes. A second issue would be the lack of a serial VGA port, as well as a lack of an internal DVD/CD player. The recent emergence of the Steam application and the vast library of remotely downloaded and purchased games it offers is enticing to many gamers today. With this being said, if you like to purchase your game software in store, then this gaming laptop isn’t for you. If you like to watch DVDs on your laptop as well, then this gaming laptop isn’t for you. The final noticeable issue with this laptop is the overheating. Temperatures sometimes sore up to 45-55 degrees Celsius, almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is quite alarming, and a cooling pad will certainly be a necessary purchase upon buying this gaming laptop.

 

Alienware ANW15-5357SLV

To Conclude

All things considered, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives, and if you’re willing to sacrifice minute, unnecessary external features for top-of-class gaming performance, then look no further. The Alienware FHD delivers sensational graphic performance, contains gaming hardware guaranteed to knock your socks off, weighs two times as less as a standard gaming laptop, and features a sleek, modern look. The graphical performance can run the most intense, high-quality games, on the most intense, high-quality graphic settings. The gaming hardware is performance heavy, but isn’t heavy enough to break your back, if you walk around with it. The laptop itself is lightweight, and extremely portable. If you’re looking for a gaming laptop that can play any game, on extraordinarily high graphical settings for the next 3-4 years, the Alienware FHD is the gaming laptop for you. Kudos to the Alienware community, for an exceptional piece of gaming laptop art.

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8.5

Design
8.0
80%
Graphics
8.0
80%
Battery
7.5
75%
Speed
9.0
90%
Keyboard
9.0
90%
Speakers
10.0
100%
Price
8.0
80%

Pros

Lightweight
Mobile, superior performance
Plays any game with super-high graphic settings

Cons

Overheating
Lack of external features/capabilities

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