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Alienware 17 review: Beauty and beast in one gorgeous gaming notebook

At a Glance

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At a Glance

The Alienware 17 is undeniably attractive and incredibly powerful, but only hardcore gamers will want to take this 9.5-pound beast on the road.

Price when rated: $2968


  • Rugged yet pretty chassis
  • Exceptional performance
  • Customizable 10-zone lighting system


  • Relatively short battery life
  • Could use a better keyboard and trackpad
Alienware 17 2014 Edition

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Damaged Lithium Ion battery explodes

Sep 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Japan's National Institute for Technology and Evaluation (NITE) tested a Lithium Ion battery about the size of one used in a cellphone. It was struck with a hammer then left on a work bench, unconnected from any apparatus. The result was explosive.


Damaged Lithium Ion battery explodes

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