The a soft touch plastic throughout the deck

The Alienware AW17R4 is a heavy duty machine. If you are planning on running VR games, rendering videos, models, images – this will be an amazing fit.I say nothing new when I tell you that Alienware makes good looking laptops. The Alienware AW17R4 has a excellent build quality, it does an amazing job by combining a sleek look, with just the right amount of RGB lightning.Even though it looks like a 17.3 inch gaming laptop, it just looks classier compared to the overdone red and black gaming laptops that are currently on the market.The majority of the Alienware 17 R4 is made out of aluminum with a soft touch plastic throughout the deck and sides.This 17 inch laptop weighs 9.74 pounds, which makes it a desktop replacement with the benefit of being somewhat portable.Alienware decided to place the majority of the ports on the back. There is an ethernet jack, Display port, HDMI, USB Type C. On the left there is a USB 2.0 Type C, one USB 3.0 port and the audio jack.Finally, on the right, you have one more USB 3.0’s.Depending on which model you go for, it can be equipped with a full HD, QHD or UHD display. QHD is the only one that has the 120 Hertz refresh rate and gsync. It all sounds great, but keep in mind that you will have to live with a TN panel instead of an IPS one. It going to be a lot better for gaming, but not the best choice for design work.The colors are accurate.In terms of performance, it can obviously do all the day-to-day tasks, like browse the web, have tons of tabs open, work in Photoshop, do CAD work, but ultimately, this is a gaming laptop. It can easily handle any game at ultra settings while keeping the framerates at 100-150.The webcam of this laptop records in 1080P, but nothing too fancy.The R4 is equipped with Tobi eye tracking, what you can use for Windows Hello facial recognition.The keyboard is nice and plush with soft-touch plastic keys, they are super comfortable to type on.Sound Quality on the 17 R4 is amazing. Even with the two speakers on the front and the subwoofer on the bottom, the volume got loud enough to fill up a medium sized room.When it comes to heat, the Alienware 17 completely nails it. I was super impressed, how well this laptop manages heat dissipation. There was no thermal throttling at all. The fans do get loud, if the temps get higher.There is RGB lighting so the keyboard can be changed to any color you want.The battery inside is 99 watt-hours and averages around 4 hours before needing a charge. When gaming, it is only getting about 1.5 hours or so.The Alienware 17 R4 is a fantastic 17 inch gaming laptop, it is a great desktop replacement and it is somewhat portable.