Pro Good performance
Alienware 17 comes with a GeForce GTX 880M GPU with 3DMark's Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080 benchmarks showing a score of 6101. As of March, 2015 the top GPU has a score of 9774 so this is still a good option.
There are also 2 CPU options - i7-4810MQ and i7-4710MQ with PassMark's scores of 8772 and 8028 respectively. As of March, 2015 the top PassMark score for a CPU is just above 10,000 so the i5-4210M is still a strong choice, while the i7-4710MQ should be avoided.
Pro Crisp 1080p screen
Has good color reproduction at 98.2 percent of the sRGB color gamut.
Pro Comfortable keyboard
Black chiclet keys, numpad. 1.8mm travel and 65g actuation. WASD keys are outlined in white.
Pro Good battery life
Con Somewhat lacking display brightness
The display brightness 218 lux / 215 nits is considerably below average 275-nit & 275-lux.