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For full specifications see the Alienware 18 Laptop specifications page.
|Name||Alienware 18 Laptop||other configuration|
|Processor||4th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor||i7-4710MQ @2,5GHz|
|Screen||18.4“ WLED FHD (1920 X 1080)||same|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB||16GB|
|HDD||1TB SSD||SAMSUNG SSD PM851 mSATA 256GB + TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100|
|Optical Drive||None||HL-DT-ST DVD+/-RW GS40N (LG Slot-In)|
|Graphics||Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M||Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M|
|Network||Killer Gigabit Ethernet NIC |
Broadcom 4352 802.11 ac 2×2
|Killer E220x Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Atheros Chip) + Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260|
|Screen||Excellent||it displays my KDE…|
|HDD||Excellent||it stores my data, even veracrypt-encrypted…|
|Graphics Chip||Fair||cannot get SLI to work!|
|HDMI Out||Not Tested|
|Display Port||Excellent||works fine with proprietary nvidia driver|
|Sound||Excellent||sounds good - pretty big speakers for a laptop!|
|Headphone Port||Not Tested|
|Microphone-In Port||Not Tested|
|Line-In Port||Not Tested|
|Ethernet||Excellent||ARCH Linux: works fine out of the box|
|Wireless||Excellent||ARCH Linux: take care to choose the right Network Management System|
|USB||Excellent||impressive speed with a decent USB 3.0 HDD|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|TouchPad||Not Tested||using USB-Mice…|
|Suspend/Resume||Excellent||ARCH Linux, using systemd|
If you want to keep UEFI-SecureBoot enabled, you'll have to use rEFInd as boot manager. See http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/secureboot.html for instructions (take the “shim” way). Your kernel must be signed each time it changes.
When using NetworkManager as network config system, make sure to have dhclient installed. ARCH Linux “netctl” system somehow broke after a week on my laptop. WiFi did associate, but it couldn't set up IPv4 address and a working routing table.
I'm running KDE5 with compiz-compositing - great visual experience!
There will be issues and it takes some time to set up a well-working system. Ubuntu-losers should rather not try (sorry, but Ubuntu is for those who don't know what they're doing).
Stefan /*St0fF*/ Huebner, running ARCH Linux next to Windows 8.1 on the Alienware 18 as a software development workstation.