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Dell X17-2178AAL Laptop Review

February 23rd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Dell X17-2178AAL is a best desktop replacement laptop with 17.3-inches screen. This machine got powerful processor and powerful features. This would be a perfect choice for everyone for the ultimate gaming and entertainment experience. Surprisingly, this laptop weighs just 7.9 lbs though it has 17.3-inches screen. Also, this laptop comes with decent battery backup of 3.5-hours. The mentioned weight and battery backup for big laptop with gaming and entertainment features is quite outstanding. This machine is powered through Intel Core i7-740QM processor.. It comes with 6GB RAM, 640GB hard disk, NVIDIA GeForce GT445M Graphics, 9-in-1 card reader, 9-cell Lithium-ion battery, USB 3.0 ports, webcam, optical drive with Blu-ray disc and many more. Definitely, the investment made on this laptop will result into a long time investment for everyone.

Intel Core i7-740QM Processor Details:

The Intel Core i7-740 QM processor that powers Dell X17-2178AAL  is a fast quad-core processor for notebooks. It is clocked at 1.73 GHz, but it can ramp up its clock frequency  to 2.93 GHz in its Turbo Mode. It features 4 cores and hyperthreading. This is indicating that this processor can work on 8 threads simultaneously. This processor features 6MB L3 cache.

Its Turbo Mode makes the first core fast and single core games like older games will be faster through this Turbo Mode. Definitely its 4 cores and 8 threads will be more advantage for the performance of the notebook. Latest multi-threaded applications will find comfort through this processor.

This processor has integrated memory controller for DDR3 bars and this keep the memory performance at the perfect levels. The TDP rating of Dell X17-2178AAL stands at  45 Watt which is little high and this is due to its Turbo Mode. The laptop should have good cooling solutions for this processor.

Dell X17-2178AAL Pros:

  • Bigger laptop with light weight (7.9 lbs)
  • Decent battery backup of 3.5-hours.
  • It comes with 9-cell Lithium-ion battery pack.
  • It has optical drive with Blu-ray disc.
  • It has 2.0-megapixel webcam.
  • It has NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M Graphics.
  • Its hard drive is huge with 640 GB capacity.
  • It has USB 3.0 ports.
  • It has VGA and HDMI ports.
  • It has Waves MaxxAudio internal speaker.

Dell X17-2178AAL Cons:

  • Little costly.
  • No Bluetooth.



This laptop is powered through Intel Core i7-740QM processor. This processor is clocked at 1.73GHz and it can be overclocked up to 2.93 GHz through its Turbo Boost Technology. It has 6MB of L3 Cache.

System Memory and Hard Drive:

Dell X17-2178AAL is arranged with 6GB DDR3 RAM. This system memory can be increased up to 8GB successfully down the line.

Its hard drive is huge and equipped with 640GB. It is a SATA drive and it rotates at 7200 rpm.

Display and Graphics:

This laptop comes with 17.3-inches screen of 1600 x 900 pixels resolution and aspect ratio of 16:9. Its display type is HD+WLED and supports 900p HD content successfully.

This laptop is arranged with NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M Graphics card. This card supports Microsoft DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0 for gaming. The core speed of this graphics card is 590MHz built through 40nm process.

Optical Drive:

Dell X17-2178AAL  is equipped with one Blu-Ray disc enabled DVD burner. It can read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats.


This laptop is arranged with one 2.0-megapixel HD webcam along with microphone for video chats over the internet.


This laptop is facilitated with integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN to meet all the wired connectivity needs.

There is one built-in Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 wireless LAN adapter to meet all the wireless connectivity needs.

Additional Ports:

Dell X17-2178AAL comes with 9-in-1 card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, one VGA port, one headphone jack and one microphone jack.


This laptop is arranged with Waves MaxxAudio sound and internal speakers. The sound quality through the speakers is quite decent.

Input Devices:

It has full-size keyboard with 10-key numeric pad. Keyboard is comfortable to use.

It has multi-touch support touchpad. This touchpad is quite responsive and easy to use.

Operating System:

Dell X17-2178AAL comes with Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition.

Sizes and Weight:

Width: 16.3-inches.

Depth: 11.3-inches.

Height: 1.3-inches.

Weight: 7.9 lbs.


This laptop comes with 9-cell Lithium-ion battery pack. This battery pack offers 3.5-hours unplugged life for the notebook.

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