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Do R1 , R2, R3, R4 matter much or should i focus on specs for an alienware?

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Should I care about R1 , R2, R3, or R4 or only consider the actual specs of the laptop?


Alienware 17 R1
180W A/C Adapter, 3P
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core 4th Generation i7-4700MQ Processor
16GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
750 GB 2.5inch SATA Hard Drive
Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M with 3GB GDDR5
5 G WiFi Broadcom 4352 802.11n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0
17.3 inch (439.42 mm) WLED HD+ (1600 x 900) Anti-Glare Display
2.0 megapixel FHD 1080p
8-cell Lithium Ion (86 wHr) Battery
English Keyboard

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R# is the generation of that particular model, so larger number = newer machine. The 17 is only on R1, so that's the latest generation. Don't confuse it with the M17x-R4, which was discontinued last year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alienware
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R# is the generation of that particular model, so larger number = newer machine. The 17 is only on R1, so that's the latest generation. Don't confuse it with the M17x-R4, which was discontinued last year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alienware
thank you. I found that out after doing a google search. I should have been more clear. Are there any particular differences between the physical builds that I should want one over the other? I know these specs are great but I'm not sure whether I should want it in an R1 , R2 or R3. I don't know the differences...
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You want the very highest R you can get for the model you're looking at, becase that's the very latest version of that machine. In the case of the Alienware 17 you linked above, R1 is the very highest you can get right now, so that's the ones to look at. When R2 comes out, it will be the very latest version, and you'd want that one.

It might help to look at a condensed chronological list:

M17x-R1 (Discontinued) - Introduced in 2009
M17x-R2 (Discontinued) - 2010 Revision of the M17x
M17x-R3 (Discontinued) - 2011 Revision of the M17x
M17x-R4 (Discontinued) - 2012 Revision of the M17x
Alienware 17 (R1) - 2013 refresh of the M17x <== this is the one you linked above. There are no R2, R3 etc. for this model yet. This is the most current generation of this machine, so this is the one you want.
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You want the very highest R you can get for the model you're looking at, becase that's the very latest version of that machine. In the case of the Alienware 17 you linked above, R1 is the very highest you can get right now, so that's the ones to look at. When R2 comes out, it will be the very latest version, and you'd want that one.

It might help to look at a condensed chronological list:

M17x-R1 (Discontinued) - Introduced in 2009
M17x-R2 (Discontinued) - 2010 Revision of the M17x
M17x-R3 (Discontinued) - 2011 Revision of the M17x
M17x-R4 (Discontinued) - 2012 Revision of the M17x
Alienware 17 (R1) - 2013 refresh of the M17x <== this is the one you linked above. There are no R2, R3 etc. for this model yet. This is the most current generation of this machine, so this is the one you want.
thanks and repped!
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