Deal DetailsLast Edited by Solarium March 30, 2015 at 10:03 PM
Coupon: ?4ZG11G3WRVBT3 (10% off) - expires 3/30/15
Alternatively: G6C110T4?KJRVK ($100 off >$1499) - expires 4/30/15
*Talk to a rep to get an additional 2% off on top of the 10%
**You cannot combine both coupons, I included the alternative one in case the first one expires
***Be sure to ask the rep to give you the 240W power supply if you're ordering it with the 980M, as there are reports of throttling especially during overclocking.
- Intel Core i7-4710HQ
- 8GB DDR3
- 1TB HDD
- 17.3" IPS 1920x1080 Display
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
- Customizable Backlit Multicolored Keyboard
- Windows 8.1
Alienware recently refreshed their 17" models and introduced their 15" and 13" models earlier this year.
For comparison, this model is on Amazon for $1500
This model's biggest competitors are the Asus ROG G751 and the MSI GT72, which are both at the same price of $1500. The highlights of the Alienware, apart from the brand name, are its 17.3" IPS display, the Klipsch speakers w/ integrated subwoofer, the ability to attach an Alienware Graphics Amplifier (using desktop GPU) to add to the performance, and a 4-zone customizable backlit multicolored keyboard. Currently, this deal is the cheapest you can find on a current generation name brand gaming laptop with the 970m GPU. The Clevo configuration will run you about $100 cheaper with a similar configuration, but without the option of having a 17.3" IPS, a lesser quality speaker setup, and no OS.
Apparently after speaking to a rep, they allowed me to add a 2% member discount on top of the 10%, bringing the total to $1320. So you can get a 12% discount by talking to the rep! She also offered me a free 2nd business day delivery and a 5% back in a form of egift card. Apparently anyone can get this offer, and it's not YMMV. Upon further bargaining, I was able to get another $50 off, bringing the total to be $1270 with free shipping. This $50 discount will be YMMV.
FYI, for those who want a 15.6" version:
with 970m (with i5): $1350 - 12% discount ($162) = $1188
with 980m (with i7): $1850 - $100 (instant discount) - 12% discount ($210) = $1540
*For the 980m version, you change the 3rd option from the 295x to 980m. Also, beware that the 970m version comes with the i5 instead of the i7, although this unlikely will affect gaming performance significantly.
I searched around and I believe these are the cheapest prices of any 15.6" IPS screen gaming laptop, including that recent deal on 10% off Clevo brands.
I spoke to a Dell 2nd level representative, and she was incredibly nice and was able to give me a Dell employee 25% discount, which brings the order to $1,147.73 with free shipping + tax. Of course I did say that I was the one who started this thread and may have gotten them tons of new customers You may ask to speak to a second level rep and try your luck, YMMV.