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Alienware R3 15 laptop i7-6700HQ, GTX 1060 6gb, 256 SSD, IPS - Costco - local pick up $1099.97

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Costco is blowing out their stock of Alienware R3 15" laptops for $1099.97.
It's fully loaded:
-Processor Intel i7-6700HQ
-Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB
-15.6" FHD (1920x1080) IPS matte screen (300 nits claimed)
-16GB DDR4 @ 2400mhz (2x8gb)
-256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB 7200 RPM drive
-Claims up to 10 hours battery life so it may have the biggest battery configured (need to confirm*)
-2yr manufacture warranty +2yr additional if you buy with costco visa card.
- Windows 10, blah, blah, blah
- Weighs something beastly
- Costco's lenient 90 day return policy

Model number: aw15r3-4712slv

Costco rep said they aren't planning to restock so whatever inventory they have left is what you get.

Citrus Heights, CA, Costco had 4 of them total:
1 display model, 3 new in inventory - ahem... make that 2 now. Wink

Make a trip to your local Costco as soon as you can if you want to pick one up before they're all gone!

Costco Item number: 1106317 -- Probably easiest to just use this item number and call around to ask if they still have any in stock before you make the drive.

Edit: UPDATE / WARNING some of these laptops may be stock from prior to infamous heatsink/thermal-paste fix from Dell!

The outer box/casing the laptop comes in shows the ship date to Costco. At the time they fetch the laptop, ask if they have any ones past Dec 2016. THIS IS WHAT I RECOMMEND to save you the hassle. Observe picture- I've highlighted where to look:
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Pretty good deal compared to the Alienware on adorama via ebay. For $150 more you get an i7, 8gb more ram, and 256gb pcie ssd.
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Not bad. If they run out of stock and sell you the display they'll take another 10% off if you don't mind buying the display.
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Probably has that battery life because it doesn't have g-sync. No way would any g-sync enabled laptop have a battery that lasts that lasts 10 hours.
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Yes I don't think it has g-sync. Opening the box now. I'll confirm and update the original post the more I find out. The exact model number on the outer box says: "aw15r3-4712slv"
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The specs look good, but I can't get over the styling. It's just too garish if you're looking to bring it into a professional environment. But if that's no object then it's a decent deal. It's also a lil' heavy for my tastes.
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Kinda tempted. But still want to build my own desktop
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The specs look good, but I can't get over the styling. It's just too garish if you're looking to bring it into a professional environment. But if that's no object then it's a decent deal.
You think this looks too garish compared to other gaming laptops? Really?! In my opinion, this one is probably the most basic looking. The LED lighting you can completely turn off btw. With the LED lighting shut off, if you didn't know any better, you might not even know it's a "gaming laptop":

http://media.bestofmicro.com/S/U/...5-R3-3.jpg

http://media.bestofmicro.com/ext/...00x450.jpg

Compare that to the other slickdeal laptop that just posted a couple days ago, from which I also made a purchase and am waiting for it to arrive (tomorrow). Now this thing looks like it was designed by a prepubescent child:

https://slickdeals.net/f/10102384-asus-rog-strix-gl702vm-db74-g-sync-17-3-fhd-ips-i7-6700hq-16gb-ddr4-gtx-1060-256gb-ssd-1tb-hdd-thunderbolt-3-win10h-1150-with-f-s

But the specs for the price is hard to ignore. I have a really hard decision to make in
choosing between these two as their price is nearly identical (I had to pay tax on the Asus). I know that 17" display is nicer to look and it's running at 75hz *with Gsync*. However reading this thread has me really concerned. It appears Asus did a poor job in designing the air flow and people resorted to under-volting and disabling cpu boost to compensate. It isn't until page 24 where it appears like the real solution is found which is to straight up cut out holes where the fans are. Asus will, of course, void your warranty if you do that: https://rog.asus.com/forum/showth...post618459

Speaking of warranty, 1 year vs 4 years. ugh...

If I compare the two, both have the same CPU/GPU but the standouts are:
Costco Alienware AW15R3-4712SLV
-Built like a tank (but heavy like one)
-Crazy long warranty
-NVMe SSD
-Doesn't have any inherent cooling flaws
-Huge footprint for a 15"
-LED lighting fully customizable
-Keyboard layout not a clusterf**k
-Nice touch pad.
-Much longer battery life (nvidia optimus)

Newegg Asus GL702VM-DB74
- G-sync at 75hz
- Slightly better IPS screen and 2" bigger to boot.
- Decent sized footprint and weight for being 17"
- Flimsy build (flex)
- Red only LED lighting and childish styling.
- SATA III SSD
- Inherent cooling design flaw that the user has to correct (voiding warranty) but once modded runs quite well (temp wise).

Anyone have any thoughts on these two compared? Which would you choose? Confused
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I've got my eye on the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition. [notebookcheck.net] Actually it's pretty much the only gaming-capable laptop that looks understated.

Though you're right, the Asus is worse in terms of styling - but the alien logo kinda kills it for me.
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I've got my eye on the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition. [notebookcheck.net] Actually it's pretty much the only gaming-capable laptop that looks understated.

Though you're right, the Asus is worse in terms of styling - but the alien logo kinda kills it for me.
It does look clean and you can't go wrong with brushed aluminum. Cool Oh and looking at those pictures, that reminds me another perk of this Alienware. There's something to be said for having ports in the *back of your laptop* - Like your power cord. Not only is it out of the way... if it ever gets yanked on by, oh I don't know, a blissfully unaware misses or a mischievous yard gremlin, the cord just gets pulled straight out. It doesn't suddenly twist your laptop around nearly dropping it to the ground and damage the power port and make it internally loose inside (probably don't have to ask me how I know shake head ).
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As for the Alienware vs. Asus, it's tough. If you're dealing with laptops as large and heavy as those two, I'd assume that Optimus wouldn't be as needed for you. I've also heard magical things about G-Sync - never used a monitor with it. A better screen experience is a gigantic edge, but the Alienware has a lot of other advantages.
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Don't think I've ever seen a gaming laptop at a Costco here in Orlando, FL but tempted to check.
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Is this inclusive of tax?
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Unfortunately, this deal appears to be not available online so you'll have to buy it at a local Costco, if one exist near you. Tax would be in addition to this price.
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Don't think I've ever seen a gaming laptop at a Costco here in Orlando, FL but tempted to check.
It surprised me too when I noticed Costco started carrying them. Suddenly there was a booth dedicated to two i7-7700 / 1050ti red accented gaming laptops, an Asus 17" and a Lenovo 15". Then a couple weeks later I noticed them carrying this Alienware 15" but they were asking for $200 more. On a whim, today, is when I walked by and saw this price and had to jump on it.
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