Alienware 18 Notebook: Haswell, GeForce GTX 780M

Battery Life

Battery Life isn’t exactly high on the list of priorities of people looking to buy a gaming notebook; it’s a given that all that high-performing gear is going to drink a battery’s juice like it’s last call, and as long as you can get a little something done with your notebook before it runs dry, that’s generally satisfactory. Still, there’s a big difference between losing power after less than an hour and being able to watch a whole movie before the battery gives out.

Other than a couple of outliers, the ASUS G74SX and the iBuypower Valkyrie, the Alienware 18 clocked in with a predictable 75 minutes of battery life which puts it on par and just a hair above most of the other systems in the group. However, considering that it's the only one with power-guzzling dual GPUs, that battery test is actually rather impressive.

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