|CPU||I7-6700HQ Skylake, 2.6-3.5GHZ|
|GPU||Nvidia GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2133MHZ|
|HDD||1TB 5400RPM HDD, free M.2 PCIe slot|
|Screen||1080p, eDP, IPS, non-touch, LG LP156WF6-SPB1|
|Keyboard||Backlit red (on/off)|
|Weight||5.07 lbs (~ 2.3 kg)|
The new Alienware 15 R2 is a pretty nice laptop for less than $1100, with a GTX 970M and an I7, even refurbished. For $1100, it is one of the most cost effective gaming laptops with a GTX 970M, surpassed only rarely by some laptop deal from previous generation laptops.
Thermals are good (not great, but good), gaming performance is very good, IPS display is ok, but not great (replaceable), and the optional Alienware Amplifier and the Thunderbolt 3 connection port which maybe useful for future eGPUs. Keyboard is good, battery running times are long thanks to a big battery, speakers are nice (though not great).
Weight and size may be a problem for some, so give it a thought before you get it, but otherwise, for gamers looking for a laptop at around $1000-$1100, this is a very good option.
If this laptop interests you, it’s probably better to check with a Dell rep to see if you could get a better deal. Also, make sure you are not getting the GTX 965M by mistake (unless it is for $800 or so)