Im trying to choose between these two laptops and I always like to have a second set of eyes.
first off I know i can build computers for cheaper blah blah blah yeah BUT you can play your gaming desktop in your car on you lap connected to your car inverter while on a 24 hr guard shift eh?
I decided between these two because they provide similar storage space 1TB hard drive but have the 512 GB SSD for boot and small amount of games. The Alienware does have the option of an I7 version but ill link to the I9 as well just so you can see price points. I dont mind going with either option as both are pretty powerful. I favor the acer because of the 4 over 2 USB ports but I do have a 3.0 usb dock that i use on my current laptop so not a big deal. I do use all 3 ports on my current laptop BUT one of the ports is for my MIC which could plug in directly to the mic port on the Alienware.
Here is my current laptop: GTX 1070M with 8 gigs, see about 3.2- 3.5 ghz processor speed
Acer Predator 17X, the more expensive with lesser spec i7 option but has more USB ports and more my style of keyboard
Then we have the Alienware, the i7 option is actually cheaper with a better processor I think but less usb ports and less good looking.
Obviously the A17 has multiple configurations so here is a screen shot of the one I'd be looking at.
i9 specs here