Alienware is a leading manufacturer of Equipment for video games, but we’ve never seen anything like it before. The Dell-owned brand has just launched the X Series, a new category of laptops designed to deliver the ultimate gaming experience without compromise.
As you can imagine, these devices won’t be cheap. Currently, the cheapest route to the X Series is the new Alienware X15, which starts at $ 1,999.99. The larger Alienware X17 costs at least $ 100 more, although the two have a lot in common.
This includes Intel’s new Tiger Lake-H series, processors specifically designed for gaming. The cheaper models come with a Core i7-11800H processor, but there are variations if you’re willing to pay more. The X15 peaks with a Core i9-11900H, but higher spec X17 configurations offer the Core i9-11900HK.
However, you are unlikely to notice much difference between these two chips, as they are both associated with flagship graphics cards from Nvidia. At those starting prices, you get a discrete RTX 3060 GPU, although the 3070 and 3080 are also available as upgrades.
The X15 has options of 16 or 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, but the X17 has an additional 64 GB version and is the only one that allows you to update it manually. Both devices offer plenty of options when it comes to local storage, with SSDs ranging from a single 256GB drive to a dual external configuration with a total capacity of 4TB.
Screen size is the most obvious differentiator between the two (15.6 inches vs. 17.3 inches), although they both start with a Full HD (1920×1080) display at 165Hz. 360Hz with the same resolution is also available, but higher spec models go up to 2560 x 1440 at 240Hz. More importantly, all options cover the entire sRGB range and at least 99% of the DCI- P3, ensuring excellent color precision.
Alienware has also placed emphasis on thermal management for the X series. The X15 and X17 incorporate advanced Cryo-Tech cooling technology, which consists of a newly patented four-fan design. Alienware claims that each of the blades can operate independently, based on data from the sensors built into the device. You will also find vapor cooling technology in the X17.
There are also five game-centric hardware configurations, ranging from a full performance mode to a battery saving option to save power. The X15 and X17 have 87Wh cells, and both have 240W chargers in the box.
Other notable features are a good selection of ports and the Cherry MX keyboard, which debuted on the Alienware M15 R4. However, the latter is exclusive to the X17.
It’s an impressive set of specs for everyone, but the price is worth repeating. The Alienware X15 starts at $ 1,999.99, while the X17 models cost at least $ 2,099.99.
Limited configurations will be available on Dell’s US site on June 1, before all variants go on sale on June 15. However, this information is specific to the United States; Prices and availability worldwide have yet to be revealed.
The X15 and X17 are expected to be the first laptops in the X series, so more Alienware devices will be available soon. Until then, it will be interesting to see if these devices offer enough value for money to be considered some of the best gaming laptops.
Original article published in English on our sister site TechAdvisor UK.