Alienware’s new x15, x17 are the thinnest gaming laptops to date.
In addition to the thinner dimensions, the new laptops support up to 11th generation Intel Core i9 processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards and have a new thermal material that helps cool things while increasing system performance.
Gaming laptops may seem like overpriced hippos to non-gamers, but not only have they taken away some of the range they once needed, but they continue to push the envelope with new technology that could eventually flow into ordinary laptops.
With its new x15 and x17 laptops, Alienware carries both accounts, releasing its thinnest gaming laptops, while developing new technology that helps to better dissipate the heat dissipated by their powerful components.
The 15.6-inch x15 manages to be slightly larger than 0.6 inches and weighs 5 to 5.2 kilograms depending on the configuration (compared to the Alienware m15 from 5.3 to 5.9 kilograms).
Apparently, the 17.3-inch x17 is larger, but still thicker than 0.8 inches and turns the scales to 6.7 to 7.1 pounds.
Needless to say, these ultra-portable devices weigh only 3 kilograms, but given the kind of power they have, they are far more portable than their ancestors’ games.
The X15 and x17 can be equipped with the latest Intel Core i9 Tiger Lake-H processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 mobile graphics, while its m15 laptop is on top of the Core i7 Tiger Lake processor and GeForce RTX 3060 graphics.
You will pay a solid premium for the highest specifications, but you can also configure them with a Core i7-11800H processor or GeForce RTX 3060 or 3070 graphics processor.
Memory options are 16GB or 32GB RAM for x15 or 16GB, 32GB or huge 64GB for x17, with options for storage ranging from 256GB to 2TB single drives, 512GB, 2TB or 4TB dual-drive RAID configuration or even a 512GB SSD to boot with an additional 1TB storage drive.
There are three display options for each laptop: a main display of 1,920×1,080, a version with the same resolution but improved Nvidia G-Sync support and a refresh rate of 360 Hz, and an upgrade of 2,560×1,440 with 400 nits per brightness up to x15 and 500 nits at x17.
The Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675 802.11ax 2×2 provides wireless connectivity, and the x17 gets an upgrade from the standard Ethernet port to the Killer E3100 card.
Alienware has a two-step release of the x15 and x17, with special settings available exclusively until June 15, after which the full range of configuration options will be available.
Compared to the base price of $ 2,000 for the x15 and $ 2,100 for the x17, the models currently available are much more expensive at $ 3,400 and $ 3,880, respectively.
At these prices, you’ll get a laptop with the Core i9-11900H processor, GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, 32GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, and a 2,560 x 1,440 display option.