Alienware and Dell offer the thinnest and “premium” gaming laptops on the market

Dell is using CES 2023 to unveil six new gaming laptops. Among them, one is the thinnest on the market, and the other is the most “premium”.

Alienware x14 (left) and x16 (right)

In addition to the Luna repairable laptop concept and new monitors dedicated to productivity, Dell is also using CES 2023 to announce a refresh of all its gaming laptops. On the program: two new Dell G series and first of all four new Alienware .

We discovered them in early December in New York, at a pre-launch event invited by Dell Frandroidtwo other European media and many American media.

Not only do the new Alienware laptops host the latest generation of CPUs and GPUs, they also feature new aesthetic codes and cooling innovations.

It’s almost as innocuous as the Razer

So Alienware is upgrading its software design framework » Legend opened in 2019. New Design « Legend 3 it’s a little more sober, especially with the now flat and more inclined back edge, making these computers more comfortable to wear. Alienware nevertheless stands out from the design”secrecy» from its rival Razer, because we find RGB lighting covering this slice and now, in addition to the keyboard, an RGB backlit touchpad (except for x14). The trailing edge, which always includes all or most of the connectors, reinforces the visual effect of elegance and focus. The brand also makes it easier to open the screen with screws and improves the quality of the palm rest.

Credit: Romain Heuillard

Optimized cooling

Laptop design is primarily a power issue,a fortioriforthe game: The more powerful the CPU and GPU are, the more electricity they consume, so they release more heat that needs to be dissipated while retaining the thickness and mass.

Depending on the model, Alienware almost doubled the number of heat pipes, and sometimes doubled the replacement surface of the radiators. It extended the vapor chamber process to the GPU and improved the design of two or four fans to increase airflow by 25%. First of all, it reduced the size of the motherboards and improved the design of the rubber pads to increase the airflow, the air that is drawn down and expelled from the top and back.

Automatic power distribution between CPU and GPU

The result: the same thickness as its predecessor, the m17, but with the help of a screen and therefore a larger chassis, the new Alienware m18’s heat capacity increases by 35%. Combined with four full-speed fans, the TDP is increased to 240 watts.

The six new computers also benefit from a new version of the Alienware Command Center software. This allows you to control the maximum power with settings “autonomy», «silence“and”balance», parameter «performance“GPU preference and setting”max» To increase the TDP to 240 W. It also lets you determine which CPU or GPU is the limiting factor and allocate power between one and the other automatically or manually.

Gaming laptops for every budget

That’s it for generalities, now let’s detail the six models:

Alienware x14 R2

A year after the x14, the Alienware x14 R2 still claims to be the thinnest gaming laptop on the market with a maximum thickness of 14.5mm and a weight of 2.08kg. It also allows you to work with a new 14-inch diagonal screen with a 16:10 ratio, 2560 x 1600 pixels at 165 Hz and 100% of the DCI-P3 color space.

It initially comes with an Intel Core i5-13420H or Core i7-13620H CPU, 16 or 32 GB of DDR5 RAM, an M.2 SSD from 256 GB to 4 TB, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 from 6 GB to 50 GPUs. will have a W, RTX 4050 6 GB at 85 W or RTX 4060 8 GB at 85 W. Dell does not state the autonomy its 80.5 Wh battery gives it.

The Alienware x14 R2 will be available in the first quarter.Entry levelHT starting at $1800.

Alienware x16

The new Alienware x16 replaces the x15 and claims the title of the most “premium” gaming laptop on the market.

Its anodized aluminum and magnesium alloy chassis is 18.6 mm thick and weighs 2.72 kg. Its 16-inch 16:10 diagonal screen displays 2560 x 1600 pixels at 165 Hz, or 2560 x 1600 pixels at 240 Hz, or 1920 x 1200 pixels at 480 Hz. This is Intel Core i7-6H73i, or i7-107i, -13900HK and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 6GB 140W, RTX 4060 8GB 140W, RTX 4070 8GB 140W, RTX 4080 12GB 175W or RTX 4090 16GB 175W or RTX 4090 16GB 175W or SGB3 to GPU5 or GB6 to GDR5 or SDR5 to 4GB or GB6 to GDR5 without RAID 0.

Alienware will first launch high-end configurations starting at $3,100 before tax in the first quarter, followed by entry-level configurations starting at $2,150 before tax. AMD configurations are planned for Q2.

alienware m16

The Alienware m16 offers the same 16-inch screens as the x16, but it’s 25.4mm thick, and since it’s from Dell, you could call it more of a portable computer than a laptop.Forget him» to indicate the weight in the technical sheets.

It is offered with the same GPUs as the x16, but differs in the CPUs offered: Core i7-13650HX, i7-13700HX or i9-13900HX. The latter offers 10 more cores and 40W more than the x16’s i9-13900HK, for example. It can also accommodate up to 64GB of DDR5 and 4 M.2 SSDs with 2 x 512GB and 2 x 4TB or 9TB raw capacity configurations.

Still, Alienware will launch high-end configurations starting at $2,600 HT starting Q1, followed by configurations starting at $1,900 HT. AMD configurations are also planned for Q2.

alienware m18

The Alienware m18 is identical to the m16 in every way, except for a thickness that reaches 26.7 mm and a 16:10 display that increases to 18 inches with 2560 x 1600 pixels or 1920 x 1200 pixels at 165 Hz. 480 Hz. It also follows the same marketing pattern as the m16 at $2,900 and $2,100 respectively.

Dell G15 and G16

Dell finally introduces two more conventional and more economical gaming laptops, the G15 and G16. They offer some of the same high-end components as the m16 and m18, but they also offer low-end configurations. Above all, they adopt a simpler, thicker (26.9 and 25.7 mm) and heavier (2.65 and 2.73 kg) design to contain the price.

So the Dell G15 can be equipped with the same Core i7-13650HX, i7-13700HX or i9-13900HX and the same 32 GB DDR5 as the Alienware m18, but it can also be equipped with a Core i5-13450HX and 8 GB. DDR5. It is also offered with less capable M.2 2230 SSDs. Similarly, the 15-inch display is 16:9, and it’s only offered at 1920 x 1080 pixels at 120 or 165Hz. Although Dell hasn’t specified which GPUs are offered, it’s believed to be offered with an entry-level GeForce RTX 3000. and the 4000 series.

A step up, the Dell G16 offers the same CPU, RAM and SSD options as the G15, but two of the 16-inch screens of the Alienware x16 and m16: 2560 x 1600 pixels at 165 or 240 Hz. Finally, Dell only states”Latest generation Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUin one box of the datasheet, but it seems he forgot to remove a detail in another: the G16 will be offered with an RTX 3050, RTX 4050, RTX 4060, or RTX 4070.

The Dell G15 and G16 will be available in Q1 starting at $850 and $1,500 HT respectively. AMD configurations will follow in the second quarter.

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