Everyone dreams about the perfect and powerful portable gaming laptop, and we live in a time where such dreams can become true. At least as far as the gaming industry is concerned. There are some pretty powerful gaming laptops but are by no means “portable”. If you define portable as easy to carry around medium builds. The Alienware Area-51m is I believe somewhere in that sweet spot where the laptop isn’t too big or too heavy to even think about carrying it around. That being said, let’s look at the Alienware Area-51m and we hope to help you decide whether this laptop is for you.
Flagship means the best of the best and Alienware hopes to give you just that. The Alienware Area-51m is the biggest and most powerful gaming laptop from Alienware and also the most expensive Alienware laptop. Gaming laptops don’t seem like gaming laptops if they don’t look the part.
The aesthetics of this thing are amazing. It looks traditional Alienware. The recurring Alienware keyboard with plush travel, very good build quality, RGB lit trackpad with dedicated buttons. The lid has an “Alien head” that lights up which can be software controlled. The laptop is very well built, there is little to no flex of the chassis and it is durable. Most of the laptop has a soft-touch finish. Except the part on the front and on the bezels of the screen has got plastic that sort of can get easily scratched, making it look older than other parts of the laptop. However, the most noticeable design feature is on the rear side of the laptop. A lit-up trim that makes this device look really amazing. Honestly, if that wouldn’t be there then people would have been a little disappointed.
The whole laptop looks like a very futuristic piece of tech with all the lighting and designs something like from the Halo universe. So, all in all, the looks of the Alienware Area-51m match the performance. The most powerful Alienware laptop In a sense, this laptop is a full-blown desktop that is compressed into a laptop form factor. With desktop-level components, this is a beast when you think of performance. Pair an 8 core i9 9900k and the RTX 2080? Well, what you get is an incredibly powerful and power-hungry laptop.
The full specs of this laptop are as follows:
- 9th gen Core i9 9900k processor with turbo boost up to 5 GHz.
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 graphics.
- 32GB DDR4 RAM at 2400 Mhz.
- 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB Hybrid drive (+8GB SSHD).
- 90 Wh battery.
- Dual AC adapter.
- Wireless connectivity includes Killer wireless 1550 2×2 AC and Bluetooth 5.0.
- 17.3” FHD(1920×1080) 144 Hz Anti-glare IPS display w/ Nvidia G-SYNC and Tobii eye-tracking.
The powerful CPU and GPU allow for easy super-fast video editing. This laptop crushes even the most demanding video games and they run super smooth. The high wattage CPU and GPU require not one but two AC adapters because this particular laptop needs them to run it all full potential. Since in some places you can’t have a 330W adapter, to make this an internationally available device, they went with this option. This makes it less portable but do note that it can run on one adapter, but your performance is limited. As in the case of any laptops that have desktop-grade components, there’s bound to be high thermals.
This laptop is no exception. You will see some thermal throttling, but with a little tweaking the fans you can reduce temperatures, but it will get LOUD. The Alienware Area-51m has a 1920×1080 FHD IPS display with a max refresh rate of 144 Mhz. Good color accuracy, Tobii eye tracking makes it a worthy addition. The keyboard is comfortable for gaming, the trackpad has lighting and dedicated hardware buttons. And what makes this laptop, even more, better is that while you are playing games, it doesn’t feel that bulky like the predator 21x it feels more “laptop” even though it’s a desktop. A couple of years ago, laptops weren’t as upgradeable as they are now.
In this laptop, not only can you upgrade RAM and storage, but also the CPU and GPU. Although the GPU is custom-built for this laptop, your options are limited to those custom GPU builds from DELL, but still, it is a good thing that you can swap components. A teardown of laptop will reveal two cooling fans with a lot of heat pipes. Underneath then are the CPU and GPU. This laptop has an LGA 1151 socket, meaning you can change the processor as long as the new processor also fits this type of socket.
Good battery life under no circumstances can be expected from laptops. Such as these as they use desktop-grade hardware, they are not optimized for operating on a battery. Still, the 90 Wh battery will get you an hour and a half when playing heavy games. But be sure to carry those big power adapters as you’ll be needing them pretty soon. Is this laptop for you?
It is understandable a powerful laptop, but it comes at a price and that is high. It can cost you from anywhere around US$2200. With such a price you’d expect it to be the perfect system. But there are things like less battery life and the extra fan noise that might be a deal-breaker for some. But still, it is a desktop computer in a laptop form factor so it is sort of justified.
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