The Alienware x15 R1 and Alienware x17 R1 gaming laptops have been launched as part of a new series by Dell-owned subsidiary Alienware. The new models have a compact form that is touted as the thinnest in its segment. Specifically for the Alienware x15, the company calls it the “world's most powerful 15-inch sub-16mm gaming laptop” to date with a thickness of 15.9mm. This is close to the 15.8mm thickness offered by the recently launched Razer Blade 15 Advanced. Both new machines come with 11th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors. The Alienware x17 in this series also features an optional Cherry MX mechanical keyboard to bring PC gamers a different experience.
The Alienware x15 R1 is priced starting at $1,999.99 (idr. 28.5 Million), while the Alienware x17 R1 will be available at a starting price of $2,099.99 (Rp. 29.9 Million). Alienware, however, has yet to price the higher configuration available with either model. The company said in a statement that limited configurations of the two new Alienware x-series laptops will be available in the US starting Tuesday (June 1), and their full configurations will go on sale starting June 15.
Details on pricing and availability of the Alienware x15 R1 and Alienware x17 R1 in India and other markets have not been disclosed.
The Alienware x15 R1 is the thinnest gaming laptop from the company. But to make it so sleek, Alienware has used a lot of advances in its thermal technology. These include Alienware Cryo-Tech which claims to provide up to 25 percent increased thermal resistance over other gaming laptops by using a thermal interface material called Element 31. This is a proprietary gallium-silicon liquid metal material that sits between the CPU and its thermal elements to disperse heat. and reduce core temperature spikes.
The company has also offered HyperEfficient Voltage Regulation aimed at boosting performance for hours of gaming. Further, the engine includes Intelligent Fan control technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to allow each fan to independently spin, slow down, or remain steady according to various sensors placed around core system components.
In addition to advancements focused on thermal management, the Alienware x15 R1 is built around the company's Legend 2.0 design identity that comes with a “Dark Core” chassis. It basically adds a black keyboard deck to reduce screen reflections. It also features on the previous Alienware m15 R5 and m15 R6 machines.
The Alienware x15 has a 15.6-inch display with configuration options that include 1080p resolution/360Hz refresh rate or 1440p resolution/240Hz refresh rate. Customers can also add ComfortView Plus, which is a hardware-based low-blue-light technology to help reduce eye strain. There's a CPU up to an Intel Core i9-11900H, paired with a GPU up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (8GB dedicated GDDR6 memory), and up to 32GB DDR4 RAM. This laptop has up to 4TB of storage space.
This gaming laptop packs an 87WHr battery paired with a 240W power adapter. The Alienware x15 R1 also comes in a configuration that includes a Windows Hello IR camera for biometric login. You'll also get a variety of connectivity options including USB Type-C and USB-A ports as well as the included USB Type-C-to-Ethernet adapter. In addition, this laptop weighs 2.27 kilograms and goes up to 2.36 kilograms for the highest configuration.
Just like the x15 R1, the Alienware x17 R1 has features including Element 31 for thermal management and HyperEfficient Voltage Regulation for extended performance. However, it does offer a larger 17.3-inch display with 1080p resolution/360Hz refresh rate or 1440p resolution/120Hz refresh rate as options. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i9-11980HK CPU, paired with a GPU up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (16GB GDDR6 memory), and up to 64GB DDR4 RAM. It also comes with up to 4TB of onboard storage. The Alienware x17 R1 also has the same connectivity options as the x15 R1, although the larger machine has an internal Ethernet port in addition to the USB port.
The Alienware x17 R1 is also thicker and heavier with a thickness of 20.9 mm and an initial weight of 3.02 kg.
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