Dell is on a roll (oh it rhymed!). After XPS 13 facelift it announced the most powerful gaming laptop appropriately named “Alienware Area 51m“. It sports a desktop class core chip as well as graphics card that dwarfs all gaming laptops currently in the market.
They made this 17-inch laptop to replace desktops. So, all the components from Processor to RAM to Storage to even Graphics card can be upgraded by the user (hallelujah!). But not everything is hunky-dory here. There are some drawbacks too.
With those specs, you can expect a desktop-class performance but on the flip side, you will lose the battery life. This machine is not made to run on battery. You can expect it to run for few hours in casual use but when you ramp things up, you are looking at 30-45 hours of backup. You have to plugin TWO power adapters to run at optimal speed.
Apart from that, another issue is the price. At $2,549 base price with Intel Core i7-8700 processor, RTX 2070 GPU, 1TB hard drive, 8GB of DDR4 memory, and a 1080p 60Hz screen. it is a hard sell but the upgradability of each and every parts of this machine is a unique selling point.
- CPU: Your choice of three desktop chips: 9th gen Intel Core i7-8700 or 8700K, or Core i9-9900K.
- RAM: DDR4-2400MHz, which you can populate with 16GB to 64GB of RAM, using up to four SODIMM slots.
- Storage: Your choice of single-, double-, and triple-drive configurations. The drive choices range from HDD/SSD hybrids to dual drives running in RAID with a third supplemental drive.
- Graphics: Your choice of desktop-class RTX 2060, 2070, or 2080
- Display: Your choice of four 17.3-inch FHD (1920×1080) displays, with or without touch, with or without gewgaws like Tobii eye-tracking.
- Dimensions: 16.1 x 15.85 x 1.09-1.7 inches
- Weight: 8.54 pounds without AC adapter
and yeah, it has Tobii eye-tracking feature too.