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Alienware Area-51m Gaming Laptop: Review

Thanks to its desktop-class hardware, the Alienware Area-51m is the most powerful gaming laptop on the market. The beautiful chassis and comfortable keyboard make this one of the best laptop replacement desktops ever designed.

Quick Review: Alienware Area-51m Gaming Laptop

While thin and light gaming laptops are catching all the headlines these days, the considerable desktop replacements of yore are still on the market, and the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop is here to take things to the next level. This colossal gaming laptop is packed front to back with robust desktop hardware, bright RGB lighting, and more gaming swag than anyone could manage.

Of course, this is a costly laptop, whether it is part of upcoming laptop sales on Black Friday or not. The question quickly becomes: is the opportunity to switch out the CPU and GPU worth the high price tag and the portability that does not exist? Do the healthy components of the PC contribute to much better performance?


  • CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i9-9900K
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080; Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4
  • Screen size: 17.3-inch Full HD, IPS, G-Sync, 144Hz
  • Storage: 2 x 512GB RAID 0 SSD, 1TB SSHD
  • Ports: 3 x USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 x Thunderbolt 3, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, mini DisplayPort, 1 x Alienware Graphics Amplifier, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x Mic-in
  • Connectivity: Killer 1650X 802.11ac Wi-Fi ; Bluetooth 5.0
  • Weight: 8.4 pounds (4.76kg)
  • Size: 16.1 x 1.7 x 15.85 inches (410 x 43.18 x 402.6 mm; W x H x D)

Price and Availability – See on Amazon

A full-fat Intel Core i9-9900K processor, 32 GB RAM, 1TB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage, a 1TB solid-state hard drive (SSHD), and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.0 desktop-class are included in the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop we received for review. It is not inexpensive. You are going to spend over $4,499 to get your hands on this configuration. That’s a big request for a gaming laptop, but you’re not going to find better results anywhere legally.

By contrast, the entry-level model is reasonably inexpensive in the US. With an Intel Core i7-8700, 8 GB of memory, RTX 2060, and a 1TB SSHD, the Alienware Area-51m starts and is available for $1,949.

The UK’s starting configuration has all the above hardware, with a 256GB SSD and a $ 2,900 Core i9 processor. Australians will have to pay AU$3,999 at least and get a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

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If you want to buy the Alienware Area-51m, we recommend having at least 16 GB RAM. The exciting news is that almost everything in this laptop is user-upgradeable, including a socketed CPU and replaceable graphics. This implies that now you do not only have a powerful laptop, but it will also remain influential in the future. In a way that not any other gaming laptop is, this laptop is an investment.

In reality, compared to competing laptops such as the MSI GT75 Titan, the desktop-class socketed components render the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop a prodigious value. At the high end, with more faulty laptop hardware and without the prospect of future updates, MSI’s desktop replacement would set you back $4,199. The Alienware Area-51m is expensive, but it’ll last for years if you take care of it.

Design: Alienware Area-51m Gaming Laptop

The Alienware Area-51m, to put it clearly, is freaking gorgeous. The antithesis of the ‘gaming laptop’ stereotype is this. This laptop features a stunning, clean design, and it doesn’t look like an edgy toy, although it’s undoubtedly massive. When people come over, you may not feel the need to conceal this laptop.

At its deepest point, the Alienware Area-51m weighs a whopping 8.54 pounds and is 1.7 inches thick. This means that you’re not going to take it anywhere, but it’s also smaller and lighter than the Titan MSI GT75.

It also looks better: there are two color choices for the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop, Lunar Light (white) and black, and both options are jaw-dropping. We’ve got the Lunar Light edition, and there’s a white chassis on the laptop with black accents on the front and vents around the rear.

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Anywhere, you can find RGB lighting-the keyboard, trackpad, power button, the beautiful logo at the back, and a ring around the fan side in the back all light up in whatever color you choose. What’s more, the Alienware Area-51keyboard m’s features per-key RGB, unlike many other gaming laptops, which means that your creativity is the only limit on how you can make this laptop look.

Alienware Area-51m has many connectivity ports. You’ll have two USB 3.1 Type-A ports on the right side of the laptop. The Thunderbolt 3, another USB 3.1 Type-A, and your headphones and mic jacks are on the left. Finally, a Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, an Alienware Graphics Amplifier for an external GPU, and two power inputs are available around the back.

You’ve heard it correctly. With the Alienware Area-51m, you’ll need to plug in both a 330W and a 180W power brick for the level of hardware on offer. You can plug the 330W power adapter; however, it will be strong enough to keep the gaming laptop running; it just won’t charge the battery.

The trackpad is nothing to write home about as far as inputs are concerned. There are two dedicated buttons, and the trackpad itself, even if it is a little too small for our tastes, is sensitive and precise.

But, the keyboard from TactX? It’s a heavenly—quiet, well-spaced, deep ride, practically any proper adjective that we can use. Since the laptop is so big and has plenty of macro keys, there is a full number keypad on the laptop’s right side. The macro keys are interesting enough on their own, but their positioning is what sets them apart: we never find ourselves hitting them unintentionally while writing or gaming.

One of the best and most exciting things about this gaming laptop might be that we can conveniently type for work without waking up roommates. You see, noisy and clicky mechanical keyboards feature a ton of comparable desktop replacement gaming laptops. While this is great for playing games, anything else suffers typically.

However, the fans of the Alienware Area-51m are noisy, pretty much all the time. This is expected because of the hardware class in such a small room (small for desktop components), but you may want to look elsewhere if fan noise gets on your nerves.

The Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop has skinny display bezels for a slim gaming laptop like this. They’re not at the standard of one of the better Ultrabooks, but they’re small enough that we don’t miss them in daily usage. This is likely because, since there are about 2 inches of space behind the computer, the laptop’s lid does not cover the entire chassis.

There is a Tobii Eye Tracking sensor below the display, and it’s not too obnoxious. You’ll note it, but it just suits, just like any other element of the design of this laptop.

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The display, operating at 144Hz with G-Sync, is a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display. Reaching 144 frames per second (fps) in most games is an absolute breeze, with this GPU regularly capitalizing on the high refresh rate. Trust us; once you play Battlefield V on display with a high refresh rate, there’s no turning back.

Finally, the speakers are there. They’re on the front of the chassis, and they are, frankly, fantastic. These speakers are loud and clear enough, even with this incredibly loud laptop, that we don’t have to go looking for a headset when playing games. It’s almost like having some of the best computer speakers built into the laptop. There’s plenty of basses and good detail.

The Alienware Area-51m is nearly a thing of beauty. This is not a laptop that you would be able to take around with you, but we can’t stop looking at it. Alienware has a reputation for producing computer designs that are unique and awe-inspiring, and the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop is evidence that the manufacturer has not lost its touch.

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