When people think of Alienware, a sturdy gaming laptop is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But the famous gaming brand has just launched its thinnest laptops yet, the Alienware x1
Both the Alienware x15 and x17 come with 11th generation Intel processors (i7 or i9) and current generation NVIDIA RTX graphics cards (RTX 3060, 3070 or 3080). Their base models feature 15.6- and 17.3-inch FHD 165Hz displays, with upgrade options for 360Hz panels. If you don’t mind a lower refresh rate, you can also get the x15 with a QHD 240Hz panel or the x17 with a UHD 120Hz panel.
Despite these great, AAA gaming-ready specs, the Alienware x15 is only 16.3mm (0.642in) thick — that’s less than a millimeter thicker than the Razer Blade 15. The larger Alienware x17 is at 20.9mm ( 0.823 inch) slightly thicker), but still a surprisingly portable machine given the large display.
To keep these ultra-thin gaming laptops cool, Alienware uses a new Quad Fan design with Smart Fan control technology, plus a HyperEfficient Voltage Regulation system to increase power efficiency and battery life. Models with the RTX 3070 and 3080 chips also use the new Element 31 thermal interface material, a highly conductive, heat-dissipating matrix made of gallium and silicon.
The x15 and x17 laptops include high-capacity SSD storage (up to 2TB single storage or 4TB dual drive) and various RAM configurations (up to 32GB in the x15 or 64GB in the x17). They also feature Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4, Windows Hello and fully customizable LEDs on the keyboard, touchpad, power button and chassis. For those who like mechanical keyboards, Alienware allows you to configure the x17 with Cherry MX keys.
Unsurprisingly, these ultra-thin gaming laptops are a bit expensive. The Alienware x15 starts at $2,000, while the larger Alienware x17 starts at $2,100. Both are currently available with limited configuration options from the Dell web store. Full configuration options arrive on June 15.