In 2021, Dell rocked the gaming world as the company started it is Alienware X Series Product line to address the thin and powerful gaming laptop market. Today Alienware comes to CES 2023 with two new additions to the x-series, the Alienware x16 and the Alienware x14 R2the successor to the x14.
Both products are equipped with the most powerful CPU and GPU available on the market, including brand new ones NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series laptops GPU just unveiled at CES.
Both share a similar architecture, but the Alienware x16 weighs 6 pounds and offers more powerful configuration options than its lighter (4.6 pounds) x14 sibling.
Hardware and System Performance
The Alienware x16, touted by Dell as the “premium gaming laptop in the world,” is available to order at 13th Gen Intel Core i7 13620H or a Core i7 13700H or a Core i9 13900HK.
Nicknamed “the world’s thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop” by Dell, the x14 R2 offers only two processor options: Intel Core i5 13420H or Core i7 13620H.
On the graphics side, the x16 offers a choice of five GeForce RTX 40-series options: RTX 4050 6GB GDDR6, RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6, RTX 4070 8GB GDDR6, all with a maximum GFX power of 140W, or RTX 4080 12GB GDDR6, RTX 4090 16GB GDDR6, both with 175W max GFX power.
The Alienware only gets three options to choose from: 3050 6GB GDDR6, 4050 6GB GDDR6, or RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6. Both RTX 40 options for the X14 R2 are designed for lower power envelopes (50W or 80W max GFX power) to accommodate the thinner, lighter chassis (14.5mm vs. 18.5mm) and cooling performance .
The Alienware x16 features a 16:10 240Hz QHD+ display with 3ms response time and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. For gamers who need a faster refresh rate, they can order the x16 with 16.0″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) 480 Hz.
The Alienware X14 R2 offers a 14.0″ QHD+ (2560 x 1600) 165 Hz display with a similar response time of 3 ms and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. All display configurations support NVIDIA G-SYNC + Advanced Optimus.
Audio: 6 speakers for the Alienware x16
With the x16, the Alienware team designed for the first time a system that embeds 6 speakers in any configuration. The sound system includes two upward-firing tweeters for clear audio quality and a dual woofer configuration for powerful bass. Such a powerful audio setup provides a great backbone for Dolby Atmos’ spatial sound.
The design of the cases of both computers is based on the design language of Alienware Legend 3. Both have a full metal case made of anodized aluminum and magnesium alloy.
Alienware X16 with 100 micro LEDs
The star of the x16 show is the massive touchpad with animated light, which is 15% larger than the x17 R2’s touchpad. Both the keyboard and the back edge of the laptop feature animated LED lights, and according to Dell, the exclusive AlienFX behaviors like scanner, loop, and rainbow wave are possible with an array of 100 micro-LEDs
Alienware X14 R2 patent-pending cooling system
Cooling is a critical aspect of any gaming laptop, and Alienware literally starts with a great foundation in the form of a high-performance thermal compound called Element 31 (think of it as “thermal grease”). Sometimes OEMs don’t get this step right and everything else falters.
The heat is therefore transferred from the chip’s case through the thermal interface material to a heat sink with vapor chamber, a proven technology. From there, Alienware has software that regulates the fans (according to internal sensors) to maintain the perfect balance between temperature and noise.
Prices and Availability
The Alienware x16 will be available in Q1, initially launching in high-end configurations with Intel and NVIDIA options at $3,099 (US) and $4,199 (CA).
Additional configurations will be available later with the entry model starting at $2,149.99 (US), $2,899.99 (CA). The AMD options will be introduced in Q2.
The Alienware x14 will be available in Q1.
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