Launched in 1996, Alienware quickly made a name for itself with high-powered gaming PCs and the “gray alien” theme. The brand expanded into gaming laptops in 2009 and has offered gamers high-end hardware and features ever since.
With that said, here are the current Alienware laptops you can buy for the best laptop gaming experience.
Best Alienware laptops:
Editor’s note: We will regularly update our list of the best Alienware laptops as new devices launch.
1. Alienware Area-51m
If you want a gaming laptop with almost no hardware compromises, look no further than the Alienware Area-51m. The laptop made noise for its revamped “Alienware Legend” design, replacing the sharp edges of previous Alienware laptops for rounded corners.
The laptop is also notable for how upgrade-friendly the components are. Not only can you swap out the memory, storage, battery, and CPU, but even the GPU is removable through parent company Dell’s nascent Dell Graphics Form Factor (DGFF) platform. The new system lets Alienware put the latest GPUs on modular boards that can be swapped out.
Future upgradeability is a big feature, but so is the Area-51m’s raw power. You can outfit the laptop with up to 64GB of RAM, the Intel Core i9-9900K processor, and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080. This isn’t the trimmed-down Max-Q design, either — this is a proper desktop-level RTX 2080. If that’s not enough power, the Alienware Graphics Amplifier lets you access other desktop GPU cards from Nvidia and AMD.
Weighing 8.54 pounds, the Area-51m is a monster in the most literal sense. However, the laptop’s size and Alienware’s Cryo-Tech 2.0 technology with dual intake and dual exhaust help keep things relatively cool and quiet.
2. New Alienware m15
Coming in at 18.3mm thin, the awkwardly-named New Alienware m15 is the company’s thinnest 15-inch laptop. It’s also extremely light for a gaming laptop, weighing only 4.75 pounds.
Even with such a thin and light design, the New Alienware m15 is a beast of a machine. Gamers might want to stick with the FHD options, which come with 60, 144, and 240Hz refresh rates. However, those who consume plenty of content can treat their eyes with the OLED UHD option.
Processor options include the ninth-generation Intel Core i5-9300H, i7-9750H, and i9-9980HK. You can also outfit the laptop with up to 16GB of RAM and a combined 4TB of storage from two 2TB PCIe M.2 SSDs. The GPU maxes out with the GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design. Even with so much horsepower in a thin chassis, Alienware’s Cryo-Tech 3.0 system promises to keep things cool enough for sustained performance.
3. New Alienware m17
If you like what the New Alienware m15 offers and want a larger display, say hello to the New Alienware m17. Coming in at 18.6mm thin and weighing 5.8 pounds, the New Alienware m17 is the company’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop.
Even with a thin chassis, the laptop is very similar to the New Alienware m15 in terms of specs. Processor options include the ninth-generation Intel Core i5-9300H, i7-9750H, and i9-9980HK, with the GPU maxing out with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design.
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The main difference is with the display. Even though the New Alienware m17’s 17-inch display is larger than the New Alienware m15’s 15-inch display, there’s no OLED UHD option as there is with the smaller version. That said, the FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate will satisfy gamers. It might not satisfy content creators and artists, since the display only features a 71% color gamut.
4. Alienware m15
It might sport an older design and have been replaced by the New Alienware m15, but there’s still plenty to like about the regular Alienware m15.
Starting with the display, most options feature a FHD display with a 144Hz or 240Hz refresh rate. Luckily, there’s also an OLED UHD option for content consumers. In terms of RAM, the Alienware m15 maxes out at 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz. That’s double the maximum amount of RAM for the New Alienware m15.
You can even outfit the Alienware m15 with a 90Wh battery, larger than the New Alienware m15’s 75Wh battery.
Where the regular Alienware m15 starts to lost ground to its successor is with the processor options. You can pick the older eight-generation Intel Core i7-8750H or i9-8950HK, though you can also pick the newer ninth-generation Intel Core i7-9750H. GPU still maxes out with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design, though you’ll have to make do with a maximum of 2TB of PCIe storage.
5. Alienware m17
Our last entry is the Alienware m17, the predecessor to this year’s New Alienware m17. Even though it’s older, the Alienware m17 one-ups its successor in terms of the display and RAM.
Unlike with the New Alienware m17, the Alienware m17 features an OLED UHD display option. Gamers will be fine without it due to the lower 60Hz refresh rate, but movie and content consumers will find plenty of joy with the OLED display. The older laptop also features up to 32GB of RAM, double the New Alienware m17’s RAM.
Elsewhere, the Alienware m17 is very similar to the Alienware m15 in that the GPU maxes out with the GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design. Processor options include the 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8750H, 8th-gen Intel Core i9-8950HK, and 9th-gen Intel Core i7-9750H. Finally, the laptop features up to 2TB of PCIe storage.
There you have it, folks. Alienware doesn’t offer a huge number of gaming laptops, but what are offered are some of the best you’ll find. We’ll update this post with new models once they are launched.