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The best new Alienware laptops you can buy

The storied gaming brand is finally shedding a few ounces for 2021.
June 26, 2021
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Alienware has been a top name in gaming PCs for as long as anyone can remember. You know the style — sleek, UFO-inspired design with a glowing alien head. It’s a tried and true formula, but now Alienware is ready for the next generation. Here are the best new Alienware laptops that you can get.

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We’ll run you through a few of the company’s latest offerings, but we’re sticking to models that launched this year. So let’s get to it.

The best new Alienware laptops

Editor’s note: We’ll be sure to add to this list of the best new Alienware laptops as new options launch.

Alienware m15 R6

alienware m15 r6 gaming laptop

The Alienware M15 has been around for quite a few years — the R6 name indicates that this is the sixth edition of the powerful machine. While you could grab the new m15 R5 if you want Ryzen hardware, this version is all about the latest and greatest from Intel.

No matter how you configure your new Alienware m15 R6 laptop, you’re looking at the 11th-generation Core i7-11800H processor onboard. After that, you have the freedom to choose between three of Nvidia’s RTX 30 Series GPUs. The m15 R6 tops out with the GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, which is just about all you can ask for. It can handle up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB PCle M.2 SSD.

As for style, the Alienware m15 R6 keeps the same chassis as earlier models. It packs a 15.6-inch display with up to a QHD resolution and up to a 360Hz refresh rate. Those of you pining for RGB customization will have a four-zone AlienFX keyboard to enjoy while the latest Cryo-Tech keeps you cool under pressure.

Dell’s Alienware m15 R6 starts at $1,299.99, and you can configure yours at the button below.

Alienware x15

alienware x15

While the m15 might be holding onto a previous generation, the Alienware x15 (and later x17) are the start of something completely new. They’re the lightest and thinnest laptops that the company has ever offered, and they pack a punch that the previous models can’t match.

Under the hood, you’ll find the Intel Core i7-11800H processor as a standard option. However, you can add the Core i9 version on a few configurations instead. No matter which way you go, Alienware will hook you up with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 or 3070 GPU. Add up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 4TB of M2. PCle SSD space and you’re good to go. The Alienware x15 does ditch the four-zone AlienFX keyboard in favor of per-key controls, and you can only grab the Lunar Light finish so far.

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Plenty of gaming laptops go for a pair of fans at the heart of their cooling setup, but the x15 is here to double that. It packs four fans into the slim body, along with a new thermal interface made of Element 31. The latest Cryo-Tech keeps things cool under pressure while you get drawn into the 15.6-inch display. Although the x15 ships with a 165Hz FHD panel on the base configuration, you can always swap for a 240Hz QHD panel or a blistering 360Hz FHD version.

The Alienware x15 kicks off at $1,999.99, and you can craft yours below.

Alienware x17

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If you want to maximize your screen real estate but you’re drawn in by the idea of a lighter, thinner new Alienware laptop, there’s only one way to go. The x17 packs a huge 17.3-inch display and starts at just about six and a half pounds. While that might not sound like a feather, it’s actually nearly two and a half pounds lighter than the Alienware Area-51m R2.

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As for the internals, the x17 packs all of the punch you could ask for. The Core i7-11800H is once again standard, while you can also try the Core i9 version. Nvidia’s powerful GeForce RTX 3080 GPU is on the table as well, but only for the most premium versions of the x17. Once you factor in up to 64GB of RAM and as much as 4TB of hard drive space, you’re looking at a mighty powerful machine. Just be ready for it to cost around $4,500.

The good news is that you still get Alienware’s highly customizable keyboard and top-tier Cryo-Tech cooling for your money. Everything you could do with the x15 is still an option on the larger sibling, and it packs a little bit of an extra punch. Just imagine how smooth a 360Hz refresh rate will look on a 17.3-inch FHD panel.

Alienware’s x17 starts at $2,099.99, and you can set yours up below.