It’s been a couple of years considering that the last time Alienware’s laptop computers got a huge revamp, however with its brand-new X-Series laptop computers, Alienware has actually handled to pack top-tier elements into its thinnest systems yet.
Sporting its brand-new Legend 2.0 design language, the new x15 and x17 will get a range of 11th-gen Intel CPUs and Nvidia 30-series GPUs, with Alienware claiming that the new x15 will be the most powerful sub-16mm 15-inch gaming notebook on market.
Now, while that might be an incredibly niche claim to fame considering there are already systems like the MSI Stealth 15m on the market, there’s a lot to like about the new X-series. Practically every aspect of Alienware’s laptop design has actually been tweaked to improve performance while still maintaining an emphasis on portability, not to mention a number of visual upgrades.
In back, Alienware’s light strip is now comprised of 90 to 100 micro LEDs (depending on the system) to provide a brighter and more even lighting, while the inside of the system features Alienware’s new Cryo-Tech cooling, which uses a new gallium-based thermal interface material to help improve thermal resistance by up to 25%.
On top of that, Alienware is also using AI to power new smart fans that can automatically regulate their speed to optimize airflow, with Alienware managing to pack a total of four fans inside each notebook. And in keeping with the X-series’ focus on lightness and portability, Alienware even created new slim 240-watt power adapters, so you won’t need to lug around a giant power brick while traveling.
The one downside is that while both the x15 and x17 can be equipped with up to an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU and Intel Core-i9 CPUs, Alienware doesn’t provide any AMD-based configs. (Alienware claims the X-series has been in development for so long, AMD CPUs and GPUs didn’t offer the kind of elements Alienware needed at the time.)
When it comes to displays, you’ll get your choice of 120Hz, 165Hz, 240Hz, or even 360hz displays depending on the model. But regardless of which size (or resolution) you go for, all X-series systems will feature a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, a microSD card slot, and one Thunderbolt 4 that supports USB Power delivery, so you can charge your machine with something other than the standard power adapter in a pinch.
Alienware even added little touches like a brand-new hexagonal speaker grille behind the keyboard and a trackpad with embedded RGB lighting. And while the latter may not be for everyone, I have to admit I’m type of a sucker for rainbow LEDs. However, the one add-on the x17 gets that’s not offered on its smaller sized brother or sister is the optional Ultra Low Profile Cherry MX Switches Alienware revealed previously this spring, which Alienware states are merely too high to suit the x15.
Now to begin, Alienware states it will have a handful of systems with minimal configs offered for sale today, but if you wish to completely personalize your own X-series system, you’ll have a wait a bit longer (till June 15) for more alternatives.
The 15-inch Alienware x15 is slated to begin at a cool $2,000, with the x17 can be found in a little greater with a beginning cost of $2,100.