Whenever an argument arises regarding gaming laptops, most of the folks around willingly jump into this deep ocean along with their supporting stuff. We are also one of them. This time the name hidden behind that deep ocean is Alienware Area 51m . On the other side, if we talk about the supporting stuff then we have a list of several specs including design, CPU , GPU, keyboard, touchpad and a few more.
The reason behind the title which mentions a word upgradable is not a kind of concern for those who don’t expect much than the things which are already present in it, but on the same side it means a lot if you have a wish to remain in flow with the latest technologies from time to time.The CPU and GPU can be upgraded according to the upcoming advancements rewarding as a boon to them. It can be swapped by yourself too but if you are lacking with some guts then alienware is working on a solution to send support at your place.
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● Attractive design like never before.
● Upgrade option available (CPU and GPU).
● Excellent in gaming as well as productivity.
● All major ports available.
● High in price.
● Requires two power adapters.
Let’s hover into its detailed overview below
Manufactured with the two colour options i.e white and black will let you choose on the part of the moon which you wish to prefer, either the darker or the brighter side of it. Along with this the pointed smooth edges instead of those rounded corners adds much to its overall appearance. The metallic alloy chassis instead of anodized aluminium looks much more charming when combined with the led lights on the keypad as well as the back area where few of the ports and cooling fans are placed.
Coming to the lid which includes a glowing alien signifying its identity on the top along with the word ALIENWARE embedded on the front side just below the display. With all these fragrances, this laptop weighs around 8.5 pounds which can be troublesome for few of the folks who keep on travelling most of the time.
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When you are spending a huge amount on a gaming laptop then you must expect a high resolution as well as a good refresh rate . So while keeping your expectations in mind, Dell has provided a 17.3 inch panel which has a 144-Hertz refresh rate along with 1920 x 1080 screen resolution . Even all the colours looked much brighter and original in our test which ended up providing 284 nits brightness. However the existence of Nvidia G- sync technology is a kind of a complete display package for a gamer.
The manufacturer has regarded it as a replacement of desktop gaming experience which signifies that this laptop provides you a feel like a desktop.
Featuring the NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU which excelled in all our gaming tests is not only high in figures but also it ended up creating more frames per second(FPS). Also its most important features which includes ray tracing and DLSS ( Deep Learning Super Sampling) adds much to the gaming looks thanks to this AI (Artificial Intelligence) setup by NVIDIA.
In addition to this discrete GPU there is an integrated one too i.e Intel UHD graphics 630 GPU which can be easily switched when you are away from gaming and ready for productivity.
Another attribute is the intel 3.6-GHz Intel Core i9-9900K desktop chip with 64GB of RAM is a massive support in case of streaming, encoding, etc. We runned almost 40 tabs at a time with high quality youtube or netflix videos even without a single lag. If we talk about transferring files then the pair of 1TB PCIe M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration achieved good remarks by transferring about 5GB of data file in 4-5 seconds. This is not just a limit in case of storage because the 1TB hybrid drive is also present.
Ports are considered as the other input/output supporter. In the alienware area 51m you get a pair of USB 3.1 ports on the right whereas a thunderbolt 3 port, a headphone and microphone jack on the left. Along with this 2 DC jacks, a HDMI 2.0 port, a mini display
port and a gigabit ethernet jack is also available on its rear side. The port’s quantity is enough though it lacks a SD card reader.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
Alienware managed to keep its traditional keyboard the same including the macro keys and full number pad without compromising with the other important keys. The key travel figures were also much better as we were able to match our highest typing speed without any delay.
Even the touchpad also excelled in all its response test either scrolling pages or exercising any other gestures.
● Audio – Whether it be listening to music or playing games, the sound emerging from the pair of speakers surrounded in our lab leaving other sounds less powerful. Also alienware has linked its audio software with its command centre where you can satisfy all your audio needs.
● Battery life – The CPU inside is regarded as power hungry as it lasted for about 2 and half hours on continuous wifi and full brightness. So it is advisable to keep it in regular contact with the power source if you are in a high productivity or gaming scenario.
● Heat – Despite being such a powerful machine, it did not reveal any signs of heating up.
The touchpad along with the other parts remained chilled throughout our high quality gaming tests, thanks to the alienware cryo- tech v 2.0 system that uses a pair of fans hidden behind a pretty design.
● Tobii eye tracking – This works well in gaming as well as in other tasks too. By just taking your few seconds in exercising your eye credentials and after that you are good to go. One can also disable it as per their will. In the non gaming activities , it works much better like in the case you just put your finger on the touchpad and the rest of the cursor movement could be managed by the eyes itself.
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Alienware area 51m is notified as one of the marvelous achievements by their side introducing the 8 core processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU for the very first time. While considering the price factor then both the variants i.e $2459 and $5099 are expensive enough. But on the same side if you are high on budget as well as in need of a powerful gaming machine then the base model ($2459) would be a better choice.
The base model comes with 3.6 GHz intel core i7- 8700 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with 8GB of RAM, an Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU and a 1920 x 1080 with 60Hz display.
ALIENWARE AREA-51M SPECS ($5099)
|CPU||3.6-GHz Intel Core i9-9900K processor|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU/Intel UHD Graphics 630|
|Hard Drive Size||Dual 1TB|
|Hard Drive Type||NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Highest Available Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Optical Drive Speed||n/a|
|Ports (excluding USB)||HDMI 2.0, Headphone, Microphone, USB 3.1, Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3, Noble Lock, Alienware Graphics Amplifier, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Secondary Hard Drive Size||1TB|
|Secondary Hard Drive Speed||7200|
|Secondary Hard Drive Type||SSHD|
|Size||16.1 x 15.9 x 1.1~1.7 inches|
|Wi-Fi Model||Killer Wireless 1550 2×2 AC|
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- Does alienware provide warranty and support?
Yes, the alienware command center itself acts as a support in most of the topics and also it ships with a 1 year warranty.
- Is there a webcam?
Yes, there is a webcam which captures perfect shots.
- Where can I get both the variants?
Both of the variants are available on amazon as well as their official website.