At CES 2019, Dell presented its flagship video gaming laptop called the Alienware Area-51m, which possesses some extremely unique features. This is without a doubt the most upgrade-able video gaming laptop computer we’ve discovered yet, as the Area-51m uses desktop-class Intel CPUs and Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUs and both of them can be updated. This modular design technically gives you the headroom to simply switch out the CPU or GPU a couple of years down the line, without having to change the whole laptop. The Alienware Area-51m is available in two colours– Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon– and goes on sale from January 29 for a starting price of $2,549, with lower priced configurations coming quickly.
The laptop computer uses an all-new industrial style language, which Dell has code-named ‘Legend’. The chassis is developed utilizing a magnesium alloy and there’s a new ‘three-knuckled hinge’ style which is said to reduce the overall footprint. The laptop is created to be a desktop replacement, in the true sense of the word.
It weighs a magnificent 3.87 kg, has narrow bezels on 3 sides, and is used with the 5th generation of Tobii Eye Tracking technology. Of course, this being an Alienware laptop computer, the Area-51m supports AlienFX customization lighting across different locations, Command Centre for customized profiles, Cryo-Tech 2.0 innovation for much better cooling and the company’s TactX keyboard with 2.2 mm of travel and pre-key RGB backlighting.
Alienware Area-51m specifications
The laptop computer uses desktop-class Intel 9th generation CPUs, which ranges from a Core i7-8700 approximately a Core i9-9900K, which is an eight-core CPU. Because it is created to be upgrade-able, the Area-51m uses socketed Intel Z390 motherboard, similar to you ‘d discover on desktops. We’ve just recently seen Acer do something similar, with a socketed Ryzen CPU in their Predator Helios 500 video gaming laptop computer. Returning to the Alienware, you get four RAM slots which can accommodate as much as 64GB of DDR4 RAM; single, dual and triple storage configurations varying from hybrid drives, PCIe M. 2 SSDs to even a bunch of them in RAID0 setups.
The most exciting bit however, is the desktop-class Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards. You have a choice in between a GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6 RAM, GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM or a GeForce RTX 2080 with 8GB of GDDR6 RAM. Given that the GPU isn’t soldered onto the motherboard either, you could switch it out for something else that launches a few years down the line.
The Alienware Area-51m is just readily available with a 17.3-inch IPS screen and the resolution tops out at full-HD. However, you can choose between a basic 60Hz panel; one with Nvidia G-Sync, a 144Hz panel and Tobii Eye Tracking or the supreme combo, which includes a 144Hz panel, Tobii Eye Tracking and Nvidia G-Sync. The laptop likewise includes a HD cam with dual-array mics and stereo speakers.
For connection, you get three USB 3.1 ports (Type-A), a Thunderbolt 3 port (Type-C), HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.4, headphone and microphone sockets, Gigabit Ethernet, and a Alienware Graphics Amplifier port. The laptop computer has a 90WHr battery however in order to feed these power-hungry elements, the laptop ships with 2 Air Conditioning power adapters with varying wattage depending on the setup you choose.
Dell Alienware’s Command Center software, which lets you manage peripheral lighting, power management, thermals, overclocking, audio, and material organisation, has actually overcome 30 updates and as an initially, you can now overclock the graphics card in your laptop, in addition to the CPU and RAM.
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