Alienware x17 R2 is a high-end gaming laptop model. Packed with the most modern components on the market, including a speedy 12th generation Intel chip and powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, the Alienware x17 R2 allows users to conquer any game title. different in the market. Today’s article will evaluate in detail the Alienware x17 R2 series, thereby showing the plus and minus points of the product line.
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Specifications of Alienware x17 R2
- CPU: Intel Core i7-12900HK
- GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
- RAM: 64GB
- Memory: 2TB SSD
- Screen: 17.3-inch, 1920x1080p
- Size: 15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inches
- Mass: 3.22 kg
Alienware x17 R2: Design
Possessing a design language that the company named “Legend”, the Alienware x17 R2 is covered in a delicate white shell. In this 2nd version, the outer shell of the machine is completed gently and somewhat more minimalist than its predecessor. The lid surface is made of aluminum, finished in ivory white and decorated with the large number 17 in the lower corner. The system of heat sink slots on the back edge is painted completely black, surrounded by a strip of LED lights.
Contrary to the white color of the outer shell, the interior area of the Alienware x17 R2 is finished in jet black. By default, the Alienware x17 R2’s keyboard is illuminated by a blue ceramic light system, but you can adjust the effect of this light strip through the device’s settings application. The power button of the device is located on the right corner of the machine, made in the shape of an alien head.
Classified as a desktop replacement laptop, it’s understandable that the Alienware x17 R2 has a bulky design. With 3-sided dimensions of 15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8-inches and an overall weight of 3.22 kg, the x17 R2 is lighter than the MSI GE76 Raider (4 kg, 15.6 x 11.2 x 1 inch), but heavier than the MSI GE76 Raider (weighs 4 kg, 15.6 x 11.2 x 1 inch). with Razer Blade 17 (weighs 2.76 kg, 15.6 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches) and Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (weighs 2.31 kg, 14.1 x 10.8 x 1 inch).
The Alienware x17 R2 has a few built-in security features to keep the data inside safe. First, the machine’s webcam is compatible with Windows Hello software, allowing users to unlock the system using facial recognition. Next, the laptop is equipped with a TPM 2.0 chip, which provides the ability to encrypt the data stored inside.
Alienware x17 R2 is fully equipped with different types of ports, allowing users to use different types of peripherals during gaming. Specifically, the device is equipped with a power port and a headphone jack on the side. Most of the device’s connection ports are located on the back edge, which includes a pair of USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI port. 2.1 and a Gigabit Ethernet port.
Alienware x17 R2: Monitor
In recent years, the gaming laptops produced by Alienware all have high-quality display panels. The X17 R2 is the laptop on that list, with a 17.3-inch screen, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and support for a refresh rate of up to 360Hz. The screen has a high display quality, providing a good experience when playing games as well as when working.
During our testing, the x17 R2’s display was capable of covering 76% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is slightly below the premium gaming laptop category average (85.8%). However, the color rendering of this panel is still more impressive when compared to its competitor, the Raider (74.5%).
In the brightness test, the x17 R2’s panel has an average brightness of 325 nits, slightly lower than the average brightness result of the segment (328 nit).
Alienware x17 R2: Keyboard and touchpad
Alienware x17 R2 is equipped with a set of mechanical keyboards, using Cherry MX switches. The keys of the keyboard set have a deep travel and provide solid tactile feedback, providing an extremely comfortable input experience during use.
And similar to other gaming laptops produced by Alienware, the x17 R2’s keyboard is illuminated by a brilliant light system. Users can change the colors and effects of the lights through the settings in the built-in application, Alienware Command Center.
The touchpad of the device has a 2-sided size of 3.4 x 2.7 inches, giving users a mid-range space to control the mouse pointer. The surface of the touchpad has a very good finish, allowing my fingers to glide across smoothly.
Alienware x17 R2: Gaming Performance
The Alienware x17 R2 is one of the first gaming laptops on the market equipped with the Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti series of graphics cards. Possessing a strong level of graphics processing performance, the machine can play all different games on the market with smooth frame rates.
Starting the graphics processing test, we used the machine to play the game Shadow of the Tomb Raider. In this game, the machine achieved an average frame rate of 107 fps, much higher than the segment average of 86 fps.
In the Grand Theft Auto V game, the x17 R2 had an average recorded frame rate of 117 fps, enough to surpass the segment average of 103 fps, which includes competing models like the Blade 17 ( 102 fps) and Strix (98 fps).
Alienware x17 R2: Performance
Not only equipped with the latest graphics card on the market, x17 R2 is also equipped with 12th generation Intel chips, delivering impressive multitasking capabilities. According to Intel, the machine’s Intel Core i9-12900HK chip can deliver 28% better gaming performance than the previous generation chip. During actual use, the x17 R2 allowed me to interact smoothly with 70 Chrome tabs without experiencing any lag.
Moving on to the simulation tests, we will start with Geekbench 5.4 to score the overall performance. On this test, the x17 R2 achieved a performance score of 13710, almost twice the average of high-end gaming laptops (6922 points). Equipped with the same processor, the Raider has a performance score close to that of the Alienware, measuring 13456 specifically.
The Alienware x17 R2 finished converting a 4K video to 1080p in just 4 minutes and 45 seconds on the HandBrake test. This completion time is only 1 second slower than the Raider, but much faster than the segment average at the time of launch (7 minutes 7 seconds).
The machine is equipped with a pair of SSD drives, bringing a total internal memory capacity of 2TB, and can copy a file weighing 25GB with an average speed of 2268 MBps.
Alienware x17 R2: Battery life
The Alienware x17 R2 is not a perfect model, and like most other gaming laptops on the market, the weak point of this model lies in the level of battery life. To test the battery life of the device, we let the laptop surf the web continuously using wifi, with the screen brightness at 150 nit. On this test, the x17 R2 lasted 2 hours and 58 minutes before completely draining the battery. The battery life of the device is below the segment average (4 hours 4 minutes), including the models compared in this article.
Sold in the high-end price segment, the x17 R2 is equipped with the most advanced components on the market, giving users the most complete gaming experience. It has a premium build quality and a good level of finish, with every detail firmly tied together. In addition, x17 R2 is also equipped with a high-quality mechanical keyboard, providing a good experience during use. x17 R2 is a good choice if you are looking for a gaming laptop with top performance on the market.
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- Eye-catching design
- Strong overall performance
- High quality speakerphone
- Comfortable keyboard
- Equipped with many connection ports
- Battery life is below average
- Webcam quality is not so impressive
- High price