Alienware launches new X-Series gaming laptops

Arif Bacchus

Alienware is launching their thinnest and most powerful 15 and 17 inch gaming laptops ever. The new Alienware x17 and Alienware x17 promise plenty of Intel and Nvidia power under the hood, and a stylish design with unique features catered for the most serious of gamers.

There are a couple of notable under-the-hood points on these new X-series gaming laptops. All the laptops come with Intel’s 11th generation Core H-series processors, and options for up to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards. These graphics cards support 110 watts and 165 watts of power, on the x15 and the x17 (in the same respected order.)

Other notable features include a new Thermal Control Circuit offset which lets you set a “cruise control” limit to the CPU temperature. This pairs up with Alienware’s Tailored Power States, which can let you tweak the CPU and GPU power and fans to your own needs.

Alienware is even is including options for the Cherry MX Keyboard on the x17 model, which has an ultra-low profile design for more tactical typing. You’ll even be able to change the lighting on these keyboards thanks to an evolved AlienFX lighting experience, where you can change the colors of the Alien head, keyboard, and power button. Configs based on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics also include an AlienFX customizable touchpad, too.

In terms of the design, you’ll find that these laptops have Alienware Legend 2.0 design identity. There’s a continuous loop of bold stadium lighting, illuminating the rear hexagon venting pattern. The laptops are constructed with copper alloy thermal components, and magnesium alloy, and CNC machined aluminum parts. Weight comes in at 5.2 pounds on the X15 and 7.05 pounds on the X17.

As for the display panel, you’ll find lively options that should keep you in your action. On the X15, there are options for FHD 165Hz 3ms response time, 360Hz 1ms response time, or a QHD 250Hz panel with 2ms response time. The X17 has a FHD 165Hz option with a 3ms response time, a FHD 360Hz option with a 1ms response time, or a UHD 120Hz option with a 4ms response time. Note that NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus technology available exclusively on the FHD360Hz panel option on the x17, and the QHD 240Hz or FHD360Hz on the X15,

Of course, since these are gaming laptops, cooling might be an issue. But Alienware has developed the next generation Cyro-Tech cooling technology known as Element 31. This uses an exclusive thermal interface material which exists between the CPU and their thermal elements to disperse heat and mitigate spikes in core temperatures from affecting the system’s performance. That’s combined with a new quad fan design to blow air throughout the system.

Limited configurations of these laptops are now available, with full configurations coming on June 15. Pricing on the x15 starts at $1,200, and on the X17, $2,100.