Out of the brand new Alienware X15 and X17, we’ve gone for the bigger X17 with its 17.3-inch show for our premium choose of the perfect Alienware laptops, and the important thing cause is the excessive energy restrict of its core parts. The X17 packs both a RTX 3060 with a 115W TGP + 15W with Dynamic Enhance, an RTX 3070 with 125W + 15W, or an 150W + 15W RTX 3080, that are all very respectable for a laptop computer of this skinny, virtually exceptional in actual fact. In contrast the Alienware X15 is hampered by its smaller measurement, and the efficiency of the CPU and GPU choices can’t match as much as the bigger model. This isn’t to say the X15 is a foul laptop computer, however it suffers in comparison with the competitors in FPS efficiency in-game, whereas the X17 is a heavy hitter.
The opposite benefit of the X17 in fact is the larger immersion in-game that you just get with a 17.3” show, and given the sunshine and factor design, the elevated measurement drawback doesn’t hamper the portability of the X17 an excessive amount of, though the massive powerbrick of the RTX 3080 model does considerably. By way of coloration gamut, the 1080p show variant has 100% sRGB protection, excessive distinction and peak brightness, making it appropriate for any color-based workflows on this house. The 1440p possibility has superior Adobe RGB coloration replication, however at the price of response time and refresh price.
Of the totally different decision choices: the 1080p 360Hz model that must be the precedence for these involved in squeezing out the utmost frames. The 360Hz refresh price is greater than excessive sufficient for any form of aggressive gaming, and the acknowledged 1ms response time (while seemingly considerably larger in observe) is completely excellent. That is additionally the one model which comes with G-Sync and most significantly a MUX swap. For the 1440p possibility, 120Hz is kind of ample for each single-player titles and on-line first-person shooters, so long as you’re not enjoying on the aggressive stage; the slower acknowledged 4ms response time can be nonetheless fairly rattling good, however given the dearth of MUX Change we’d solely advocate this to individuals involved in utilizing their laptop computer for artistic workflows.
By way of different options, the mechanical keyboard of the X17 is a pleasant inclusion and feels nice to make use of, although it doesn’t include a numpad which can hassle some. The totally different coloured trackpad can be nice and responsive. The collection of ports is nice and features a microSD card slot. The motherboard is of the flipped selection, making it tougher to improve the GPU and CPU must you want to, however at the least the RAM could be upgraded.
For the battery life, you possibly can anticipate round 5 hours of basic, non-game utilization for the RTX 3070 model at the least (with brightness set to mid-settings and battery saver one) which isn’t wonderful however its about common for a gaming laptop computer of this energy, and definitely higher than most older Alienware laptops.
Every little thing thought of, that is the perfect slimline 17-inch gaming laptop computer available on the market. Though different, extra highly effective 17-inch laptops exist (Just like the ASUS Zephyrus 17) they don’t have the skinny physique and portability of this sublime-looking Alienware X17. The one actual challenge (and it’s not a small challenge) is the very excessive asking value. In order for you the top in cellular gaming tech although, that is it.