Alienware x17 Laptop – 2022 Review


Alienware have long been know of exceptional quality laptops which push the boundaries of what is possible. If you’re looking for a unique laptop in the new year, that can handle any resource-demanding task you might throw at it, then look no further.

Today we’re reviewing the latest version of the Alienware x17, to see how it holds up in 2022.

Unboxing

On unboxing the laptop, my first impressions are strong. Hexagonal lattice vents attractively tile the front panel, which not only look futuristic, but provide additional airflow into the laptop. I’m told these are supported by 4 further ultra-quiet “case fans” which ensure beyond adequate cooling.

On powering on the laptop, a range of RGB lighting fires up, from the edges of the frame, to the keyboard and trackpad. These are well implemented within the design, but aren’t personally to my tastes. Fortunately, there’s a “go dark” mode which allows me to quickly and easily disable this lighting.

Performance

The new x17 features both a NVIDIA 3070 8 GB GPU and an 11th generation Intel i7 11800H. These two components would make for a powerful desktop device, let alone a powerful laptop. These are supported by a whole 32gb of DDR4 ram, running at an impressive 3466MHz.

To test the performance, I installed Microsoft Flight Sim 2020, a very taxing game, even for the most modern systems. Quite easily I was able to achieve over 120 fps on high settings. This high frame rate is even more enjoyable, given the 360hz screen included in the laptop.

I next tested some eSports games, Counter-Strike Global Offensive and DotA. Both easily achieved over 300 fps, which I found astonishing. There should be no doubt that this laptop is ideal for competitive games.

Battery Life

One of the most important aspects of a laptop is its battery life. If your laptop dies, you’re sunk.
To test this, I unplugged the laptop and did a mixture of web browsing, video-watching and gaming. After 5 hours, I received a warning that the battery was low. With a range of about 5-6 hours, this seems about right. I would be shocked if it lasted any longer considering how power demanding some of the components are.

Keep in mind this was using a “balanced” power setting. It’s likely that a 1-2 additional hours may be lost when using a “high performance” power setting.

Cooling

Checking in on the temperature frequently during use, I never found the CPU temperature to exceed 60c, with the Nvidia GPU flattening out at about 59c. The additional fans are really doing great work here, regardless of how long I’ve been using it.

As with all laptops, temperature is likely to become more of a critical issue as the lifespan goes on. I’ll be keeping an eye on this in the months to come.

Conclusion

In my opinion the new x17 is worth its price for the high-end components alone, but this only elevated by the excellent design choice made to enhance the cooling. While the x17 may still fall short of the pIn my opinion the new x17 is worth its price for the high-end components alone, but this only elevated by the excellent design choice made to enhance the cooling. While the x17 may still fall short of the performance of the very best desktop PCs, its portability and decent battery life more than compensate.