Dell Alienware x14 R1

Dell Alienware x14 R1

Dell Alienware x14 R1

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BEST RATING
Build Quality:
4.6
GENERAL USE: Good7.8/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.5/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.1/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.7/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.9/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.0/10
BATTERY: Good7.8/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.4/10
SIZE: 14"

The Dell Alienware x14 R1 is a midrange-priced gaming laptop with a strong emphasis on performance and build quality. It features a powerful Intel i7 processor and Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics, making it well-suited for gaming, 3D rendering, machine learning, and engineering tasks. It comes with ample storage and a decent amount of memory to handle intensive applications smoothly. However, its portability is hampered by its weight and size; although not overly heavy, it won't be as easy to carry as ultraportable devices. The battery life is reasonable for a gaming laptop but may not last a full day of work or classes. It has a 14-inch display with high brightness and color coverage, offering a sharp and vibrant visual experience for both work and entertainment, but lacks a touchscreen. The build quality is very high, suggesting it should be durable over time, and it has features like hardware ray tracing and DLSS for an enhanced gaming experience. You'll also enjoy a backlit keyboard and multiple USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, adding convenience for peripherals and charging. Overall, the Alienware x14 R1 blends high performance with gamer-centric features but trades off some portability and battery longevity in doing so. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








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Pros
  • Powerful Intel i7 processor
  • High-performance Nvidia RTX GPU
  • High 144Hz refresh rate
  • Slim, lightweight build
  • High screen brightness
Cons
  • Limited port variety
  • Only one storage slot
  • No touchscreen
  • Moderate battery life

Ratings by Category

Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Engineering & Design:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Portability:
4.4
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Keyboard Quality:
4.4
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.3
The Dell Alienware x14 R1 is suitable for general use owing to its powerful CPU and ample RAM for smooth multitasking, alongside a high-quality IPS screen for clear visuals. Its light weight and solid battery life also ensure it’s convenient for mobile use, while maintaining a good balance between performance and portability.
Software Development:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Battery Life:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Gaming & AI:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Gaming and AI Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as AI performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and AI work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.
Operating Noise:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,201
Release Date
August 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12.7'' x 10.3'' x 0.57''
Weight
4.06 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-12700H
Graphics
RTX 3060 (75 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
9 Hours
Battery Capacity
80 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
144Hz
Display Brightness
411 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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8.1/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
1
USB-C ports
3
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
4
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Andreas Osthoff | March 2022
"The Alienware X14 series is thinner, but also slower than the competition. With the X series, you get plenty of modern technology: Intel Alder Lake CPUs, GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs, Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 4.0, Wi-Fi 6E, G-Sync, and Advanced Optimus. However, the slim design has some drawbacks, just like its larger siblings. The shifted hinge position results in a very deep device with a large footprint compared to the competition."

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