Dell Alienware X17 R2

Dell Alienware X17 R2

Dell Alienware X17 R2

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BEST RATING
Gaming & AI:
4.8
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.2/10
GAMING/AI: Excellent9.1/10
ENG/DESIGN: Excellent9.0/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.9/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.4/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.0/10
BATTERY: Poor4.3/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.2/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Excellent9.4/10
SIZE: 17.3"

The Dell Alienware X17 R2 is a premium gaming laptop with high-end specs, including a robust Intel i9 processor and Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti graphics, which provides excellent performance for 3D rendering, machine learning, and gaming. It has a substantial amount of storage and RAM, ensuring smooth multitasking and quick data access. Its 17.3-inch IPS display delivers high-quality visuals, though it has a standard 1080p resolution which might not be as sharp as higher resolution screens. Despite its power, the device is quite heavy and only offers about 2 hours of battery life, making it less portable and not suited for long periods away from a power source. It features a robust build quality, efficient heat management, and includes useful gaming features such as a high refresh rate and hardware ray tracing. It comes with ample ports but lacks a number pad on the keyboard despite its large size. The Alienware X17 R2 is best for users who need top-tier performance and are less concerned about portability and battery life. 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.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-end Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti GPU
  • Powerful Intel i9-12900HK processor
  • Spacious 1024 GB storage
  • Large 17.3-inch display
  • High 480 Hz refresh rate
Cons
  • Short battery life (2 hours typical usage)
  • Not very portable, weighs 6.82 pounds
  • No touchscreen functionality
  • Limited portability score

Ratings by Category

Gaming & AI:
4.8
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 excels in gaming and 3D applications due to its high-performance Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, which is crucial for rendering complex visuals smoothly, and its very high screen refresh rate of 480Hz, which ensures on-screen action looks fluid and devoid of motion blur.
Engineering & Design:
4.7
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.
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.
Keyboard Quality:
4.6
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.5
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 is excellent for general use due to its high-performance CPU and ample RAM, making multitasking and demanding applications run smoothly. Although its screen quality is above average and the keyboard is good, the laptop's portability is compromised by its relative weight and bulk, and the battery life is limited.
Content Creation:
4.5
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.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.5
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.
Software Development:
4.4
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.
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.
Portability:
3.1
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$2,000
Release Date
December 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 11.8'' x 0.82''
Weight
6.82 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-12900HK
Graphics
RTX 3080 Ti (175 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
32 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
2 Hours
Battery Capacity
87 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
480Hz
Display Brightness
367 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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6.1/10
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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8.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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9.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
4
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Allen Ngo | May 2022
"The Alienware x17 R2 recognizes targets a significantly higher TGP of 175 W for a roughly 30 percent performance boost over laptops running on the ~100 W GeForce RTX 3080 Ti like the Razer Blade 15 or Gigabyte Aero YE5. Similar results can be found through the CPU as well. This single aspect of the Alienware is perhaps the biggest differentiating factor between it and other ultrathin gaming laptops. Of course, the "performance at all cost" approach comes with drawbacks. Power consumption in particular is through the roof and battery life suffers because of it even when on the lowest performance settings."

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