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Alienware X17 R2
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Advantages of the Dell Alienware X17 R2
  • Excellent for engineering and design
  • Excellent for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Best in class speakers
  • Very good keyboard
Advantages of the Eluktronics RP-15
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

9.1
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
8.5
9.9/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
480Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
7.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 is excellent for gaming and AI, while the Eluktronics RP-15 is very good.

Screen Quality

8.5
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
8.0
17.3in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
480Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
367.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
350.0 nits
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 has a better screen than the Eluktronics RP-15 for gaming and AI.

Battery

2.0 Hours
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
6.0 Hours
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 has 2 hours of battery life. The Eluktronics RP-15 has 6 hours of battery life.

Portability

Fair
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
Fair
17.3in
SIZE
15.6in
6.8 lbs
WEIGHT
4.9 lbs
0.8in
THICKNESS
1.0in
The Eluktronics RP-15 and Dell Alienware X17 R2 both have only fair portability, though the Eluktronics RP-15 has somewhat better portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

8.5
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
7.2
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 has very good build quality, while the Eluktronics RP-15 has good build quality.

Cost

$2,000
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
$1,499
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Dell Alienware X17 R2 has a price of $2,000 and the Eluktronics RP-15 costs $1,499.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.2
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
8.1
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
367.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
350.0 nits
2.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.0 Hours
8.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
6.0/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.8/10
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 and Eluktronics RP-15 are both very good for general use.

Engineering and Design

9.0
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
8.7
9.5/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
9.9/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
32.0 GB
RAM
64.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Dell Alienware X17 R2 to be excellent for engineering and design, while the Eluktronics RP-15 is very good.

Content Creation

8.4
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
8.3
9.5/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
32.0 GB
RAM
64.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 and Eluktronics RP-15 are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

7.9
Alienware X17 R2
RP-15
7.9
9.5/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
32.0 GB
RAM
64.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
8.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
The Eluktronics RP-15 and Dell Alienware X17 R2 are both good for software development.

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How the Dell Alienware X17 R2 and the Eluktronics RP-15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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GENERAL

Price
$2,000
$1,499
Release Date
December 1, 2021May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 11.8'' x 0.82''14.2'' x 9.7'' x 1.05''
Weight
6.82 lbs4.97 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-12900HKAMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
Graphics
RTX 3080 Ti (175 W)RTX 4070 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesYes
RAM
32 GB64 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
2 Hours6 Hours
Battery Capacity
87 Wh62 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10802560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
480Hz165Hz
Display Brightness
367 nits350 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
8.5/107.2/10
Portability Score
6.1/106.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Fan Noise Score
7/107/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8.5/107.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.5/107/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
23
USB-C ports
21
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
42
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Dell Alienware X17 R2

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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."

Eluktronics RP-15

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Eber Anthony | October 2020
"To conclude, I’m genuinely impressed with Eluktronics and what they have been able to deliver with the RP-15. You see this is all about maximizing performance, cooling, and giving users the most flexible I/O, and then wrapping it into a chassis that doesn’t feel super cheap. Let’s also not forget the price point, I think they have really nailed it in that department."

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About Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

About Eluktronics

Eluktronics is a relatively new American gaming laptop company, founded in 2011. They are a reseller for the Taiwanese brand Clevo, who manufacture laptops exclusively and ship them to resellers like Eluktronics who customize them. Eluktronics laptops generally have great hardware specifications for the money, including the CPU, GPU, and RAM. They also feature a relatively clean design by gaming laptop standards, with few logos and discreet colors.

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