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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Dell Alienware X17 R2 offers higher performance for tasks like 3D rendering, machine learning, and engineering due to its more powerful graphics card and processor, along with more RAM. This makes it suitable for intensive gaming and workloads. However, it is less portable compared to the Razer Blade 14 (2023) because of its larger size and weight. The Razer, on the other hand, while less powerful, offers a higher resolution display and longer battery life, making it more suitable for general use and mobility. Both laptops are similarly priced, so the choice depends on whether you prioritize performance or portability and battery life. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Dell Alienware X17 R2
  • Excellent for engineering and design
  • Excellent for gaming and AI
  • Best in class speakers
Advantages of the Razer Blade 14 (2023)
  • Very good portability
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent keyboard

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

9.1
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
8.5
9.9/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.5/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
480Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
7.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 is excellent for gaming and AI, while the Razer Blade 14 (2023) is very good.

Screen Quality

8.5
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
8.9
17.3in
SIZE
14.0in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
480Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
367.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
560.0 nits
The Razer Blade 14 has a better screen than the Dell Alienware X17 R2 for general use, gaming and AI, and engineering and design.

Battery

2.0 Hours
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
6.0 Hours
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 has 2 hours of battery life. The Razer Blade 14 has 6 hours of battery life.

Portability

Fair
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
Very Good
17.3in
SIZE
14.0in
6.8 lbs
WEIGHT
4.0 lbs
0.8in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) has very good portability, while the Dell Alienware X17 R2 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$2,000
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
$1,800
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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 Razer Blade 14 (2023) costs $1,800.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.2
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
8.1
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
367.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
560.0 nits
2.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.0 Hours
8.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
6.0/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 and Razer Blade 14 (2023) are both very good for general use.

Engineering and Design

9.0
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
8.6
9.5/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.3/10
9.9/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.5/10
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Dell Alienware X17 R2 to be excellent for engineering and design, while the Razer Blade 14 (2023) is very good.

Content Creation

8.4
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
8.2
9.5/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.3/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 and Razer Blade 14 (2023) are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

7.9
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
7.9
9.5/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.3/10
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
8.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) and Dell Alienware X17 R2 are both good for software development.

Build Quality

8.5
Alienware X17 R2
Blade 14 (2023)
8.5
The Dell Alienware X17 R2 and Razer Blade 14 (2023) both have very good build quality.

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How the Dell Alienware X17 R2 and the Razer Blade 14 (2023) compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell Alienware X17 R2Razer Blade 14 (2023)
Dell Alienware X17 R2Razer Blade 14 (2023)

GENERAL

Price
$2,000
$1,800
Release Date
December 1, 2021June 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 11.8'' x 0.82''12.2'' x 9'' x 0.7''
Weight
6.82 lbs4.05 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-12900HKAMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
Graphics
RTX 3080 Ti (175 W)RTX 4060 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesYes
RAM
32 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
2 Hours6 Hours
Battery Capacity
87 Wh68.1 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"14"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10802560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
480Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
367 nits560 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
8.5/108.5/10
Portability Score
6.1/108/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Fan Noise Score
7/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8.5/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.5/107.5/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
22
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
43
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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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."

Razer Blade 14 (2023)

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Allen Ngo | May 2022
"After making a huge splash with the original 2021 model, it's expected that the 2022 refresh would be more of a minor update to an already impressive machine. It adds a higher resolution webcam (720p to 1080p), faster CPU (Ryzen 9 5900HX to Ryzen 9 6900HX), faster GPU (RTX 3070/3080 to 3070/3080 Ti), faster RAM (DDR4-3200 to DDR5-4800), faster M.2 SSD support (PCIe3 x4 to PCIe4 x4), newer WLAN module (Killer AX1690i to Qualcomm WCN685x), and a MUX switch for the new integrated Radeon 680M GPU. It's indubitably an upgrade especially in terms of single-thread processor performance."

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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 Razer

Razer is an American-Singaporean technology company. Razer is best known for their Blade series laptops, well known for their strong performance and sleek design. Although Razer charges a premium price tag for their laptops, buyers can expect a stealthy laptop with clean fit and finish and strong performance. All of their models offer great portability and build quality compared to other gaming laptops.

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