Dell Alienware 17 Area 51 Gaming Laptop Review

The Dell Alienware laptop looks very sporty and comes with new graphics that are upgradeable. The Alien 17 Area 51 model is completely different from the gaming laptops designed by Dell. It is powered with a desktop Intel Core i9 processor and its upgradeable graphics are the NVIDIA RTX GPUs. This is one gaming system that you will enjoy having. The powerful processor allows you to play any type of games including VR games. The benefits offered by this system are no wonder it comes at its incredible price.


The Alienware took a while before its release and Dell made a legend of this laptop. The exterior design of this laptop is made with curvy round and smooth finishing. This is different from the traditional sharp edges of old model Dell laptops. The design also is one of the slimmest so far and it gives it a very attractive look.

The interior of the laptop is also fascinating especially when you look at the palm rest and keyboard deck. It has a very soft touch. The laptop weighs 8.5pounds which makes it light and easy to carry around.


The Alienware Area 51 has a pair of USB 3.1 ports on the right side of the system. On the left side of the system, you will find a Thunderbolt 3 port and the headphones/microphone jack. One of the rear sides of the laptop between the two vents in the HDMI 2.0 port, a gigabit ethernet jack, and a mini display port.


The Alienware Area 51 has a 17.3-inch display that allows you view images in a colorful 1920 x 1080 resolution. The colors, the contrast and everything about this laptop are beautiful. The scenes of your games appear natural and all the colors are accurate.


The Alienware Area 51 has a pair of powerful speakers that allow you to appreciate the sound from your music and games. You can hear your music with so much clarity like you were listening to live at the studio especially when you have your headphones on.

The Alienware has an audio software where you can access your music settings and fine-tune it to match your needs. You will find interesting features in its hub like the Alienware settings that gives you an immersive experience with its digital surround sound effect. There is also the Sound Recall feature that gives you an overlay when enemies are creeping in when playing games. You will find this feature even more exciting when playing shooting games.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Alienware Area 51 uses a traditional desktop keyboard. The keys are soft and comfortable to touch. You will have access to a full number pad and macro keys without having to press down any function keys. The laptop has a key travel of 2.2mm. The touchpad is very responsive and will obey any gesture quickly when you scroll and click.


The Alienware Area 51 uses an amazing NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 chipset which Dell claims is the castes so far and guarantees smooth gameplay. The laptop makes use of a software called Optimus and Battery Boost which will ensure that you have enough power for your games.

The NVIDIA RTX also has a feature called Ray Tracing and DLSS which imitates how a real light will interact with the game to give it surreal effects. This feature uses the game’s virtual camera to interact with the actual in-game lighting.

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What Do We like

Great Gaming Laptop

The Dell Alienware Area 51 is at the very top of gaming laptops and will offer commanding performance in games. The colour effects and sound effects combined to give you the best game experience.

Virtual Reality

The Alienware Area 51 laptop supports a full VR experience when playing games.

Powerful Processor

The 3.6-GHz Intel Core i9-9900K desktop chip with 64GB of RAM which this laptop packs along with other chips like the Z390 chipset is what makes it one of the most powerful laptops in the market today.

What We Don’t Like

Battery Life

This powerful gaming laptop has a very demanding CPU which means large power consumption. You will be unplugging the laptop at your own risk when playing games especially since the laptop can only last for up to 2 hours.


The Alienware Area 51 laptop is an amazing gaming laptop. It may be expensive but is worth its price. The laptop is highly efficient and even when using this laptop, it barely heats because of the Alienware Cryo-Tech v2.0 which keeps it cool.

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Preksha is passionate about writing articles that will inspire readers to make better choices. You will find her eating desserts for lunch, dinner and any time of the day. Also, she is the chief playlist engineer for any road trip.

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