Alienware Area-51m: an exclusive look inside

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The Alienware Area-51m might be the ultimate portable desktop: a 17-inch laptop that adds interchangeable graphics cards and swappable desktop processors for the first time in years. This one fits up to an Nvidia RTX 2080 and an Intel Core i9-9900K, the fastest parts in a notebook yet. Alienware designed the Area-51m to be easily rebuilt so we tore it down to see what’s inside.

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23 thoughts on “Alienware Area-51m: an exclusive look inside

  • January 8, 2019 at 19:55
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    Would you rather have a thick gaming laptop with swappable components like a desktop, or a thinner machine that plugs into an external GPU?

  • January 27, 2019 at 17:41
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    Taking those risks is what is needed for the future of laptops, or what i would do is just create a new genre "portable desktops".

  • January 27, 2019 at 22:47
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    Your info is incorrect Most Alienware can be upgraded the did have it in 2008 and up until 2014 you can upgrade the CPU and graphic card

  • January 28, 2019 at 05:04
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    Alien laptop tau,bukan alien workshops ye…hahaha:-) X-Files…mistik story,bagus alien ni sebab berlampu warna warni lagi…kan?..cantik main dalam gelap ni…

  • January 31, 2019 at 00:24
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    How does it work with Adobe software and other graphic software Allied blender and Maya

  • January 31, 2019 at 01:54
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    this laptop is cool, but it's main selling point, at least one of them, is uncertain to even be usable for the next gpu generation.

  • January 31, 2019 at 09:56
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    It look like garbage just like the rest of their products.

  • February 2, 2019 at 10:49
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    For me the GPU swap is not that big a deal because if i want to move up , we have the AGA with PCI 4x. That gives us the ability to upgrade the GPU at any given time anyway. Which i have done on my current Alienware 17 R4 . But what i thought was interesting is the chipset CPU swap. As long as we dont see any real socket type changes anytime soon, i would think we would be ok, is this coming with LGA 1151 ? or an older socket? You know if i have the ability to upgrade my cpu for 1 or 2 generations past what i buy, i think that may be worth it.

    I am 50/50 on this laptop, but i think i will be getting it, because i haven't bought a desktop in years, and i am a big gamer, RTX cards are going to become a must eventually and i could just update my GPU on the alienware with the AGA, but then i am stuck with a I7 7700HQ .. and how much longer will that remain relevant, i think i get a 30% performance increase moving to the 8700 Desktop chip alone.

    Ill be buying it 🙂

  • February 3, 2019 at 01:35
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    This laptop will definitely have some great value once it is a couple of years old and has gone done in price/used market. I like Alienware as a company and think they do a good job at making nice form factor machines and not doing scummy business practices.

  • February 3, 2019 at 01:40
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    This doesnt make sense, yeah you can upgrade the cpu to 8th gen and 9th gens CUPs, but not the next generations, 10th gen Intel CPUs will be completely different…

  • February 3, 2019 at 05:57
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    I think this is amazing, I mean, ill wait a few years for the price to go down, but having it that easy to upgrade a freaking laptop is insane. I wouldn't have thought that much power could ever be in a laptop

  • February 3, 2019 at 12:59
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    As i sit here watching this on my Alienware M18X R1 with dual GTX 1070 MXM graphics cards and an i7 3940XM. Thats up from the dual 6990s and 2680qm.

  • February 4, 2019 at 02:35
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    M18xr2 had interchangeable graphics cards. Even my vintage m15xr2 has interchangeable cards.

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