Dell unveils incredibly thin Alienware x14, x15 R2, and x17 R2 gaming laptops at CES 2022

Alienware X14
Alienware X14 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Dell announced three new Alienware laptops at CES 2022: the x14, x15 R2, and x17 R2.
  • All three of the laptops feature 12th Gen Intel processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series laptop graphics.
  • The new Alienware devices should ship this winter with a starting price of $1,799.

Dell just expanded its Alienware lineup of gaming laptops with the announcement of the x14, x15 R2, and x17 R2. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series laptop graphics and 12th Gen Intel processors power the new devices. Despite their powerful internals, the laptops are quite thin. The Alienware x14 is 0.57 inches (14.5 mm) thick, and the x17 R2 maxes out at 0.84 inches (21.4 mm).

The Alienware x14, x15 R2, and x17 R2 do not have a firm release date at this point, though they are expected this winter. Pricing starts at $1,799 for the x14, $2,199 for the x15 R2, and $2,299 for the x17 R2.

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

Alienware x14

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CategoryAlienware x14
Display14.0" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 7ms with ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
ProcessorIntel Core i7 12700H (14-Core/20-Thread, 24MB L3 Cache, up to 4.7GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
Intel Core i7 12900H (14-Cores/20-Thread, 24MB L3 Cache, up to 5.0GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6
Memory16GB Dual-Channel LP-DDR5 4800MHz (with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti)
16GB Dual-Channel LP-DDR5 5200MHz (with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060)
32GB Dual-Channel LP-DDR5 5200MHz
Storage256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Front CameraAlienware HD (1280 x 720)
SecurityWindows Hello
ConnectivityKiller AX1690i, 2x2 MIMO, 2974 Mbps, 2.40/5/6 GHz, Wi-Fi 6E (Wi-Fi 802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2
Intel AX211, 2x2 MIMO, 2400 Mbps, 2.40/5/6 GHz, Wi-Fi 6E (Wi-Fi 802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2, 15W (3A/5V) Power Delivery, and DisplayPort 1.4), 1x headset jack, 1x HDMI 2.1, microSD 5.2 UHS-II, 1x USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2, 15W (3A/5V) Power Delivery, and DisplayPort 1.4)
AudioDolby Atmos
Battery80 Whr
Dimensions0.57 x 10.35 x 12.66 inches (14.5 x 262.77 x 321.5 mm)
WeightStarting 3.96 lbs (1.798 kg)
ColorsLunar light

Alienware x15 R2

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CategoryAlienware x15 R2
Display15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 165Hz 3ms with ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 360Hz 1ms with ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
15.6" QHD (2560 x 1440) 240Hz 2ms with ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
ProcessorIntel Core i7 12700H (14-Core/20-Thread, 24MB L3 Cache, up to 4.7GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
Intel Core i9 12900H (14-Cores/20-Thread, 24MB L3 Cache, up to 5.0GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop Graphics
Memory16GB Dual-Channel LP-DDR5 5200MHz
32GB Dual-Channel LP-DDR5 5200MHz
Storage256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
512GB RAID 0 (2x 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD)
1TB RAID 0 (2x 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD)
2TB RAID 0 (2x 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD) 4TB RAID 0 (2x 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD)
Front CameraAlienware HD (1280 x 720)
SecurityWindows Hello
Connectivity2.5Gbps Ethernet NIC via included Type-C to RJ-45 port dongle (Standard) Killer Wi-Fi 6 (6E* Pre-certified) AX1675 802.11ax 2x2 Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 5.2
Ports(1x) Power/DC-in Port Right (1x), Global headset jack, (1x) Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port with PowerShare, (1x) Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port with Power Delivery (5V/3A), (1x) Type-C Thunderbolt 4 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port, with Power Delivery (5V/3A) (1x), microSD Card Slot, (1x) HDMI 2.1 Output Port
AudioDolby Atmos
Battery87 Whr
DimensionsFrom 0.626 x 10.9 x 14.2 inches (15.9 x 277.3 x 360 mm)
WeightStarting 5.15 lbs (2.34 kg)
ColorsLunar light

Alienware x17 R2

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CategoryAlienware x15 R2
Display17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 165Hz 3ms with ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 360Hz 1ms with ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
17.3" UHD (3840 x 2160) 120Hz 4ms with ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
ProcessorIntel Core i7 12700H (14-Core/20-Thread, 24MB L3 Cache, up to 4.7GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
Intel Core i9 12900HK (14-Cores/20-Thread, 24MB L3 Cache, up to 5.0GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series Laptop Graphics
Memory16GB Dual-Channel DDR5 4800MHz 32GB Dual-Channel DDR5 4800MHz
Storage256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
512GB RAID 0 (2x 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD)
1TB RAID 0 (2x 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD)
2TB RAID 0 (2x 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD) 4TB RAID 0 (2x 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD)
Front CameraAlienware HD (1280 x 720)
SecurityWindows Hello
ConnectivityKiller E3100 2.5G Ethernet NIC Killer Wi-Fi 6 (6E* Pre-certified) AX1675 802.11ax 2x2 Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 5.2
Ports(1x) Power/DC-in Port Right, (1x) Global headset jack, (1x) Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port with PowerShare, (1x) Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port with Power Delivery (5V/3A), (1x) Type-C Thunderbolt 4 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port with Power Delivery (5V/3A), (1x) MicroSD Card Slot, (1x) HDMI 2.1 Output Port
AudioDolby Atmos
Battery87 Whr
DimensionsFrom 0.823 x 11.79 x 15.72 inches (20.9 x 299.6 x 399.2 mm)
WeightStarting 6.54 lbs (2.96 kg)
ColorsLunar light

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While all three of the new laptops are thin for their specs, Dell highlights that the Alienware x14 is the "world's thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop." The company also states that the x14 is the first 14-inch laptop that supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and advanced Optimus technologies. A 60W TGP and 25W Dynamic Boost combine to deliver a maximum graphics power of 85W for the Alienware x14.

The entire X-series includes Alienware's HyperEffecient Voltage Regulation technology, which enables high-performance over longer gaming sessions. The x17 supports up to 12-phase regulation, while the x15 supports 8-phase regulation. The x14 is capable of up to 7-phrase regulation.