Alienware Area-51m R2: Gadgetoid review
"Is quite the happy medium between huge desktop and compact laptop and a good compromise between the two." — Gadgetoid
Features & Design
BREAKING NEW BENCHMARKS. AGAIN.
UNPRECEDENTED POWER & PERFORMANCE
Greater graphics and gameplay: Experience vivid, uninterrupted gaming and faster frame rates during high-powered gameplay thanks to overclockable NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ graphics or, for the first time in the Area-51m R2, AMD Radeon™ graphics. Now featuring a new 360Hz FHD display option, you can expect the smoothest fast-paced gameplay and the best 17" front-of-screen experience imaginable.
Massive memory: The Area-51m R2 is also Alienware’s first gaming laptop to support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory at 2933Mhz or 32GB of DDR4 XMP memory at 3200Mhz. This ensures enough RAM for even the most resource-intensive workloads and tasks, making it ideal for gaming developers, content creators and megatasking streamers.
ADVANCED COOLING & PERFORMANCE UPDATES
Hyper-efficient voltage regulation is a technology developed by the Alienware engineering team to enable maximum performance for extended amounts of time with safeguarded thermal conditions. For the first time ever in a gaming laptop, the Area-51m R2 features a 12-phase graphics voltage regulation option, ensuring Alienware’s highest sustained graphics performance ever.
Vapor chamber cooling technology uses advanced methods to efficiently dissipate heat from extreme-performance graphics options. These chambers utilize the phase-changing nature of liquid to transfer heat more effectively than a solid piece of metal or copper heat pipes. Vapor chambers are also more versatile than copper heat pipes in that they can be spread evenly across an entire chip that needs to be cooled.
10% larger fan blades than the previous generation of the Area-51m R2 are available on both the AMD® and NVIDIA® options, ensuring high-performance graphics cards receive enhanced cooling when the action heats up.
ICONIC DESIGN WITH A MODERN EDGE
The futuristic design of the Area-51m R2 reflects the diverse, evolving nature of gamers everywhere, incorporating high contrast, performance-focused engineering with blended bone lines, angled sections, bold lighting, and celebrated thermals.
Bold lighting: The latest evolution of AlienFX lighting features a striking ring of light at the rear of the system, highlighting system performance while maintaining ultimate customizability.
Narrow bezel: The Area-51m R2 features a drastic reduction of screen borders thanks to its narrow bezel with a three-knuckle hinge. This reduces the mass and maintains a strong connection to the base.
Premium shell: The unique magnesium alloy exoskeleton enables enhanced rigidity, while reducing overall chassis weight. This allows more space for high-performance components inside the machine.
Dual color options: Gamers can choose between a new, futuristic look in Lunar Light or Dark Side of the Moon, a darker, more traditional appearance.
2.5Gbps Killer Ethernet: The Area-51m R2 features up to 2.5Gbps of bandwidth over a Killer E3000 Ethernet port providing gamers up to 2.5x the amount of bandwidth available in common, wired Ethernet, connections for blazing-fast file transfers.
Thunderbolt™ Type-C port: This multi-use port is ready to be used as a USB 3.1 port, offering 10Gbps of data transfer, a Thunderbolt™ connection capable of 40Gbps, or even a DisplayPort enabling various monitors supporting the DisplayPort protocol.
Enhanced storage: The Area-51m R2 can support up to 4x SSDs for massive storage and redundancy options with RAID5 capabilities, giving you added performance and security to ensure your files are always safe and available.
Hear every battle cry: Experience every sound with best-in-class speakers for a laptop. High-end headphone support delivers outstanding fidelity while Far Field Audio improves microphone performance.
ADVANCED EYE TRACKING
Enhanced interactions: UI elements fade when not making eye contact so you can get deeper into the game. Characters know when you’re looking at them and will respond accordingly.
New tracking tools: Learn, train and improve using eye tracking-enabled tools designed to measure your mini map awareness and help you learn when to pay attention to the clock.
Software support: Show viewers where you’re looking while streaming your favorite game. Tobii Ghost software supports all major streaming platforms and software.
Twitch-ready: Toggle between visualizations like heatmaps, shadow, and spotlight using our extension. You no longer need to move your mouse to show viewers what you’re talking about, just glance at it.
NEW ALIENWARE COMMAND CENTER
ALIENWARE MOBILE CONNECT
Enjoy your iOS or Android smartphone functionality through your Alienware PC’s mouse, keyboard, and touch screen.
Make or take calls, send and receive text messages, access your contacts, get mobile notifications, and, on Android, mirror your phone’s screen onto your PC for interactive engagement with any of your smartphone apps.
PORTS & SLOTS
HIGH-PERFORMANCE GAMING ACCESSORIES
Alienware Area-51m R2: Gadgetoid review
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