Alienware x17 R2 (2022) REVIEW: Core i9-12900HK + RTX 3080TI
I have never reviewed an alienware product on this channel. Yeah thats right, ive reviewed my share of dell products from the xps line, the latitude line, the precision line and so forth, but i have never reviewed any of their gaming laptops that will all change. Today i took delivery of the alienware x17 r2 thats all new here for 2022.. You got the core i9 12 900 hk pair, that, with an rtx 3080 ti a very powerful combination, youre going to see some pretty good numbers. Yes, indeed, ladies and gentlemen, hey everybody! Its andrew – and this is my review of the alienware x17 r2 – all new here for 2022 coming up Music. Now, before we get to the unboxing, i want to let everybody know in the interest of transparency and full disclosure that im not being paid by dell im, not being sponsored by dell. All the opinions youre about to hear are my own. Dell is not getting copy. Approval that means theyre, seeing this video for the first time, just like you now. This unit is on loan from dell and once this review is done, ill be sending it back now. Pricing starts at 22.49, but the unit that dell sent over is 4049.99 its a very expensive product, but not unlike other gaming laptops in this category. This is a premium gaming laptop with with high end components, of course, and youre going to pay the price for it. But as youll see from this performance and the numbers and the build quality, it is excellent for those interested ill leave a link in the description below for more information, and we can buy one and with the specs and pricing out of the way lets find out.
What you get inside the box lets open it up now, lifting the lid youre going to notice some really premium high end packaging, not surprised at this price point of course, and then of course, youre greeted by the unit itself were gon na get to that in Just a moment now you get some alienware stickers, along with some documentation and warranty information as well. Now they also give you a 330 watt power, adapter, very reminiscent of the xps line adapter, and it also is a pretty slim adapter, considering it is packing 330 watts of power, so thats been pretty good and holding the unit for the first time. The first thing that comes to mind is just how premium this build is its an all metal design, the top and the bottom theres its all metal and just at a little bit over three kilograms or 6.82 pounds. Its definitely portable enough to take with you on the go, but its a big boy considering this is considered a quote: unquote slim gaming laptop, but it does pack a lot of power and does have excellent thermals, so im liking what im seeing so far now. This is the lunar light finish with a high endurance, clear coat designed for stain resistance and so far its holding up really well in the limited time that ive had – and i really am a fan of this design – language quite a bit. Actually, i think it has a futuristic look its sleek looking and its pretty interesting.
Looking at the same time, i like that honeycomb design, as far as those heat vents are concerned very interesting indeed, and im liking. The aesthetics of this laptop okay lets get into the ports right off. The bat youre gon na know that the power port is on the left and your 3.5 millimeter microphone. Headphone combo jack is on the right, but all the main ports are on the back of the device out of the way and im a big fan of that design. I like, where all the wires and cables are not in your front of you, theyre behind you. So thats been pretty good so far on the back is a thunderbolt 4 port that supports power delivery, a type a port which is usb a 3.2 gen, 1 rj45 killer, ethernet type c port. The 3.2 gen 2 port is next to that. That also supports power delivery, hdmi, 2.1 output, port, so thats good for displayport out and the type a usb 3.2 gen1 port, a microsd card slot and finally, a mini displayport 1.4 to round out the ports on this laptop, i would say all in all an excellent Port selection now to get inside this laptop dell makes it pretty easy, and all you have to do is remove the eight phillips head screws. The two middle ones are captive, screws the rest are removed. Once you do that pop off that bottom plate, it comes off. Pretty easily and youre in now lets talk about upgradeability.
Now when it comes to upgrading the ram, the good news is, there are two ram slots that are accessible to the user. Now my review unit has 32 gigabytes. Two 16 gigabyte sticks of ddr5 4800 ram running in dual channel mode, so that is pretty good. Now you can do a maximum of 64 gigabytes of ram on this, and the dell website lets you configure up to that 64 gigabyte limit and there are two ssd slots that are accessible to the user as well. So if you want to expand out the storage, you have that option now. My review unit has two one terabyte ssds on this: taking up the two slots and theyre running in a raid, zero configuration. But what is really pretty amazing about this configuration is check out these reads and writes these are the best reads and writes ive ever seen on ssds anywhere. This thing is pretty amazing and nothing comes even close to these reads and writes, and it has killer wi fi six, which is 6e certified, and it also has bluetooth 5.2. Now this card is soldered into the motherboard. You wont be able to upgrade it yourself. So you cant change it out down the road, but its working very well. It had no issues in either the wi fi or the bluetooth. Now, when it comes to the display, there are three options: theyre all 17.3 options, two of which are full hd options and one uhd 4k option.
Theyre 16 to 9 aspect ratios. I have that middle one, the full hd 1920 by 1080, with a 360 hertz refresh rate. Now this is an ips display that supports nvidia g sync and it has advanced optimus. So, if youre going to switch between the dedicated graphics and the discrete graphics to help out with the graphics on this, you have that option now. It also is the comfort view plus display with a one millisecond response time. So not only does it have that high refresh rate, it also has a very good response time. So when youre gaming on this youre going to get the maximum amount of performance and the best experience out of that and youre looking at some really deep blacks, good white point, good contrast and a really good delta e score of 1.61, remember anything below 2 means Its color accurate and you get very good coverage of the color gamut 100 srgb 81 adobe rgb 82 of the dci, p3 wide color gamut and 75 ntsc. So this is a good choice if you are a content creator that does lightroom photoshop, color grading and, of course, video editing. Now this is a matte display, so you dont get any unnecessary glare or reflection. So thats not going to distract you when youre gaming or when youre trying to get work done on this laptop and i measured 370 knits in terms of the screen brightness. So its definitely good enough for indoor use and even outdoor uses.
So long as youre. Not in direct sunlight but again no glare on this because of that coating on it. So its been pretty good and as i mentioned, that 360 hertz refresh rate means youre going to get that really smooth scrolling. The very fluid gameplay. The very smooth experience that youd want operating throughout the os. That is a really big plus, and you might be asking yourself: do i go with the full hd option on this, or do i go with the 4k uhd option? Number keep in mind that uhd option is also 120hz refresh rate, so thats been pretty good as well. I dont have that one to test out, but my guess is youll do better in terms of the battery life, although all three of these are not going to be great in that department as ill show you very soon, but as far as this 340 hertz refresh Rate with the 1080p resolution, i think thats a sweet spot because i think when it comes to the gaming youre going to want that higher refresh rating – and i like having that one millisecond response time its actually been pretty good uh, not a very good webcam. Here. Its a 720p webcam, where the trend here in 2022 is a 1080p webcam now keep in mind. This is a gaming laptop first and foremost, so the camera may not be of utmost important for some, but for some that are working from home or do hybrid working.
You may need that so 720p, it is an ir camera. I should say that allows you to log in with windows, hello with face recognition, thats good theres, no fingerprint scanner. What do you think about the video quality? What do you think about the audio quality? Let me know in that comment section below personally, not to i dont think its too good, but again its serviceable and youre. In a pinch, you have something better than nothing. I guess. Let me know what you think in that comment: section below okay lets get into the performance and, as i mentioned earlier, this is running that 12th gen intel processor, its the core i9 12900 hk, with an rtx 3080 ti graphics from nvidia, which has 16 gigabytes of Gddr6 ram thats video ram with 175 watt tdp, so thats a pretty impressive numbers, as you can see here, the benchmarks really show that this can perform not only for the gaming and the powerful stuff you want to use this for, but also for the kind of Things youre going to use for everyday use, such as microsoft, office, email, web browsing very good, pc mark 10 score excellent, single core score for the geek bench and multi core score for that geekbench 5 test and very good performance out of that cinebench scores. As you see here and as you can see, the multi core performance was excellent on this laptop compared to the legion 5i pro even the apple macbook pro 14, with its m1 max chip.
It outperformed that when it comes to multi core performance, very impressive stuff here indeed, and when it comes to gaming, such as cyberpunk, 2077 apex legends, doom, eternal and some of the more popular titles out there played without a hitch, you can run it on the full Settings and youll definitely get some really playable frame rates, especially when youre running it at 1080p, with the max presets, as i mentioned so far, so good on that gaming front im very impressed with it. Having that 340 hertz refresh rate the one millisecond response time having the mux switch on this, which allows you to go between the dedicated graphics and the discrete graphics is also a boost to you, because if you want to go with the discrete graphics, only you can Do that in the settings, and that will give you about another five to ten percent, better performance in that department as well, so a lot of options here when it comes to that with that advanced optimus, as i mentioned earlier, this definitely is a gaming laptop. You want to look at and alienware also allows you to overclock this to get even more power. They have it built into the setting so really good options here when it comes to the user as far as overclocking and getting the most of the performance out of this gaming laptop and it will reach a core temperature of 100 degrees celsius, while youre gaming under Maximum load and maintains excellent clock speeds.
I saw very little if any thermal throttling on this laptop and whats pretty amazing is the surface. Temperatures remained relatively cool, considering how much power this is generating, how much heat its generating it didnt get overly hot to the touch and thats pretty impressive, and, as you see here, this has four fans to help with the cooling and as far as the fan noises Concerns it depends on which mode youre. In now, if youre in performance mode, you will notice the fans kick in its just natural. It has to cool down the laptop its generating a lot of heat itll reach about 51 decibels, not much more than that thats. Actually, pretty good considering you do have four fans on this, but if you go in the silent mode or if you go into the balance or auto mode youre not going to hear it that much it will kick in or they will kick in under heavy load Of course, but it will be intermittent at that point and when it comes to battery life, were looking at an 87 watt hour battery and when i ran my continuous web surfing test over wi fi at 150 nits. It did four hours and nine minutes which wasnt quite as good as the legion 5i pro for 2022, that i just took a look at or the asus rog zephyrus g14 and the lenovo legion 5 pro from 2021. They all did better in terms of the battery life.
This did again four hours and nine minutes, so i would say in real world mixed usage three to four hours, depending on what youre doing and if youre going to do gaming on this on battery, you can expect maybe one hour to hour and a half. Maybe two hours if youre lucky, i doubt it, but you can try youre not going to do better than that when its on battery and your gaming and if you do need to plug in the supplied 330 watt, pretty slim adapter takes about an hour and 50 Minutes to give you a full charge, not too bad and for those wondering yes, you can open the lid with one finger and you get two choices. When it comes to the keyboard, you can get the alienware x series thin keyboard with a per key alien fx lighting, thats, the normal keyboard, or you can get the one that dell sent over thats. The cherry, mx ultra low profile, mechanical keyboard with the per key alien fx lighting, and i got to say, having those cherry mx switches on it has been very satisfying, has been very interesting, its my first time with a gaming laptop with a mechanical keyboard on it And i like the way it feels it gets very good, tactility, very good key travel and its very satisfying lets, give it a listen, and i thought the touchpad was very responsive. Two finger scrolling was buttery smooth and all the gestures work as youd expect and youre.
Looking at quad speakers on this laptop, there are two tweeters and two subwoofers for a total of 8 watts, and i thought the sound was pretty good. Volume was good, the mids were decent and there was some bass lets. Give it a listen and lets, compare it to one of the best in the business or the best in the business, the 2019 macbook pro 16. Applause, Music, so Music, Applause, Music, so okay lets bring it all home. What do i think about the alienware x17? R2? Here for 2022 and im really impressed with it. I like its excellent productivity and gaming performance. I like the off the charts, ssd speeds. I havent seen the likes of that before a 17.3 inch ips display, with a very fast 360 hertz refresh rate and a one millisecond response time. You got ta love it great port selection, most of them located in the back, which i love, two ram slots. Two ssd slots for expandability by the user, which you got ta love love the option for that cherry mx, mechanical keyboard. It really has been really very satisfying on it, good audio from the quad speakers, stunning design, as i mentioned earlier now, of course, its not perfect. It is expensive, especially the skew that alienware sent over, although the 2249 starting price is in line with some of its competition, but it can get expensive from there shorter battery life than some of its competition, and it is a bit larger and heavier than some of Its competition, but that being said, i think this is an overall package you want to gravitate towards, and i have no hesitation recommending the alienware x17 r2 here for 2022.
im going to give this a score of 88, making the alienware x17 r2 here for 2022.. Definitely worth your money. So what do you think about this bad boy? The x17? R2. Now i love the finish on this very premium. Very high end very futuristic. Looking uh got ta love the design here, so you can see it really good here. Uh ports are pretty good on this. Of course, the battery life is not. You know, as i mentioned in the video, but a gaming laptop im, not going to dig them too hard, where youre really going to love. This is the sheer power that this brings. The core i7 12 900 hk paired with that rtx 3080 ti gpu and, as you saw from the numbers, very, very powerful, stuff good performance out of this good thermals everything youd want in a gaming laptop now its not cheap, of course, ill leave. The latest pricing in the link below, but i really am very impressed with what alienware or dell did here and i think theyve got a lot of promise going forward, an excellent gaming laptop in a very competitive arena and they definitely delivered but im curious to know What you think, let me know in the comments section below so please hit the like button. Please subscribe. Please share this video dont forget to leave a comment in that comment section below. Let me know how im doing. Let me know if theres a device or something out there, you think i should review ill, do my best to try to make that happen.
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