Alienware x17 R2 Gaming Laptop

Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop (12th Gen Core i9/ 32GB/ 1TB SSD/ Win 11/ 16GB Graph) price in India starts from ₹3,91,793. It is available at the lowest price on Amazon in India as on Nov 12, 2022. Take a look at Dell Alienware X17 R2 D569944WIN9 Gaming Laptop (12th Gen Core i9/ 32GB/ 1TB SSD/ Win 11/ 16GB Graph) detailed specifications and features.
Tech Specs
Chipset12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900HK
CPU14 cores, 20 threads, up to 5.00 GHz Turbo
Cache Memory24 MB cache
Video CardNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, 16 GB GDDR6
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home Single Language, English
Display17.3″, FHD 1920×1080, 360Hz, Non-Touch, 1ms, Advanced Optimus, ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Memory32 GB, 2 x 16 GB, DDR5, 4800 MHz, dual-channel
Hard Drive1 TB, M.2, PCIe NVMe, SSD
ColourLunar Light with High Endurance Clear Coat designed for stain resistance
Ports2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports with PowerShare
1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with DisplayPort™ and Power Delivery
1 Thunderbolt 4 port with Power Delivery
1 Universal Audio Jack
1 HDMI 2.1 port
1 Mini DisplayPort 1.4
1 RJ45 Ethernet port
1 power-adapter port
DimensionsHeight: 20.9 mm (0.823 in.)
Width: 399.23 mm (15.72 in.)
Depth: 299.57 mm (11.79 in.)
Weight2.96 kg (6.54 lbs.)
CameraAlienware HD (1280×720 resolution) camera with dual-array microphones and Windows Hello IR support
Audio and SpeakersStereo speakers, stereo tweeter 2 W x 2 and stereo woofer 2 W x 2 = 8 W
KeyboardAlienware CherryMX ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard with per-key AlienFX RGB – US/International
Customized FeaturesAlienware Command Center
AlienFX Lighting Technology
Game Library with auto-tune game profile functionality
Fusion (Includes support for Overclock, Thermal, Power, Audio, and Audio Recon profiles)
TouchpadMulti-touch gesture Premium Precision glass touchpad with integrated scrolling
WirelessKiller Wi-Fi 6 (6E* Pre-certified) AX1675 802.11ax 2×2 Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 5.2
Battery6 Cell, 87 Wh, Lithium Ion, Alienware Battery Defender
Power330W Small Form Factor adapter ~2.5 hours

The Alienware x17 R2 Gaming delivers stunning gaming and processing speeds, a top-notch screen, and a sturdy, good-looking chassis, and it’s only hindered by an expected high price and unsurprisingly poor battery life. It’s one of the best 17.3 gaming notebooks on the market today.

Design and Keyboard

There’s no denying that Alienware leads the market for high-end gaming laptop design. The black and white exterior is good-looking and has impeccable build quality; the RGB LED logos and honeycomb vents all look excellent.

The Alienware x17 R2 Gaming is 21mm thick, which is decent for a large and powerful notebook – that figure sits between the slimmer Razer Blade 17 and the thicker Asus ROG Strix Scar 17, which are the Alienware x17 R2 Gaming’s main rivals. Bear in mind, though, that the Alienware x17 R2 Gaming weighs 3kg and is heavier than both.

The Alienware x17 R2 Gaming has all its ports along the back edge. While that makes cabling neater, it also means the ports are trickier to reach when compared to side-mounted sockets, and the ring of bright RGB LEDs makes them difficult to see.

Get past that light and you’ll find one Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with power delivery, and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 connectors. The x17 also has a future-proofed HDMI 2.1 output, a MicroSD slot, and a mini-DisplayPort socket, and internal connectivity comes from dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit Ethernet.

Alienware’s 720p webcam supports Windows Hello, but the Alienware x17 R2 Gaming misses a fingerprint reader.

Open the Alienware x17 R2 Gaming and you’ll find a per-key RGB LED keyboard with N-key rollover, anti-ghosting, and 1.5mm of travel. There’s an extra column of media keys on the right-hand edge, but there’s no number pad.

It’s an excellent keyboard. The buttons are fast and crisp, with snappy movement reminiscent of low-profile mechanical hardware, and it’s preferable to Razer’s shallower gear.

As usual, the Alienware x17 R2 Gaming can be upgraded with CherryMX mechanical hardware that offers even more speed and weight, but Alienware’s standard unit is easily good enough for hardcore gamers.


The Alienware x17 R2 Gaming I’ve reviewed has a 1080p IPS panel with a 360Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, and it’s stunning. The refresh rate pairs with Nvidia G-Sync to provide butter-smooth animation, and which means it’s suitable for top-tier eSports. It’s also a bit better than the Asus and Razer machines, which have 3ms response times.

The smooth, crisp gaming output is bolstered by great quality. The 1153:1 contrast ratio ensures plenty of punch, and the delta E of 1.78 means colors are accurate. The screen renders 98.1% of the sRGB gamut, so it produces every shade needed by mainstream games.

There are no big issues. The panel can’t render more than 80% of the Adobe and DCI-P3 gamuts, so it’s not suitable for content creators, and it could be a little brighter – it’s fine indoors, but it’ll struggle in unrestricted sunlight.


This high-end Alienware x17 R2 Gaming has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics core with 16GB of memory and a monster 175W power limit. A 20-thread Intel Core i7-12700H joins this mighty GPU, 32GB of DDR5 memory, and a 1TB SSD with sensational read and write speeds of 6318MB/sec and 4155MB/sec. If you want to upgrade, the base is easily removable and the x17 has pairs of memory and M.2 SSD sockets.

It’s a recipe for incredible performance. The Alienware x17 R2 Gaming romped through Horizon Zero Dawn at Ultimate settings at 120fps, which is 24fps better than the RTX 3080 and the same distance ahead of the RTX 3070 Ti laptop core. The Alienware x17 R2 Gaming maintained a similarly wide gap in Borderlands 3, and its 226fps average in Rainbow Six Siege is 31fps ahead of the RTX 3070 Ti.

There aren’t many games this laptop won’t play. It’ll scythe through every high-end single-player game, no matter its demands. Ray Tracing and DLSS won’t be a problem. The x17 never struggles with eSports titles; most are less demanding than Rainbow Six, so hitting 360fps won’t be an issue.

The only disappointing note right now is the Alienware x17 R2 Gaming overclocking performance. The Alienware ostensibly has two overclocking modes, but neither improved gaming speeds. Indeed, the machine’s superb 3D Mark Time Spy result of 12,486 dropped slightly to 12,434. I can only hope Dell improves this feature with firmware and software updates.

Those overclocked modes didn’t boost CPU performance, either, but the i7-12700H doesn’t need any help there. In Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests the fourteen-core chip delivered scores of 1686 and 12,040, with the latter significantly faster than the Core i7-12800H and i9-11900H used in many other laptops. It’s also quicker than the AMD Ryzen 7 6800H and Ryzen 9 6900HX which are available in the thicker, heavier m17, and there’s hardly any price difference between the two.

That Core i7 chip will handle virtually anything, from demanding content-creation apps to intense multitasking, and you’ll only need to pay for the Core i9 if you want every drop of processing power. The lofty performance is a testament to the Alienware x17 R2 Gaming‘s impressive cooling and indicates that the CPU isn’t hindered as badly by throttling evident on smaller notebooks.

Battery life

As ever, don’t expect this large machine to last long away from the mains. You’ll get about an hour of lifespan from the battery while gaming, and that’s with reduced graphical power.

The Alienware x17 R2 Gaming lasted for 2hrs 13mins in a work test with the screen at 150 nits, which is a poor result even among gaming notebooks, and it played a video for 3hrs 46mins. This, even more than most gaming machines, is a laptop that relies on a mains connection.


The Alienware x17 R2 Gaming delivers sensational speed, great design, a top-notch screen, and good connectivity alongside a solid keyboard, so it’s one of the best large gaming laptops around anywhere – although be aware of its high price, low battery life, and its potentially cheaper rivals.

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