The Alienware Area-51 offers unparalleled power in a sleek, redesigned chassis with the option to upgrade both the CPU and GPU.


  • Stunning space station aesthetic
  • Excellent graphics and overall performance
  • Lightning fast SSDs
  • All major components upgradable


  • Exorbitantly expensive

“High above the ground but I’m under her charisma” – Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon”

Alienware came to kick ass and chew bubblegum. You know the rest. Sporting a new look and the first-ever design that enables upgradeable graphics Alienware is ready to take its place as the king of semi-mobile gaming. The Area-51m (starting at $2,549, $5,099 as tested) doesn’t look like anything we’ve ever seen from the brand. It’s less Independence Day and more Flight of the Navigator. But there’s more to this baby than just a pretty new visage.

Armed with a desktop Intel Core i9 processor and one of Nvidia’s superpowered RTX GPUs, it absolutely demolished every test we put in front of it with graceful aplomb. It will also make a big dent in your wallet.But you consider that this is the first future-proof gaming laptop, it seems a small price to pay for a truly upgradable system and what Alienware is calling its first real desktop replacement.

Alienware Area 51-m Price and Availability

Having this much fun with a laptop should be illegal. I got to play with one of the more extravagant models of the Area-51m. Priced at $5,099, the system has and overclockable 3.6-GHz Intel Core i9-9900K desktop chip with 64GB of RAM, two 1TB PCIe M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration with a 1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with 8GB of RAM, an Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU and a 1920 x 1080 144Hz display.

The $2,549 base model has a more reasonable price and specs. You get a 3.6-GHz Intel Core i7-8700 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with 8GB of RAM, an Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU and a 1920 x 1080 60Hz display.


“I’ll be waiting for you, On the dark side of the moon”

This is something that’s been two years in the making. At long last, we bid a fond farewell to Alienware’s familiar Epic design language and give a warm welcome to Legend. It’s a bittersweet end to what became a familiar friend, but when you take stock of what Alienware’s come up with, I think you’ll find this beginning way more sweet.

For starters, all the pointy edges and sharp bisecting angles have vanished in favor of rounded corners and silky smooth finishes. And instead of anodized alluminium, the majority of the Area-51m’s chassis is constructed from magnesium alloy in a color dubbed Dark Side of the Moon. The soft touch finish invites you to touch while rebuffing even the oiliest of fingerprints. It’s all very V, but without the subversive alien occupation by lizard people disguised as humans.

These are by far the slimmest I’ve seen on any Alienware. It really puts the focus on the lovely display.

And while this presentation is mild by Alienware standards, this is still Alienware as signified by the glowing turquoise alien head near the top of the lid. In the bottom left corner, you’ll find rather large embossed lettering spelling out A51. There’s more customizable LED lighting outlining the rear vents, showing off a fun little honeycomb pattern.


If you’ve ever seen an Alienware laptop, the interior will be familiar to you. The palm rest and keyboard deck are coated in more of that smoky black soft touch. The touchpad and keyboard, complete with macro keys and a num pad glow expectantly. Another alien head sits at the top of the deck and pulls double duty as the power button. The 17-inch display is surrounded in glossy bezels — all the better to show off the silver Alienware lettering at the bottom and the Tobii eye tracker module just below. And speaking of bezels, these are by far the slimmest I’ve seen on any Alienware. It really puts the focus on the lovely display.

Although Dark Side of the Moon is a beautiful color, I’m really over the moon (pun totally intended) for the white pearlescent Lunar Light. It has this serious “I come in peace” vibe that I really dig. Plus, it just makes the RGB backlighting pop even more. For those of you that are wishing the system had a bit more lighting since this is Area-51m’s first showing, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that we won’t get some lighting accents along the sides in the future.



Sales PackageLaptop, Battery, Power Adaptor, User Guide, Warranty Documents
Model NumberAW177161TB8S
Part NumberB569901WIN9
TypeGaming Laptop
Suitable ForGaming, Processing & Multitasking
Battery Cell6 cell
MS Office ProvidedYes

Processor And Memory Features

Dedicated Graphic Memory TypeGDDR5
Dedicated Graphic Memory Capacity8 GB
Processor BrandIntel
Processor NameCore i7
Processor Generation8th Gen
SSD Capacity512 GB
HDD Capacity1 TB
Processor Variant8750H
Clock Speed2.2 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 4.1 GHz
Memory Slots2 Slots
RAM Frequency2666 MHz
Cache9 MB
Graphic ProcessorNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070
Number of Cores6

Operating System

OS Architecture64 bit
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
System Architecture64 bit

Port And Slot Features

Mic InYes
USB Port2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.0 Type C, 1 x Thunderbolt 3
HDMI Port1 x HDMI Port (v2.0)

Display And Audio Features

Screen Size43.94 cm (17.3 inch)
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 Pixel
Screen TypeFull HD LED Backlit IPS Anti-glare Display with NVIDIA G-sync Enabled
SpeakersBuilt-in Speakers
Internal MicBuilt-in Digital Microphone

Connectivity Features

Wireless LANIEEE 802.11ac
EthernetGigabit Ethernet


Dimensions424 x 332 x 29.9 mm
Weight4.42 kg

Additional Features

Disk DriveNot Available
Web CameraAlienware Full HD Webcam
Lock PortNoble Lock Port
AntivirusMcAfee LiveSafe 12 Months Subscription
KeyboardAlienware TactX Keyboard
Pointer DeviceTouchpad
Included SoftwareAlienware Sound Center, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016
Additional FeaturesLi-ion Polymer Battery


Warranty Summary1 Year Onsite Warranty
Warranty Service TypeOnsite
Covered in WarrantyManufacturing Defects
Not Covered in WarrantyPhysical Damage
Domestic Warranty1 Year

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