Alienware x17 r2 overview – The best 17in gaming laptop?

The Most Powerful Alienware 17in laptop Ever?

Alienware x17 r2 gaming laptop overview and Specification, is this the best 17in laptop?

The new Alienware x17 r2 17-inch gaming laptop was formally introduced on January 4th, 2022, and made available for purchase on January 25th, 2022. It is powered by Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3080Ti graphics card and Intel’s new 12th generation core series Alder Lake mobile processing architecture.
If you look at the specification this laptop can replace the desktop.

alienware 17in laptop x17 r2

let’s get this Alienware x17 17in laptop overview

Alienware x17 R2 Specification:

ProcessorIntel Core i9-12900HK (14C / 20T, 24MB L3 Cache, 5GHz Max Boost, 45W)
Display17.311 1920 x 1080 Full HD 3600Hz WVA Display, 300 Nits Max Brightness
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 16 GB GDDR6 {155 W TGP)
Storage2X1TB NVMe PCI Express 4.0 RAID O SSD
Memory64 GB DDR5-4800 {2 x 32 GB SO-DIMM)
AudioQuad With 2 Tweeters, 2 Woofers
CameraHD 720p integrated webcam
NetworkingKiller Wi-Fi 6E AX1675s {2×2)
Ports: Rear1x Thunderbolt 4 / USB 4 40Gbps Type-C
2x USB 3. 2 Gen 1 With PowerShare
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C With DP 1.4 And Power
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
1x Gigabit Ethernet
1x HDMI 2.1 (8K 60 Hz supported)
1x microSD Card Slot
Ports: Left1 x Power Adapter Port
Ports: Right1 x Headset Jack
KeyboardAlienware CherryMX Ultra Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard With Per-Key
AlienFX lighting, 1.8mm Key Travel
TouchpadMulti-Touch Gesture Supported With Integrated Scrolling
Battery6-cell, 87 Whr
Weight6.82 lbs (3.09 kg)
Dimensions72 x 11. 79 x 0.823 inches {399.23 x 299.57 x 20.9 millimeters)
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Alienware x17 r2 Specs

Alienware x17 R2 Overview:

alienware x17 r2 left side view


The new Alienware x17 r2 comes with the number of port options which includes:
Two USB A 3.2 gen1 ports with power share, a type C USB 3.2 gen 2 port with power delivery as well a type C Thunderbolt 4, USB 4 port(40 gigabits per second), a micro-sd card slot, HDMI 2.1, mini display port, and an rj45 killer ethernet port (two and a half gig multi-gig ethernet),

alienware x17 r2 back side view

Still, there are only two ports on either edge of the machine a power barrel connector port on the left edge and a global headset jack on the right edge as well as some of the usual venting for the cooling system, so literally, all of your I-O ports for the most part with the exception of the headphone jack reside on the rear of the machine

alienware x17 right side view


As this is 17in laptop, The keyboard deck of the Alienware x17 r2 is what I would call a full-featured spacious experience with really nice honeycomb-style venting on the top around an illuminated Alienware head logo power button and some additional venting on either side of the keyboard, these do feel like a speaker grill however it is not, its actually for ventilation.

This one have Alienware CherryMX Ultra Low-Profile Mechanical Keyboard With Per-Key
AlienFX lighting, and has 1.8mm Key Travel

alienware x17 r2 17in laptop keyboard


The speakers in this system are actually downward-firing on the bottom of the machine with some additional venting as well but the speakers are downward-firing and you do get a really nice full sound from this machine decent low end believe it or not for a notebook audio solution but it just doesn’t get that loud because of the downward-firing speaker orientation.

However, there are front-firing tweeters behind the slits in the front edge of the chassis thus at least highs are not muffled. 

And there are two socketed RAM and dual m2 slots for SSDs as well as quad fan cooling. 


The laptop which we have came with a display option 17.3 inches full HD (1920×1080) 360-hertz refresh panel with one millisecond response time.

Therefore, super responsive for fast-action gaming, it’s also comfort view plus low blue light technology enabled along with Nvidia g-sync and advanced Optimus it is a matte display not glossy but only has¬†300 nits of brightness¬†could be a little bit brighter, though viewing angles are excellent and actually color saturation and contrast as you can see quite a bit of pop as well and with that 360 Hz refresh rate definitely up for the gaming challenge.


This Alienware x17 r2 is powered by intel’s all-new 12th gen alder lake mobile series processors and specifically, we have a 12th gen core i9-12900HK, 14 core CPU with 20 threads of processing.
Under the hood here 24MB of l3 cache, and a turbo boosts up to 5 GHz also on option is the core i7-12700H, 14 core CPU with a 4.7GHz max turbo boost frequency.

The machine is also backed by a whopping 64GB of dual-channel ddr5 4800 megahertz memory and a pair of 1TB Nvme solid-state drives in raid 0. 

Graphics Card

Nvidia GeForce RTX series GPUs and we have a GeForce RTX 3080Ti with 16 GB of GDDR 6 memory. But also on option are a GeForce RTX 3070Ti with 8GB or a GeForce RTX 3060 with 6GB.

Needless to say, this machine is dialed for gaming.

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