Alienware x14: This ultraportable boasts finesse, but not as much graphics power

Gaming laptops can also be ultraportable. Alienware, the Dell division dedicated to this type of machine, has demonstrated it again with the Alienware x14a compact and powerful device that has a design that highlights its thinness.

The family, which had already seen the news a few months ago, is now up to date with this new model equipped with a 14-inch screen at 144 Hz and which benefits, in addition to the Latest 12th generation Intel Core processor. This finesse, yes, imposes a limitation: the most powerful graphics card we can choose from is the RTX 3060.

Alienware x14 Datasheet

Alienware x14

Screen

14″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) @ 144Hz

7ms response time, ComfortView Plus

NVIDIA G-SYNC, Advanced Optimus

Up to 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3, Dolby Vision

Processor

Intel Core i5-12500H

Intel Core i7-12700H

Graphic card

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB (50/65W)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB/50/65W)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB (60/85W)

RAM

16 / 32 GB LP-DDR5 4800 / 5200 MHz (soldered)

Storage

Up to 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD

Connectivity

WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2

ports

2x USB-C (TB4)

1 HDMI 2.1 port

1x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1)

1x USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 2)

MicroSD card reader

headphone jack

Ring

Dolby Atmos

Drums

80Wh

webcam

720p

Dimensions and weight

262.8 x 321.5 x 14.5mm

1.84kg

Price

From €1,898.99

flawless design

Last year we were able to meet the spectacular Alienware x15 and x17, and now the family is growing with an Alienware x14 which once again opts for an ultra-thin profile: from the 15.9 mm of the x15 (20.9 mm in the x17) we went to just 14.5mma thickness that is indeed difficult to find on “non-gaming” equipment and which is certainly a remarkable technical feat.

To achieve this design, the company’s engineers created a patent-pending hinge that allows the keyboard and display to move forward and backward, allowing for an extremely thin chassis and that draws attention to the ports, which are not on the sides, but on the back.

Specifically, the sides are used to cool the interior —there are also grids on the back—, and the design in “Lunar Light” tones is definitely an eye-catcher whether the computer is closed or open.

That’s when we find a backlit keyboard with a great layout and no shrillness. The touchpad, yes, is not particularly largeand surrounding that keyboard we find a grille that aids audio output as well as the aforementioned critical cooling.

Thinness has a price

The problem is that this finesse determines one of the most relevant options of a gaming laptop, if not the most important: the graphics card. In the case of this team we can count on an RTX 3060 as much as possiblevery decent graphics but it is certainly far from what you can get with an RTX 3070 and of course with the RTX 3080 that you can find in its big brothers.

The gaming bet is therefore somewhat compromised, and given that we are facing a team that costs nearly 2,000 euros (and this in the basic version with an RTX 3050), maybe the thing is not so interesting.

We have advanced a lot in the miniaturization of components and to have a computer like this and that in 14 inches we can take advantage of these features is fantastic, but if we want to play these models “for real” they are a bit short in terms of graphics card.

They don’t do it in processor: here we are with Intel’s latest, the Intel Core i7-12500H and Core i7-12700H processors which are standout stars of its current catalog in laptops (there is a variant with the Cor ei9-12900H not available in Spain). Accompanying them, between 16 and 32 GB of RAM, which, yes, it is welded and it will not be possible to extend.

Storage offers solid options – up to 1TB – and there are excellent connectivity options. The screen, by the way. has very good points like its support for 144 Hz or NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, but the response time of 7 ms still seems a bit high for the team’s totally video game orientation.

Alienware x14 Pricing and Availability

The new Alienware x14 is already available in the Dell online store, and its starting price is €1,898.99.

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