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Alienware m18 R1

Specifications

Alienware m18 R1
Alienware m18 R1 (m18 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-13980HX 24 x 1.6 - 5.6 GHz, 198 W PL2 / Short Burst, 143 W PL1 / Sustained, Raptor Lake-HX
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU - 16 GB VRAM, Core: 1975 MHz, Memory: 2263 MHz, 175 W TDP, GDDR6, 531.41, Advanced Optimus, MUX
Memory
32 GB 
, SK Hynix DDR5-5800, 44-38-38-87, Dual-Channel
Display
18.00 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 126 PPI, Chi Mei 180JME, IPS, Controller: CMN18A0, Dell P/N: DN9CJ, glossy: no, 480 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM770 (Raptor Lake-S PCH)
Storage
Soundcard
Intel Raptor Lake-S PCH - cAVS
Connections
6 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Killer E3000 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.7 x 410.3 x 319.9 ( = 1.05 x 16.15 x 12.59 in)
Battery
97 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Camera
Webcam: 1080p30
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, 2W x2, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Alienware Command Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.891 kg ( = 137.25 oz / 8.58 pounds), Power Supply: 1.512 kg ( = 53.33 oz / 3.33 pounds)
Price
2900 USD

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 83.96% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 97%, features: 71%, display: 90% mobility: 49%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 88%, emissions: 87%

Reviews for the Alienware m18 R1

90.7% Alienware m18 R1 laptop review: Bigger and heavier than the MSI Titan GT77 | Notebookcheck
Dell is reviving its 18-inch Alienware laptop with almost every feature we can think of under the sun: 4x M.2 SSDs, 480 Hz refresh rate, 175 W GPU, liquid metal cooling, vapor chamber cooling, Advanced Optimus, and even optional CherryMX mechanical keys. At almost 9 pounds, however, the Alienware m18 R1 is one of the heaviest laptops in recent memory.
5 Reasons To Buy Alienware M18 In 2024, And 3 Reasons You Shouldn't
Source: Techlusive English
If you Googled that question and landed on that page, let me give you a short and quick answer. Buy the Alienware M18 R1 if you want a heavy-duty, high quality, work horse of a laptop. It is a versatile machine and the specs and upgradeability means you can keep it going for years to come. And if you’re looking for Alienware M18 R1 limitations, there are three of them. First, 14th gen Intel chips are already out and the performance to power consumption is far better than the 13th gen in the Alienware. Secondly, we don’t have the maxxed out spec variant here, which means third-party parts if you want to upgrade And lastly, there are lighter laptops with similar screen size and specifications if you’re looking for a more portable option. I think that should give you a clear idea of whether you are someone who should invest in the Alienware M18 R1 in 2024 or not. We’ve also done a video on this laptop, so if you skipped the whole article and came to the conclusion directly, maybe have a look at the video here.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/12/2024
80% Alienware M18 Review: blockbuster gaming on a big screen
Source: T3 English
Honestly, you probably already know if this is the laptop for you. Are you an ordinary person? Buy a cheaper gaming laptop that is less cutting-edge. Are you a gaming legend in your own lunchtime? Do you spend more time streaming on Twitch than watching it? Then this might be a good pick: it’ll run any game you throw at it, providing the high-frame-rate, smooth gaming beauty that you need and offering enough processing power to run OBS in the background at the same time. There is no such thing as a future-proof laptop, but the M18 has enough power, memory, and storage to handle rapidly expanding games for a few years to come, while that massive 18-inch screen generally looks excellent. As long as you don’t need to move it too often, because it’s bloody heavy – which is hardly a surprise at this scale, but that's the biggest strength and weakness of the M18 all rolled into one, really.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/03/2023
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware m18 Review
Source: PC Mag English
Dell's Alienware m18 delivers on its promises: This is a large, powerful gaming laptop with the premium flair and feel you expect from an expensive purchase. The drawbacks are really the price and battery life, which in context are reasonable. (We'd also like to see more ports on the laptop's sides.) This price tier exists for deep-pocketed enthusiasts, and if you’re considering anything in this range, the m18 isn’t an outlier. For the majority of shoppers, of course, all of these mighty 18-inch systems are likely too expensive. In that context, this is the best 18-inch gaming laptop we've tested yet. Just going toe-to-toe with the pricier Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 and topping the sleeker Razer Blade 18 in performance weren't enough. Dell topped that off with a restrained but high-end design that is loaded with top-end extras, like a 1080p webcam and just enough RGB lights to play with.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/31/2023
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware m18 R1 Laptop Review: Brawny Beauty, Untapped Potential
Source: Hot Hardware English
Unfortunately for the Alienware m18 R1, it doesn't quite have top-shelf gaming performance as it stands currently. It's not slow, not by any means. It's just that other laptops we've tested with GeForce RTX 4090 GPUs can offer superior gaming performance in many scenarios. Because of that, we struggle to recommend the Alienware m18 R1, which is a shame because it definitely has a fair degree of untapped potential it seems, along with good looks and some great features.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/23/2023
90% Alienware m18 review: king of laptop gaming performance
Source: Techradar English
The Alienware m18, in terms of pure gaming performance, is above its competition while maintaining a decent price point for the desktop replacement market. It also has an excellent mechanical keyboard and great sound, though CPU performance suffers a little.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/15/2023
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 100% mobility: 40% workmanship: 80%
90% Alienware m18 review: The biggest, baddest 18-inch gaming laptop
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Alienware m18 is the biggest, most powerful gaming laptop we've tested to date. It's too heavy, hot and loud to be of much use on the go, but when plugged in it runs the latest games as well as some of the best gaming PCs, truly earning the term desktop replacement.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/14/2023
Rating: Total score: 90%
Alienware M18 & M16 - 10TB of SSDs and 64GB RAM Upgrade
Source: Mash IT English
Support, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/14/2023
Alienware M18 Review - The King is Back! (13900HX & RTX 4090)
Source: Mash IT English
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/12/2023
Alienware m18 Review: A Massive 18-Inch Gaming Laptop (With Nvidia RTX 4090)
Source: CNet English
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/04/2023
Alienware m18 hands-on review: A gigantic gaming laptop
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Alienware m18 screams “go big or go home” due to its massive size and 18-inch display. And while this gaming laptop won’t be cheap, I can see it being a big seller for Dell. That’s because, if it lives up to what the company promises, this machine could be an effective desktop replacement. It could be an ideal machine for those who want a beefy computer but may not have room for a traditional desktop.
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 01/04/2023
Dell Alienware M series (m18 & m16) and X series (x16 & x14) first look at CES 2023
Source: Engadget English
At CES 2023, Alienware is unveiling its first 18-inch gaming laptop, the m18. It’s also debuting two new 16-inch models, the powerful Alienware m16, and the sleeker x16. And of course, last year’s 14-inch x14 also makes a return. Clearly Dell is focusing on a wide variety of options this year, from people who demand the most power to style-conscious gamers who want the thinnest machines possible.
Hands-On, online available, Medium, Date: 01/04/2023
First Impressions: Alienware m18 (2023) Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Alienware m18 marks the beginning of a new generation for gaming laptops, featuring an 18-inch screen and cutting-edge components from AMD, Intel and Nvidia. It’s too early to judge performance, but all signs suggest this to be one of the leading desktop replacement options for eSport players in 2023.
Hands-On, online available, Medium, Date: 01/03/2023

Foreign Reviews

84% Test de l’Alienware M18, le portable gamer de l’excès
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2023
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 100% mobility: 40%
73% Test Alienware M18 R1 : 18 pouces de pur gaming
Source: Charles Tech French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/01/2023
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 60%
Alienware M18 – Wow! A więc tak wygląda najmocniejszy gamingowy laptop
Source: Co Nowego Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Big screen; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; premium design; solid workmanship. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/07/2024
Dell Alienware M18, Monster Gaming 18 inch di CES 2023!
Source: Pemmzchannel ID→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; high gaming performance; impressive dual display.
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 01/11/2023

Comment

NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU: High-end laptop graphics card based on the Ada Lovelace architecture. Offers 16 GB GDDR6 VRAM with a 256 Bit memory bus and can be configured with 80 - 150 TDP settings (+ Dynamic Boost). 

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


i9-13980HX: Mobile CPU of the Raptor Lake series that offers 24 cores (8 performance, 16 efficiency cores) with a Boost core of up to 5.8 GHz for the P-cores. Similar to the Desktop i9-13900K but with reduced clock speeds and TDP.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


18.00": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3.891 kg:

Only a few laptops are in this weight class because the mobility is rather limited due to the high weight. 


Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. The European headquarters is located in Ireland. Alienware has been part of the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops, which are developed and manufactured by Dell. The trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an Alien as the logo. Additionally, workstations for private and business customers are sold.

As with every brand, there are also some points of criticism with Alienware. Some customers have complained about the high prices of the products, while others have criticized the quality of customer services. There have also been some reports of problems with the reliability and durability of some Alienware products. However, many customers have also had positive experiences with the brand and appreciate the powerful gaming computers.


83.96%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2023-04-30 (Update: 2023-04-30)