Alienware x16 R1 Core i7 Gaming Laptop Review

New Alienware x16 R1 Series: A Powerful Gaming Laptop with Impressive Specs

The Alienware x16 R1 series has introduced a new edition featuring a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU. For those in search of powerful gaming performance, this laptop delivers with its seamless gameplay experience at 2K resolution. While the Core i7 variant can still handle gaming at 4K resolution, it may experience some hiccups. This review dives into the details for potential buyers who have the Alienware x16 R1 on their shopping list.

Specs & Features of the Alienware x16 R1 Core i7

  • Model: Alienware x16 R1
  • Color: Lunar Silver
  • OS: Windows 11 Pro x64
  • Microsoft Office & Student 2021
  • 1080p @30fps, FHD RGB+RI Camera
  • AlienFX RGB Backlit (per-key) CherryMX Mechanical Keyboard
  • Multi-Touch Gesture Premium Precision Gass Non-RGB Touchpad with AlienFX Lighting LED
  • Dual Array Microphone
  • 2x 2W Tweeter Speaker
  • 4x 3W Woofer Speaker
  • AlienFX Light Zones Chassis

Hardware Highlights

  • OS: Windows 11 Pro x64
  • Display: 16” QHD (2560×1600) 165Hz IPS
  • CPU: 13th Gen Intel Core i7-13700 2.4Ghz
  • RAM: 16GB (Expandable Upto 32GB)
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 4080 12GB
  • SSD: PM9A1 NVME Samsung 512GB (Expandable Upto 4TB. 2 Slots)
  • Wifi: Killer 6E AX1675i 160Mhz
  • DirectX: 12
  • 6 Cell, 90Wh Battery

Premium Design and Display

The Alienware x16 R1 model, tested in Lunar Silver color, features striking Alienware LED branding on the back, giving the laptop a serious and premium look. The 16-inch QHD display on the front side provides a maximum resolution of 2560×1600 @240Hz. The backlit CherryMX mechanical gaming keyboard adds to the vibrant look of the laptop. Below the keyboard, the RGB Touchpad features LED AlienFX Lightning and operates on touch. With all connectivity ports located on the backside, the laptop is convenient to use on a desk setup.

Connectivity Options

The Alienware x16 R1 offers a variety of connectivity ports for seamless use:

  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 with PowerShare
  • 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with DisplayPort
  • 1 Thunderbolt 4 Port with Power Delivery & DisplayPort
  • 1x HDMI 2.1 Port
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1x Headset & Mic Combo
  • 1x MicroSD-Card Slot
  • Intel Killer Wi-Fi 160Mhz
  • Bluetooth 5.0+

Although the laptop does not have a LAN port, Dell provides a Type-C to LAN Adapter for users who require wired internet connections.

Premium Look with Gaming Touch

The Alienware x16 R1 boasts an attractive design with its light-dark color combination, giving it an amazing look. The laptop opens effortlessly, thanks to its strong and stable hinges. Despite its slim form factor, it holds the power of a high-end gaming machine.

Gaming Performance

In our tests, the Alienware x16 R1 Core i7 variant delivered seamless gaming performance at 1080p and 1440p resolutions. Although it can handle gaming at 4K resolution, the system tends to heat up quickly and the fan noise becomes noticeable. With DLSS On, graphics are crisp and lifelike. The laptop’s RTX 4080 12GB GPU easily handles high-end graphics settings, but performance may vary depending on the resolution. While games like Forza Horizon 5 run smoothly at 1080p and 2K resolutions, lag is noticeable at the start when playing at 4K with screen recording enabled. Heat and low RAM warnings are common at 4K, especially with all settings maxed out. However, the Alienware x16 R1 Core i7 variant is capable of handling 2K gaming on a dual screen.

Battery life during gaming is limited, and it is recommended to keep the power cord attached for optimal performance. However, the laptop is still capable of offering a few hours of gaming on standard usage.

Resolution Tests and Connectivity Options

The Alienware x16 R1 Core i7 performs exceptionally well at lower resolutions like 1080p and 2K. Gaming is smooth, and battery life is improved compared to gaming at higher resolutions or with graphics set to maximum. The laptop supports a max 2K resolution on its own display, but it can deliver 4K resolution output on a secondary monitor. With the USB-C + DisplayPort combo, gamers can enjoy seamless resolution on HDMI or DisplayPort.

Benchmarking Reports and Storage Capacity

Benchmarking reports on the Alienware x16 R1 i7 model highlight the overall capacity of the system. The laptop utilizes a Samsung NVMe SSD drive with expandable slots, allowing for a maximum storage capacity of 4TB. The SSD plays a crucial role in the laptop’s performance, especially when gaming with DLSS enabled.

Final Verdict

The Alienware x16 R1 (Core i7) is a powerful gaming laptop with impressive specs. However, it falls short in terms of storage capacity with its standard 512GB. To accommodate games and content creation needs, it is recommended to opt for at least 1TB of storage. Keep in mind that additional storage may add to the overall price of the laptop. Despite its weight and the necessity of a power cord during gaming, the Alienware x16 R1 (Core i7) offers a satisfactory and performance-oriented gaming experience that is sure to please gamers and content creators alike.