Alienware Area-51m: an exclusive look inside

  • Published on Jan 8, 2019
  • The Alienware Area-51m might be the ultimate portable desktop: a 17-inch laptop that adds interchangeable graphics cards and swappable desktop processors for the first time in years. This one fits up to an Nvidia RTX 2080 and an Intel Core i9-9900K, the fastest parts in a notebook yet. Alienware designed the Area-51m to be easily rebuilt so we tore it down to see what’s inside.
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  • The Verge
    The Verge  5 months ago +501

    Would you rather have a thick gaming laptop with swappable components like a desktop, or a thinner machine that plugs into an external GPU?

    • Beauty & The Kapre
      Beauty & The Kapre Month ago

      Rather have the thick one as I only prefer the gaming laptop so I can take it mid game into the bathroom while I poop or go to the kitchen and eat. Most of the time it won't leave the house so thick and chunky is how I like it

    • Gaurav Sircar
      Gaurav Sircar 2 months ago

      I just bought it

    • gentleman omar
      gentleman omar 3 months ago

      Did they let you keep the product?

  • Adryan ONeil
    Adryan ONeil 3 days ago

    Maybe mr beast could give me one of those

  • Hal Swain
    Hal Swain 13 days ago

    $110000 on amazon

  • GingerDuck 4.0
    GingerDuck 4.0 22 days ago

    Theh need to make much smooth keyboard. Thier keyboard is cranky unlike razor.

    RAHUL M 24 days ago

    Definite buy ........ due to honesty.

  • Muantea Mt
    Muantea Mt 27 days ago

    the question will be can u afford it?

    LAURA OKMANE 28 days ago

    As a rhesus negative blood alien 👽 living in Royal Oak lane 15051 in 151 Biscayne Landing and having done a “science project” on Area 51 back in school now shopping for my first business/TheXvid running computer after not using computers for over 5 years now... this has my name on it 😍

  • Catusp
    Catusp 29 days ago

    when you take it apart, dont get stefan to rebuild it, he might install the cpu wrong.

  • Manish bro
    Manish bro Month ago

    My favourite laptop area-51M killer laptop 😍😍😍💣👽✌

  • Antonio Bermudez Magner

    Just bought it it is great

  • Kev3004
    Kev3004 Month ago

    How much energy does it pull?

  • Satria Sailendra
    Satria Sailendra Month ago


  • Pavan Krishna
    Pavan Krishna Month ago


  • joaquim silva
    joaquim silva Month ago

    This is my dream. if I have enough money certainly I will buy that...

  • Prince Raj
    Prince Raj Month ago

    How much ram does it support?

  • DrNemmo
    DrNemmo Month ago

    The Verge: It’s not Apple, 5/10

  • Potato Army
    Potato Army Month ago

    The downside is
    1080 p only

  • Frugal Pinoy
    Frugal Pinoy Month ago

    im using a trashy samsung chromebook for gaming
    ;( ;(

  • CJ2sta
    CJ2sta Month ago

    Definitely this one I’m saving up now

  • Tabsum Khadka
    Tabsum Khadka Month ago

    Area 51m vs predetor 21 x. Which is more powerful

  • Ali-W7 Ananza
    Ali-W7 Ananza 2 months ago

    people who expect the battery life to be good are mad lol this isnt a mobile laptop at all.

  • Ali-W7 Ananza
    Ali-W7 Ananza 2 months ago +1

    doesnt look that different to take apart from the last generation alienware 17r5/r4 and 15r4/r3 and it kind of looks a decent bit more simple so thats nice to see.

  • Tobias Bader
    Tobias Bader 2 months ago

    Using a thin XMG Neo 15 (RTX2060) and i love it

  • SSA Trance1
    SSA Trance1 2 months ago +1

    That alienware guy should be running the company.

  • Alan Wang #36
    Alan Wang #36 2 months ago

    After 30 or 40 something years, someone has finally figured out what everyone wants.
    They want to take apart, fix, clean, upgrade, customize, tune, etc. their own computer that they bought with their money and not have to worry about voiding the warranty.
    They want to "own" what they paid for with a more traditional sense.
    "modular", "customizable" should've been for every computer ever, laptop and desktop.
    For everything else there's a phone, tablet, wearable, small form minimalistic laptop, etc. whatever you want to call it.
    Bottom line, why shouldn't you be able to take apart your own computer? I simply don't understand. It's not a fusion reactor.

  • Archisman Bhattacharya
    Archisman Bhattacharya 2 months ago

    What matters is the upgradeable CPU. For the GPU, you can always buy an Alienware Graphics Amplifier.

  • Fastlanedude _
    Fastlanedude _ 2 months ago

    Good thing they fired the other guy sheesh he doesn't know what he was doing.

  • Alejandro Ramirez
    Alejandro Ramirez 2 months ago

    We have been able to upgrade
    CPUs and GPUs on the Dell Precision Mobile Workstation 17” line, so this is not entirely “new”, and the same was possible with the now discontinued Alienware 18 laptops which were SLI capable of up to GTX 980M cards.

  • Atharva M
    Atharva M 2 months ago

    That dell guy is honest. Never seen business people do that.

  • Solange
    Solange 2 months ago

    wtf is this magic

  • Arunava Sarkar
    Arunava Sarkar 2 months ago

    what type of diot will buy it with not 2080 in it? o.O

  • arjun saini
    arjun saini 2 months ago

    i would buy this .......... if its less than NZ$4000.... thats not happening i guess

  • YeetusDeletus
    YeetusDeletus 2 months ago +2

    And this is why Alienware is successful and getting more and more successful, they give customers what they want and improvise things while their products are still at a very reasonable price.

    unlike Apple, doing the exact opposite.

  • Flesh
    Flesh 2 months ago +2

    Someone should figure out a formfactor standard that was laptop-ish but ate, some, standard components.

  • Rehman Khan
    Rehman Khan 2 months ago

    Amazing look 😍😍😍😍😍

  • carcrazy2424
    carcrazy2424 3 months ago

    While I won't be rushing out to replace my AW 17 R4 with this, I'd be on the fence about buying the 51m if I *needed* a replacement. With that out of the way, if they could guarantee future upgrades at a reasonable price (which, in my opinion, is $100-200 over their mass-production counterparts,) Alienware would likely have a slam-dunk on their hands.

    TCTIGER31 3 months ago

    Aw man it’s $1000

    DANCAN ADINDA ™ 3 months ago

    1:50 is that the guy from unbox therapy

  • -MAS-
    -MAS- 3 months ago

    I love the idea of the upgradable laptop, but we need something like a barebones machine.
    You have to choose the fixed parts like screen and the chassis then every other thing is optional.
    for example:
    * I can choose whatever processor will fit with the provided socket or I can choose to purchase it myself (as It's a desktop processor)
    * I can choose to purchase An RTX graphics card now or just use the Intel graphics.
    * I can choose I need windows system or just Dos.
    * I can choose to purchase Ram or not maybe I already have a ram from an old laptop
    * I can choose to add SSDs or hard drives or not, maybe I'll use also old ones I already have.
    But nothing from the above is optional You have to choose from a limited set of options and pay a bunch of money otherwise you'll not be able to get the machine.
    Good start But we need more to become a real desktop replacement.

  • U C
    U C 3 months ago

    It's finally begun. The upgradeable laptops are here!!

  • Veson Douangmanilay
    Veson Douangmanilay 3 months ago +1

    What a joke of a product!

  • Austin MAC
    Austin MAC 3 months ago

    where do I get rtx graphic chip laptop

  • revy manoppo
    revy manoppo 3 months ago

    Beautiful laptop 😍

  • terminator17 gaming
    terminator17 gaming 3 months ago

    how much is it?

  • Janith Dasunpriya
    Janith Dasunpriya 3 months ago +1

    is this real life !?

    i will buy one if i can get them in my country just for the honesty

  • Chris G
    Chris G 3 months ago


  • Yuriy
    Yuriy 3 months ago

    Not 18.4((

  • S K
    S K 3 months ago

    RTX 2080 with a lousy 1080p screen? Not even 1440p? No thanks! I'll pass.

  • Gaming For The Recently Deceased

    Finally sick of these companies making everything so thin and compromising everything else like battery life and raw power. I wouldnt even mind if that laptop was even thicker.

  • Nick Tumi
    Nick Tumi 3 months ago +1

    We are better off developing a slim external GPU for laptops.

  • Jakobus Rante
    Jakobus Rante 3 months ago

    That's way, I love Alienware very much. No lie laptop, no hiding, you open the laptop and we can see inside that laptop.
    Very powerfull laptop.
    Thank you.

  • r k
    r k 3 months ago

    Any one use for solid work or autocad?

    KIKI AHM 3 months ago

    Can u update the 2060? I just spoke with a dell agent n they said 2070 is not upgradable to ur model? What the hel. Is that mean? I just ordered one area 51m with 2060. How do i update to 2070 in next 2 3 years.?

  • TorrentUK
    TorrentUK 3 months ago

    Would I buy it? Err..yeah, I just bought it.

    DUMPED LAMBORGHINI 3 months ago

    Thicker with swappable parts

  • Edi Utomo Putra
    Edi Utomo Putra 3 months ago

    This one is gonna perfect for mobile workstation such as editing video 😅.
    Especially for people that did not settle in same city.

  • Nan Li
    Nan Li 3 months ago

    for the price. Get a desktop for gaming and a Mac for study.

  • Philip Fernandez
    Philip Fernandez 3 months ago +1

    Can it run Minecraft on 144 hz?

  • Darrell Hubbard
    Darrell Hubbard 3 months ago


  • Crazy Gamer
    Crazy Gamer 3 months ago

    Don't have money😂

  • Dat Dang
    Dat Dang 3 months ago

    even if you can't upgrade the gpu, it's probably still future proof because the hardware is so powerful that it can handle all games in the next 4-5 years. Whereas the modular design gives you the ability to replace cpu and gpu if one of them fail instead of having to replace the whole motherboard at the cost of nearly the entire laptop

  • Dat Dang
    Dat Dang 3 months ago

    as if they are talking to Apple

  • John Zhang
    John Zhang 3 months ago

    Any attempt towards more customizable laptop deserves my respect.

  • James j
    James j 3 months ago

    you misspelled dell

  • Tiago Gomes
    Tiago Gomes 3 months ago

    What's a "gaming cpu"? Great video BTW

  • Jay Kal
    Jay Kal 3 months ago

    Yip. I like it. I'd buy it

  • jackkartik
    jackkartik 3 months ago

    I better wait for foldable screen laptop in 2020
    Every one knows foldable screen is practical now

  • Carsten Stille
    Carsten Stille 3 months ago

    Well I have an Alienware 18 with two GeForce GTX780m Graphics cards, theoretically you can update these two to dual GTX980 but for that upgrade money you already have half of the lowest Alienware m17.

  • Chris Budd Vlogs
    Chris Budd Vlogs 3 months ago

    i like it but isnt the two power supply concept a little much, do you think that they will make it with a better battery next time,

  • slab chan
    slab chan 3 months ago

    Why don’t they simply remove the battery and make it lighter

  • vbdevpro
    vbdevpro 3 months ago

    Good news. The release unit IS super quiet.

    BAMvsGAME 3 months ago

    It's been a while since I've been impressed by a verge review, great job! Hit all the check-marks with honesty, unlike some other review companies I could mention. I personally think the convenience of a laptop is worth the extra cost, especially when you consider that a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and all the other peripherals are included in one purchase. Am definitely looking to purchasing this one sometime soon.

  • Master Pieces
    Master Pieces 3 months ago

    If it makes that much noise and overheats its not worth it.

  • GoKllyoslf x
    GoKllyoslf x 3 months ago

    So it's a overpriced desktop that is a laptop that doesn't do the job a laptop does? You are better off still buying a desktop.

  • 0zfer
    0zfer 3 months ago

    What is the point of this? If it already comes with a 9900k what could we possible upgrade to? If it comes with a 2080 what is there to upgrade to? Even if a new card came out I doubt the motherboard would support it. Also no guarantee that the laptop cooling could handle it, or that it would deliver enough power since those things cannot be upgraded. CPU sockets could change and this will also 100% depend on if Alienware adds in support for newer generation CPUs to the motherboard. Remember when lenovo made the ultrabay for upgradable GPU? Well they never released any better GPU so we never were able to upgrade. Furthermore that GPU module is proprietary so get ready to pay a premium for a laptop GPU upgrade. Also why make this like a desktop and then use laptop RAM? Or why throw in a crappy membrane keyboard on a $4000 laptop. Can no one invent a low profile mechanical keyswitch?

  • Travis Luu
    Travis Luu 3 months ago

    It’s great but where will I buy the upgrades? What will I do with the old parts? Do I have to send to intel to upgrade and have them keep the old parts?

  • John Corbin
    John Corbin 3 months ago

    So is the computer quiet now that it's out or is it still super loud like it was in the video?

  • luis aybar
    luis aybar 3 months ago

    Que dice?

  • MD Fatin
    MD Fatin 3 months ago

    If i could buy one day just like this laptop :(

  • ZenZory Overload
    ZenZory Overload 3 months ago

    Great! Do bad intels chipset changes like clock work...

  • Alex Courrier
    Alex Courrier 3 months ago +1

    I really don't understand why they haven't developed a universally compliant form factor for laptops, like ITX mobos and GPUs, but smaller.

  • xpeterson
    xpeterson 3 months ago +2

    Im literally going thru the comment section and liking every post that has to do with the alienware guys honest, straight forward nature - just in hopes of sending a message...

  • quirkykid770
    quirkykid770 3 months ago +1

    My sister changed the core i9 out and put a core i5 5200 so it can go on Windows 7.

  • Mark Chuez
    Mark Chuez 3 months ago

    2500$ base starts with 8 gb ram?? Wtf

  • Dalton Musbach
    Dalton Musbach 3 months ago

    The honesty of the Alienware rep was refreshing! Thank you for that!

  • Sean Richmond
    Sean Richmond 3 months ago

    The 2080 ti is the beefiest gpu...

  • Warsame Adam
    Warsame Adam 3 months ago

    My emotion levels: 🤩...😞

  • Matthew Happ
    Matthew Happ 3 months ago

    its about god damn time rock the right to repair and upgrade

  • Douglas Taylor
    Douglas Taylor 4 months ago

    I own an Area 51 R2 highly modified, a 17xR4 and I am expecting on what I do, they will be working for at least ten years just like all the other ones.

  • wanna ch.illmatic
    wanna ch.illmatic 4 months ago

    It looks good to

  • Orlando Perrone
    Orlando Perrone 4 months ago

    Laptops have had interchangeable graphics cards for a very long time. This isn't some revolutionary breakthrough.

  • destroyerplayer
    destroyerplayer 4 months ago

    Looks like good quality

  • Pablo Aguilar
    Pablo Aguilar 4 months ago

    I'm going to wait til Nvidia says they'll support this. It's too risky for this price point. Also, the battery life is something to consider.

  • zippy blah
    zippy blah 4 months ago

    I would love this, more so if I could flip the screen around and draw on it, that would be worth another 300-400$ as long as the stylus system is not cheap and gltichy.... the basic wacom around 2010 worked great then makers tried ntrig and tried to make thier own thing and they sucked big time...

  • tobe tobe
    tobe tobe 4 months ago

    Can u mess up this built?
    Yeah, we are the verge. We can mess up every built.

  • tobe tobe
    tobe tobe 4 months ago

    Did u use xtra Thermalpaste? And did u input the RAM into one channel, too?

  • Waldschatten
    Waldschatten 4 months ago

    MXM Cards have been a thing for a while now, getting the cards to upgrade the "upgradable" laptop is the problem, having the potential and having the ability are NOT the same thing.
    The laptops with an external GPU might not be as good for gaming on the go, but they actually ARE upgradable, with a real GPU that you can actually buy somewhere.

  • MrMentalpuppy
    MrMentalpuppy 4 months ago


  • AssimilatorX
    AssimilatorX 4 months ago

    Dell has tryed it before in 2008 with their XPS M1730 "beast" They fitted a lovely pair of propertiary GTX880M SLI that was combined two 8800's with a custom nv100 bridge. that laptop was supposed to be upgradable later. But the only upgades were made was the 8700GT SLI and single 8800GTX SLI and 9800GTX SLI the latest were just an overclocked 8800 version and both were a nightmare. Faulty cards no replacement meant no repair because it was propertiary to dell and worst because the upgrades were not available and if it were it was almost the same price as the laptop itself. After that fiasko dell switched to MXM3b socket mostly. I had one 1730 and i was waited for GPU replacement for 6 months than dell replaced it with an alienware 17-R2 that had MXM3b Crossfire 5870. I still have my 17-R2 with GTX980M 8GB Its MXM3b its upgradable. What happened to the widely adopted MXM standard even GTX1080 were produced for it. This laptop will be "upgradable" except that no upgrade will be made because its way too expensive again . It looks cool and nicebut its a lost cause again just like with the XPS M1730 then.

  • Patrick Liang
    Patrick Liang 4 months ago

    Have already ordered one and cost me about $4K (USD), and here the spec that I upgraded: CPU --> i9 9900K, GPU --> RTX 2080 (OC Ready), M.2 --> 256GB, Screen --> 60Hz IPS Panel with Gync, Luna Light finish, and the rest of them are remain default which I'll upgrade myself in the future.