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  8 months ago +506

    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 4 months 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 5 months ago

      I just bought it

    • gentleman omar
      gentleman omar 6 months ago

      Did they let you keep the product?

  • Louvre DeWitt Bukater Neuilly EnLay

    So, it's the laptop you only buy once, in theory.

  • Sam Tweed
    Sam Tweed Month ago

    actually the gpu has been able to be upgraded for years in all alienware laptops since the 530 gpu i upgraded my alienware 18 to dual gtx 980's

  • archoeyrda
    archoeyrda Month ago

    @1:21 "I athhhked them"

  • wallertdwp
    wallertdwp Month ago

    I think this is the beginning of the future of gaming laptops

  • Kar Pat
    Kar Pat Month ago +1

    I will go for it cause i cant carry desktop all around with me. My work requires me to work across America on short contracts of 6 months long.

  • Niko Bellic
    Niko Bellic Month ago

    Legend says there is Alienware Area 51 with rtx 2080 ti 20 tb ssd 250 gb ram at area 51

  • Garrison Walter
    Garrison Walter 2 months ago


  • Adryan ONeil
    Adryan ONeil 3 months ago

    Maybe mr beast could give me one of those

  • Hal Swain
    Hal Swain 3 months ago

    $110000 on amazon

  • GingerDuck 4.0
    GingerDuck 4.0 3 months ago

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

    RAHUL M 3 months ago

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

  • Muantea Mt
    Muantea Mt 3 months ago

    the question will be can u afford it?

    PAULA TORRES 3 months 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 😍

  • Catsup
    Catsup 3 months ago

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

  • Manish bro
    Manish bro 4 months ago

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

  • Antonio Bermudez Magner

    Just bought it it is great

  • Kev3004
    Kev3004 4 months ago

    How much energy does it pull?

  • Satria Sailendra
    Satria Sailendra 4 months ago


  • Pavan Krishna
    Pavan Krishna 4 months ago


  • joaquim silva
    joaquim silva 4 months ago

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

  • Prince Raj
    Prince Raj 4 months ago

    How much ram does it support?

  • DrNemmo
    DrNemmo 4 months ago

    The Verge: It’s not Apple, 5/10

  • Potato Army
    Potato Army 4 months ago

    The downside is
    1080 p only

  • Simplified Pinoy
    Simplified Pinoy 4 months ago

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

  • CJ2sta
    CJ2sta 4 months ago

    Definitely this one I’m saving up now

  • Tabsum Khadka
    Tabsum Khadka 4 months ago

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

  • Ali-W7 Ananza
    Ali-W7 Ananza 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

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

  • SSA Trance1
    SSA Trance1 5 months ago +2

    That alienware guy should be running the company.

  • Alan Wang #36
    Alan Wang #36 5 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 5 months ago

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

  • Bernard Lu
    Bernard Lu 5 months ago

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

  • Alejandro Ramirez
    Alejandro Ramirez 5 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 5 months ago

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

  • Solange
    Solange 5 months ago

    wtf is this magic

  • Arunava Sarkar
    Arunava Sarkar 5 months ago

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

  • arjun saini
    arjun saini 5 months ago

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

  • Snucc
    Snucc 5 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 5 months ago +2

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

  • gareeb reaction
    gareeb reaction 5 months ago

    Amazing look 😍😍😍😍😍

  • carcrazy2424
    carcrazy2424 5 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 6 months ago

    Aw man it’s $1000

    DANCAN ADINDA ™ 6 months ago

    1:50 is that the guy from unbox therapy

  • -MAS-
    -MAS- 6 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 6 months ago

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

  • Veson Douangmanilay
    Veson Douangmanilay 6 months ago +1

    What a joke of a product!

  • Austin MAC
    Austin MAC 6 months ago

    where do I get rtx graphic chip laptop

  • revy manoppo
    revy manoppo 6 months ago

    Beautiful laptop 😍

  • terminator17 gaming
    terminator17 gaming 6 months ago

    how much is it?

  • Janith Dasunpriya
    Janith Dasunpriya 6 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 6 months ago


  • Yuriy
    Yuriy 6 months ago

    Not 18.4((

  • S K
    S K 6 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 6 months ago +1

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

  • Jakobus Rante
    Jakobus Rante 6 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 6 months ago

    Any one use for solid work or autocad?

    KIKI AHM 6 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.?