Alienware has become a near household name, being one of the first companies to venture into the gaming hardware space, specifically with gaming laptops being some of the first to hit the market. Sure, there’s been a lot of competition since then, but the brand still has some interesting offerings, especially with gaming desktops, which look otherworldly and are great for those who want something different.
Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition – $1,300, was $1,800
With an RTX 2080 Super, the Alienware R10 is no slouch; with one of the best GPUs out there, it should be comfortably able to handle any 2K 144Hz display you can get from our gaming monitor deals, even at fairly high settings, though maybe not on the latest AAA. games. Coupled with that is the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, a fairly powerful CPU that should handle most games as well as all productivity software and maybe even some editing apps. It also comes with 16GB of RAM and a slightly smaller 512GB SSD, both of which should be fine for most uses, although you may need to increase your storage space later.
All in all, it’s a great all-round gaming laptop if you need something at a reasonable price that can still knock most games out of the park.
Alienware Aurora R12 – $1,400, was $2,130
If you’re looking for something with a card equivalent to the R10, but with a better CPU, the R12 will get the job done. With an RTX 3060, it’s about on par with the RTX 2080 Super, and should also be pretty good at handling most games at even slightly higher settings. The CPU is an 11th Gen Intel i7-11700F, great if you need something for more CPU intensive needs like audio production or simulation and management games that tend to eat up CPU resources. As for the other internals, you get 16GB of RAM, which is what we’d expect for an advanced gaming build, and a 1TB SSD, which is something we’d also expect to see on a gaming build, especially with many games running close to 100. GB each nowadays.
Overall, the better CPU and bigger storage space is well worth the extra $100. Alternatively, you can check out some of our other gaming PC deals if these don’t appeal to you.