Gaming Laptop Alienware x14 review: Is it worth buying?

Want the thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop money can buy? The Alienware x14 is it. It somehow stuffs up to an Intel Core i7-12700H and RTX 3060 into a chassis that’s only a hair thicker than a Dell XPS 13 from 2020.

Alienware x14 specs and features

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H

Memory: 32GB

Graphics/GPU: Nvidia RTX 3060

Display: 14-inch 1080p 144Hz IPS LCD

Storage: 1TB SSD

Connectivity: 2x USB-C USB4/Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-C USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB-A USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x MicroSD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack

Battery capacity: 80 watt-hours

 Dimensions: 12.65 inches x 10.34 x .57

Weight: 4.06 pounds

MSRP: $1,499 base, $1,999 as-tested

Display and Audio

Display: 1080p, 144Hz, non-touch IPS LCD screen.

It supports Nvidia G-Sync and Advanced Optimus, so it can switch to the Intel integrated graphics to conserve power when the Nvidia GPU’s grunt isn’t required.

Pros

Attractive design

Extremely slim and easy to carry

Solid performance, especially for its size

Future-proof wired and wireless connectivity

Cons

Fan noise is a constant companion

Cramped keyboard and touchpad

 It becomes very warm under load

No Ethernet port, only one USB-A

Is it worth buying? Value for Money?

On paper the x14 should be blown away by alternatives with more powerful GPUs, like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and Razer Blade 14, but real-world results place the Alienware close to its competition.

The x14 is also properly priced, with the base model undercutting the Razer Blade 14 by $500. It all comes down to this: do you need a thin 14-inch gaming laptop? If so, the Alienware x14 is a great choice, but if not, go for a 15-inch model.