Gaming computers have been bucking the trend of going smaller for a while, but recently we’ve been seeing a few companies starting to get on board. Alienware is one such company. Their new X14 is a 14-inch gaming computer that is as thin as they come, making this a gaming computer that you can easily take with you wherever you’re going.
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Of course, shrinking a computer down does come at a price. The X14 is a full inch smaller than the company’s X15, and it’s also less powerful. But when thinner and lighter is the goal, some accommodations must be made (plus, not only is the X14 smaller in comparison with the X15, but so is its price). There’s still plenty to like about the X14, though. For starters, it comes equipped with a 12-core Intel Core i5-12500H processor, but if you prefer, you can also get it with the Intel Cor i7-12700H 14-core processor.
The 16BG of LPDDR5 RAM offers 4,800MHz speed, or go with the 32GB of LPDDR5 memory, which measures out at 5,200MHz and is lightning fast. For compatibility, the X14 may have fewer ports than the X15, but it does offer two Thunderbolt 4 ports. For graphics, the X14 was designed to use the RTX 3050 as standard or you can choose either the RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3060. The display is 1080p and comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive sync to help your games look more responsive and smoother. This year was also the year that Alienware introduced Dolby Vision HDR to their screens, and the X14 benefits from it.
But despite all the pros that come with the smaller size, there are some cons, namely in keyboard design. The slim construction has seen the basic layout (including full-size arrow keys) retain the same structure as the larger Alienware x15, however, the key travel has been reduced from 1.5 mm to 1.2 mm. As a result, the typing experience is a little clumsy and more often than note, users have reported bashing the wrong key at an integral time. Throw in the limited availabel room for the touchpad and you’ll fidn the X14 experience to be small, but not always the best.
Fans of the X-series laptops will find the X14 refreshingly familiar, just slightly smaller. Ports are located in the back, and you’ll find sufficient for your needs. Alienware is offering the laptop in their off-white Lunar Light colors. You can pick up the X14 starting at $1,649.99, with two more tiers at a higher price above that.