There really is no discussion; Alienware Area-51M is the best of the litter. Dell’s Alienware is definitively one of the best decisions they’ve made to develop the company further from easy and affordable workstations to the biggest brand within online gaming. Even with an advanced VR headset with mind control coming out, you still need computer power to process everything. Here, you get a premium VR- ready gaming computer that is surpassed by absolutely none on the market. Even though the price tag is daunting to most people out there, still, you get a lot more value for your buck compared to competitors.
Games and compatibility - With up to 144Hz refresh rate, 250 GB SSD built-in, and 1128 GB RAM, you can be sure that this monster package will handle even the most advanced games you find on any platform, be it, Team, Vive, or Oculus. And there will probably not be any games that need any more power than the Alienware Area-51M in the near future, as VR games are quite costly to develop. So if you’re looking for a computer that can probably last you the next 5 years of VR entertainment, here you go!
Graphics and Processor – At the core of Alienware Area-51M , you have an amazing 9th generation Intel Core 8 Thread Processor that handles any task with ease. Either you're just into gaming or want to maybe record your gaming sessions as well, this processor makes sure you get high quality and doesn't shut down because of too much running at the same time. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards bring all games to life in vibrant and crystal clear images. But to manage this task, you have an astounding 128GB RAM (4 x 32GB) installed to give you the smoothest transactions possible while you're playing with VR Glasses. Although might seem a bit over the top, you never know how many years it is till this kind of memory power is actually needed to run VR games.
Hardware and components - All major components on this laptop are completely upgradable and detachable. Also, the 17,3-inch Led screen that really takes your breath away. Of course, screen size doesn't really matter if we are solely basing the reviews on just VR compatibility. But most gamers want a fantastic screen resolution as well for other games. The chassis is made of solid plastic resins and durable metal covers to protect your computer from outside damage. This is actually where Alienware Area-51M ticks all the boxes. We mean after all, why would you invest in a laptop instead of a desktop for half the price if it wasn't fit to carry with you everywhere you go?
Extras and prices – For the $3,000 option price tag, there really isn't anything else you need to add on to this amazing machine. Although, something can be said about sound quality. Even though it's probably one of the best laptops out there when it comes to mapping out the sound layers in the game, still, you should probably invest in good earphones or a surround speaker set up to fully get the surrounding sound quality VR Gamers are after.
Conclusion – It's really hard to find a package deal that can compete with Alienware Area-51M when it comes to design, durability, and above all, VR compatibility when it comes to available laptop solutions. But, if you're not interested in spending 3k on a gaming setup and don't need something sleek and portable, there are plenty of desktop solutions that definitively can compete. But even if processing power and game graphics come in cheaper on desktops, you still need to consider the sound quality and invest in something that will suit the VR experience.
The ultimate laptop VR experience built to last you for years to come. Not only in terms of durability, but game compatibility as well.