The best cheap Alienware gaming laptop deals for May 2023

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Our roundup of this week's best Alienware gaming laptop deals might just be what you need to save some serious cash on these equally serious performance machines. 

Consider this a comprehensive guide to every Alienware gaming laptop in the lineup, plus a handy resource to check today's best prices. There are a lot of models on the market right now, but you'll easily be able to compare them using this page right here. We've included specs, tips on scoring a deal, and links to the various retailers that you'll want to check out if you're getting ready for a purchase. 

Below our entries for today's best Alienware gaming laptop deals is a handy FAQ section for those on the fence about this brand. We've included no-nonsense buying advice as well as alternative brands to check out, should you want to expand your search.

Overall, these aren't cheap gaming laptop deals by any stretch of the imagination as you would expect, but our roundup of today's best Alienware laptop prices might just potentially save you some big bucks.  Previously, we've seen discounts of up to $1,000 on these machines - especially around big sales events like Black Friday. While we've firmly passed this huge mega-sale now it's still worth keeping your eyes peeled for any good deals as there are often holdouts and surprise listings.

Alienware laptop deals and prices: 2023 models

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Alienware m16

The best Alienware laptop for most people right now

CPU: Intel Core i7-13700X - i9-13900X | Graphics: RTX 4060 - RTX 4080 | RAM: 16GB - 64GB | Screen: 165Hz - 240Hz QHD, 480Hz HD | Storage: 512GB - 8TB SSD

Highly customizable
Latest components from Nvidia and Intel

The Alienware M16 is the latest iteration of the standard 'M' series and is going to offer a decent starting point for anyone looking to dip their feet into Alienware gaming laptop deals. It's still pricey, but the M series tends to offer a number of configurations, plenty of customization, and more reasonable price points versus the X models.

This new entry for 2023 comes with a slightly larger 16-inch display versus the usual 15.6-inch form factor, but it's essentially a refresh of the same model. Inside, you'll get your choice of the latest RTX 4000 series cards and either a speedy Core i9-13900X or Core i7-13700X chipset - respectively the latest components available on the market.

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Alienware X16

Premium portability

CPU: Intel Core i7-13700HK - i9-13900HK | Graphics: RTX 4060 - RTX 4080 | RAM: 16GB - 64GB | Screen: 165Hz - 240Hz QHD, 480Hz HD | Storage: 512GB - 8TB SSD

Slim form-factor
All aluminum build
More RGB lighting
Soldered RAM
Fewer customization options

The Alienware X16 is a new medium-size premium model from the brand and a great option if you value form as well as function. It's a thinner model versus the 'standard' M16, features an all-metal aluminum chassis, and has fancier RGB lighting, if that's your thing.

The X16 features the same RTX 4000 series cards as the M16 model but there are also a few key differences with the other specs also. Firstly, the Core i9 processors featured in the X16 are the 'HK' variant, which is essentially a slimmed-down version of the HX in the M model with fewer cores. It's likely that this is a slight trade-off due to the X model's slimmer form factor.

Another trade-off from the slimmer build is the X16's 'integrated' RAM, which isn't upgradeable like the modular slots in the M16 model. This could be a deal-breaker for some but it's worth noting that the X16 features 32GB of DDR5 6,000MHz RAM, which is absolutely bonkers and more than enough for a good few years. 

Overall, the X16 is probably not the pick for those looking for outright performance-to-price ratio as the M16 model offers speedier components at a lower cost. It is, however, arguably the slickest-looking machine in the range right now.

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Alienware M18

A compelling desktop replacement - for a price

CPU: Intel Core i7-13700HX - i9-13900HX | Graphics: RTX 4060 - 4090 | RAM: 16GB - 64GB | Screen: 165Hz QHD+, 480Hz FHD+ | Storage: 512GB - 8TB SSD

Huge 18" display
'HX' Intel Core chips
Much bigger than most laptops

Are you in need of some serious power and unlikely to be lugging your laptop around? If so, you may want to consider the Alienware M18. This is a new model for 2023 and quite possibly the largest laptop the brand has ever made. Out of all the models available, this is the one most suited to being a direct desktop replacement for those with relatively static setups.

The biggest selling point with the M18 is that you get a beefier 'HX' variant for the 13th gen Intel Core chips, a component that gets you some extra cores versus the 'X' variant in the M16 model and the 'HK' in the X16. Even though the GPU is going to do most of the heavy lifting in-game regardless of what model you go for, the M18 has heaps of power on tap - enough to help it properly fit the role of a true desktop replacement. 

Of course, the added screen real estate and beefier chipsets aren't going to matter much if you value portability. Out of all the new Alienware machines, the M18 is definitely the most niche buy. It's a great option if you're going to be relatively static with your laptop for a while - or don't have enough desk space for a traditional desktop and monitor combo, however.

Alienware laptop deals and prices: 2022 models

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Alienware m15 R7

Last year's standard model is still great

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H | Graphics: RTX 3050 Ti - RTX 3080 Ti | RAM: 16GB - 32GB | Screen: 165Hz HD, 360Hz HD, 240Hz QHD | Storage: 512GB - 4TB SSD

12th gen Intel Core i7 chips
Up to RTX 3080 Ti GPU
Multiple display options
Still not cheap

The Alienware m15 R7 was 2022's revision of the brand's most mainstream 15.6-inch gaming laptop. The basic design of this laptop has been around for a couple of generations now, but it's a gorgeous laptop that Alienware are right fully keeping refreshed with the latest components.

This revision comes with the inclusion of the still-good Intel Core i7-12700H chip, which is a fantastic starting point for any configuration you'd want to build on top. Graphics card-wise, you've got your choice of anything between an RTX 3050 Ti to an RTX 3080 Ti plus some superb display options - including a 144Hz 1440p panel.

Prices on this model start at $1,500 / £1,500 for the baseline RTX 3050 Ti config, which is fairly pricey for a laptop which a budget card. For overall performance, we'd strongly recommend you upgrade to at least an RTX 3060, which is a card that can generally max out most games on the cheaper 1080p display configurations.

Now this model has been out for a while, you may be lucky to snag a particularly juicy discount on it before it's replaced with a new 15-inch model. Generally speaking, the best chance of picking up a really great bargain tends to be around big sales events like Black Friday or Labor Day, when the deals really tend to ramp up. Price cuts on Alienware laptops can range anywhere from $400 to $900, depending on the config - with the higher-end models getting the biggest discounts. As a rule of thumb, we'd say around $1,200 would be a great price for an RTX 3060 model, which we'd recommend for those who don't want to go too crazy with specs.

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Alienware m15 R6

A bit older, but much cheaper

CPU: Intel Core i7-11800H | Graphics: RTX 3050 Ti - RTX 3070 | RAM: 16GB - 32GB | Screen: 165Hz HD, 360Hz HD, 240Hz QHD | Storage: 256GB - 1TB SSD

Superb display options
Cheaper than the R7
No RTX 3080
256GB SSD on baseline model

A bit older, but still great is the R6 variant of the M15 model, which was a late-year refresh from 2021. We've included it in this section because you sometimes still pick it up at a discount if you're lucky.

You're dropping down to a slightly older 11th gen Intel Core i7-11800H chip with this model and getting fewer options for your GPU. The baseline config is still an RTX 3050 Ti, but you can only go up to an RTX 3070 here (the R7 goes up to a 3080 Ti). As a trade-off, this model is generally quite a bit cheaper across the board, and a likelier candidate for Alienware gaming laptop deals too. 

Since there's still a ton of power on tap here and a more reasonable price tag, the M15 R6 is an absolutely stellar option for the mainstream gamer. The pairing of an 11th gen Intel Core i7 chip and RTX 3060 is particularly fantastic for 1080p gaming and a good combination with the more reasonably priced 165Hz FHD display.

We would say, however, that it's worth holding out for a big price cut on this model if you're interested. As an older model you'll generally see Dell being more open to discounts and price cuts in the range of $400 to $900 aren't unheard of on some of the more mature models.

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Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition

The same, but with team red components

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7-5800H - Ryzen 9-5900HX | Graphics: RTX 3050 Ti - RTX 3070 | RAM: 16GB - 16GB | Screen: 165Hz HD, 240Hz QHD | Storage: 256GB - 1TB SSD

Better value than the R7
Fewer screen options
No RTX 3080 or up

Alongside the R6, another slightly older M15 model that's still in the 2022 catalog is the R5 Ryzen edition. As you've probably guessed, this is essentially the same machine as the Intel version but with the major inclusion of AMD Ryzen chips instead, which some may prefer overall.

As expected, the CPU's in this one are beefy, with a choice between the AMD Ryzen 7-5800H or Ryzen 9-5900HX CPU. These chips are every bit as powerful as their Intel counterparts and a great pairing with everything from the RTX 3050 Ti to RTX 3070 that these machines come with.

One minor caveat with this Ryzen-based M15 is that there are fewer configurations available. For some reason, you're missing the QHD screen option here, which is a bit of a bummer for those looking for a 1440p RTX 3070 config. There's also no options here for an RTX 3080 or above, which gives you less headroom should you want something with absolutely bonkers specs.

Still, this machine is a great option and one that's worth keeping an eye on in the weekly deals section of the Dell site. AMD-based gaming laptops tend to be slightly better value than their Intel counterparts and the slightly older age of this model makes it a more likely candidate for Alienware gaming laptop deals.

Alienware X15

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Alienware x15

A new slimmed-down option

CPU: Intel Core i7-11800H - i7-11900H | Graphics: RTX 3060 - RTX 3080 | RAM: 16GB - 32GB | Screen: 165Hz HD, 360Hz HD, 240Hz QHD | Storage: 256GB - 4TB SSD

Pricier vs m15
11th gen Intel CPU
No Ryzen options

The 'X' range is a new one from Alienware - one that's looking to slim down the traditionally bulky gaming laptop form factor into a svelter, easier to carry option. The general aesthetic is the same here, though, and as you'd expect from Alienware, these machines come packed with the latest components for superb gaming performance.

Specs-wise, these machines come with a dizzying array of options with super-speedy 11th gen Core i7 and i9 processors and your choice of everything from an RTX 3060 to RTX 3080 GPU. There's a lot of wiggle room for customisation here and these models have the same excellent array of display choices as the m15 models.

As of writing, these machines feature slightly older 11th gen Intel Core chips only. We do, however, expect Alienware to update this model with newer 12th gen chips and possibly AMD components too. When that happens, Alienware will probably list these under an 'R2' or 'Ryzen' model, although it'll essentially just be a specs refresh of the same laptop. 

For consumers, the biggest question surround the latest x15 model, and any model in the new 'X' range for that matter, is going to be whether it's worth the extra scratch versus the standard m15 model. As the newest and shiniest model in the range, you can expect discounts on this one to be less forthcoming than on the m15, which is generally still the best option for most gamers on a budget. Unless you really, really want a thinner laptop, we'd probably go for the m15. 

Check out our full Alienware x15 review.

Alienware X14

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Alienware x14

The smallest Alienware laptop currently

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H | Graphics: RTX 3050 - RTX 3060 | RAM: 16GB - 32GB | Screen: 144Hz HD | Storage: 512GB - 2TB SSD

Extremely lightweight
12th gen Intel Core i7
RTX 3050 on baseline spec
No premium screen options

Like the look of the x15 but want something even more portable? The new x14 could be exactly what you're looking for. This beastly little machine is the first small form-factor gaming laptop of recent times from Alienware and a perfect choice if you're going to be constantly gaming on the go.

The biggest strengths with this model, aside from the obvious advantages of having a smaller laptop, is that it's one of the first in the range to feature the very latest very latest 12th gen Intel Core processors and LPDDR5 RAM - the latter of which feature a whopping 4800Mhz clock speed on the baseline configuration. Tech-speak aside, those are really fast components here and should give you an excellent base for performance, regardless of which GPU you go for. 

Speaking of graphics card, the biggest weakness for this model is the RTX 3050 on the baseline model. While you can upgrade that to an RTX 3060, you're essentially paying a premium here for the smaller size versus the standard x15 model. If you want portability - you're going to have to pay extra for it. Other drawbacks include the smaller battery size and fewer screen options as there simply aren't as many decent 14-inch gaming panels on the market. 

Deals-wise, these smaller 14-inch premium laptops tend to be quite popular (see the Asus Zephyrus G14 and Razer Blade 14), so discounts are often not quite as good. We wouldn't write this model off, however, as Dell as a retailer is generally more open to big sales events around key dates like Black Friday, Labor Day, and so on.

Check out our full Alienware X14 (2022) review.

Alienware X17

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Alienware x17

Big, pricey, and thin

CPU: Intel Core i7-11800H - i9-11980HK | Graphics: RTX 3060 - RTX 3080 | RAM: 16GB - 64GB XMP | Screen: 360Hz HD, 120Hz 4K | Storage: 512GB - 4TB SSD

Huge customisation
Cherry MX mechanical keyboard
4K 120Hz display
256GB SSD on base model

And last, but definitely not least is the Alienware x17 - which was 2022's flagship high-end model. While a 17.3-inch screen size definitely isn't for everyone, these larger laptops are where gaming brands like Alienware really crank up the configurations to eleven. As you'd expect, the x17 has the widest range of configurations available right now as well as a higher 'ceiling' in regards to just how many high-end components you can cram into it.

As an overview, the biggest strengths of this model of are of course it's incredible power on its higher-end configurations, option for a 120Hz 4K display, and XMP compatible RAM - meaning you can overclock your RAM like a desktop. It's also the only model in the entire range to feature a mechanical keyboard - with Cherry MX switches, no less. 

The biggest drawback is of course the price here. The fact the baseline model only features a 256GB SSD is also puzzling, although let's face it - the vast majority of people going for this model are going to be able to afford the $60 upgrade to 512GB.

Price-wise, this model is generally going to set you back at least $2,000 / £2,000 at full retail on its more basic RTX 3060 / Core i7-11800H configurations. Luckily, however, gaming laptop deals on the larger models tend to be particularly good all year round with the higher-end configurations in particular having very healthy price cuts. For context, we've seen discounts of around $800 to $1,000 on these laptops before, which makes them a much, much better value option.

Alienware gaming laptop deals: buying advice

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Are Alienware laptops good?

Alienware laptops are easily some of the 'best' gaming laptops money can buy right now. Are they expensive? Yes, they are incredibly pricey, even with such high-end components, but their design is incredibly unique, and overall they're fantastically well-engineered machines. 

A few years ago, Alienware was fairly notorious for having heat management issues on its laptops, although with the latest series of chassis, those complaints are generally moot now. The latest Alienware laptops are capable of pushing out incredible frame rates without throttling out and you'll be well served by any one of these machines... if you have the bank account to support such a purchase, that is.

Should I buy directly from Dell?

Dell, on average, do have the lowest prices for Alienware gaming laptops as well as unique options for customization that allow you to really tailor a specific machine to your needs. That alone is a great reason to always make the Dell site your first port of call when looking for Alienware gaming laptop deals.

That said, other retailers also stock Alienware laptops and do run their own discounts and sales throughout the year. Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart all stock Alienware laptops in the US though note - it can sometimes take a while for them to receive the latest models and they most often discount old stock as opposed to the shiniest new stuff. In the UK, it's the same story with Amazon, Currys, and Very, although we think John Lewis, in particular, stands out as a particularly good choice thanks to its extended warranty options - always a worthwhile thing to have on such expensive machines.

When's the best time to buy?

Dell runs some of the best seasonal sales in the business, so expect there to be particularly low prices around those big events in particular. We're talking about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Labor Day, and even around Amazon Prime Day too.

Price cuts around those events tend to range upwards of $1,000 / £800 on some of the top-end models, depending on their age, so it can be worth taking a quick look at the calendar for any holiday events coming up. 

What other gaming laptops are there?

Alienware's most notable rival in the premium gaming laptop deals market is Razer currently, which has similarly priced machines with high-end components and build quality. Aesthetics between the machines are vastly different, with Alienware going for a more space-age feel, while Razer tends to go for a more subdued approach. Both companies are fantastic, however, and If you're interested in seeing how Razer matches up to the models featured here, we recommend heading over to our dedicated best Razer Blade deals page.

If you're (understandably) looking for something a little cheaper, we've also got a fantastic cheap gaming laptop deals page with our current picks for the best bang for the buck machines on the market. You'll find plenty of machines under $1,000 there, and we'd also recommend checking out this week's best Asus Zephyrus G14 prices too, which is another one of our favorite gaming laptops right now.

Alex Whitelock
Deals Editor

Alex is deals editor at Future PLC and an all-around expert at one thing - saving readers as much cash as possible while scoring them the best products for their needs. With content that's always packed full of helpful information, no-nonsense expertise, and of course deals, Alex has also written for other leading sites such as T3 and GamesRadar. At work, you'll find him mostly covering computing, gaming, and advising people on how to save on their cell phone plans. Outside of work, you'll find him playing guitar, indulging his love for music, or down at the local climbing gym mostly hanging off boulders far too difficult for his abilities.