The best cheap Alienware gaming laptop deals and prices for October 2022

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. 

The current Alienware gaming laptop lineup is pretty vast – not only are there a dizzying array of different variants and configurations, but you’ve essentially got a brand new range for 2022 – the ‘X’ range. This joins the established ‘M’ range as a good option for those looking for a slimmed-down laptop. Regardless of which model you’re looking for, however, you’ll find a full breakdown and specs comparison just down below, alongside the strengths and weaknesses of each model.

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 (opens in new tab) 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 – so the savings can potentially be massive. Right now, we’re coming up to the busiest time of the year for sales, so it’s definitely worth keeping your eyes peeled.

Alienware laptop deals and prices: 2022 models

Alienware M15 R7

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Alienware m15 R7

The latest mainstream gaming laptop

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

Fairly pricey at launch

The Alienware m15 R7 is the latest revision in the brand’s most main-stream 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 latest revision comes with the inclusion of the latest Intel Core i7-12700H chip, which is a fantastic starting point for any configuration you’d want to 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.

As always with the latest models, it’ll probably be a while before really juicy Alienware gaming laptop deals crop up on the m15 R7. 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 model has had some time on the market. 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.

Alienware M15 R6

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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 it’s still very much an integral part of the Alienware range in 2022 – being a slightly more budget-friendly option.

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.

Alienware M15 R5

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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

Thin

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 (opens in new tab) 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) (opens in new tab) review.

Alienware X17

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Alienware x17

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 is the new ‘flagship’ model from the brand. 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. While it’s early days, we’ve seen discounts of around $800 to $1,000 on these laptops before, which makes them a much, much better value option.

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