What is most exciting, however, is how much Area 51m goes against the grain in the entire PC industry. Ever since the debate from MacBook Air, everyone has rushed to deliver sealed unibody patterns that look good, but are usually difficult to dismantle and upgrade. Alienware is returned to one of the key aspects of PC gaming: the ability to customize and upgrade to your heart's content. Some laptops still play upgrades of RAM and storage, but Alienware takes things further than anyone else.
The ROG motherhood looks less refined than Area 51m, but it's a beautiful beast. When closed, it looks like a regular ASUS slot machine. But when opened, a kickstand pops out behind the massive screen to keep up its weight. And when you lower the keyboard, you can remove it to use wirelessly. All hardware is behind the display, just as it would be on a comprehensive computer. It is a machine made for players who want to put a small distance between their screens and input devices, or those who want to be able to replace their keyboard for a mechanical model on a whim.
I recognize the ROGEN Morship looks and feels impressive. It weighs over 10 pounds and feels like a tank in your hands. But its flexibility can be appealing to players who want less of a laptop-like experience at LAN parties and esports events. And much like Microsoft's Surface machines, it's a unique spin on an already existing PC concept.
I didn't get much time with the Acer Predator Triton 900, but the hinge is really attention. It lets you rotate the screen in four different directions, as you would expect from a convertible computer, except on a slot machine. At $ 4,000, Triton 900 is clearly a tough sale – and I can't imagine how many players really want rotating screens. But that's interesting, anyway.
By running all of these machines, the NVIDIA's RTX 20 series graphics, which also allows for completely new features such as real-time radiation. Like the previous generation, there is "Max-Q" design to help these GPUs fit into thinner laptops. But what is very interesting this year is that all these unique machines do not rely on Max-Q chips at all, so you can expect faster speeds than laptops with smooth play. NVIDIA deserves a lot of credit for helping laptops narrow down while offering decent gaming performance, but it's nice to see it's not all PC manufacturers use them for.