Laptops haven’t been really upgradable in a while. Sure you could switch out the storage or memory on some, but as laptops have gotten thinner and thinner, even those components have become permanently a part of the devices. So it was a big deal when Alienware showed off the new Area-51m at CES. Yes, it’s a 17.3-inch beast that starts at £2,200 and can go up to £3,800, but you can also upgrade the storage, memory, and even the CPU and GPU as time goes by.
But the Area-51m isn’t the only upgradeable laptop. Late last year Origin, a US-based gaming PC company made up of ex-Alienware employees, announced the Eon17-X. Like the Area-51m, this device can get real pricey, but you can also upgrade everything.
So I got curious to see what the insides of these devices look like and how hard is it to actually replace the components in them. And I was surprised!
These two companies have taken very, very different approaches to the upgradable laptop. So take a moment, watch the video below, and see for yourself just how different two fully upgradable 17-inch laptops can be.