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The Alienware Area-51m is trying to deliver on a dream: a gaming laptop with user-upgradeable CPUs and GPUs like a desktop so it won’t become obsolete. (At least that’s the plan; check out our feature story.) But as you might expect, the most premium parts won’t be cheap. Alienware’s configurator page now shows that a fully kitted Area-51m — complete with a bona fide 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K desktop processor, Nvidia RTX 2080 mobile graphics, and a 144Hz screen — will cost $4,000 today. That’s too rich for me. How much will Alienware charge for an RTX 2080 or future GPU sold separately? Yes, one of the beauties of an easily upgradable laptop is that you can start out with a lower-end $2,549 config and add more potent parts later. But... Continue reading…