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Alienware m17 R3 Review Rundown

DellPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Fast performance for a 17.3-inch gaming laptop
  • Powerful GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU
  • Fast Turbo Boost clock rates
  • Good battery life
  • High power consumption when gaming
  • Thick bezels


Alienware m17 R3 is a premium gaming laptop aimed at hardcore enthusiasts. With many configuration options and the advanced features that gamers are looking for, this is one of the best 17-inch gaming laptops available.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The chassis remains nearly identical to the Alienware m17 R2. The new SD card reader offers very fast transfer rates similar to the XPS series. There are no extras in the box outside of the AC adapter and paperwork. The standard one-year limited warranty applies with many extension options.
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  • High-contrast 4K UHD panel
  • Very good battery life
  • Fast SD card reader
  • Very heavy for a 17.3-inch gaming laptop
  • No full-size SD reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3


Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m17 R3 is a uniquely styled gaming laptop with an extreme high-refresh screen. It's a pricey but top-quality package with plenty of power and options for hardcore players. The laptop is nicely designed, both physically and aesthetically, and highly configurable. Battery life is a definite weakness of this laptop.
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  • Powerful performance for a 17-inch laptop
  • Strong keyboard and touchpad
  • High-quality build quality
  • Poor battery life
  • Loud fans


Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m17 R3 is one of the most expensive UK-based models. You'll only have to spend more for an RTX 2080 Super, and prices rise to £3,649. Core i9-10980HK is superb – it'll handle content creation and tough multi-tasking easily. However, this chip and the 32GB of memory are actually overkill for gaming, and AMD's Ryzen 7 4800H is better for productivity.
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  • Superb gaming performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent speakers
  • Overkill for gaming
  • Average battery life


Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Alienware M17 R3 for 2020 looks near identical to the 2019 model. However, on closer inspection you'll find the soft-touch chassis finish has been superseded by a harder-wearing coating that Alienware says is more resistant to marks and stains. The keyboard also benefits from a longer 1.7mm travel, though the bed of the M17's keyboard isn't quite as firm as we would like.
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  • Great gaming performance
  • Improved cooling system
  • Great battery life
  • Dull screen
  • No Thunderbolt 3


Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m17 R3 has built-in Tobii eye tracking. Tobii touts a list of more than 150 games, including Hitman, Far Cry 5, Valkyrie Warzone and Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Even more impressive than the keyboard is the extra large touchpad, which measures 4.1 x 3.1 inches.
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  • Gorgeous design
  • Tobii eye tracking
  • Sleek design
  • Lackluster battery life


2. ^ Alienware m17 R3 Review. pcmag. 2020-11-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Alienware m17 R3 review. techadvisor. 2020-09-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Alienware M17 R3 (2020) review. techradar. 2020-09-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Alienware m17 R3 review. tomsguide. 2020-10-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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