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Alienware m17 R4 (2021) Review Rundown

DellPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 77%
  • Powerful gaming performance with 360Hz refresh rate
  • Cherry MX keyboard
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
  • Nothing in particular


Alienware m17 R4 is the early-2021 iteration of the 17.3-inch Alienware gaming laptop. It adds RTX 30-series graphics but shares its chassis with the R3 model from 2020. Dell also improved its Cryo-Tech cooling solution. It is one of the first gaming laptops to feature a display with a 360Hz refresh rate.
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[*] 84%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
's faster than the Raider (7:24, Intel Core i7-10870H) and the 7:42 category average. During the File Transfer test, the m17 R4 duplicated 25GB of multimedia files for a transfer rate of 1,303.7 megabytes per second. While a gaming laptop will never run as cool as an ultraportable, the Cryo-Tech does help things from getting too hot.
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  • Gorgeous 16:10 display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent performance
  • Lackluster webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3


Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Alienware has updated its Cyro-Tech cooling solution. The laptop lasted only 2 hours and 5 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. During our File Transfer test, the m17 R4's dual SSDs wrangled a transfer rate of 711.4 megabytes per second.
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  • Gorgeous 360Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • No Thunderbolt 3


Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m17 R4 delivers tremendous graphics performance, but it's unable to dissipate system heat adequately. Significant screen flickering was seen during the stress test, which could be a sign of overheated components. Even for a powerful gaming laptop, battery life is extremely poor. The case has a stylish design that is enhanced by many RGB LEDs.
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  • High-quality case
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
  • High CPU and GPU temperatures
  • Display flickering
  • High operating temperatures


Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m17 R4 is an all-around improvement on its predecessor. The potent components and fast screen are power hogs, even with relatively forgiving test settings. Getting only a couple of hours off the charger makes the m17 a poor travel partner, though setting up a 17-inch laptop in a cafe or on a plane is a stretch.
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  • High-refresh-rate display
  • High-quality Cherry MX keyboard and Cherry MX touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
  • Battery life could be better
  • Unplugged runtime could be longer


Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Alienware 2020 R3 is the fastest gaming laptop on the market. It can play anything on the 1080p display, including tough single-player games and top eSports titles at 300fps and beyond. The Core i9 CPU is undoubtedly powerful, but Alienware will soon be selling its m15 with AMD processors. Battery life is poor, but this machine will stay rooted to a desk. It's loud and hot, but thermally it's no worse than other high-end machines.
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  • Incredible gaming performance
  • Great keyboard
  • Great trackpad
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Poor trackpad


Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m17 R4 is packed with an Intel Core i9-10980HK, 32GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 – it goes fast. This is an absolute powerhouse of a gaming laptop, pushing the silicon on offer to its absolute limit, which is probably why that fan gets so loud. You're definitely going to want to wear headphones when you're gaming here, because while benchmarking or playing games, this laptop can sound like a jet engine.
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  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Loud fans
  • Loud speakers


Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m17 R4 comes preloaded with a handful of useful first-party utilities. There's also a small amount of preloaded bloatware, including a trial of Microsoft Office. The 360 Hz screen is more than capable, but unless you're a competitive gamer, you can go with the default screen or, better yet, go for the 4K panel.
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  • Gorgeous design
  • Unique 360 Hz display
  • Strong cooling system
  • Short battery life
  • Poor webcam quality


Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Alienware m17 uses the Nvidia RTX 3080 laptop GPU. Processing power comes from Intel’s eight-core i9-10980HK. It has 32GB of memory and a 1TB RAID array built from two SSDs. An equivalent Razer Blade 17 Pro uses many of the same components, but it has a weaker Core i7-10875H processor.
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  • Gorgeous 360Hz screen
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Poor battery life
  • Poor speakers


1. ^ Alienware m17 R4 review. laptopmag. 2021-07-24 Retrieved 2021-08-02.
2. ^ Alienware m17 R4 review. laptopmag. 2021-01-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Alienware m17 R4 laptop review: Burning up into the atmosphere. notebookcheck. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
4. ^ Alienware m17 R4 Review. pcmag. 2021-05-21 Retrieved 2021-05-22.
5. ^ Alienware m17 R4 (2021) review. techadvisor. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
6. ^ Alienware m17 R4 (2021) review. techradar. 2021-01-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Alienware m17 R4 Gaming Laptop Review: Can’t Get Much Faster. tomshardware. 2021-02-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Alienware m17 R4 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
*. 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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