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Dell Alienware m17 R2 17.3" Gaming Laptop

MSRP 1400 USDNEX score 78%

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Product Overview

Dell Alienware m17 R2 is a high-end gaming laptop powered by up to 9th-gen Intel Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU in a sleek magnesium alloy chassis, which now adopts Alienware's new Legend industrial design.
The thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop on the market at its launch, the m17 R2 weighs under 6lbs; nevertheless, it offers 1.7mm key travel from its newly-engineered keyboard backlit by AlienFX per-key RGB lighting.
With Alienware's unique Graphics Amplifier interface, the m17 R2 can be boosted by an eGPU via dedicated PCIe bandwidth.
Alongside the Alienware m17 R2, Dell also introduced the m15 R2 at Computex 2019.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Slim, lightweight chassis
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Fans pulse more frequently than on older Alienware laptops

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Solid keyboard
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Powerful performance
Cons
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No dedicated mouse buttons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No subwoofer for deeper bass
  • Loud fans
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
144Hz
60Hz

Connectivity

Ports
3x USB 3.1 Gen1 + 1x Thunderbolt 3 + 1x Alienware Graphics Amplifier + 1x RJ45 (Gigabit or 2.5Gbps) + 1x HDMI 2.0b + 1x Mini-DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x Audio out + 1x Headset
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
76 Wh
Camera | Front
Alienware FHD (1920x1080 resolution) camera with
Colors
Lunar Light or Dark Side of the Moon
Material
Magnesium alloy
Microphone
Dual array integrated microphones
Speakers
2.0 speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
295.5 mm / 11.63 inch
Size | Height
20.5 mm / 0.807 inch
Size | Width
399.8 mm / 15.74 inch
Weight
2.63 kg / 5.80 lbs

Display

Display Diagonal
17.3 inch
Refresh Rate
60 Hz or 144Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)
60HzResponse Time
25 ms
144HzResponse Time
9 ms

Function

Chipset
Mobile Intel HM370 Chipset
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5, GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6, RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6, or RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6
Keyboard Backlight
Keyboard with per key RGB LED AlienFX lighting
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
9th-gen Intel Core i5-9300H, i7-9750H, i9-9880H, or i9-9880HK

Performance

Key Travel
1.7 mm
Memory | Capacity
8 or 16 GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 2666MHz
Power Supply
130, 180, or 240 W
Storage
2x PCIe M.2 up to 4TB

Production

Debut
2019 Computex

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Alienware's Cryo-Tech 3.0 technology boasts bigger, more powerful fans. Tobii can function as a mouse of sorts, with the ability to launch apps or appear wherever you look. Command Center aggregates your games and allows you to create macros and overclock your system.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful performance
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Loud fans
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Alienware m17 R2 is much more sensitive to power settings when compared to most other laptops. It's important to become familiar with Alienware Command Center as fan noise is intimately tied to Dell's pre-installed software. The integrated mouse keys are shallow in travel with moderate feedback when pressed.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No subwoofer for deeper bass
  • No dedicated mouse buttons

tomsguide[3]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Alienware m17 features an Intel Core i9-9980HK mobile processor and an RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. The display reproduces 72% of the sRGB color gamut, which isn't bad for a 144Hz display. But for creatives, this might not cut it for photo and video editing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, slim design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Solid keyboard
Cons
  • Mediocre speakers

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Alienware m17 R2 Review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/alienware-m17-r2-review. 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Dell Alienware m17 R2 Laptop Review: Making Core i9 Worthwhile. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Alienware-m17-R2-Laptop-Review-Making-Core-i9-Worthwhile.454427.0.html. 2020-02-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Alienware m17 R2 Review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/alienware-m17. 2019-10-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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