This gaming laptop doesn’t come cheap, but it does come with all the power and performance for those who can afford it. If you want a laptop that is fairly lightweight and thin, yet doesn’t compromise power, then the Alienware m17 is definitely a good option. It’s available with a stunning 4K display and an Intel Core i9 processor with overclocking capabilities.
There is excellent audio quality as well, thanks to bottom-mounted speakers and an “Audio Recon” feature, which shows a visual overlay to your game to give you an idea of the surrounding noise in relation to your current position in the game. This is a very useful feature to have – especially for first-person shooters, or any game where other players try to be sneaky.
There are also different audio pre-sets offered by Dell: Movie, Com, Strategy, Music, Shooter, RPG, Racing, and “Alienware”. The Alienware Command Center is revamped and offers even more options.
As it is constructed out of high-end industrial materials such as magnesium alloy – a notoriously light metal – the m17 is meticulously designed for a portable, yet performance-driven user experience. Not only is it light, magnesium alloy helps to improve rigidity. There is also copper in the thermal module to ensure that the processor and graphics are kept cool. Cyro-Tech v.20 thermal technology is part of the cooling system. This allows you to over-clock the CPU without anything getting hot.
Color Options of the Alienware m17
The color options of the Alienware m17 include Nebula Red or Epic Silver, whichever would best suit your personal style (keep in mind that color options may vary depending on the region). The display is 17.3-inch FHD / 60-Hz / 300-nits / IPS technology / 1920 x 1080 resolution, with 72% color gamut. The graphics card you get depends on the configuration, ranging from NIDIA GeForce GTX (1060 Ti) all the way up to GeForce RTX (2070) 8GB with Max-Q design.
Get an 8th Gen. Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 4-core or 6-core, from 4.0-GHz to 4.1-GHz with Turbo Boost, with an 8MB cache or 9MB cache. Get either a 1TB + 8GB SSHD hybrid drive by itself or combined with 256GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive. The machine comes with an excellent keyboard (AlienFX mSeries) featuring alphanumeric keys.
In addition to all of this power, the Dell Alienware m17 is equipped for an excellent battery life with either a 60Whr battery or optional upgrade to 90-Whr. For memory, expect 2x8GB for a total of 16GB DDR4 / 2666-MHz.
No matter what kinds of games you’re into, from first-person shooters to fantasy RPGs or MMOs, you can get the best performance with a machine such as the Alienware m17.