Dell is going all out with their thin and light Alienware offerings. The two laptops dubbed Alienware m15 and m17 are based on Dell’s “Epic” design language. With structural components made up of magnesium alloy and copper. The Alienware m15 isn’t something new, more of a refresh with the inclusion of an RTX graphics card. The Alienware 17, on the other hand, is a pretty impressive laptop, basically a larger m15, but it is pretty fresh.
The Alienware m17 is a 17-inch laptop that weighs just 6 pounds or 2.7kgs. They do claim it to be the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop, but that statement isn’t really accurate anymore. The laptop has a thickness of just 0.91inch while manages to fit in a 90Wh battery, i9 8950HK and RTX 2080 Max Q GPU. You get to choose from a 1440p panel at 120Hz, a UHD 60Hz one, and an FHD@60Hz, probably exclusive to the RTX 2060.
You get to choose from three different GPUs, the best one being Nvidia’s RTX 2080. The other GPU options are RTX 2060 or the RTX 2070 Max Q. There are two RAM slots that can be configured to a maximum of 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory. The feature list includes an FHD webcam with dual array microphones, Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and stereo speakers. You get two storage drives which include an M.2 NVMe SSD.
The FHD panel here delivers up to 300 nits of brightness with 72% of the sRGB color coverage. The UHD panel can do 400 nits with a 100% sRGB colors covered. The laptop gets RGB lighting across six zones. For cooling, it gets Alienware’s brand new CryoTech 2.0. Color options include Epic Silver and Nebula Red. The laptop will be available from January 21st with prices starting at $1,650.
The new Alienware m15 is just a refresh over its older model. New graphics card, cooling technology, and a claimed 17-hour battery life are the new upgrades on the newbie. This laptop is configurable with either an RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q or an RTX 2080 Max-Q. Processor choices include a Core i5-8300H, a Core i7-8750H or the Core i9-8950HK. Pricing starts at $1,580 while the availability is scheduled to start from January 21st, same as the Alienware m17.