Gaming laptops have been on the rise for quite some time now. They offer a beast of a machine with a unique design to go with it. And the one brand that’s associated with high-end gaming laptops is Alienware. Alienware Area-51m R1 and m17 R2 currently top the wishlist of most gamers. However, I think it is time to upgrade that list. That’s because the company has recently launched the new Alienware m15 R3, Alienware m17 R3, and Alienware Area-51m R2 laptops. That’s pretty much their entire portable gaming lineup. And they all come with some necessary upgrades.
Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R3 Overview
Both Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R3 have received some anticipated upgrades this year. They now come with the latest 10th Gen Intel processor and Nvidia graphics. For the most part, both the laptops are quite identical, barring the display size and a Max-Q design GPU in the m15 R3. Let’s dive deeper into what other major changes are there in this year’s Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R2.
Design and Display
There’s not much change in terms of the design between these laptops and their predecessors. As per the trend, they have very narrow bezels and the overall design looks really smooth. Moreover, there’s an aluminum chassis that should make the laptops sturdy.
m15 R3 Display
As for the display, buyers can choose from an FHD panel and move all the way up to the 4K UHD one. Firstly, talking about the Alienware m15 R3, it offers a 15.6-inch screen with an FHD panel as the starting option. It has a refresh rate of 144Hz, a peak brightness of 300 nits, 7ms response time, and 72% NTSC color gamut. Another option is that you can get the same configuration with the added Nvidia G-Sync support. And the third option and the best 1080p option boasts a huge 300Hz refresh rate, 100% of the sRGB color gamut, and 3ms response time.
m17 R3 Display
Moving on, with the Alienware m17 R3 too, you get similar options. Except here the screen size is 17.3-inch. Oh, and its base display panel has a response time of 9ms rather than the 7ms of the m15. Finally, there’s a top-end 4K option that both the laptops offer. The m15’s top-end variant, has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, refresh rate of 60Hz, 400 nits peak brightness, 1ms response time, 100% of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut and the Tobii Eye-tracking technology.
Similarly, with the m17, you get the same resolution and refresh rate. However, it sports a brighter peak brightness at 500 nits, covers the 100% Adobe RGB color gamut, and has a response time of 25ms. These higher-end 4K UHD models might be especially useful for those who want to use their gaming rig for content creation.
Processor & Memory
As mentioned above, both Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R3 are practically the same when it comes to the specs. Both of them are available with three CPU configurations. The options are quad-core Intel i5-10300H, hexa-core Intel i7-10750H, and octa-core Intel i9-10980HK processors. And the memory options range from 8GB to 32GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM. However, if you plan on getting a gaming laptop in this price range, I would suggest you consider the 16GB and the 32GB options rather than the base variant.
Storage options range from a 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD to a 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD. However, there’s a RAID0 config that allows up to 4TB storage and a RAID0 Plus config that offers 4.5TB storage.
Let’s now come to the graphics side of the things. It covers the standard range of the Nvidia graphics. In the options, you can choose the Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti. Or else move upwards toward the 1660 Ti, RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2070 Super, RTX 2080. And finally, at the very top, you get the RTX 2080 Super. However, with the m15, you get the RTX 2080 Super with the Max-Q design whereas the m17 features the max performance one. Thus, you’ll get a more powerful performance with the top-end m17 rather than the m15. Here too I would suggest you not suffice yourself with the 1650 Ti GPU especially considering the price range.
Interestingly, the Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R3 also come with an AMD GPU option. Sadly, the only AMD option you get is the Radeon RX 5500M graphics. That’s probably going to slot somewhere between the 1650 Ti and the 1660 Ti.
Keyboard & Battery Life
There’s a slight difference between the keyboards of the m15 and the m17. With the m17 you get a keyboard with a Numpad while the m15 lacks it. However, the options for both the laptops are the same. You can get one with a 4-zone RGB lighting and 1.44mm key travel and the other one with per-key lighting and 1.7mm key travel.
For the most part, the company has stayed mum about the battery life of these devices. Still, we do know that there’s a 56 Whr option and an 86 Whr option. However, there’s no claim about battery life. Now, we know that the one with the 86Whr battery is going to be relatively bulkier than the other. And considering the fact that a gaming laptop, for the most part, will be used while plugged in, you’d probably want to go for the 56Whr one.
The other major concern for most gamers is how the laptop handles cooling. A gaming laptop is bound to heat up. And to address that, Alienware has equipped these laptops with the Cryo-Tech custom cooling solution. It consists of copper heat pipes, vapor chambers, and a dedicated 66 blade fan system. Furthermore, power consumption has been improved to maximize efficiency.
Finally, talking about the speakers, the laptops are equipped with two-way stereo speakers for immersive sound quality. And the claim is that this design offers 2.5 times better bass and 2 times the treble than their predecessors.
|Alienware m15 R3||Alienware m17 R3|
OLED 60Hz, 1ms, 300 nits, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut with Tobii Eye-tracking
OLED 4K 60Hz, 25ms, 500 nits, 100% Adobe RGB color gamut with Tobii Eye-tracking
|Processor||10th Generation Intel Core:
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX:
1650Ti 4GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX:
2060 6GB GDDR6
Radeon RX 5500M 4GB GDDR6
|Memory||8GB DDR4 2666MHz
16GB DDR4 2666MHz32GB DDR4 2666MHz
256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512GB RAID0 (2x 256GB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
1TB RAID0 (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSDs) + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
|Webcam||Alienware HD (1280 x 720 pixels) with dual array mics|
|LAN||Killer Ethernet E3000
|Wireless||Killer Wi-Fi6 AX1650i 802.11ax 2×2 Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||1 x Power/DC-in, 1 x RJ-45, 2 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 with PowerShare, 1 x Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C with support for Display Port 1.2, 1 x Alienware Graphic Amplifier, 1 x HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 Output, 1 x Audio Out 1/8”, 1 x microSD 5.1|
|Audio||2-Way (Woofer/Tweeter) Stereo Speaker Design|
|Weight||2.11 kg (Lowest)
2.5 kg (Max)
|2.5 kg (Lowest)
2.97 kg (Max)
Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R3 Price and Availability
Both the Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R3 will be available from May 21 from the company’s official website. The price for the entry-level m15 R3 is $1500. Similarly, the price of the entry-level m17 R3 is $1550.
|Alienware Model Name||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|m15 R3 (entry-level)||NRs. 2,00,000|
|m17 R3 (entry-level)||NRs. 2,20,000|