Launched in CES, the 17-inch beauty from Alienware is efficient to deliver results for both gamers and creative creators. The Alienware M17 is powerful and slim, Proudly holds the crown as the thinnest and lightest gaming laptop till the date with a weight of 2.6kg and thickness of 23mm Only. But you cannot guess its efficiency without checking its fully loaded specs sheet and expert review on several aspects of a gaming laptop.
The Alienware M17 holds same design as in its predecessor Alienware M15 but this time several more things are added like Nvidia’s latest RTX graphics cards (made available for laptops in January) will do a great job as they are efficient to perfectly trace the light path to generate an image. The Alienware M17 holds the power of Intel Core i9 K-series processor which looks impressive.
But does all these things resulted in a good gaming machine? Or it has some issues? looking forward to finding an answer to these questions then you are at right place. As I am providing you with an In-depth review of latest Alienware M17 by personally using the machine and comparing it with other available gaming laptops. So, without wasting any more time let’s get started.
Talking about design it looks like an alien spaceship along with RGB Alienware logo and magnesium alloy construction on the lid. The screen is surrounded by thick plastic bezel which is sad. The keyboard has led lights with four customizable lightning pattern and a special power button that looks same as RGB Alienware logo.
Another thing which makes it comfortable is a layer of soft rubber-like material on all over the deck. Moving towards sides it contains ports on all three sides, from left there is a headphone jack, Ethernet and USB 3.0 port. On the back, it has power jack, Thunderbolt 3 HDMI port, Mini display port, Alienware Graphic Amplifier port it holds another USB 3.0 port on right.
- Display – 17.3-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, 60Hz IPS
- CPU – Intel Core i9-8950HK
- Graphics – Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6)
- Memory – 32 GB DDR4-2666MHz
- SSD – 2x 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
- Networking – Killer 1550 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Ethernet jack
- Video Connects – HDMI, Mini DisplayPort
- USB – 3x USB 3.0 Type-A, Thunderbolt 3
- Audio – 2.0 Speaker configuration with subwoofer, Headphone/mic jack
- Camera – FHD Camera
- Battery – 60 Whr standard
- Power Adaptor – 240W
- Operating System – Windows 10
- Dimension – 16.1 x 11.5 x 0.9 inches (410 x 292.5 x 23 mm)
- Weight – 6.2 pounds (2.8kg)
- Price – $3,849.99 / £3,549.00
- Graphics and VR
As you are already aware that Alienware M17 is empowered with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU and consumes 8GB of RAM. I Myself played PUBG at ultra and high settings ran between 45 to 60 frame per second which shows it can tackle most games without any issue.
The 17.3-inch, 4k IPS display which is colourful and bright. As I watched Game of Thrones the colours like old silver of royal war armour, velvet red lips of princess and orange glow of sunset. all looked beautiful, sharp and crisp and shows that 4k panel is vivid and glows brighter.
Keypad and Deck
The Alienware experimented on the keyboard as M17 features chicklet keys with space of 1.1mm only. The keys are not deeper but give feel while pressing that makes it give a try. The touchpad is 4.1*2.5 inch big and provides a smooth and accurate response rate. The entire deck is coated by a layer of soft comfortable rubber-like layer which feels great. It supports gesture control and responds well on it too.
As most of you guys know that gaming laptops don’t hold amazing battery life, same goes with Alienware M17 it lasts just 2 hours and 50 minutes during my test. During the test, I was continuously browsing the internet, watching videos, playing games all these on full brightness. Which is not a great battery back up but you can say its satisfactory.
Alienware M17 features an FD camera on top of the display which is just okay. You can use it for video chats only nothing more than that. As the recording is not that much clear but is detailed enough to identify the person, background or colour.
Software and Guarantee
The software is split and known as Alienware Command Centre and Alienware Mobile Connect. The Command Centre is responsible for setting controls, library, led lightings and other controls, On the other hand, Mobile Connect enables your phone to connect to laptop and do texting, App works and other Android-based functions on it. As every other device Windows 10 come’s with extra junk like Netflix, PicsArt, Fitbit Coach, etc.
The Alienware M17 doesn’t hold any guarantee but a 1-year warranty Only.
The Alienware M17 is a strong performer with a lovely display but it gets hot and very loud. I hope you like the information shared here if yes kindly refer it with your friends and family members. I would love to hear your lovely and valuable suggestions so, rush towards the comment box below and fill it with all of your love and support.