Having launched Alienware m15 ultra-thin gaming laptops last year and updated them this week, Dell is rolling out more notebooks for gamers concerned about compact dimensions. The new Alienware m17 machines feature a 17.3-inch display and pack six-core processors paired with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs into a chassis that is up to 0.91 inch (23 mm) thick.

It goes without saying that the key feature of Alienware’s m17 laptop is its 17.3-inch display with a 1920×1080, 2560×1440, or 3840×2160 resolution. The Full-HD and Ultra-HD IPS panels feature a 60 Hz refresh rate, whereas the QHD TN panel features a 120 Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, the higher-end 4K and QHD screens boast with 400 nits brightness, whereas the entry-level LCD is only rated for 300 nits brightness.

As far as internal hardware is concerned, the Alienware m17 notebook will use exactly the same components and configurations as the updated Alienware m15 introduced earlier this week. So, the the machine is powered by Intel’s latest mobile processor – including its six-core Core i9-8950HK CPUs – that are paired with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or 2080 Max-Q GPUs. Various Alienware m17 configs will feature from 8 to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and from 256 GB to 2 TB of PCIe/NVMe storage (see exact specs in the table below).

One important thing to note is that since the Alienware m17 notebook is bigger than the Alienware m15, it can be equipped with a larger and better cooling system. The latter enables the laptops to work at Turbo frequencies longer and thus provide higher performance in games.

When it comes to connectivity, the Alienware m17 copies its smaller brother too. The notebook has 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth (from Qualcomm or Rivet Networks), a Killer E2500-enabled GbE port, one Thunderbolt 3 header, three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, two display outputs (mini DisplayPort 1.3, HDMI 2.0), a 3.5-mm TRRS audio jack, and an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port for proprietary external graphics solutions. Besides, the Alienware m17 laptop features an RGB-backlit keyboard with a numpad, a 1080p webcam, stereo speakers, and a microphone array.

Just like the Alienware m15, the 17.3-inch notebook comes in Epic Silver or Nebula Red chassis that are from 18.5 to 23 mm thick (0.727 – 0.91 inches) thick. As for the weight, the Alienware m17 weighs 2.63 kilograms (5.79 pounds) when equipped with a 60 Wh battery or more when outfitted with a 90 Wh battery in a build-to-order configuration.

Sales of the Alienware m17 are set to begin on January 29, 2019. The price of the laptops will start at $1,650.

General Specifications of Dell's Alienware m17
  Alienware m17
1080p 60 Hz
Alienware m17
1440p 120 Hz
Alienware m17
Display Type  IPS TN IPS
Resolution 1920×1080 2560×1440 3840×2160
Brightness 300 cd/m² 400 cd/m²
Color Gamut 72% NTSC (?) ~100% sRGB
Refresh Rate 60 Hz 120 Hz 60 Hz
CPU Intel Core i5-8300H - 4C/8T, 2.3 - 4 GHz, 8 MB cache, 45 W
Intel Core i7-8750H - 6C/12T, 2.2 - 4.1 GHz, 9 MB cache, 45 W
Intel Core i9-8950HK - 6C/12T, 2.9 - 4.5 GHz, 12 MB cache, 45 W
Graphics Integrated UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
Discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q with 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q with 8 GB GDDR6
RAM 8 GB single-channel DDR4-2667
16 GB dual-channel DDR4-2667
32 GB dual-channel DDR4-2667
Storage Single Drive 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
1 TB HDD with 8 GB NAND cache
Dual Drive 128 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
118 GB Intel Optane SSD + 1 TB (+8 GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Default Qualcomm QCA6174A 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
Optional Killer Wireless 1550 2x2 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0
Thunderbolt 1 × USB Type-C TB3 port
USB 3 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.3
1 × HDMI 2.0
GbE Killer E2500 GbE controller
Webcam 1080p webcam
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, trackpad, Alienware Graphics Amplifier port, etc.
Battery Default 60 Wh
Optional 90 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 18.5 mm | 0.727 inch ~ 23 mm | 0.91 inch
Width 410 mm | 16.1 inch
Depth 292.5 mm | 11.52 inch
Weight (average) 2.63 kilograms | 5.79 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro

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  • wr3zzz - Friday, January 11, 2019 - link

    Ultrabook by definition needs to be "thin and light" otherwise it's just a regular notebook. The concept is mutually exclusive with the demands of gaming notebook. I don't think there is any technical limitation for others to make something like the LG Gram 17 but historically big firms don't see big enough market for thin and light 17" form factor to invest the resources into 17" ultrabooks.

    Personally I would like one as well. A 17" ultrabook would be quieter and more practical than 15" because of easier cooling and more space for ports. I think ultrabooks should be either 13/14" fanless or 17" with all the ports.
  • Spunjji - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    I wouldn't place too much faith in how the cooling system looks. So far its stablemate the m15 tests surprisingly well when it comes to cooling, beating out the Razer Blade and even its own thicker Alienware cousin. If it's similar to that and just larger, it ought to cope very well indeed.

    Max-Q is binning + reduced clock speeds + reduced voltage. The relationship between clock speed, voltage and power is non-linear so (to a point) fairly moderate drops in clocks and voltages can produce a disproportionately large drop in TDP.

    The problem is that in practice both Nvidia and OEMs use it as an excuse to price-gouge because these are "premium" products, and yeah, Nvidia's explanation of what they're actually doing is sorely lacking.
  • OP20 - Saturday, January 12, 2019 - link

    Very ugly. Why cant they mature and put these specs in the design language of the xps 15. Lots of other people also feel this way but no one is making a gaming laptop for us.
  • timecop1818 - Saturday, January 12, 2019 - link

    Hey Dell is QCOM sucking your dick to include their garbage Ethernet and gaming WiFi garbage? What was wrong with Intel gbe and WiFi?

    plz stop supporting this snakeoil killer shit, I'll never buy another Dell until this stuff is removed
  • Opencg - Sunday, January 13, 2019 - link

    Well you probably are just one of those idiots who assigns an ego to a brand and then goes with it. While killer has bad bad cards for sure, intel has some shit cards and major issues as well. In fact when I last did research and bought many wifi cards to get the best one it turned out to be killer. Best signal. Most consistent. Virtually the same via latency mon. Installed without killer driver suite. No issues. As well this is not only my opinion. At an in depth look on a forum the consensus was that the killer card was best due to signal.
  • Spunjji - Monday, January 14, 2019 - link

    This has been confirmed objectively via various review sites, too. Some people just want to talk shit.
  • FXi - Sunday, January 13, 2019 - link

    I like it as having a bit more cooling power, bit more screen real estate and not much more weight and size than the M15. I think the design works and brings the AW line closer to the popular designs of the XPS series. I agree cooling suffers but they've made a lot of ground up by going dimensionally deeper. I'd bet if people looked at the real internal surface area of the coolers they'd find it's not as different from the older thicker series as you'd think. They were taller but the fins were shorter in depth. And when we go to 10nm you may not even note the thinner design as much of an issue anymore. Look at all the 2in1's toting 2-4Ghz quad cores.
    What would really do this some good would be a 17" OLED panel to match with the 15.6 going in the M15. OLED has issues but the benefits in pixel response (better than a blinking backlight) to reduce blurring, along with greatly improved visuals and HDR that no longer needs a 500W backlight driven through LCD, would highly offset the negatives. Of course you'd need Samsung to supply such an OLED panel (LG hasn't been interested yet). If I had OLED and a 9th gen CPU, along with a 2070 or 80, it'd be on my ordering list. For now this is a good design step and little visual cues that people do and do not like can be addressed. Cooling will be better than the M15. I think many end users will be pleased. And it weighs half of what 17" gaming laptops did a short number of years ago.
  • Altagon - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - link

    Nice workstation, I am concern about a price tag ...

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