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Alienware m17 P37E

Specifications

Alienware m17 P37E
Alienware m17 P37E (m17 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-8950HK 6 x 2.9 - 4.8 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q - 8 GB VRAM, Core: 1230 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, 419.67, Optimus
Memory
16 GB 
, DDR4-2666, 19-19-19-43, Dual-Channel
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 255 PPI, AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0, IPS, Dell P/N: 8CJK2, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake HM370
Storage
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG), 512 GB 
Soundcard
NVIDIA TU104 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 410 x 292.5 ( = 0.91 x 16.14 x 11.52 in)
Battery
90 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD
Primary Camera: 2.1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Alienware Comman Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.63 kg ( = 92.77 oz / 5.8 pounds), Power Supply: 924 g ( = 32.59 oz / 2.04 pounds)
Price
3300 USD

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 78.2% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 95%, features: 65%, display: 94% mobility: 60%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Alienware m17 P37E

87.4% Alienware m17 (i9-8950HK, RTX 2080 Max-Q, 4K UHD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
23 percent thinner, 37 percent smaller, and 40 percent lighter. The Alienware m17 addresses all the size and weight complaints of the original Alienware 17 series albeit at the cost of some auxiliary features like the backlit trackpad, per-key RGB lighting, additional ports.
80% Alienware m17 review: Alienware predictably delivers on style and substance
Source: T3 English Archive.org version
The Alienware m17 really impressed my with how lightweight and easy it was to carry around, while offering a generous 17.3" screen, and stellar performance – all for £2,349. The screen looks fantastic and you'll be able to run AAA titles at max settings without compromise. The only downside is the noise if the fans when they inevitably kick in and the too-hot-to-handle temperature, but as long as you have a pair of headphones and somewhere other than your lap to rest it, it's not too much of a problem. If size matters - even on the go - you can't go wrong with the Alienware m17 and it won't break the bank.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware m17 R2 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
Alienware put a whole lotta laptop into a relatively slim, lightweight package. The m17 comes out of the box swinging with an overclockable Intel Core i9 processor and an Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, which all but guarantees the system will be a powerhouse. Impressive battery life (for a gaming laptop) and a speedy SSD only sweeten the pot, while Alienware's new showstopping Legend design is an emphatic nod to the future. However, $3,579 for our test configuration can make even the most avid gamer pause. To get the most bang for your buck, we recommend opting for the $2,199 config, which gets you a 9th Gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a powerful RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. The $2,999 MSI GS75 Stealth is a slightly more affordable option that's lighter and slimmer than the m17 and has a more vivid display and similar specs. But if you want the very best power and performance, the Alienware m17 is the clear choice.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/12/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Dell Alienware M17 [Review] – Glorious Gaming Goliath
Source: Hitech Century English Archive.org version
While the Alienware M17 is relatively man-portable as gaming notebooks go, it alas doesn’t quite resolve the age-old conundrum of middling battery life as all that high-end hardware tends to drain juice fast. If you’re gaming away from the mains, you’ll average less than 3 hours of practical use before you need to find a power plug, making it more appropriate as a gaming desktop replacement.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 100% display: 100% mobility: 60% workmanship: 90%
Slimmer and faster Dell Alienware m15 and m17 gaming notebooks launched at Computex 2019
Source: Hitech Century English Archive.org version
Combined, all this makes the m15 and m17 exceptionally tempting gaming rigs indeed though prices will be predictably princely with both gaming notebooks started in on the ground floor with from USD1,500 and up. Stay tuned to Dell’s official website for more updates here.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 06/01/2019
Alienware m17 R2 (2019) initial review: An eye pleasing gaming notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English Archive.org version
The Alienware m17 R2 is a potential show stopped. A powerful, lightweight and easy-on-the-eye gaming laptop that packs a punch and does it with class and style you won't see much elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/29/2019
80% Alienware m17 review:
Source: CNet English Archive.org version
The Alienware m17 isn't the only laptop fueled by Nvidia's new RTX 20-series. If you're after serious gaming power, you have some options. At this point, there's no clear winner and the "best" laptop will depend on what features are of particular importance to you. With that said, the m17 is a safe bet: It's a powerhouse, its got an inoffensive look and it doesn't make any galling design sacrifices to cram all those premium components into a small(ish) body.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/26/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80%
60% Alienware m17
Source: PC Mag English Archive.org version
The Alienware m17 gets excellent performance from high-end parts, but with a merely okay build and power matched by less-expensive machines, the value proposition is questionable—especially at the lofty price of our review unit.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/03/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Alienware m17 (2019) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
But gamers looking to save some money can get the MSI GS75 Stealth for $1,000 less and still get a machine that's lighter, with a brighter display and faster SSD. However, you lose out on the high-powered CPU and 4K display. Ultimately, the Alienware m17 is a great choice for gamers who want serious power in a reasonably slim chassis.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/12/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Test du Alienware m17 : gaming et ultrafin ?
Source: CNet France French FR→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Big screen; powerful hardware; elegant design. Negative: Short battery life; overheats while using.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/28/2019
Обзор нового Alienware M17: инопланетянин, маскирующийся под игровой ноутбук
Source: DGL.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/01/2019
Dell Alienware m15 và m17 (2019) trình diện: hầm hố, mạnh mẽ, giá từ 1499 USD
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; slim size; light weight.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/29/2019

Comment

Model: The Alienware m17 P37E is a thin and powerful 17-inch Alienware laptop, built with magnesium alloy, exceptional battery life and CPU dynamic overclocking. The laptop is manufactured with strict build tolerances and high-end materials, which ensures optimal performance without ever sacrificing power. Built with high-end industrial materials like magnesium alloy, one of the lightest structural metals in the world, the Alienware m17 is meticulously designed for performance-driven user experience. Magnesium alloy on the chassis improves rigidity, whereas steel ensures tactile comfort and copper in the thermal module keeps graphics card and processor cool. Available in epic silver with a satin finish or nebula red with a soft-touch finish, users can choose which look best suits their style. The Alienware m17 is great for on-the-go gaming. It’s a thin 17-inch gaming laptop, measuring at only 23 mm and weighing at 2.63 kg (5.79 lbs). To give users a powerhouse performance, it’s packed with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and the latest Nvidia technologies like ray tracing, DLSS, and AI-enhanced graphics rendering. Engineered with up to 8th generation Intel Core i9k series processor for CPU overclocking performance and up to 32 GB of 2,666 Mhz DDR4 RAM, the Alienware m17 possesses powerful performance for uninterrupted gameplay and other activities. Users can also enjoy faster load times and a quieter system thanks to multiple storage options including PCIe M.2 SSDs and high-capacity hybrid HDDs with 8GB solid-state memory.

The m17 is designed for total immersion and maximum portability, with a larger 17.3 display to take gamers even deeper into the game. It can also be paired with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which supports the next generation Nvidia and AMD graphics cards and includes an additional 4-port USB 3.0 hub for added peripherals. With a dedicated PCI-Express X4 generation 3 with up to 40 Gbps throughput, users never have to worry about the disadvantages that come with a shared connection. As for cooling, the Alienware Cryo-Tech v2.0 optimizes component cooling to maximize overall performance and keep the laptop cool to the touch. In addition to extraordinary power, the m17 is engineered for amazing battery life with a 60 Wh battery and optional 90 Wh upgrade. Users can access a variety of port options with the Thunderbolt 3 port. Its features include a USB 3.1 port, offering 10 Gbps of data transfer, a Thunderbolt connection capable of 40 Gbps, or a DisplayPort v1.2 output enabling various monitors supporting the Display Port protocol. As a conclusion, the Alienware m17 P37E is a powerful gaming laptop that is capable of bringing a competitive edge to every game. It is great for on-the-go gaming with its thin build and light weight but still features a huge 17-inch display.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: High-End laptop graphics card based on the TU104 chip with 2,944 shaders and 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM. Runs at reduced clock speeds compared to a laptop RTX 2080 to achieve a much lower power consumption.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


i9-8950HK: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.9- 4.8 GHz (4.3 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). Offers an unlocked multiplier that allows overclocking of the CPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.63 kg:

With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.


Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. The European headquarters is located in Ireland. Alienware has been part of the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops, which are developed and manufactured by Dell. The trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an Alien as the logo. Additionally, workstations for private and business customers are sold.

As with every brand, there are also some points of criticism with Alienware. Some customers have complained about the high prices of the products, while others have criticized the quality of customer services. There have also been some reports of problems with the reliability and durability of some Alienware products. However, many customers have also had positive experiences with the brand and appreciate the powerful gaming computers.


78.2%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2019-04-26 (Update: 2019-04-26)