Notebookcheck

Just arrived: Alienware m17 in review

Just arrived: Alienware m17 in review
Just arrived: Alienware m17 in review
Dell's full-frontal refresh of its popular Alienware 17 series is significantly leaner and more portable. It does, however, sacrifice some features along the way that Alienware purists may miss. We list the major changes here based on our hands-on review of the newer model.

The 17.3-inch Alienware m17 is a spin-off of the Alienware 17 with the looks and design of the 15.6-inch Alienware m15. The end result is an "Alienware 17 Lite" as the m17 has omitted some hardware features in order to offer such a small form factor.

Our table below summarizes the main differences between the new Alienware m17 and last year's Alienware 17 R5. In particular, the m17 drops several features including a third storage bay, column of macro keys, per-key RGB lighting, subwoofer, and second USB Type-C port. Even the battery is smaller by 10 percent or more depending on the configuration.

Two other major changes are on the keyboard and inner skeleton. The m17 uses a more standard chiclet layout as opposed to the beleved layout of the original and it lacks the inner skeleton reinforcement as shown by our comparison screenshots below. Gamers who may not like the keyboards of most Ultrabooks may find the chiclet layout to be a downgrade.

Expect our full review on the Alienware m17 in the coming week. In the meantime, catch a preview of our results below.

Alienware m17Alienware 17
Touchpad10.5 x 6.5 cm, integrated mouse keys, no backlight10 x 5.5 cm, individual mouse keys, backlit
TobiiNoYes
Storage Bays2x M.2 2280 or 2x M.2 2280 + 1x 2.5-inch SATA III2x M.2 2280 + 1x 2.5-inch SATA III
Speakers2.0 (Stereo)2.1 (Stereo + subwoofer)
KeyboardChiclet, quad-zone RGB backlighting, no Macro keysBeveled, per-key RGB backlighting, Macro keys
Ports3x USB Type-A, mDP 1.3, HDMI 2.0, Graphics Amplifier, Gigabit RJ-45, 3.5 mm combo audio, Thunderbolt 3, Noble Lock2x USB Type-A, mDP 1.2, HDMI 2.0, Graphics Amplifier, Gigabit RJ-45, 2x 3.5 mm audio, Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C, Noble Lock
Battery60 Wh or 90 Wh99 Wh
Dimensions23 x 410 x 292.530 x 424 x 332
Weight2.63 kg4.42 kg

Working For Notebookcheck

Are you a techie who knows how to write? Then join our Team! Especially English native speakers welcome!

Currently wanted: 
News and Editorial Editor - Details here

Size Comparison

424 mm / 16.7 inch 332 mm / 13.1 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 4.4 kg9.74 lbs410 mm / 16.1 inch 292.5 mm / 11.5 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.6 kg5.8 lbs
01020304050607080901001101201301401501601701801902002102202302402502602702802903003103203303403503603703803904004104204304404504604704804905005105205305405505605705805906006106206306406506606706806907007107207307407507607707807908008108208308408508608708808909009109209309409509609709809901000101010201030104010501060107010801090110011101120113011401150116011701180119012001210122012301240Tooltip
Alienware m17 P37E Intel Core i9-8950HK, Intel Core i9-8950HK: Ø1206 (1178.9-1238.2)
Alienware 17 R5 Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø922 (893.28-993)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware m17 P37E
Intel Core i9-8950HK
191 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H
170 Points ∼89%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Alienware m17 P37E
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1238 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H
993 Points ∼80%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
7325 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
6980 Points ∼95%
Productivity
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
7599 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
7410 Points ∼98%
Essentials
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
8711 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8462 Points ∼97%
Score
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
5632 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
5443 Points ∼97%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4765 Points ∼100%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3812 Points ∼100%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Alienware m17 P37E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
7446 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
5689 Points ∼76%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Alienware m17 P37E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
20323 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17792 Points ∼88%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Alienware m17 P37E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
28083 Points ∼100%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
23414 Points ∼83%
Alienware m17 P37E
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0, IPS, 3840x2160
Alienware 17 R5
JYWWF_B173QTN (AUO1496), TN, 2560x1440
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35.6 (19.6, 16)
20.8 (11.6, 9.2)
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
6 (4, 2)
PWM Frequency
Screen
Brightness middle
357.9
398
Brightness
347
367
Brightness Distribution
94
86
Black Level *
0.33
0.51
Contrast
1085
780
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.57
5.45
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.86
10.36
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
6.74
2.56
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.3
5.4
Gamma
2.6 85%
2.4 92%
CCT
6403 102%
7453 87%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88.4
56
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
86
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Alienware m17 P37E
8950HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 90 Wh
Alienware 17 R5
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 99 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
543
268
WiFi v1.3
296
218
Load
49
64
Alienware m17 P37E
8950HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Alienware 17 R5
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
21.2
28
Idle Average *
29.6
32
Idle Maximum *
34
37
Load Average *
130.9
112
Load Maximum *
219.7
231
Witcher 3 ultra *
177.5
192

* ... smaller is better

Alienware m17
Alienware m17
Alienware 17
Alienware 17
Alienware m17 when running Witcher 3
Alienware m17 when running Witcher 3
Alienware 17 when running Witcher 3
Alienware 17 when running Witcher 3
Alienware m17
Alienware m17
Alienware 17
Alienware 17
Alienware m17
Alienware m17
Alienware 17
Alienware 17
Alienware m17
Alienware m17
Alienware 17
Alienware 17

Source(s)

Own

Read all 3 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2019 04 > Just arrived: Alienware m17 in review
Allen Ngo, 2019-04-13 (Update: 2019-04-13)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.