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What you need to know

  • Dell announced the Alienware m15 and Alienware m17 gaming laptops.
  • The laptops come with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and either AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics.
  • The Alienware m15 starts at $1,500 and the Alienware m17 starts at $1,550.
  • Both laptops are set to launch on May 21, 2020.

Dell announced a pair of Alienware laptops alongside several other pieces of hardware today. The Alienware m15 and Alienware m17 are gaming laptops with options for high-end and powerful gaming specs. Both laptops are available with up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processors and have options for either AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics. The Alienware m15 starts at $1,500 and the Alienware m17 starts at $1,550.

The Alienware m15 and Alienware m17 share many specs, including their processor options, storage options, and set of ports. Each is available with an 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H, 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H, or a 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980H processor. They each have a microSD card reader, a Thunderbolt 3 port capable of fast charging, and several other ports for connectivity.

One notable difference between the Alienware m15 and Alienware m17 is the highest graphics option available. The Alienware m15's highest option is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q while the Alienware m17 has an option for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-P. The Max-Q has a lower power limit than the Max-P, though both cards are powerful.

While the laptops have different display sizes, the options for the displays are similar. Each laptop has an option for an FHD display without G-Sync, an FHD display with G-Sync, an FHD display with 100 percent sRGB color gamut, and a UHD display. Notably, the Alienware m15's UHD display is OLED while Dell doesn't list the Alienware m17's UHD display as OLED. The Alienware m15 also has slightly faster refresh rates on some of the FHD models.

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CategoryAlienware m15
Operating systemWidows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Display15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080), 144Hz, 7ms, 300-nits
15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) with G-Sync, 144Hz, 7ms, 300-nits
15.6-inch with 100 percent sRGB, 300Hz, 3ms, 300-nits
15.6-inch OLED UHD (3840 x 2160), 60Hz, 1ms, 400-nits
Processor10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H
10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H
10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980H
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
Memory8GB DDR4 2666MHz
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
32GB DDR4 2666MHz
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD single storage
Up to 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
Up to 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 Plus
Battery56WHr
86WHr
PortsPower/DC-in
RJ-45 Killer Ethernet E3000 10/100/1000Mbps/2.5Gbps
2x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1
1x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 with Powershare technology
1x Thunderbolt 3 Port
1x Alienware Graphics Amplifier
HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 Output
Mini-Display Port 1.4 (certified) Output
Audio Out 1/8"
microSD 5.1 UHS-II HD312 Card Reader
WirelessKiller Ethernet E3000 10/100/1000Mbps/2.5Gbps NIC
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 802.11ax 2x2 Wireless LAN
Bluetooth 5.0
Camera720p

The Alienware m17 has mostly identical options and specs, but there are a few key differences, such as the maximum graphics option and display options.

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CategoryAlienware m15
Operating systemWidows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Display17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080), 144Hz, 9ms, 300-nits
17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) with G-Sync, 144Hz, 9ms, 300-nits
17.3-inch with 100 percent sRGB, 300Hz, 3ms, 300-nits
17.3-inch UHD (3840 x 2160), 60Hz, 25ms, 500-nits
Processor10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H
10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H
10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980H
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-P
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
Memory8GB DDR4 2666MHz
16GB DDR4 2666MHz
32GB DDR4 2666MHz
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD single storage
Up to 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0
Up to 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 Plus
Battery56WHr
86WHr
PortsPower/DC-in
RJ-45 Killer Ethernet E3000 10/100/1000Mbps/2.5Gbps
2x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1
1x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 with Powershare technology
1x Thunderbolt 3 Port
1x Alienware Graphics Amplifier
HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 Output
Mini-Display Port 1.4 (certified) Output
Audio Out 1/8"
microSD 5.1 UHS-II HD312 Card Reader
WirelessKiller Ethernet E3000 10/100/1000Mbps/2.5Gbps NIC
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 802.11ax 2x2 Wireless LAN
Bluetooth 5.0
Camera720p

Both laptops are set to launch on May 21, 2020.