Alienware m15 and m17 gaming laptops get a new design, 9th gen Intel chips

What you need to know

  • Alienware m15 and m17 gaming laptops get a makeover.
  • GPUs range from NVIDIA GTX to RTX 2080 Max-Q.
  • Up to Core i9 Intel 9th gen CPUs.
  • 8 and 6-phase graphics voltage regulation for higher sustained performance.

For fans of Dell's Alienware brand the m15 and larger m17 are getting major refreshes for 2019. The new design language drops the angular aesthetics of the past and instead matches the new Area-51m, including new colors Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon and a magnesium alloy chassis.

The m15, in particular, is flatter, thinner, and just overall, more mature looking than its predecessor. A new keyboard design with ample 1.7mm of travel – up from 1.4mm and per-key RGB LED AlienFX lighting is a nice bonus too. There's also a glass Microsoft Precision Touchpad making this laptop ideal for productivity as well as gaming.

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CategoryDell Alienware m15 (R2)
Operating SystemWindows 10
Display15.6-inch 1920 x 1080) 60Hz
15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 240Hz 7ms with Tobii Eyetracking
15.6-inch OLED 3840 x 2160 60Hz 1ms HDR with Tobii Eyetracking
Processor9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H (4.1GHz)
9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H (4.5GHz)
9th Generation Intel Core i9-9880H (4.8Ghz)
9th Generation Intel Core i9-9980HK (5.0Ghz)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 Max-Q
Memory8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz
16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MH
Storage256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512GB Intel Optane M.2 SSD
512GB RAID0 (2x 256GB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
1TB RAID0 (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
512GB Intel Optane M2 SSD + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
2TB RAID0 (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
4TB RAID0 (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
Webcam1080p with dual array mics
LANKiller Networking E2600
Killer Networking E3000 (2.5Gbps)
WirelessIntel Dual Band Wireless AC 8265 with MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 4.2
PortsAlienware Graphics Amplifier
DC input
1x Thunderbolt 3 with DisplayPort
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x MiniDP 1.4
1x 3.5mm
Audio2.0 speakers
Dimensions0.72 - 0.81 x 14.19 x 10.9 inches (18 - 21 x 361 x 276 mm)
Weight2.16kg (4.75lbs)

Unsurprisingly Alienware is dropping in new 9th generation Intel Core processors including support for the 8-core Core i9-9980HK. Options for graphics range from the more budget-friendly NVIDIA GTX series up to the RTX 2080 with Max-Q design. Indeed, the RTX 2070 and 2080 configurations also have 8 and 6-phase graphics voltage regulation for higher sustained performance. New Cryo-Tech Cooling 3.0 technology brings increased airflow and thermal efficiency to keep things from getting too hot.

Displays come in a variety of options as well like full HD with 60 or 240 Hz options and even a 15.6 4K OLED and optional Tobii Eyetracking technology.

The m15 also maxes out at just 4.75lbs or 2.2kg, which is not bad considering the rather sizeable 76WHr battery.

Overall, the new m15 and m17 gaming laptops are a more mature, cleaner and more minimalist gaming laptop from Alienware that do not sacrifice performance.

Look for both new Alienware laptops to go on sale for June 11th with pricing starting at $1,499.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.