What you need to know
- Dell refreshes its AMD-powered Alienware gaming laptops with new m15 and m17 flavors.
- The new AMD gaming laptops from Dell make full use of AMD's latest processors, mobile GPUs, and other technologies.
- Pricing for the m15 R7 and m17 R5 starts at $1,500 and $1,600, respectively. Availability is expected for sometime in Spring 2022.
AMD has some fancy new Ryzen 6000 mobile processors available for laptops and you can be sure Dell is going to use them for its Alienware m15 and m17 range of gaming laptops. For CES 2022, the company is launching precisely that, new 15 and 17-inch laptops with the latest components from AMD and NVIDIA.
Starting with the Alienware m17 R5, Dell worked hard with AMD to work in various existing technologies, new mobile CPUs and GPUs, and AMD's SmartAccess Graphics. This is the first time we've seen the technology incorporated on a Dell Alienware laptop and works largely the same as desktop Ryzen processors and Radeon GPUs.
The laptops are stylish, yet aren't too obnoxious for those who aren't fond of the "gamer" design language. All m-series laptops from Dell here will come with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certification, meaning you should be able to enjoy your favorite movies and games with a more immersive experience.
For specifications, the m17 R5 AMD has it all. You've got the choice of the latest 6000-series AMD CPUs, topping out with the AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX. For graphics cards, you can configure up to an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT. RAM and storage are also impressive with DDR5 support (up to 32GB) and 4TB PCIe NVMe SSDs ready to go.
|Category||Dell Alienware m17 R5 AMD|
|Operating System||Windows 11|
Windows 11 Pro
|Display||17.3-inch FHD 165Hz, 3ms response time, AMD FreeSync/NVIDIA G-Sync|
17.3-inch FHD 360Hz, 1ms response time, AMD FreeSync/NVIDIA G-Sync
17.3-inch UHD 120Hz, 3ms response time, AMD FreeSync + SmartAccess Graphics
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 6800H|
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB)|
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB)
AMD Radeon RX 6700M (10GB)
AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT (12GB)
|Storage||256GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
2TB PCIe NVMe SSD
4TB PCIe NVMe SSD
|Security||Windows Hello (360Hz FHD and 120Hz UHD models only)|
|Connectivity||Mediatek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921 2x2, Bluetooth 5.2|
Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6E WCN6856 2x2, Bluetooth 5.2
|Ports||1Gb LAN (3050 Ti model only)|
2.5Gb LAN (not available with 3050 Ti)
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 (with PowerShare)
1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (3050 Ti model only)
1x USB-C 4.0 Gen 2 (not available with 3050 Ti)
|Dimensions||0.89 x 15.64 x 11.76 inches (22.6 x 397.3 x 298.7 mm)|
|Weight||7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)|
|Colors||Dark side of the moon|
All this tech comes at a price, however. The all-new Alienware m17 R5 AMD gaming laptop will be available in the U.S. in Spring 2022, starting from $1,600. The m15 R7, however, comes in at a slightly more affordable $1,500.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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