Dell launches all new AMD-powered Alienware m15 and m17 gaming laptops

Dell Alienware m15 R7
Dell Alienware m15 R7 (Image credit: Dell)

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.

Dell Alienware m17 R5 AMD

Source: Dell (Image credit: Source: Dell)

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.

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CategoryDell Alienware m17 R5 AMD
Operating SystemWindows 11Windows 11 Pro
Display17.3-inch FHD 165Hz, 3ms response time, AMD FreeSync/NVIDIA G-Sync17.3-inch FHD 360Hz, 1ms response time, AMD FreeSync/NVIDIA G-Sync17.3-inch UHD 120Hz, 3ms response time, AMD FreeSync + SmartAccess Graphics
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 6800HAMD Ryzen 9 6900HXAMD Ryzen 9 6980HX
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB)AMD Radeon RX 6700M (10GB)AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT (12GB)
Memory8GB DDR5-480016GB DDR5-480032GB DDR5-480064GB DDR5-4800
Webcam720p webcam
SecurityWindows Hello (360Hz FHD and 120Hz UHD models only)
ConnectivityMediatek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921 2x2, Bluetooth 5.2Qualcomm Wi-Fi 6E WCN6856 2x2, Bluetooth 5.2
Ports1Gb LAN (3050 Ti model only)2.5Gb LAN (not available with 3050 Ti)2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 11x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 (with PowerShare)DC-in1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (3050 Ti model only)1x USB-C 4.0 Gen 2 (not available with 3050 Ti)HDMI 2.1Headset jack
Dimensions0.89 x 15.64 x 11.76 inches (22.6 x 397.3 x 298.7 mm)
Weight7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)
ColorsDark 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
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a 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 on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.