As part of the yearly update cycle, Dell is rolling out redesigned Alienware 15-inch m15 and 17-inch m17 laptops, which feature higher-performance components, better displays – including an optional OLED panel – new storage options, and other improvements.

Both systems are based on Intel’s 9th Gen Core mobile processors (up to Core i9-9980HK) as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GPUs with Max-Q design (up to GeForce RTX 2080). 

For maximum performance Alienware has equipped the machines with a 6-phase digital VRM for the CPU, as well as a separate 8-phase digital VRM setup just for the GPU. The PC maker is touting its new VRMs as ‘hyper efficient’.

Then there is a new cooling system which features thick copper and zinc alloy heatpipes, new fans, as well as massive air intake and air exhaust openings. 

The new Alienware m15, in particular, can also be equipped with a rather wide selection of different display panels: along with the default 60 Hz Full-HD panel, the manufacturer offers a 4K OLED option (with DCI-P3 and HDR400), or a Full-HD IPS panel with a 240 Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, the m17 only comes with Full-HD LCD options – so no 4K or OLED – but buyers can choose between 60 Hz and 144 Hz panels.  Both laptops now have  Tobii eye-tracking technology.

They can both pack up to 16 GB of DDR4-2666 memory as well as up to 4 TB of NVMe storage (with dual drive options). In addition, the latest gaming laptops from Dell’s Alienware will feature 1 Gigabit or 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet by Killer, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.2, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI 2.0b, mDP, and a 3.5-mm connector for headsets. Interestingly, both 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch laptops will come with identical capacity 76 Wh batteries.

One feature lacking from the spec sheet is the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 option that was claimed would be first seen on Dell. It is featured on the new XPS 13 but for some reason not on these.

Availability

  • UK pricing and availability for the Alienware m15 and m17 with optional 9th Gen Intel Core and NVIDIA 16 series chips to be confirmed
  • US – available on June 11, with prices starting from $1,499. The entry-level models will feature a quad-core processor as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, with prices and performance going up from there.

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