The third iteration of the Alienware m17 is here and it’s even better than the previous models. Sporting Intel’s new 10th Gen H-Series processor and an Nvidia Super GPU, the Alienware m17 R3 is a formidable force in the gaming laptop arena. Not only is the laptop powerful, but it’s got an intergalactic elegance that’s a bonafide headturner. It’s also one of the lightest desktop replacements on the market. Plus, you get a downright stunning 4K display that’s worth the price of admission.
Speaking of rates, something this pretty and powerful doesn’t come cheap and the $3,529 ($1,549 starting) price is extremely cost prohibitive. Also, the below-average battery life isn’t an attractive feature. Still, for the money, the Alienware m17 R3 is one of the bestgaming laptops, best 4K laptops and best VR-ready laptops hardcore enthusiasts can buy.
Alienware m17 R3 Gaming laptop Review
- High-end materials like magnesium alloy, copper and steel provide a premium, lightweight and performance-driven gaming experience with iconic AlienFX lighting
- Our fastest panel yet offers 300Hz 300nits 3ms Full HD for smooth, high-speed motion graphics
- Alienware Cryo-Tech optimizes component cooling, which maximizes overall performance and keeps your laptop cool to the touch
- The new Alienware m17’s standard display features a 300Hz 3ms Full HD panel.
- At just 4.65lb and under 20.5mm thin, the new Alienware m17 is lighter and leaner than our previous m17.
Alienware m17 R3 pricing and configuration
The Alienware m17 R3 starts at $1,549 and has a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-10750H processor with 16GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD, an Intel UHD Graphics GPU, an AMD Radeon RX 5500M with 4GB of VRAM and a 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080p 144Hz display.
The $2,249 midtier model doubles the RAM and gets you two 256GB PCIe M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration, an Intel UHD GPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU with 8GB of VRAM and a 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display with a 144Hz refresh rate.
I had fun test driving the fully tricked-out model. It’s $3,529, which is out of the reach of most gamers (myself included), but undeniably powerful. The system has a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, 32GB of RAM, a pair of 1TB PCIe m.2 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration, an Intel UHD Graphics GPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU with 8GB of VRAM and a 3840x 2160 panel.