Alienware m17 R3 Review-Gaming laptops can replace desktops

Alienware m17 R3 Review-Gaming laptops can replace desktops

The 3rd version of the Alienware m17 was released with a sleeker design than ever. The Alienware m17 R3 is equipped with a 10-generation Intel H-Series chip that offers excellent performance in the gaming laptop market. Not only possessing strong performance, but the device also has an extremely beautiful, compact design. It also has a stunning 4K screen, providing a great user experience. Today’s laptop review will help you better understand the Alienware m17 R3 gaming laptop. Come on, let’s find out with us!

Design of Alienware m17 R3 

Alienware’s Legend design is applied to the Alienware m17 R3, with an eye-catching white spaceship. Made from magnesium alloy, coated in color with the name Lunar Light, reminds viewers of the space station in a fictional film. Alien logo is placed in the middle above the lid. At the rear of the body, there is a black ventilation system and serial ports.
On the bottom of the machine, there are a pair of rubber feet and ventilation slots designed to enhance the machine’s heat dissipation.

Alienware m17 R3 Review – Degsin

The interior is also decorated with Lunar Light color. The touchpad is located just below the keyboard. Above the keyboard is a row of small hexagonal ventilation systems and an alien head-shaped power button. The screen is wrapped with a fairly thin black bezel, with a slightly thicker bottom bezel, placing the eye-catching silver Alienware logo.

Dubbed a laptop that can replace a desktop, the Alienware m17 R3 is quite compact in size. It measures 15.7 x 11.8 x 0.7 ~ 0.8-inches and weighs 3 kg. Much lighter than its competitors are the Acer Predator Triton 900 (weighing 4kg, 16.9 x 11.9 x 0.9 inches), MSI GT76 Titan (4.5 kg, 15.6 x 12.9 x 1.3 ~ 1.7 inches) and Asus ROG. Mothership (4.8 kg, 16.1 x 12.6 x 1.2 inches).

Alienware m17 R3 display

The Alienware m17 R3 has a stunning 4K display. The screen of the device is 17.3 inches in size with vibrant colors and very bright, sharp details.

Alienware m17 R3 Review – Display

On the screen color test, the Alienware m17 R3 has a screen with 166% color coverage of the sRGB range. This result is higher than the high-end gaming laptop average of 144% as well as the results of 102% and 157% of the two competitors, the Mothership and Titan respectively. However, the Triton has a slightly more vibrant screen with a measured result of 167%.

The screen on the m17 R3 is extremely bright, with a measured brightness of 591 nits. Easily beat the high-end gaming laptop screen average of 337 nits as well as the competitors Mothership (286 nits), Triton (324 nits) and Titan (376 nits).

Alienware m17 R3 sound

The m17 R3 has a pair of speakers below the machine that have good sound quality, but not too excellent. Especially when compared to the excellent sound quality of the Dell XPS 15. Alienware needs to quickly overcome this weakness if it doesn’t want to be left behind.

If you do not like the distinctive sound of the Alienware m17 R3, you can change the sound configuration with the Alienware Command Center software with 8 options for you to experiment with (Music, Movies, Com, Racing, Role Play , Shooter, Strategy and Alienware)

Keyboard and touchpad

Alienware m17 R3 keyboard and touchpad have a very nice and eye-catching design. Chiclet keyboard has a rainbow-lit machine, featuring a combination of Lunar Light design. The space between the keys is wide enough and there is a numpad.

Alienware m17 R3 Review – Keyboard and Touchpad

You can change the configuration of the keyboard lights and ventilation slots lights on the back of the machine with 16.8 million colors and 1 of 5 effects (Spectrum, Morph, Pulse, Color, Breathing).

The stock is just beautiful, the keyboard also offers a great typing experience with keys with deep travel and firm response.

The surface of the touchpad is very smooth and gives you enough room for you to control the mouse pointer. Windows 10’s swipes are easy and precise.

Graphics processing, gaming and VR capabilities

Equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super card with 8GB of VRAM, the Alienware m17 R3 can do any task that requires high graphics processing power. No matter how heavy the game is, the laptop can still run at a smooth high frame rate. When not playing games, the laptop automatically switches to Intel UHD Graphics instant graphics card to save battery power.

Alienware m17 R3 Review – Graphics

When playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider game at Very High configuration, 1080p, the machine reached 74 fps, enough to beat the high-end gaming average of 68 fps. However, the Alienware m17 R3’s competitors did better with the Predator and Titan’s 79 and 91 fps results.

On the VR processing test, the Alienware m17 R3 got 11 points, on par with its standards and competitors.

Alienware m17 R3 performance

The Alienware m17 R3 is equipped with an Intel Core i9-10980HK, 8-core, overclockable chip with 32GB of RAM and two 1TB m.2 PCIe SSDs. With such a configuration, it is obvious that the m17 R3 has a great weight. With more than 40 Chrome tabs and multiple streaming tabs, I can still use the device without lagging.

The m17 R3 m17 kept up well on the overall performance test. The device scored 29955 points in the Geekbench 4.3 benchmark, beating the average high-end gaming laptop result of 26094.


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