The Alienware m17 is a reinvention of sorts for Dell’s flagship gaming brand, offering improved internals, as well as a bold new design. Alienware has a fine pedigree when it comes to gorgeously designed devices, and the Alienware m17 is no different.

From a design perspective, this is one of the best-looking laptops. The stark colours, premium materials, and understated-yet-classy lighting really make the Alienware m17 stand out from the crowd.

It’s also impressively thin and light for a laptop, at just 18.6mm and 2.63kg. That makes it one of the lightest 17-inch laptops in the world right now, and this is the latest device to help dispel the notion that laptops need to be big, bulky, monsters.

The Alienware m17 comes in two colour themes, Lunar Light, which is a bright white, and Dark Side of the Moon, a moody black and grey combo. When closed, it’s an eye-catching sight, with a glowing Alienware logo on the back, along with a subtle “17”

The body of the laptop is made of a magnesium alloy that feels at once light yet sturdy, which adds to the premium look and feel. At the rear of the m17 (underneath the screen, when it’s opened), are the connection ports, along with large exhaust ports that pump out the hot air that the powerful components inside generate.

The keyboard is in a recess in the body, which actually makes for a slightly more comfortable typing experience, which allows the palms and wrists to be above the keys. The keys are big and easy to hit, with decent enough travel, while LED lighting around each key is again subtle but stylish.

With 8-phase voltage regulation on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 Max-Q design graphics and 6-phase voltage regulation on Intel Core i7 and i9HK processors, the new Alienware m17 is hardwired for greater efficiency and sustained turbo frequencies, enabling longer stretches of GPU and CPU high performance. 

NVIDIA GeForce 16 Series cards feature a powerful core streaming multiprocessor that can handle the complex graphics of modern games while driving new shading advancements and improved power efficiency. It is made up of 16GB DDR4 RAM (2.66MHz) and 2 x 512GB RAID O SSD (PCle) storage memory.

The Alienware m17 offers a good selection of ports, with two USB 3.1 ports on the right-hand side. On the left is another USB 3.1 port, along with an audio jack and Ethernet port. This port is a welcome addition, as many laptops don’t include it. 

On the back of the laptop, between the exhaust ports, are a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort 1.4, a power jack and an unusual-looking proprietary port for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. This is an external box in which a regular desktop GPU can be installed and connected to the Alienware m17 for extra graphical grunt.

Learn more about the Dell Alienware m17 R2 laptop.