Alienware laptops receive a sci-fi makeover and a rocket-boosted upgrade

Dell unveiled a pair of slimline Alienware gaming laptops at Computex 2019 – the Alienware m15 and m17 – which feature an exciting sci-fi design, modern Nvidia GPUs, 9th Gen Intel processors and new display options – and they’re on sale now. 

While Dell had confirmed it would be adding Nvidia RTX 20 Series graphics way back in January, this is the first time we’ve been able to see the new models in the flesh. As well as the addition of 20 Series units, there will also be the option to take an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, as well as RTX 2060, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080.

Dell Alienware m15 and m17 2019

The new display options are also a mouth-watering surprise, with the refresh rate given a boost to a mighty 240Hz. There will also be a new OLED model made available, meaning blockbuster games will look even more vivid.

Perhaps most exciting of all, the Alienware m15 and 17 have been treated to a new redesign. This makes these laptops look like the flagship Alienware Area-51m, just without the modular capability and inevitable heft that brings with it. We’re really digging the new makeover, as it flaunts a more distinctive sci-fi look that would look at home on the set of Star Trek or Men In Black (not the new one, mind).

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Dell Alienware m15 prices – how much are the new Alienware m15?

How much is the new Alienware m15 (2019) with…

  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i5-9300H, Nvidia GTX 1650, 8GB RAM – £1349
  • Full HD 144Hz LCD, Intel Core i5-9300H, Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, 8GB RAM – £1649

 

  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX 1650, 8GB RAM – £1499
  • Full HD 144Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB RAM – £1899
  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX  2060, 8GB RAM – £1799
  • Full HD 144Hz LCD,Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX  2060, 16GB RAM – £2049
  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX  2070, 8GB RAM – £1999
  • 4K OLED, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX  2070, 16GB RAM – £2499

 

  • 4K OLED, Intel Core i9-9880H, Nvidia GTX  2070, 16GB RAM – £2849
  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i9-9880H, Nvidia GTX 2080, 16GB RAM – £2499
  • 4K OLED, Intel Core i9-9880H, Nvidia GTX  2080, 16GB RAM – £3399

Alienware m17 prices – how much are the new Alienware m17s?

How much is the new Alienware m17 (2019) with…

  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i5-9300H, Nvidia GTX 1650, 8GB RAM – £1449
  • Full HD 144Hz LCD, Intel Core i5-9300H, Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, 8GB RAM – £1749

 

  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX 1650, 8GB RAM – £1599
  • Full HD 144Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB RAM – £1999
  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX  2060, 8GB RAM – £1899
  • Full HD 144Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX  2060, 16GB RAM – £2149
  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX  2070, 8GB RAM – £2099
  • Full HD 144Hz LCD, Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX  2070, 16GB RAM – £2449

 

  • Full HD 144Hz LCD, Intel Core i9-9880H, Nvidia GTX  2070, 16GB RAM – £2799
  • Full HD 60Hz LCD, Intel Core i9-9880H, Nvidia GTX 2080, 16GB RAM – £2599
  • Full HD 144Hz LCD, Intel Core i9-9880H, Nvidia GTX  2080, 16GB RAM – £3329

Note that all models here come with 256GB PCIe M.2 SSDs. Storage options vary between models, but if you want bigger drives, you can generally add more storage for the following prices:

  • 512GB – £150
  • 1TB – £650
  • 2TB – £800
  • 512GB (2x 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 – £100
  • 1TB (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 – £300
  • 2TB (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 – £1200
  • 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID0 – £1399

Also note that you won’t be able to take each and every storage option here with every Alienware laptop – for example, your storage options with the cheapest Alienware m15 model (Intel Core i5-9300H with Nvidia GTX 1650) are limited to one 512GB SSD (£150), one 2TB (£800) or two 512GBs linked for a total of 1TB (£300).

Dell Alienware m15 and m17 2019 release dates – when are the new laptops coming out?

The new Alienware m15 and m17 laptops are on sale now.

Dell Alienware m15 and m17 2019

What are the Dell Alienware m15 and m17 2019?

The revamped Dell Alienware m15 and m17 gaming laptops are refreshes of the slimline Alienware m15 and Alienware m17 laptops we saw last year.

The Alienware m15 and 17 have adopted a new design that looks very similar to the Alienware Area-51m. Importantly, these laptops aren’t modular, but they are very thin machines with the iconic silver and grey Alienware livery, with the same hexagonal motif.

There have also been changes under the hood. On the processor side of things, Dell has added Intel 9th Gen mobile processors to the new Alienware laptops. While Dell hasn’t announced the exact details of 9th Gen CPU options, Trusted Reviews was able to have a quick look at the system settings, which told us that Core i7-9850H and Core i7-9750H processors were present in the m15 and m17 respectively. It’s likely differently specced versions will be sold in specific markets, so you shouldn’t  read too much into this if these particular configs don’t come to the UK.

All of this is a step up from the 10 Series graphics and Intel Core i7-8750H processor of the last-gen Alienware m15. And let’s not forget the revamped displays, with the maximum refresh rate option of 144Hz being cranked up to an impressive 240Hz. There’s also an OLED option for cash happy buyers.

Dell staff were not able to confirm or deny that Nvidia G-Sync adaptive sync technology was present on the new Alienwares. It wasn’t on the previous model we saw, which is a fairly big drawback. Rooting around in Nvidia Control Panel revealed nothing either, as the Display menu had been disabled.

Attention has been paid to the keyboard, too – Dell says it’s made the keys bigger, more concave, and increased travel to 1.7mm to allow for easier typing and gaming. Common gaming keyboard features including n-key rollover and per-key RGB lighting have been brought to the party, too. Complementing this, the trackpads feature an extra glass layer, which apparently allows for greater precision.

Dell Alienware m15 and m17 2019

Dell says voltage regulation technology delivers up to 6-phase processor voltage and 8-phase graphics voltage, which promises that these components will be able to run at full throttle for longer, without caning the battery quite so hard.

Here’s what we had to say about the previous Alienware m15, which we reviewed back in January:

“The Alienware m15 joins a growing list of ultra-powerful gaming laptops that have adopted a super-sleek form factor. It’s an absolute marvel that you can play the very latest blockbuster games in Full HD on a portable machine that weighs only 2.16kg and is as thin as 21mm.

“Everything considered, this is an excellent all-round gaming laptop. If you want a premium portable gaming rig that can play all the latest blockbusters in Full HD, then the m15 is one of the best options available.”

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