Alienware M17 R2 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2019 Alienware M17 R2 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Availability

Alienware M17 R2
Released2019
Release Date
  • Announced at Computex 2019
  • Available on June 11, 2019
PricingStarting at $1,499.99
Generations
Alienware M17 R2 Price
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Alienware X17 R2 VR Ready Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 360Hz 1ms Display, Core i7-12700H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti 8GB GDDR6, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6, USB-C, Windows 11 Home - White
By Alienware
$2,102.42
Alienware M18 R2 Gaming Laptop - 18 QHD+ 165Hz 3ms Display, Intel Core i9-14900HX, 32GB DDR5 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB GDDR6, Windows 11 Home, Onsite Service - Dark Metallic Moon
Alienware M18 R2 Gaming Laptop - 18 QHD+ 165Hz 3ms Display, Intel Core i9-14900HX, 32GB DDR5 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 12 GB GDDR6, Windows 11 Home, Onsite Service - Dark Metallic Moon
By Alienware
$2,799.99
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light
Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light
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$3,898.00
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 480Hz Display, Intel Core i9-12900HK, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti 16GB GDDR6, VR Ready, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home - Lunar Light
Dell Alienware X17 R2 Gaming Laptop - 17.3-inch FHD 480Hz Display, Intel Core i9-12900HK, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti 16GB GDDR6, VR Ready, Wi-Fi 6, Windows 11 Home - Lunar Light
By Dell
$1,949.00
Dell GaN Laptop Charger 240W Watt Barrel 7.4mm tip AC Power Adapter - Precision 7670 7680 7770 7780,Alienware M15 R7,X16,X17 R2,X15 R2,M17 R5
Dell GaN Laptop Charger 240W Watt Barrel 7.4mm tip AC Power Adapter - Precision 7670 7680 7770 7780,Alienware M15 R7,X16,X17 R2,X15 R2,M17 R5
By Dell
$78.00
$89.99 13% OFF

Exterior

Alienware M17 R2
Dimensions15.74 x 11.59 x 0.73 - 0.77 in (399.80 x 294.30 x 18.60 - 19.50 mm)
  • Width: 15.74 in. (399.80 mm)
  • Depth: 11.59 in. (294.30 mm)
  • Height: 0.73 - 0.77 in. (18.60 - 19.50 mm)
WeightStarting at 5.80 lb (2.63 kg)
Colors
  • Lunar Light
  • Dark Side of the Moon
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard
    • Alienware mSeries keyboard with per-key RGB LED AlienFX lighting
    • Includes anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology
    • 1.7 mm key travel and alphanumeric keys
    • 0.2 mm-dish concave key design
  • Touchpad
    • Size: 4.13” x 3.15” (105 mm x 80 mm)
    • Premium Precision-Point glass touchpad

Display

Alienware M17 R2
Size17.3 Inches
InfoFull HD with 60Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 127 PPI, 25ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% NTSC color gamut, 700:1 contrast ratio, Anti-glare, 8W max power consumption.
Full HD with 144Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 127 PPI, 9ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% NTSC color gamut, 800:1 contrast ratio, Anti-glare, 8.5W max power consumption.
  • Eyesafe® Display Tech + Tobii Eyetracking
All options
  • Wide Viewing Angles on all displays with 85 degrees viewing from all directions

Ports

Alienware M17 R2
Ports
Alienware M17 R2 Ports
Image Source: Dell
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port
  • 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port
  • 2 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 port
  • 1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 port with PowerShare technology
  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt™, and DisplayPort 1.2)
  • 1 x Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b Output Port
  • 1 x Mini-Display Port 1.4 (certified) Output Port
  • 1 x Audio Out 1/8" Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
  • 1 x Wedge-shaped lock slot (cable and lock sold separately)

Internal Specs

Alienware M17 R2
Processor
  1. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-9300H
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.40 → 4.10 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 45W
  2. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 2.60 → 4.50 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 45W
  3. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.80 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  4. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.40 → 5.00 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

Alienware M17 R21
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-9300H94885.10%
2
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H1,04493.72%
3
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H1,06695.69%
4
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK1,114100.00%
01,114

Geekbench 5 Multi-Core

Alienware M17 R21
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-9300H3,30850.86%
2
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H4,88075.03%
3
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H6,10093.79%
4
9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK6,504100.00%
06,504
Integrated Graphics
  1. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-9300H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
  2. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1150 MHz
  3. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1200 MHz
  4. 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
Memory
  • 8 GB 16 GB
    2666 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
    Onboard memory.
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX® 1650 (4GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX® 1660 Ti (6GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 (6GB GDDR6) OC Ready
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 (8GB GDDR6) with Max-Q Design
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 (8GB GDDR6) with Max-Q Design
StorageSingle Storage Configurations
  • 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 512GB Intel Optane M.2 SSD
  • 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD
Dual Storage Configurations
  • 512GB RAID0 (2x 256GB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
  • 1TB RAID0 (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
  • 512GB Intel Optane M2 SSD + 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 2TB RAID0 (2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
  • 4TB RAID0 (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSDs)

Connectivity

Alienware M17 R2
Wi-Fi
  • Intel® Dual-Band Wireless AC 8265
    • Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz up to 867 Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.
  • Rivet Killer WiFi 6 AX1650w
    • Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz up to 2400 Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
Bluetooth
  • Intel® Dual-Band Wireless AC 8265
    • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Rivet Killer 1650w
    • Bluetooth 5
Ethernet
  • Killer E2600 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • Killer E3000 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    • 10/100/1000/25000 Mbps

Battery

Alienware M17 R2
Size6-cell lithium-ion polymer (76Wh)
Power Supply
  • E4 130W (19.50 VDC/6.70A)
  • E4 180W (19.50 VDC/9.23A)
  • E4 240W (19.50 VDC/12.31A)
* Support Hybrid Power

Software

Alienware M17 R2
OS
Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro
Upgradable to Windows 11
Built-in Apps
  • Alienware Command Center
  • Alienware Adrenalin
  • Alienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)

Camera & Audio

Alienware M17 R2
Camera
  • Front-facing camera
    Alienware FHD (1920x1080 resolution) camera.
Audio
  • Audio
    • Realtek ALC3281-CG controller
    • 2.0 Speaker configuration
    • 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection
    • Alienware Sound Center via Alienware Command Center
  • Microphone
    • Dual-array microphones in the camera assembly

Misc

Alienware M17 R2
Sensors
  • Tobii Eye Tracking (Optional)
Security
  • Wedge-shaped lock slot
MoreCHASIS
  • AlienFX Lighting Zones
    • Programmable with up to 16.8 million distinct colors
  • Exterior Chassis Materials
    • Magnesium Alloy exterior shell
    • Copper Alloy thermal structures
  • Customized Features
    • AlienFX Lighting Detail
    • Programmable with up to 16.8 million distinct colors
    • Alienware Command Center
    • AlienFX Lighting Technology
    • Game Library with auto-tune game profile functionality
    • Fusion (Includes support for Overclock, Thermal, Power, Audio, and Audio Recon profiles)
  • Thermal
    • Cryo-Tech v3.0 Cooling Technology
    • Dual-Intake, Dual-Exhaust Airflow Design
    • High-Voltage Driving Fans
    • Load-balancing Heat Pipes
    • Dense Copper Fin Stacks
    • Dynamics Thermal Controls

Key Features

Alienware M17 R2
At Glance
Released in Mid
2019
16:9 FHD
17.3”
1080p 144Hz
Weight
5.80 lb
2.63 kg
Up to
Intel Core i9-9980HK
8C/16T, 2.40 → 5.00 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,114
Single Core
Geekbench 5
6,504
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics 630
24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
Configurable up to
16GB
2666 MHz DDR4
Alienware M17 R2 Ports
Nvidia GeForce
RTX 2080
8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q

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Our analysis and reviews

Alienware M17 R2 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Alienware M17 R2.

Supports Windows 11

Alienware M17 R2 exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsAlienware M17 R2
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-9300H → Intel Core i9-9980HK
4GB RAM8GB → 16GB
64GB Drive256GB → 4TB
2 Cores CPU4 → 8 cores
Upgradable storage

Alienware M17 R2 comes with two M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install an additional SSD to expand the storage on the device. Learn more

Storage SlotsAlienware M17 R2
M.2x2
Supports discrete graphics

Configurable up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Alienware M17 R2.

Non-upgradable memory

The memory on Alienware M17 R2 is soldered to the motherboard, and there is no additional RAM slot for expansion. Since you can't change or add more RAM after you buy, you want to make sure you pick the configuration with the right amount of memory at the initial purchase. Learn more

MemoryAlienware M17 R2
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeDDR4
Speed2666 MHz

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

Significantly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i9-9980HK inside Alienware M17 R2 has a 33% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-9750H inside Alienware M17 R1.

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
Alienware M17 R2 - Intel Core i9-9980HK
6,504
Alienware M17 R2 - Intel Core i9-9880H
6,100
Alienware M17 R2 - Intel Core i7-9750H
4,880
Alienware M17 R1 - Intel Core i7-9750H
4,880
Alienware M17 R1 - Intel Core i9-8950HK
4,806
Alienware M17 R1 - Intel Core i7-8750H
4,470
Alienware M17 R2 - Intel Core i5-9300H
3,308
Alienware M17 R1 - Intel Core i5-8300H
3,269

What's missing

Downsides over its predecessor.

Supports smaller memory

Alienware M17 R2 supports a smaller memory capacity than the Alienware M17 R1. It only supports up to 16GB versus 32GB of system memory on the Alienware M17 R1.

Max system memory size
Alienware M17 R1
32 GB
Alienware M17 R2
16 GB
Non-upgrdable memory

Alienware M17 R2 has onboard memory that you can't replace or upgrade when needed. On the flip side, you can upgrade RAM on the Alienware M17 R1 since it has two SODIMM slots.

MemoryAlienware M17 R2Alienware M17 R1
Slots
Onboard
x2
TypeDDR4DDR4