Dell Alienware m17 R5

Dell Alienware m17 R5

Dell Alienware m17 R5

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Engineering & Design:
4.5
GENERAL USE: Good7.8/10
GAMING/3D: Good7.7/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.2/10
PORTABILITY: Poor5.5/10
BATTERY: Fair6.5/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.1/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.2/10
SIZE: 17.3"

The Dell Alienware m17 R5 is positioned at a midrange price with a large 17.3-inch display and a resolution friendly to mainstream gaming and work. It's equipped with a powerful AMD Ryzen 7 processor and Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, making it great for high-performance gaming or intensive tasks such as 3D rendering and machine learning. However, the laptop is heavy and has a modest battery life, which affects portability. It has multiple USB and HDMI ports for connectivity but lacks Thunderbolt support. The laptop features a full keyboard with a number pad and is suitable for intensive gaming, with robust built quality and heat management. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • High refresh rate display
  • Powerful main processor
  • High-quality speakers
  • Backlit keyboard with number pad
  • Good heat management
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • Low portability score
  • No Thunderbolt ports
  • Low screen resolution for size

Ratings by Category

Engineering & Design:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software engineering, graphic design, photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Keyboard Quality:
4.4
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.3
The Dell Alienware m17 R5 has a high-quality CPU and ample RAM which provide strong performance for general use applications, and its screen offers a large size, good brightness, and full sRGB color coverage which is beneficial for tasks that require accurate color representation.
Gaming, 3D & AI:
4.3
The Dell Alienware m17 R5 excels in gaming and 3D due to its powerful Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU which enhances graphics rendering performance, and its high screen refresh rate of up to 480Hz, which provides exceptionally smooth visuals during fast-paced action.
Build Quality:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Battery Life:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,100
Brand
Dell
Release Date
January 06 2022
Operating System
Windows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
15.6'' x 11.8'' x 1.05''
Weight
7.3 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
Overall CPU Score
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8.2/10
Graphics
RTX 3060 (140 W)
Overall GPU Score
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8.7/10
RAM
16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1920 x 1080
General Use Screen Score
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7.9/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
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8.8/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
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7.8/10
Diagonal Size
17.3"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
1
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
1
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
2

BATTERY

Battery Life
5 hours
Battery Capacity
97 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
720p
Keyboard Quality Score
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8/10
Fingerprint Reader
No
Number Pad
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
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7.8/10
Warranty Period
1 year

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Christian Hintze | January 2023
"Overall, the all-AMD system in the Alienware m17 R5 is impressive, especially the graphics performance. However, various driver issues and unnecessary inconsistencies prevent us from truly enjoying such a potent gaming machine. In addition to strong 3D performance, we particularly like the build quality, the fairly bright UHD display with high color space coverage, and the fact that the gamer is often quiet when not under load and also rather quieter than some competitors under load."

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