Alienware m17 R5 review: sleek, powerful gaming laptop is a creative keeper

The Alienware m17 R5 showcases the power of AMD.

A dark grey Alienware m17 R5 gaming laptop sitting on a wooden table
(Image: © Future / Erlingur Einarsson)

Our Verdict

Stylish, classy and capable, the Alienware m17 R5 is an attractive update to an established gaming performer. Powered by a 6000-series AMD Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics card, it blitzes through games and creative tasks alike, with multitasking a breeze in our testing. Its unique styling may not appeal to everyone, and it's quite bulky and heavy for on-the-go work, but this is one of the best sub-£2,000 options you'll find out there right now.

For

  • Fantastic UHD screen
  • AMD graphics card overperforms
  • Stylish

Against

  • Too bulky for mobile work
  • Battery life pedestrian
  • Trackpad is small

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Alienware m17 R5 review: Key specs as tested

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
RAM: 32GB DDR5
GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT 12GB
Storage: 1TB SSD
Screen: 17.3in UHD 120Hz
OS: Windows 11 Home
Connectivity: 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, 1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 with PowerShare, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with DP 1.4 and power delivery, 1x Headset port, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x RJ45 Ethernet
Wireless: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth
Dimensions: 26.70 x 397.30 x 298.71 mm
Weight: 3.43 kg

The Alienware m17 R5 is, for those au fait with Dell's naming conventions for its gaming laptops, the fifth iteration of its 'mid-spec' gaming portable. Sporting a sharp 17-inch screen, Alienware's well-established and stylish aesthetics get a subtle upgrade on the outside and a slightly less subtle one on the inside. 

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The Verdict
4.6

out of 10

Alienware m17 R5 AMD (2022)

Stylish, classy and capable, the Alienware m17 R5 is an attractive update to an established gaming performer. Powered by a 6000-series AMD Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics card, it blitzes through games and creative tasks alike, with multitasking a breeze in our testing. Its unique styling may not appeal to everyone, and it's quite bulky and heavy for on-the-go work, but this is one of the best sub-£2,000 options you'll find out there right now.

Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.