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Alienware m15, m17 get a bold new look

Alienware updates its Max-Q gaming laptops with the Legend design system that debuted with the Area-51m.

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Alienware m17 and m15

The systems pick up the Dark Side of the Moon and Lunar White colors of Alienware's new design system.

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Alienware m17

The view from the back.

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Left side connections

Although its profile looks different and the Ethernet can be configured as 2.5Gbps, the connectors are otherwise the same as before.

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New hinge

Both laptops have a new forward-hinge design.

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Hinge redux

What the new hinge looks like while the laptop's closed.

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Honeycomb

The honeycomb grill on the back vents distinguishes the Legend design from the earlier one.

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Blending in

The power switch/alien head is now off to the side rather than right in the middle.

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White!

Technically it's both the light and dark sides of the moon.

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Updated keyboard

The keys are slighly sculpted and have a few millimeters more travel.

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Alienware m17 in white

Looking good in white.

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Upgraded touchpad

It's a more premium-feeling glass touchpad.

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Alienware m17

The only way to tell the m15 from the m17 from this side is by the size of the gap between the vent and the Ethernet port.

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Alienware m17

The laptop at rest.

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Alienware m15 weight

It weighs about 4.8 pounds, which isn't bad for a 15-inch gaming system.

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Alienware m17

The m17 (left) has a numeric keypad and outset arrow keys, while the m15 doesn't.

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Alienware m15 connections

On the right, there are two USB-A ports like before.

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Alienware m17 right side

Take a final look at the m17.

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