Dell updates the Alienware R4 gaming laptops: they now have a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switch, 10th generation Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.
For gamers, and not only, a laptop with particularly interesting features is coming. Alienware, a well-known company among gamers that belongs to the Dell Group, has in fact produced the first laptop with a mechanical keyboard, made in collaboration with the most famous manufacturer in the industry, the German Cherry.
Those who are passionate about video games know how important it is to be able to count on the performance of a mechanical keyboard, especially if to manage the touch there are pistons particularly appreciated as those made by Cherry. Over the years, gamers have learned to know the company's proposals, from tactile switches to linear ones, passing through the mix of the two. Usually, the most experienced ones are indicated exclusively by their color, blue - the "noisiest" ones - and red - snappy and linear -. To these, now, we also add the Cherry Mx Ultra Low-Profile, the switches with innovative features created especially for the occasion.
Alienware and Cherry switches, features
This is a major introduction for Alienware that with the new laptop, available in both 15-inch and 17-inch versions respectively baptized with the names m15 R4 and m17 R4, launches on the market a new generation of mechanical switches. After three years of work, the German company has succeeded in developing a completely compact system, with contact systems made of gold.
The feedback that arrives at the pressure of the button is sharp. The click, at the completion of the only 1.8mm long stroke, is distinctly felt so as to guide players even during the most extreme game phases. The whole thing has been tested to be repeated 15 million times per key, which is more than optimal for keyboards that have to withstand this kind of stress.
Alienware, a keyboard full of features
In addition to the purely mechanical features of this keyboard, there are other features found on keyboards dedicated to gaming professionals. These include the anti-ghosting system and the so-called N-Key rollover, for key combinations typed on the keyboard; the same keys are also programmable with macro functions. There's also the ability to individually illuminate each key, through the 16.8 million color RGB backlighting system, which can be configured through the AlienFX application.
Alienware, what the new laptops will look like
Talking instead in more detail about the laptops, the two Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4 variants feature a slim and lightweight modern design. Inside, however, you can find a 10th generation Intel processor, with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. When it comes to storage space, the models can be configured up to the remarkable size of 4TB.
Equipped with ultra-fast Thunderbolt 3 ports with Power Delivery charging support and an integrated micro-SD card reader, these laptops have a lot to envy from direct competitors. In order to enjoy Cherry's mechanical keyboard, however, you'll need to add a small amount to the total price, $150 for the US market, as it won't come standard.
For all other information on configuration, final price and launch markets, gamers will have to wait a little longer. And start foretasting the laptop gaming experience with the sound of the switches clicking, posted on Alienware's Twitter profile.