Alienware m17 R4 with Cherry MX

Cherry on top: Alienware debuts gaming laptop with Cherry MX ultra-low profile mechanical keys

Alienware’s Vivian Lien talks about it the partnership with Cherry that brought Cherry MX keyboards to it’s thin, high performance laptops.

The PC gaming experience is guided by our fingertips. It is why gaming keyboards are crucial – they’re the gateway to connecting a gamer to their PC. But let’s face it: not all gaming keyboards are created equal.

The new Alienware m15 R4 and Alienware m17 R4 are the world’s first gaming laptops designed in collaboration with the leading German switch maker CHERRY MX.

Alienware’s partnership with CHERRY MX (aka Project X) began over three years ago. We had the shared goal to create a “binary mechanical switch experience” and shrink it down into a laptop form factor — something that’s never been done before. Not an easy task, but one that has brought the benefits of a mechanical keyboard to mobile PC gaming, delivering the edge needed to dominate virtual battle arenas.

The evolution and miniaturisation of Cherry MX

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After experimenting with an array of material and mechanical changes across 160+ prototypes, Alienware and Cherry MX co-developed a 3.5mm low-profile design that incorporates stainless-steel mechanical components. It’s inspired by the upward-opening gull-wing doors of the iconic DeLorean sports car.

This bespoke mechanical switch delivers 1.8mm of key travel using a self-cleaning mechanism that’s been tested for 15 million keystrokes per key. Along with its durability, consistent and accurate performance is enhanced with a two-piece keycap structure and gold-based cross-point contact system to ensure precision and wobble-free keystrokes. All of this was accomplished without changing the dimensions of Alienware’s thinnest laptops.

The Delorean-inspired, laptop version of the Cherry MX keyboard switch.

On top of all this, gamers will achieve incredibly responsive and tactile feedback with full-height keys that provide light actuation force and distinct acoustics at each click. You can here it in the following Tweet…

In addition to keeping the keyboard safe from freezing up with 100% anti-ghosting and NKRO, gamers can optimise their notebooks with fully programmable keys for macro key assignments and AlienFX per-key RGB backlighting with up to 16.8 million colours.

Alienware’s new High Performance Laptops: The m15 and m17.

The Alienware m15 and m17 come with 10th Generation Intel Core mobile processors and up to a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU. The laptops also come with HyperEfficient Voltage Regulation technology, up to 4TB of storage, a micro-SD card reader and Thunderbolt 3 with PD fast charging. It will cost an additional US$150 USD for the CHERRY MX keyboard configuration (local pricing TBC).

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