New Alienware m15 and m17 R4 laptops feature Cherry MX mechanical keyboards

Dell has given laptop gamers the key upgrade they've craved for years with the introduction of portable mechanical keyboards. Included as part of the new Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4, laptop users will finally experience the wonder of clicky keys.

Designed in partnership with the beloved CHERRY MX brand, Alienware has successfully shrunk the iconic keyboard tech into a laptop form factor.

Unfortunately, these new switches come at a cost. Dell is charging an additional $150 for the new technology.

Alienware x CHERRY MX partnership

Alienware's partnership with CHERRY MX hasn't simply slammed traditional keyboard switches into gaming laptops. Instead, CHERRY and Dell have partnered to create new keyboard switches dedicated for laptops.

The new keyboard switches have been dubbed MX Ultra Low Profile. Essentially, these new switches are ultra-low profile components that are designed with gull-wing style steel

Dell states that this will give the Alienware m15 and m17 R4 gaming laptops fantastic keyboards with "wobble-free" keystrokes. Of course, they also come with RGB lighting.

"On top of this, gamers will achieve incredibly responsive and tactile feedback with full-height keys that provide light actuation force and distinct acoustics at each click," Dell writes.

Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4 specs

Alienware's new keyboards are exciting, but the specs of the Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4 laptops are far more intriguing. Disappointingly, things are far more bog-standard in this regard. In light of the new key switches, Dell has opted for a traditional upgrade path this time around.

Both laptops will feature 10th generation Intel CPUs with options for up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. Dell its including up to 4TB of storage, a micro-SD card reader and a Thunderbolt 3 port.

Prices start at $1,799.99.

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