Dell Alienware m16 vs Acer Nitro 17 (AN17-51) 2023

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Evaluation of Dell Alienware m16 and Acer Nitro 17 (AN17-51) 2023 important characteristics
System and application performance
Performance in popular 3D games
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

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Advantages of the Dell Alienware m16
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 480 versus 144 Hz
  • Around 92% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Can run popular games at about 13-18% higher FPS
  • Better webcam recording quality
  • Smaller footprint: 9% more compact case (165.7 vs 182 square inches)
Advantages of the Acer Nitro 17 (AN17-51) 2023
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Thinner bezels and 6% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Features a a little bigger (~5%) battery – 90 against 86 watt-hours

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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs


Weight 3 kg (6.62 lbs) 3 kg (6.62 lbs)
Dimensions 368.9 x 289.9 x 23-25.4 mm
14.52 x 11.41 x 0.91-1 inches
400.2 x 293.3 x 27.9-28.9 mm
15.76 x 11.55 x 1.1-1.14 inches
Area 1069 cm2 (165.7 inches2) 1174 cm2 (182 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~69.4% ~73.9%
Side bezels 12.1 mm 13.8 mm
Colors Gray Black
Material Aluminum Plastic
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 150°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber Yes No
Liquid metal Yes Yes
Number of fans 4 2
Noise level (max. load) 54.7 dB 54.7 dB


Size 16 inches 17.3 inches
Refresh rate 480 Hz 144 Hz
PPI 142 ppi 131 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels 1920 x 1200 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Sync technology G-Sync G-Sync
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Matte
Ambient light sensor No No
Screen space comparison
Nitro 17 (AN17-51) 2023
17.3″ (16:10 ratio) = 134.5 in2
Alienware m16
16″ (16:10 ratio) = 115.1 in2
~16% more screen space
Display tests
Contrast 1000:1 -
sRGB color space - 100%
DCI-P3 color gamut 100% -
Response time 3 ms 7 ms
Max. brightness


Voltage 11.4 V -
Full charging time 2:00 hr -
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Bottom Bottom
Charge power 300 / 330 W 230 / 280 / 330 W
Weight of AC adapter 1487 grams 820 / 1055 grams


CPU name
Base frequency 2.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.9 GHz 4.55 GHz
Cores 14 (6P + 8E) 6
Threads 20 12
L3 Cache 24 MB 16 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics (16EU) Radeon 660M
Fabrication process 10 nm 6 nm


Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 115 W 95 W
Nvidia Optimus MUX Yes, Advanced Optimus
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 4 nm 8 nm
GPU base clock - 1530 MHz
GPU boost clock - 1740 MHz
Memory size 6 GB 6 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 96 bit 128 bit
Memory speed ~16 Gbps 12 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2560 2048
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 80 64
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 32 40
GPU performance


RAM size
Channels 1x8 GB 2x8 GB
Clock 4800 MHz 4800 MHz
Type DDR5 DDR5
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 2 2
Max. ram size 64 GB 32 GB


Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x) PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 4 2
NVMe Yes Yes


Audio chip Realtek ALC3254 Realtek ALC245
Speakers 2.0 2.0
Power 2x2W -
Dolby Atmos Yes No
Loudness ~82.1 dB ~79.1 dB
Microphones 2 1


Wi-Fi standard v6E v6E
Bluetooth v5.3 v5.2
Fingerprint No No
Infrared sensor Optional No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
USB-A 2x USB 3.2 3x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 2x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.1 1x HDMI 2.1
DisplayPort 1x v1.4 No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes Yes
SD card reader Yes Yes
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes


Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No Yes
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.8 mm 1.4 mm
Size 11.2 x 6.5 cm 12.0 x 8.0 cm
Surface Glass Plastic
Windows Precision Yes Yes
Further details
Notes on Alienware m16:
    - Optional CherryMX low-profile mechanical switches.
    - Supports a maximum of 9 TB of storage (2x4 TB + 2x512 TB).
    - The face scanner is available only in two configs: QHD with 240Hz and FHD with 480Hz.
    - Due to XMP profiles, RAM can operate at up to 5800 MHz.
Notes on Nitro 17 (AN17-51) 2023:
    - Thunderbolt 4 is not supported for AMD-based configuration.
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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