Dell Alienware m16 vs Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023)

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Evaluation of Dell Alienware m16 and Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (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 240 Hz
  • Around 20% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
Advantages of the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023)
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 700 grams less (around 1.54 lbs)
  • Can run popular games at about 68-92% higher FPS
  • Thinner bezels and 22% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Features a a little bigger (~5%) battery – 90 against 86 watt-hours
  • Provides 67% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 300 nits
  • 33% sharper screen – 189 versus 142 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Much smaller footprint: 18% more compact case (135.3 vs 165.7 square inches)

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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs


Weight 3 kg (6.62 lbs) 2.3 kg (5.07 lbs)
Dimensions 368.9 x 289.9 x 23-25.4 mm
14.52 x 11.41 x 0.91-1 inches
355 x 246 x 21.1-22.9 mm
13.98 x 9.69 x 0.83-0.9 inches
Area 1069 cm2 (165.7 inches2) 873 cm2 (135.5 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~69.4% ~85%
Side bezels 12.1 mm 5.2 mm
Colors Gray Black
Material Aluminum Plastic
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 180°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber Yes No
Liquid metal Yes Yes
Number of fans 4 3
Noise level (max. load) 54.7 dB 57.5 dB


Size 16 inches 16 inches
Refresh rate 480 Hz 240 Hz
PPI 142 ppi 189 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels 2560 x 1600 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Sync technology G-Sync G-Sync
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Matte
Ambient light sensor No No
Display tests
Contrast 1000:1 -
sRGB color space - 99.9%
DCI-P3 color gamut 100% 100%
Response time 3 ms 3 ms
Max. brightness
300 nits
500 nits


Voltage 11.4 V -
Full charging time 2:00 hr 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 Left, Right
Charge power 300 / 330 W 280 W
Weight of AC adapter 1487 grams 800 grams


CPU name
Base frequency 2.6 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.9 GHz 5.4 GHz
Cores 14 (6P + 8E) 14 (6P + 8E)
Threads 20 20
L3 Cache 24 MB 24 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics (16EU) Intel Iris Xe Graphics (96 EU)
Fabrication process 10 nm 10 nm


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

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 115 W 140 W
Nvidia Optimus MUX MUX
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 4 nm 4 nm
GPU base clock - 1395 MHz
Memory size 6 GB 8 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 96 bit 128 bit
Memory speed ~16 Gbps ~16 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2560 4608
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 80 144
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 32 48
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 64 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 -
Speakers 2.0 2.4 (2 tweeters and 4 woofers)
Power 2x2W 6x2W
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness ~82.1 dB ~84.4 dB
Microphones 2 3


Wi-Fi standard v6E v6E
Bluetooth v5.3 v5.3
Fingerprint No No
Infrared sensor Optional Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
USB-A 2x USB 3.2 2x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 2x USB 4.0
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 No
SD card reader Yes Yes
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes


Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.8 mm 1.7 mm
Size 11.2 x 6.5 cm 13.0 x 8.5 cm
Surface Glass Glass
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.
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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Write your opinion about the comparison of Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023) and Dell Alienware m16 or ask any questions
Vivek 24 June 2023 14:50
Which of these would you consider to be better constructed in terms of quality control standards, thermal management, and overall longevity? I purchased an M18 and had to send it in for DOA approval twice due to motherboard and LCD failures. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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