Dell Alienware m18 vs Acer Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) 2023

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Evaluation of Dell Alienware m18 and Acer Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) 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 m18
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 480 versus 165 Hz
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 3 versus 2
  • Thinner bezels and 14% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Features a a little bigger (~8%) battery – 97 against 90 watt-hours
Advantages of the Acer Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) 2023
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 1530 grams less (around 3.37 lbs)
  • Provides 67% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 300 nits
  • 50% sharper screen – 189 versus 126 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Smaller footprint: 10% more compact case (182.9 vs 203.5 square inches)

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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs


Weight 4.23 kg (9.33 lbs) 2.7 kg (5.95 lbs)
Dimensions 410.3 x 319.9 x 24.1-26.7 mm
16.15 x 12.59 x 0.95-1.05 inches
399.3 x 295.5 x 26.8-27.6 mm
15.72 x 11.63 x 1.06-1.09 inches
Area 1313 cm2 (203.3 inches2) 1180 cm2 (182.8 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~71.6% ~62.9%
Side bezels 11.3 mm 27.3 mm
Colors Black, Gray Black
Material Aluminum Aluminum
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 140°
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) 56.7 dB 49.5 dB


Size 18 inches 16 inches
Refresh rate 480 Hz 165 Hz
PPI 126 ppi 189 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels 2560 x 1600 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
Alienware m18
18″ (16:10 ratio) = 145.6 in2
Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) 2023
16″ (16:10 ratio) = 115.1 in2
~26% more screen space
Display tests
Contrast 1000:1 1200:1
sRGB color space 100% 100%
Adobe RGB profile - 85%
DCI-P3 color gamut 100% 80%
Response time 3 ms 8 ms
Max. brightness


Full charging time 2:00 hr 1:15 hr
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Bottom Bottom
Charge power 300 / 330 W 280 / 330 W
Cable length 1 meters -
Weight of AC adapter 1478 / 1512 grams 1196 grams


CPU name
Base frequency 2.6 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.9 GHz 5 GHz
Cores 14 (6P + 8E) 16 (8P + 8E)
Threads 20 24
L3 Cache 24 MB 30 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics (16EU) Intel UHD Graphics (32EU)
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 Yes, Advanced Optimus
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 4 nm 4 nm
Memory size 6 GB 6 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 96 bit 96 bit
Memory speed ~16 Gbps ~16 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2560 2560
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 80 80
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 32 32
GPU performance


RAM size
Channels 2x8 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 -
Speakers 2.0 2.0
Power 2x2W 2x2W
Dolby Atmos Yes No
Loudness ~83.8 dB ~76.1 dB
Microphones 2 2


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


Keyboard type Mechanical Island
Numpad Yes Yes
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.8 mm 1.8 mm
Size 13.1 x 8.0 cm 12.6 x 8.3 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision Yes Yes
Further details
Notes on Alienware m18:
    - Optional CherryMX low-profile mechanical switches.
    - Supports a maximum of 9 TB of storage (2x4 TB + 2x512 TB).
    - The RAM can operate at up to 5800 MHz, thanks to the XMP profiles.
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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