Alienware Gaming Laptops Now Feature Cherry MX Mechanical Switches

Alienware will now offer optional Cherry MX mechanical key switches for their m15 R4 and m17 R4.

Cherry has announced the MX Ultra Low-Profile switch, which only has a thickness of 3.5mm. The switch is based on a similar design to gull-wing doors of the classic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

In order to ensure successful keystrokes in any situation, the key switches feature a “gold-based” cross-point contact system, a two-piece keycap, and a sturdy spring mechanism. It also has an N-key rollover with anti-ghosting, and the keys make the same sound like the one on mechanical keyboards.

The design has been decided after considering over 1600 prototypes. The switches only travel 1.8mm upon stroke and are rated for 15 million keystrokes. The switches are for a gaming laptop, so they feature per-key customizable AlienFX RGB backlighting.

Both the m15 R4 and m17 R4 house Intel 10th generation processors paired with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.

The prices of the cherry keyboard variants of m15 R4 and m17 R4 are $1,799 and $1,899, respectively.

Via Hothardware