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Alienware will soon be offering gaming notebooks with an ultra-thin mechanical keyboard based on Cherry MX

The keyboard of the Alienware m15 R4 and m17 R4 was already able to convince us for the most part in the extensive test, but in the future Dell will offer an exciting upgrade for a surcharge: a mechanical keyboard. This is already available in the USA as a BTO option for 150 US dollars (approx. 126 euros). So far, this keyboard cannot be selected from Dell Germany, information on availability in Europe is still pending.

So that the mechanical keyboard fits into a laptop, Dell relies on brand new switches: At 3.5 millimeters, the Cherry MX Ultra Low Profile are significantly thinner than the 11.9 millimeter thick Cherry MX Low Profile. The switches are of high quality, a large part of the mechanism is made of steel, the design is said to have been inspired by the door of a DeLorean. The plastic components are made of a special polymer that can withstand high temperatures - a property that is essential in gaming laptops.

Cherry promises that the switches will give pleasant feedback, which should help to write error-free, while the keys clean themselves with every click. Alienware has already posted a video on Twitter to hear what these switches sound like. The design of the two Alienware notebooks didn't have to be changed to incorporate the new keyboards, which shows how thin the switches actually are. The keyboard is equipped with RGB lighting by Dell, which can be controlled individually for each key.

Hannes Brecher - Senior Tech Writer - 5222 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I have been writing for various publications in the technology sector since 2009 until I joined the news editorial team at Notebookcheck in 2018. Since then I have combined my many years of experience in notebooks and smartphones with my lifelong passion for technology to keep our readers informed about new developments in the market. My design background as the art director of an advertising agency also gives me deep insights into the peculiarities of this industry.
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