Opening the lid, you're greeted by a full-size traditional keyboard glowing with anticipation. The keyboard is sandwiched between a massive touchpad and the watchful eyes of the glowing alien head power button. The 17.3-inch panel sits above the glossy plastic strip housing the Tobii Eye Tracker.
The keyboard benefits from the Alienware’s excellent build quality, with a solid base that doesn’t budge even under the rapid-fire pressure of frantic gaming. There’s no sign of Scrabble-tile keys here, either – the Alienware’s keyboard is modelled after traditional desktop units. The layout is fine, there’s a numberpad, and there’s reasonable travel on each key – more than most Scrabble-tile alternatives, but not as much as you’ll find on a proper desktop model. Nonetheless, it’s one of the best keyboards we’ve used on a gaming notebook, and easily matches the SteelSeries unit inside the MSI.
Starting this Fall, Dell’s Alienware 15 R4 MLK and Alienware 17 R5 MLK laptops will be equipped with new TactX keyboards featuring RGB LEDs and supporting n-key rollover for more than 100 key commands. The keyboards also feature 2.2 mm key travel in a bid to provide a very rapid keystroke response.
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