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Alienware x Cherry gaming laptop delivers DeLorean-inspired ‘true mechanical key switches’

Alienware x Cherry gaming laptop delivers DeLorean-inspired 'true mechanical key switches'

What began as a dream to bring the “next level of immersive gaming to mobile gamers,” has now spiralled into an exciting collaboration between Dell Alienware and Cherry MX. The three-year alliance, which the companies are calling Project X, now brings “true mechanical key switches” to the Alienware m15 R4—the world’s first gaming laptop designed in league with the king of key switches, Cherry MX.

Designed as an “extension of the gamer’s senses,” (how, I’m not entirely sure) the laptop’s keyboard features all-new, ultra-low-profile key switch designs. The inner workings of which were inspired by the DeLorean—the car from Back to the Future to the uninitiated—to be specific, it’s door mechanism. As such, these new, German engineered m15 Cherry MX switches feature a gold-based, cross-point contact system that’s meant to steady the keys and prevent wobble.

(Image credit: Cherry MX)

Michael Schmid, Head of Technology & Partner Marketing at Cherry MX, explained in a briefing that the most comparable switches are Cherry MX blues, but the m15’s are around 6 times smaller.


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