Alienware m15 Review - A New Dell Alien Race Is Spawned
No question about it, the Alienware m15 we're looking at here is unapologetic and bad to the bone.
However, the Alienware m15 model we received is a bit more decked-out. Take a quick video tour of the machine with us, then we'll dig into the particulars in detail...
|Processor Options||8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H Six Core (9MB Cache, 2.2GHz to 4.1GHz)
||15.6-inch UHD (3840x2160) IPS (Non-Touch) 60Hz
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (8GB GDDR5)
||16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz 19-19-19-43-2T
||2 x 512GB Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
|Audio||2 x Stereo Speakers
|Ethernet||Gigabit LAN (RJ-45)|
||Killer Wirless 1550 (802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0)
||Noble Lock Port, RJ-45 LAN, USB 3.1 Type-A, Combo Audio Out
||2 x USB 3.1 Type-A
|Interface (Back)||HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.3, Thunderbolt 3, Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, DC-In Port|
||Alienware FHD Camera|
||Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
|Dimensions||14.3 x 10.8 x 0.83 inches (W x D x H)
||1 Years Parts and Labor Limited
|Pricing||$2,499.99 Current MSRP At Dell.com|
As configured by Dell, our test unit also has two 8GB DDR4 SO-DIMMs giving us a total of 16GB RAM operating in a dual-channel configuration. This memory operates at 2,666MHz with timings of 19-19-19-43-2T. The SSDs are similarly acceptable, but perhaps not standout. Our test unit has two Toshiba XG5 drives that can read data at speeds up to 2,700MB/s and write at 1,050MB/s. A quick look at our SSD shopping guide will show you that these are good value drives but there are faster SSDs on the market, though likely more expensive. Our Alienware m15 model also has a larger 90W battery, but this larger battery extends into the space allocated for the system's 2.5" drive bay, which will prevent you from adding a 2.5" drive for more storage down the road. Though again there are actually two M.2 slots in this system that you can populate as well.
Among the more impressive features of this system are its high-quality 4K IPS display and a metal chassis. Although the m15 isn't particularly light, it's also not that heavy for a gaming laptop. According to Dell, the m15 is 14% thinner and 20% lighter than its 13-inch older sibling, the Alienware 13, as well as much thinner and 38% lighter than the previous gen Alienware 15 model.