Not only of ASUS or Razer that are interested on making of thin and light gaming notebook because even Dell are demanded by its consumers to make the same thing. Yeah, the demands for this kind of device are pretty high nowadays considering of users prefer of portability on the top of everything. For years, Alienware actually has made the 13 inch of its gaming device, but the system itself is far bulkier and thicker in comparable with MSI GS65 or ASUS Zephyrus 15 series. Now, the Alienware M15 is just announced and might make you look interested to take a look at it.
The portability is the main selling point as the chassis is much thinner and lighter than before. However, the price becomes the main consideration here considering the base model itself costs for under 1900 dollars while the higher end model costs for nearly 3000 dollars. I have got a chance to take a look one of its models and I am going to share of everything about it on this article. Let’s take a look at it further and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
I am pretty impressed on how they provide and make the overall design here. The chassis feels incredible thin, light, and at the same time promises of impressive build quality. I don’t have any problem in term of built as the rigidity and its resistance are great. The flex is so minimal on both of keyboard deck and lid cover and should take of some heavy usages without posing any problem. The entire chassis here is built from magnesium alloy material. It’s the same material used in the bigger model although they put of a slightly different finishing here. The offer of glossy finishing instead of matte one and making the surface feels comfortable to put our wrist, but becomes a great fingerprint magnet.
We are not really sure why they decide to do that case and maybe they want to do something difference here. The same case found on its grilled speakers which now featuring of similar finishing. I will see of users have difference mixed opinion about it. By having of its rigid and durable chassis, the system is just weight for around 4 pounds. As for the connectivity, the ports selection are well made and even the Thunderbolt 3 port is existed and also coming with other standard ports like HDMI, mini display port, 3.5 mm audio jack, and Ethernet.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
Alienware provides of couple different screen configurations to choose by its users based on their budget and preference. The 4K UHD model is considered as the most expensive and good one for photo editing while the FHD 144 Hz is perfect for gaming here. Keep in mind, the 1080p 60 Hz model is also available if you look for something cheaper here. For this review, I got the 1080p 144 Hz one and it looks so impressive in both of brightness and color accuracy. The panel manages to cover of 88 % SRGB color and having of 348 nits of brightness. I just notice a slightly grainy because it uses of matte panel and considered as normal case here.
As for the input method, they basically revamp the keyboard into something more comfortable to use with compared to its R14 14 inch series where it does not even has of numpad keys. Here, it offers of a Chiclet based keyboard alongside with four zones RGB backlit support. The keys feel pretty comfortable for long term typing although I see the numpad keys for some reasons are narrower than the QWERTY keys. Unfortunately, the each key RGB backlit support is gone and now swapped with quad zone configurations.
|Alienware M15 15.6 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I7-8750H 8th Gen 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1070 Max-Q 8GB GDDR5|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch FHD 144 Hz|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery Life
The performance is actually really great and seems so similar to the bigger model although they decide to put of Max-Q graphic card instead the standard desktop one. For this case, the specs I have for this review is included of Intel Core I7 8750H 6 cores processor from 8th generation and combined with GTX 1070 Max-Q. This hardware will run every single game you want in high or even ultra-setting at full HD resolution. I have tried of Battlefield 5, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and Assassin Creed Odyssey for the test and all of them running in expected performance. It runs even better as I notice the thermal management appeared as better than its standard model.
In term of battery life, you will get of between 4 hours to 8 hours of battery life depending on what kind of battery capacities you pick here. They provide of either 60 watts or 90 watts battery to consider and I recommend you to take the 90 one because its battery life is amazing. You can just run everything included of gaming for 7 hours in single charge. It will cost you more here, but feels worth as it should offer better productivity to you.back to menu ↑
No one predicts that even Alienware would make a small and thin gaming device in 2018 because for years they have made of standard and bulky laptops and people still buy it. But, they probably know the more standard laptops are now more and more hard to find right now and means they should move from this matter or they will soon lose their based consumers. The Alienware M15 could be your best option if you look a portable system with great durability and decent performance. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.