Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV


Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV
Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV (15 Series)
16384 MB 
, DDR4 (2400MHz)
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
Intel CM236 (Skylake PCH-H)
1TB 7200rpm + 256GB SSD
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5mm combo
10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.4 x 389 x 305 ( = 1 x 15.31 x 12.01 in)
68 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes
3.5 kg ( = 123.46 oz / 7.72 pounds), Power Supply: 800 g ( = 28.22 oz / 1.76 pounds)
1900 Euro



Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 6 reviews)

Reviews for the Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV

70% Dell AW15R3-10881SLV Gaming Notebook Review
Source: Tech For Pennies English
Dell AW15R3-10881SLV is a beast: it looks like one and has a performance of one. There is simply no game that is too heavyweight for the unit, the GTX 1070 card with Core i7 processor and SSD will take care of every player’s needs on Full HD and beyond. Obviously, for any kind of software use the notebook is also the real deal. But it’s very far from a portable model with almost 8 pounds weight. So if you want a stationary, super powerful gaming laptop and you’re not short on money, this Dell should deliver just what you want!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Alienware 15 (2016)
Source: PC Mag English
Alienware has not yet released pricing information for this laptop, but it seems safe to assume it will cost about the same as the current incarnation of the laptop: $1,199.99. We named the 2015 Alienware 15$1,199.99 at Dell our Editors' Choice for entry-level gaming laptops, so we're interested in seeing how well the model acquits itself. We'll report back as soon as we know.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/02/2016

Foreign Reviews

Игровой ноутбук Dell Alienware 15 R3
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Elegant design; high autonomy. Negative: Noisy under loads.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/10/2017
Обзор игрового ноутбука Dell Alienware 15 R3: сделаем по-новому!
Source: RU→EN
Positive: Great built quality; high performance; excellent display; good cooling system; long battery life. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/19/2017
Test: DELL Alienware 15 R3 - stylové provedení s výborným herním výkonem GeForce GTX 1070
Source: CZ→EN
Positive: Good cooling system; stylish design; long battery life. Negative: Noisy under loads.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/13/2017
80% Test Alienware 15 med GTX 1070
Source: NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%



With gaming console sales going up, one would imagine that the gaming PC market will be reduced to hardcore desktops for enthusiasts. However, the gaming laptop market is still very much alive in a few manufacturers and the one that leads the way is none other than Alienware. The Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV is a gaming laptop with a balance of power and portability come together. It is powered by a sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with 16 GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The GeForce GPUs of the GTX 10 series deliver up to three times the performance of the previous-generation GPUs. Hence, the are capable of delivering fastest, smoothest and most power-efficient gaming experience. The graphic card also supports 4K gaming and is ready for VR. As for storage, the laptop comes with a 1 TB hard drive for high capacity and a 256 GB SSD for fast boot up and saving or loading large files. All these hardware screams gaming, which is the main purpose of this laptop.

The Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV's chassis is made of magnesium alloy which ensures structural rigidity. Copper ensures optimal thermal management for maximum performance and reinforced steel contributes to the overall tactile comfort. Thanks to the premium material choice, the gaming laptop has definitely a high-quality build and balances performance and portability well. In addition, the laptop supports a higher maximum TDP, which indicates that it can stay cool even under extreme graphics load thanks to an improved cooling system. The keyboard of the laptop is an upgraded Alienware TactX keyboard with support of N-key rollover. It enables over 108-key commands for maximum actions per minute on a notebook with a key travel of 2.2 mm.

The Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV features a anti-glare 15.6-inch IPS display with Full HD resolution. The 120 Hz display is designed to deliver smooth gaming experience with 4 ms response time, wide viewing angles, 400 nits of brightness and Nvidia G-sync technology. The anti-glare display minimizes reflections for better viewing experience, especially outdoors. The display is brilliant but being a major gaming laptop, it would have been nicer if this laptop had been fitted with a higher resolution display. After all, some basic laptops these days already feature a Full HD display. For audio experience, the Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV has the Alienware Sound Center and Audio Recon software installed on its 2.0 speaker setup. It is also capable of delivering 7.1 digital audio via the HDMI-out.

As for dimensions, the Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV measures at 38.89 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm (15.31 x 12.00 x 1.00 inch) and weighs at 3.63 kg (8.0 lbs). It has a 6 cell lithium-ion battery to provide power on the go but being a laptop with this many features, it would be foolish to expect a long standby time. The Alienware 15 R3-10881SLV is the dream machine for many gamers. It gets as close to perfection as a laptop can get. The only laptops that are better than it are the ones with the Nvidia GeForce GTX1080 graphics card, but those cost considerably more.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop): Pascal based high-end mobile graphics card based on a cut down GP104 (like the GTX 1080) and GDDR5 graphics memory. Successor to the GTX 980M with a 10 Watts higher TDP. Similar to the desktop GTX 1070 performance wise, but with more shaders and lower clock speeds.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

3.5 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. Alienware has belonged to the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops. Trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an alien logo. In addition, Alienware offers workstations for private and business customers.


Alienware belongs to the mid-sized manufacturers of the notebook market. There are some reviews with average ratings overall.

75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2016-12-14 (Update: 2016-12-14)