Alienware 15 R3-3831SLV
Average of 3 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Alienware 15 R3-3831SLV
The Alienware 15 with the GTX 1070 inside is less competitive: Asus, for example, has a $1,600 ROG Strix GL502VS with hardware only a $1,950 Alienware 15 can provide. That’s a significant price discrepancy, so I’d only opt for the higher-end models if you can find one that’s provides particularly good value. The $2,200 configuration, for example, is a respectable price compared to a similar offering from value-friendly Gigabyte.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Gaming Laptops Junky
Bottom line, the AW15R3 is not as cheap as other laptops, and doesn’t offer almost nothing above the competitors like the GT62VR and Clevo P650RP6/P650RS. Not only that, some machines with GTX 1070 can be found for the same price from time to time. I think that for many, the extra connection ports may not be as important as lower price and better thermals and GSync, like in the case of the MSI GT62VR (which has an MXM GPU that can be upgraded).
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/27/2016
Source: Tech For Pennies
Alienware AW15R3-3831SLV works as your go-to gaming notebook. No matter the game you throw at it, the system will run it smooth with full eye candy on. The main thanks goes to the GTX 1060 card, however Core i7 processor and 128GB SSD are no less important in making the general use of this computer feel seamless. Provided you got the money, I see a good reason to get this Alienware for great gaming experience!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/23/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
Alienware laptops have grown up in looks and are modernized--gone is the ultra-chunky and aggressive look. We welcome the modern cooling design and lower heat internals that are very 2016, and the (dare I say) classy looking aluminum and soft touch black finishes. Pricing is more attainable too, and for a few hundred dollars more, you get a more high end look than the competition (honorable mention to the Asus ROG G752 that's out there but still looks like high class goods). Of course, you get an unparalleled AlienFX LED lightshow too, in all its zone programmable chroma goodness--and that can all be turned off with the press of a button so you can take it to work and not be teased.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Trusted Reviews
For a mobile gaming laptop, the Alienware 15 ticks all the right boxes. It has a compact, robust chassis and the inclusion of a powerful VR-ready graphics card should ensure that it easily delivers excellent frame rates when playing 1080p games. Hopefully, it delivers on its opening promise come its release later this year, and I’ll once again be pushing the Alienware 15 as my small-form-factor gaming laptop of choice.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/02/2016
Source: Pemmzchannel ID→EN
Positive: Silent system; elegant design; high autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/14/2017
Dell’s supreme gaming rig is back with the revamp of the Alienware 15 series. It still looks domineering in its largely silver and black façade yet it has developed into a form which is lean and modernized. Build-wise, it is apparent that Dell does not compromise on its quality as the machine appears firm and robust, typical for an Alienware gaming unit. Its dimensions measure at 389 x 305 x 25.4 mm and it weighs approximately 3.49kg. It is flanked with a multicolour keyboard with levels of backlighting offers total AlienFX control. This will definitely make gaming more exciting as it is customisable to suit gamers’ preference. Furthermore, both keyboard and touchpad are sensitive and responsive. They are definitely good enough for a gaming machine. It boasts a 15.6 inch 16:9 ratio (resolution of 1920 x 1080pixel, 141 PPI) with IPS technology and anti-glare finish which displays incredible visuals, a condition which is indispensable for gamers. Visuals rendered are sharp and crisp with remarkable clarity. The Alienware 15 R3-3831SLV is powered by the Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor. This powerful CPU is coupled with the impressive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics adapter and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. With such specs, the system will run smoothly no matter the game thrown at it. It also comes with 1TB HDD 7200rpm with 128GB SSD. There is definitely more than enough power on this machine allowing for 4k gaming and VR readiness. In addition, the Alienware 15 comes complete with a Windows Hello camera and Tobii eye tracking software, making full use of Microsoft's latest security features.
Its higher maximum thermal design power (TDP) keeps temperature under control and the system stays cool even under extreme graphics pressure. Audio experience is equally remarkable as it is fitted with a larger and more effective speaker box which improves audio output for a clearer and more dramatic gaming experience. The Killer DoubleShot Pro technology on the Wi-Fi antenna maximizes bandwidth to provide optimal gaming speeds. Dell attempts to keep the system clutter-free by positioning most of its connectivity on the back side of the machine. Connectivity includes 3 USB 3.0/3.1 Gen1 ports, 1 Thunderbolt port, 1 HDMI port, 1 DisplayPort, and 1 audio jack. If there is one feature that Dell could have included in this rig, it will be G-Sync which features prominently in most of Alienware’s rivals. The 68 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell battery is able to provide users with average battery life. All in all, the Alienware may be a pricey machine, gamers are nevertheless guaranteed an incredible gaming experience. It will suite serious gamers well but the competition is very harsh in this category.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile: The mobile GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 chip and offer 1280 shaders. Compared to the identically named desktop version it features a slightly lower clock rate. Games in Full HD and maximum details should run fluently on the card.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
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.
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.
76.67%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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