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Alienware 15 R3

Specifications

Alienware 15 R3
Alienware 15 R3 (15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1443 MHz, Memory: 4000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 378.49
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2 x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, Dual Channel, 2/2 slots in use, up to 32 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, HPJGK_B156HTN (AUO51ED), TN, Full HD, 120 Hz, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel CM238
Storage
,  GB 
, SK hynix PC300 HFS256GD9MND, 256 GB NVMe-SSD + HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1 TB HDD @ 7200 rpm. Slots: 2 x m.2 Type 2280 & 1 x 2.5-inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC298 @ High Definition Audio-Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Sensors: Eye Tracking, Noble Lock, Graphics Amplifier
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 389 x 305 ( = 0.98 x 15.31 x 12.01 in)
Battery
99 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD+
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0 , Keyboard: 4 zones + Makro area, Keyboard Light: yes, 240-Watt PSU, Quick-start guide, service brochures, McAfee Security Trial, MS Office 2016 Trial, Killer Performance Suite, Tobii Eye Tracking, several manufacturer tools, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.548 kg ( = 125.15 oz / 7.82 pounds), Power Supply: 810 g ( = 28.57 oz / 1.79 pounds)
Price
2459 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 81.1% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 92%, features: 72%, display: 91% mobility: 57%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 86%, emissions: 76%

Reviews for the Alienware 15 R3

86.1% Alienware 15 R3 Notebook Review | Notebookcheck
The aliens are back. We did not have the chance to review the first edition of the Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), but we can finally have a look at the promising gaming notebook with the Kaby Lake update. How does the 15-inch system hold up against the competition?
80% Alienware 15 review: It's built like a tank you can actually carry
Source: PC World English
The Alienware 15 probably wouldn’t be my first choice, but it puts out incredible, desktop-level performance. Even with a GTX 1070 the Alienware 15 handled everything I threw at it with aplomb, and did it while still fitting inside a normal-size backpack. Barely fitting, but come on—I’m trying to be charitable here.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware 15 review: It's built like a tank you can actually carry
Source: Good Gear Guide English
The Alienware 15 probably wouldn’t be my first choice, but it puts out incredible, desktop-level performance. Even with a GTX 1070 the Alienware 15 handled everything I threw at it with aplomb, and did it while still fitting inside a normal-size backpack. Barely fitting, but come on—I’m trying to be charitable here.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/08/2017
84% Alienware 15 R3 GTX 1070 Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Alienware 15 R3 packs in an NVIDIA GTX 1070 along with an Intel Core i7 6700HQ. Although, this isn’t the retail unit, it is pretty close in terms of performance. Alienware has certainly improved the build quality of the gaming laptops with added rigidity and ease of access for customisation. The lid doesn’t extend as far back as most other gaming laptops and you don’t get an SD card reader. Performance wise, we’d like to mention that you should be getting a 240 W power adapter with the unit should you decide to get one. The 180 W adapter does not do any justice to the performance capabilities of this machine. Most laptops with a GTX 1070 cost around 1.7-1.8 lakhs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 84%
80% Alienware 15 r3 review
Source: Stuff TV English
Unless you're spending a whole lot more by going the custom build route, or want a desktop-thrashing SLI setup, this is still our pick of off-the-shelf gaming machines you won't break your back with every time you take it on the move.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware 15 R3 review – borderline 15-inch gaming system
Source: Laptop Media English
The bottom line? Well, the privilege of owning an Alienware notebook comes at a big price and we mean that literally. To be honest, you won’t be getting better specs or performance compared to the much more affordable Acer Predator 15 or the ASUS ROG GL502VS but it will definitely reflect on the overall user experience. Build quality, the inclusion of 3x M.2 SSD slots and conditionally better cooling system are probably the things that stand out the most when someone brings up the Alienware 15 R3.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/15/2017
80% Alienware 15 R3 review
Source: Techradar English
The Alienware 15 R3 is an incremental update over the previous generation but offers the power and refinement that gamers on the go will love. It’s a big and heavy beast but, if you don’t mind the weight, it’s a potent laptop that can do it all.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware 15 review: Bigger, but not necessarily better
Source: Engadget English
The Alienware 15 is almost everything you could ask for in a midsize gaming laptop. It's a stylish, powerful machine with the latest GPU architecture, Intel's new seventh-gen CPUs and a fantastic build quality -- it's just a little large for a machine of its class.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/29/2017
80% Alienware 15 R3 Review
Source: Computer Shopper English
The Alienware 15 R3 ranks as one of our favorite 15.6-inch gaming notebooks. The gaming-centric nature of this machine is clearly evident, from its futuristic design to its excellent gaming performance. The end-user customization on this model is head-and-shoulders above many competing brands, such as MSI and Acer. For starters, the Alienware 15 R3 is factory-configurable from its base $1,199 config, up to the $2,274 of our tester, and more than a grand beyond that. After purchase, you can continue customizing with the AlienFX lighting system. AlienFX is a main selling point for this notebook. Most gaming notebooks that we test with configurable lighting of any kind—and that narrows the list considerably—usually have just the ability to turn the lighting on or off. On the Alienware 15 R3, you have 12 separate lighting zones, completely configurable the way you want. AlienFX also integrates into games.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Alienware 15 R3 (2017)
Source: PC Mag English
The Alienware R3 is a worthy upgrade on its predecessor, slimmer but more powerful than before, with a stylish design and sturdy high-quality construction. You get plenty of premium features including custom lighting and copious storage, but these add up to a pricey proposition relative to its gaming power. The HP Omen 17 offers the same graphics card and similar performance across the board, plus a 4K screen, for $1,799. With its plastic build, it's not as high end, but it remains our midrange Editors' Choice for threading the needle on performance, features, and price. If you like the R3's top-notch feature set and design, but can't afford the price tag, consider configuring a less expensive version.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Alienware 15 R3 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Alienware 15 R3 is a gaming laptop that is hard to beat. It has as much power as any of its mainstream rivals, and has lighting that is both eye-catching and customisable, but can also be switched off when you’d rather let you laptop slip into the background. It’s very well-made, the keyboard is great and the frame has some connections you sometimes only see in a laptop dock. However, its omission of a memory card slot is odd, the fan system is fairly loud and while hardcore gamers may appreciate the use of (in some models) a TN display it doesn’t do pure image quality many favours. As usual with an Alienware machine, you can find similar specs for less money from value-driven alternatives from, for example, PC Specialist and the HP Omen range. Its price is competitive with its direct rivals, the Acer Predator and Asus RoG series, and this is easily the slimmest and classiest-looking of the trio.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware 15 R3 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Alienware 15 has a sophisticated new look and a new Intel Kaby Lake processor, but subpar battery life hinders the overall experience.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
84% Alienware 15 R3 Gaming Laptop Review | i7-7700HQ & GTX 1070
Source: Player English
To sum up the Alienware 15 R3 gaming laptop with GTX 1070, it’s a solid option for those looking for a portable powerhouse for gaming. The only caveat and issue for me is the 120Hz screen wasn’t really stretched in our testing; not one of the games we tested managed to hit 120fps at maximum settings. This makes the 120Hz a little pointless in games other than those less intensive and having a Gysnc enabled screen makes all the difference to those wishing to avoid screen tearing. Everything was great in all honesty and the Alienware 15 R3 is a solid option for those wanting a GTX 1070, but still want all the benefits of being able to game on the move!
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 80% performance: 80% workmanship: 90%

Foreign Reviews

88% Test : Alienware 15 R3, la troisième version du PC portable gaming de Dell ne démérite pas
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/09/2017
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 100% display: 100% mobility: 50%

Comment

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.  
7700HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Besides four CPU cores (including Hyper Threading), the chips also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU and is manufactured in an improved 14 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15.6":

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.
3.548 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.


81.1%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2017-03-26 (Update: 2017-03-26)