Alienware 15 R4
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Alienware 15 R4
At the cutting edge. The Alienware 15 R4 is a 2.5-cm (~1 in) thick 15.6-inch gaming laptop that can be configured with up to an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and a Full HD display. Find out in this review how the 15 R4 fares against other 15-inch gaming laptops and the degree to which the device balances heat and fan noise with its powerful hardware.
Source: Fredzone FR→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
Source: 01Net FR→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 90% mobility: 60%
Source: Phonandroid FR→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Portables4Gamers FR→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Beautiful design; solid workmanship; powerful processor. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/31/2018
Source: Ixbt RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Powerful processor; good speakers; comfortable keyboard; nice touchpad; excellent display. Negative: Thick frames; mediocre design.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/24/2018
Alienware 15 R4 is a 15-inch gaming laptop with the latest overclocked Intel 6-Core CPU and upgraded cooling technology. It is built with premium materials and utilizes magnesium alloy for rigidity, copper for better performance, anodized aluminum for extra protection and steel for tactile comfort. Under the hood, the Alienware 15 features up to 8th Gen Intel® Core i9-Series processors. for Dell’s most powerful 15-inch laptop ever. Users can experience gaming at highest detail with the factory overclocked NVIDIA® GTX 1060 and 1070 graphics or the new NVIDIA GTX 1080 with Max-Q technology (110watts), overclocked CPUs at 5.0GHz, and high-speed DDR4 RAM up to 2666MHz. As for cooling technology, the Alienware 15 R4 is equipped with enhanced Alienware Cryo-Tech V2.0 thermal technology. It also contains a thin and hinge-forward design to extract the utmost performance from top notch components. With the cooling system upgrade and highly engineered ventilation, the system can stay cool even under long duration high detail gaming. For display, the Alienware 15 R4 contains a matte 15.6 inch Full HD display with an aspect ratio of 16:9, resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, 60 Hz refresh rate and G-Sync. It ensures that users get to enjoy high contrast and crisp display on their games.
Additionally, with the new AlienFX hardware and software, users can save new themes, assign them to their games and edit peripheral settings. It features support for full RGB values and up to 16.8 million colors. Also included is a new user interface to make and map new system-level effects so users can manage lighting and settings from identical controls. The Alienware 15 R4 also has a unique keyboard. With an upgraded Alienware TactX keyboard, Alienware now supports n-key rollover. It enables over 108-key commands for optimum actions per minute. Dell claims that it is the only keyboard on a laptop with 2.2mm of key travel which permit for quick response for any keystroke. There is a steel back plate on the keyboard which offers rigidity and consistent feedback guaranteed to last for up to 10 million keystrokes. The Alienware Graphics Amplifier enables futureproofing of upgradeable full-length, dual-wide graphics and additional 4-port USB 3.0 hub for extra peripherals. With a dedicated PCI-Express X4 Gen 3 with up to 40Gbps throughput, users never have to worry about the disadvantages that come with a shared connection. As a conclusion, the Alienware 15 R4 is a very powerful and highly engineered laptop which allows gamers to game on the go. It has a very stylish and stable design which is built to last. However, it has a thicker build which results in a heavier weight.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile: 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.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
i9-8950HK: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.9- 4.8 GHz (4.3 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). Offers an unlocked multiplier that allows overclocking of the CPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only a few laptops are in this weight class because the mobility is rather limited due to the high weight.
Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. The European headquarters is located in Ireland. Alienware has been part of the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops, which are developed and manufactured by Dell. The trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an Alien as the logo. Additionally, workstations for private and business customers are sold.
As with every brand, there are also some points of criticism with Alienware. Some customers have complained about the high prices of the products, while others have criticized the quality of customer services. There have also been some reports of problems with the reliability and durability of some Alienware products. However, many customers have also had positive experiences with the brand and appreciate the powerful gaming computers.
77.6%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.