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Alienware 15 R4

Specifications

Alienware 15 R4
Alienware 15 R4 (15 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-8950HK 6 x 2.9 - 4.8 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile - 8192 MB, Core: 1480 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 389.12
Memory
16384 MB 
, Two 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, Dual Channel. All SO-DIMM slots occupied. Maximum of 32 GB RAM supported.
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD0540), IPS, Full-HD, 60 Hz, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel CM246
Storage
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G, 256 GB 
, NVMe SSD & HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630 1 TB 7,200 RPM HDD. Two M.2-2280 slots & one 2.5-inch drive bay.
Soundcard
Realtek ALC298 @ Intel Cannon Lake PCH
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: One headphone jack, one microphone jack, One Noble Lock, one Graphics amplifier
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
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: RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, 240 W power supply, Quick Start Guide, Various manufacturer tools, Killer Performance Suite, McAfee Security Trial, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.517 kg ( = 124.06 oz / 7.75 pounds), Power Supply: 802 g ( = 28.29 oz / 1.77 pounds)
Price
2768 EUR

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 77.6% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 86%, features: 71%, display: 83% mobility: 63%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 84%, emissions: 63%

Reviews for the Alienware 15 R4

86.4% Alienware 15 R4 (i9-8950HK, GTX 1070, FHD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
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.
70% Test Du Alienware 15 R4 : De L’Inutilité D’Un Core I9 Sur Les Laptops Gamer
Source: Fredzone French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
74% Test : Dell Alienware 15 R4, ce PC portable mise sur son Core i9 pour séduire les gamers
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 90% mobility: 60%
80% Test Alienware 15 R4 : un excellent « petit » PC pour gamers
Source: Phonandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Le PC portable gamer Alienware 15 R4 en Core i9-8950HK en test
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; solid workmanship; powerful processor. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/31/2018
Обзор игрового ноутбука Alienware 15 R4
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
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

Comment

Model:

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.

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.


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.


15.60":

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.


3.517 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.


77.6%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


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

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2018-09-11 (Update: 2018-09-11)