Alienware m15, GTX 1070 Max-Q


Alienware m15, GTX 1070 Max-Q
Alienware m15, GTX 1070 Max-Q (m15 Series)
Graphics adapter
16384 MB 
, DDR4, 2666MHz
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
Intel CM246
256 GB NVMe, 256 GB 
, + 1TB SSHD
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: SD, 1 USB SuperSpeed 3.1 Type-A with Powershare Technology
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
height x width x depth (in mm): 21 x 363 x 275 ( = 0.83 x 14.29 x 10.83 in)
60 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Webcam: FHD 1080p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: AlienFX mSeries keyboard with alphanumeric keys, Keyboard Light: yes
2.16 kg ( = 76.19 oz / 4.76 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
1850 Euro



Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 8 reviews)

Reviews for the Alienware m15, GTX 1070 Max-Q

80% Alienware m15
Source: PC Mag English
The Alienware m15 makes good on its slim form with lots of gaming grunt and long battery life. It's a very solid 15-inch gaming laptop, though a few bits—bezels, body materials—need sprucing up.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware m15 review
Source: PC Advisor English
If you don't mind paying for portability, the Alienware m15 is one of the best light(er) gaming laptops around right now. The slimmer, lighter design hasn't brought any serious compromises on power or performance, and even battery life is surprisingly strong.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware m15 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
It took a while, but Alienware has created a thin-and-light gaming laptop that's equal parts flashy, sexy and powerful. The m15 is legitimately portable without sacrificing the performance and endurance I've come to expect from the brand. And don't forget that lovely, vivacious display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware m15 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Alienware m15 has almost everything going for it – a stylish lightweight design, the option of an ultra-smooth 144Hz display and enough power to blast through most games in Full HD at 60fps – but it's expensive, especially considering a lack of support for Nvdia's G-Sync technology.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware m15 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Alienware m15 enters the thin-and-light gaming arena with a bang, offering Core i7 and Nvidia Max-Q power in a very svelte frame.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Hands on: Alienware m15 review
Source: Techradar English
The Alienware m15 is not the most exciting gaming laptop when it comes to raw power, but rather it’s exciting in its portability. Not to mention a full-sized keyboard and impressive battery life claims for a gaming laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/05/2018
Alienware m15
Source: PC Mag English
As Alienware's thinnest and lightest gaming laptop yet, the m15 promises to deliver solid casual gaming performance in a package that won't weigh down your backpack.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/04/2018

Foreign Reviews

Promis, l’i5 et la GTX 1060 arrivent sur l’Alienware m15
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Negative: Mediocre design; heavy and bulky.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/02/2018


Model: The Alienware m15 is Dell Alienware’s finest attempt to stepping up the game to enter the thin-and-light gaming device market. Alienware is known for producing big and chunky gaming laptops, thus making this release a surprising move. The company claimed that it is 17 percent slimmer, 30 percent smaller, and 38 percent lighter compared to the previous generation Alienware 15. While it is a lightweight and slim gaming laptop, it certainly does not perform as great as other high performing gaming laptops. The m15 is the slimmest Alienware laptop ever at 2,18 kg (4.8 pound) and measures at 36,32 x 27,43 x 1,78-2,03 cm (14.3 x 10.8 x 0.7-0.8 inch). However, this isn't the lightest gaming system at its range yet, as both the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin and the Razer Blade 15 weigh less. Dell Alienware does not compromise build quality for weight: the lid is still made from anodized aluminium which looks and feels premium. The large backlit has an alien head in the center and there are three lines intersecting to the bottom half of the lid. The Dell Alienware m15 is available in Nebula Red and Epic Silver color options. The graphics processor is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q with 8192 MB GDDR5 vRAM. It also features 16 GB RAM, 256 GB NVMe storage and an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, which is a hexa-core processor that can Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz. The Alienware m15 sports NVIDIA’s Max-Q design, promoting an extra level of portability. It features portability without having too much compromise on hardware performance.

The cooling system of the Alienware m15 is Alienware's Cryo-Tech v2.0 thermal system which features a dual-intake, dual-exhaust airflow design, a high-voltage driving fan with 90 fan blades cooling the CPU and GPU, load balancing heat pipes across GPU and CPU, and copper fin stacks. The fans of the Alienware m15 are fire resistant liquid-crystal polymer fans. It has 3-phase fan control to create less friction and circulating air more efficiently. As for network connectivity, the standard configuration includes a Dell 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 combo card. As for input/output ports, users will find a Killer Networks e2500 GbE port, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port with PowerShare, one Thunderbolt 3 port, one Alienware Graphics Amplifier port, HDMI 2.0, and a mini-DisplayPort 1.3. Finally, the Alienware m15 comes with a 60 Wh battery, but the user can upgrade to a longer-running 90 Wh unit. According to Dell, the 90 Wh battery can deliver up to 17 hours of runtime. Conclusively, Dell has entered the lightweight gaming laptop market with a fairly good attempt to compete with existing competitors in the market. The company has successfully delivered a device featuring sleek design and solid performance, although it’s still not the best in the market yet.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q: Efficient high end graphics card for thin and light laptops based on the same GP104 chip as the normal GTX 1070 for laptops but at slower clock speeds. Offers a approx. 15% lower performance but much lower power consumption. 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.  
8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » 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.
2.16 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.

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.

80%: 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, 2018-10-30 (Update: 2018-10-30)