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Alienware m15 R4: Out with the old, in with the new

Offers a lot of performance but only short battery life: The Alienware m15 R4
Offers a lot of performance but only short battery life: The Alienware m15 R4
The exterior of the Alienware m15 R4 remains unchanged compared to the predecessors, but it reveals new strengths on the inside. While performance is beyond reproach, old weaknesses are also present.
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The R4 variant of the Dell Alienware m15 comes with more powerful CPUs and with Nvidia's 3000 generation GeForce RTX graphics units. For our test, we were able to use a model with the RTX 3070, which can deliver its maximum performance with a TGP of 140 watts. This allows the gaming laptop to run all the latest games effortlessly, and it still has resources left for smooth ray tracing.

The Intel Core i9-10980HK used in our test configuration is also a strong player and provides a significant improvement over the predecessor, especially in multi-core performance. However, this is also accompanied by an increased energy demand that completely utilizes the output of the included 240-watt power adapter.

In addition, the 300 Hz display option doesn't support the energy-saving Optimus feature. G-Sync is also only available in the 144 Hz variant. However, those who are willing to pay the extra price can also go for an OLED panel.

Another drawback caused by the high power consumption is the extremely short battery life. Users who occasionally want to use their gaming laptop on the go for office or browsing tasks won't be able to get by without a power outlet for long with our test configuration.

The Alienware m15 R4 is a gaming laptop that is intended for stationary use. Fortunately, the fans don't get quite as loud under load as it was the case with the m15 R3.

Our review shows everything else the m15 R4 has to offer compared to the predecessor.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 429 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 427 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Mike Wobker, 2021-04- 8 (Update: 2021-04- 8)