Alienware m15 R4: Out with the old, in with the new
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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.
Notebookcheck review of the Alienware m15 R4