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Alienware m15 Series

Alienware m15 P79FProcessor: Intel Core i7 8750H, Intel Core i9 8950HK
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Display: 15.6 inch
Weight: 2.16kg, 2.2kg
Price: 1850, 1900, 2000, 2300, 3100 euro
Average Score: 80.29% - good
Average of 22 scores (from 34 reviews)
price: 93%, performance: 95%, features: 75%, display: 93%
mobility: 72%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 75%

 

Alienware m15, GTX 1070 Max-Q

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

Specifications

Alienware m15, GTX 1070 Max-QNotebook: Alienware m15, GTX 1070 Max-Q
Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 8192 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.16kg
Price: 1850 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
 Alienware notebook section

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

 

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
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

 

Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q

Specifications

Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-QNotebook: Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 8192 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.16kg
Price: 1900 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
 Alienware notebook section

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Average Score: 80.91% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 13 reviews)

 

87.1% Alienware m15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Alienware's first ultra-thin laptop maintains the spirit of the original Alienware 15 R4 while propelling the series forward into the super-light gaming category. Of course, some sacrifices had to be made when moving to a smaller design, but it's mostly a success especially in terms of Turbo Boost performance and chassis rigidity.
87% Alienware m15 review: Relatively compact while retaining a gaming look
Source: Techaeris English
There’s no question there are plenty of slimmer gaming laptop options out there. With its advanced thermal cooling technology, sleek gaming design, and various customizable options, the Alienware m15 definitely meets the criteria for a gaming laptop. While some of the configurations can be pricey, it does offer solid construction, great performance, and comfortable use.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/24/2019
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 85% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 60% workmanship: 95%
80% Alienware M15 review
Source: Stuff TV English
It’s not quite as suave as the Razer Blade 15, which could pass for your everyday work laptop, but if you're after a portable, compact gaming laptop and you’ve got the cash to splash on Alienware, the M15 is a great choice.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/28/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% The First Max Q Gaming Laptop From Alienware Is Too Thick And Too Late
Source: The Verge English
In a vacuum, the m15 is impressive: it’s thinner and lighter than prior Alienware laptops, while still providing an excellent gaming experience and surprisingly good battery life when you’re not gaming. But it does not exist in a vacuum, and it’s not as thin, light, well-designed, or immersive as its competition. Even with a starting price that undercuts Razer, MSI, and others, the Alienware m15 doesn’t stand out.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/24/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
87% Alienware m15 review: Dell’s first thin gaming laptop doesn’t disappoint
Source: Engadget English
Overall, the Alienware m15 is a better value than the competition. It's not as light as MSI's, and it's not as sleek as the Blade, but it's powerful and attractive enough for any gamer who wants a more portable gaming rig. Best of all, the Alienware m15 proves that Dell is finally moving beyond the gaming laptop stone age.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 87%
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: 01/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware m15 Gaming Laptop Review: Thin, Light, Dense, Deadly
Source: Hot Hardware English
Any way you slice it, Dell's Alienware m15 is a powerful machine, with an easily serviceable chassis, and room to grow. Pound-for-pound it may just be one of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market right now. It's like a powerful middleweight that can step into the ring and go toe-to-toe with heavyweights.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/04/2019
93% Alienware m15 Gaming-Notebook mit Monster-Leistung
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/09/2019
Rating: Total score: 93% performance: 99% features: 99% display: 98% mobility: 74% ergonomy: 64%
Schlanker Schönling mit flotter Hardware
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/28/2018
90% Alienware m15
Source: Le monde numerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2019
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 100% workmanship: 80%
80% Test du Alienware m15 : un PC portable gamer au design policé mais aux performances solides
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/29/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
76% Test : Dell Alienware m15, un très bon portable gamer...si vous supportez son bruit
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 90% mobility: 80%
67% Gruppetest: Alienware M15 n00awm1506
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/06/2019
Rating: Total score: 67%
80% Alienware m15 review și benchmarks (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, ecran UHD)
Source: Giz.ro →EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Alienware M15, GTX 1070

Specifications

Alienware M15, GTX 1070Notebook: Alienware M15, GTX 1070
Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixels
Weight: 2.2kg
Links: Alienware homepage
 Alienware notebook section

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Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% Dell Alienware M15 Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Alienware m15-KV74W

Specifications

Alienware m15-KV74WNotebook: Alienware m15-KV74W
Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8192 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.16kg
Price: 2300 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
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Average Score: 74.67% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

60% Alienware m15 (2019, OLED)
Source: PC Mag English
The peppy, pricey Alienware m15 now offers a brilliant OLED screen, but the competition has upped its game since we last reviewed it. We'd recommend several other models right now—especially as Alienware has a redesign coming.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/21/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Alienware m15 review: The power of OLED compels you
Source: PC World English
That said, this laptop doesn’t necessarily need to suffer for the sins of its parents. The OLED display is love-at-first-sight for me. Maybe not “I don't care that it costs $1,000 more than some laptops with comparable performance” love, but...well, depends what you care about. I could certainly see someone making the argument at least, and the m15’s internals perform well enough to do the display justice. After all, if you’re buying a screen that looks this damn good, you want whatever’s on it to look good too, right?
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/14/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware m15 review: The power of OLED compels you
Source: Good Gear Guide English
I still think the RTX 2070 Max-Q is in a weird spot, what with full-size GTX 1070 laptops remaining on the market, performing basically the same and usually priced much lower. And I think this particular Alienware m15 is in an even weirder spot, given there’s an m15 redesign already announced.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/14/2019
84% Alienware m15 Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Alienware m15 performs precisely in line with our expectations, that is, excellent frame rates while gaming and short render times in both Lightroom and Premiere Pro. Where it falters is in poor thermals, with the WASD keys getting as hot as 46 degrees. Regardless, the Alienware m15 makes for a great gaming system that will definitely turn heads.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2019
Rating: Total score: 84%

 

Alienware m15-565K7

Specifications

Alienware m15-565K7Notebook: Alienware m15-565K7
Processor: Intel Core i9 8950HK
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 8192 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.16kg
Price: 3100 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
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Slimmer and faster Dell Alienware m15 and m17 gaming notebooks launched at Computex 2019
Source: Hitech Century English
Combined, all this makes the m15 and m17 exceptionally tempting gaming rigs indeed though prices will be predictably princely with both gaming notebooks started in on the ground floor with from USD1,500 and up. Stay tuned to Dell’s official website for more updates here.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 06/01/2019
Alienware m15 (R2) review: Hands-on
Source: PC Advisor English
Until we spend more time with the m15, we can't really judge how well it holds up - but on paper it has top specs for the form factor (except for that pesky RAM cap) and some seriously tempting display options. The only question mark is really how well the new cooling design manages the power on hand.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/30/2019
Alienware m15 R2 initial review: Eye-catching and eye-tracking too
Source: Pocket Lint English
There's no denying, the Alienware m15 is a real looker. They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but you can certainly judge this new laptop on the face of it. Staggering beauty carries through into powerhouse specs that should keep you happy whatever you're doing.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/29/2019
Hands on: Alienware m15 2019 review
Source: Techradar English
The Alienware m15 2019 is one of the sharpest-looking and feeling gaming laptops to date, with impressive niceties such as a clever cooling solution and deep key travel in spite of its thin frame. We just wish the entry-level pricing was a little more generous.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/28/2019
Alienware m15 RTX Gaming Laptop Review
Source: Techspot English
The Alienware m15 is a great step forward for the company, but it ultimately doesn’t get our recommendation. It’s hard to create the perfect portable system on the first attempt, and many competitors have simply been doing this for longer and have more refined, better options today that you should consider instead.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/01/2019
Обзор Alienware M15. Игровой ноутбук на максималках
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; excellent display; slim size; light weight; backlit keys. Negative: No memory card slot; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/08/2019
Dell Alienware m15 và m17 (2019) trình diện: hầm hố, mạnh mẽ, giá từ 1499 USD
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; slim size; light weight.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/29/2019

 

Alienware m15 P79F

Specifications

Alienware m15 P79FNotebook: Alienware m15 P79F
Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8192 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixels
Weight: 2.16kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: Alienware homepage
 Alienware notebook section

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85.3% Alienware m15 P79F (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q, OLED) Review | Notebookcheck
OLED is amazing, but it's not the holy grail of display technologies. A few key disadvantages outside of the pricier MSRP mean there are still good reasons to choose IPS depending on your usage scenario.
Chiêm ngưỡng ‘quái vật’ Alieware m15 giữa chiến trường MSI 2019
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; premium design; solid workmanship.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/11/2019

 

Comment

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.


These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

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. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop): 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.NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q: High-End laptop graphics card based on the TU106 chip with 2,304 shaders and 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM. Offers reduced clock speeds to achieve a much lower power consumption.NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: High-End laptop graphics card based on the TU104 chip with 2,944 shaders and 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM. Runs at reduced clock speeds compared to a laptop RTX 2080 to achieve a much lower power consumption.» 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++). Intel Core 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.
» 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.

2.2 kg:


80.29%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
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Stefan Hinum, 2018-12-21 (Update: 2018-12-21)