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Computex 2019 | New Dell Alienware m15 R2 is essentially a miniaturized Area-51m

2018 Alienware m15 (left) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (right)
2018 Alienware m15 (left) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (right)
It hasn't even been a year since the 2018 Alienware m15 and now a redesigned Alienware m15 R2 is ready to hit the market. The new chassis sports a similar honeycomb-inspired ventilation design as the Area-51m but in a smaller and tighter package that we've come to expect from an ultra-thin gaming laptop.

Normally, manufacturers wait two years or more before fully refreshing the design of a laptop series. The current 2019 XPS 15 7590, for example, hasn't had any major chassis changes since its introduction over three years ago. Thus, we were surprised to find a brand new never-before-seen Alienware m15 design at Computex 2019.

Called the Alienware m15 R2, the chassis is set to eventually replace the barely one-year old first generation Alienware m15. The system will be slightly thinner with a design language inspired by the larger 17.3-inch Area-51m unveiled at CES 2019. This approach of sharing one common visual design language across a single family of devices common in the world of laptops including on the XPS series, Asus ZenBook series, and the Lenovo Legion series.

As with any chassis redesign, expect some major changes both inside and out. The Alienware m15 R2 will have per-key RGB lighting and deeper 1.7 mm keys than last year's model with rearranged ports as well. Intel 9th gen CPUs come standard up to the unlocked Core i9-9980HK. Dell is promising 30 percent improved cooling with all the new changes to the chassis.

Storage and display options remain identical between the two generations up to the same 4K UHD OLED panel. GPU options will be slightly different, but they will still max out at the RTX 2080 Max-Q.

There are a couple of downsides on the Alienware m15 R2. Battery capacity has dropped to 76 Wh from 90 Wh on last year's model and system RAM is now soldered and non-upgradeable up to 16 GB DDR4-2666 only. Dell says they will offer 32 GB options in the future when the appropriate DIMMs become available. It's disappointing that not even one SODIMM slot will available as even the less expensive and slightly thinner Asus Zephyrus G GA502 offers the feature.

The Alienware m15 R2 will launch on July 1st for a starting price of $1500 USD in the same dark gray and light gray color options as the Area-51m. The original 2018 Alienware m15 will continue to be available through Dell.com for the time being.

2018 Alienware m152019 Alienware m15 R2
CPUCore i5-8300H up to Core i9-8950HKCore i5-9300H up to Core i9-9980HK
GPUGeForce GTX 1660 Ti up to RTX 2080 Max-QGeForce GTX 1650 up to RTX 2080 Max-Q
Display1080p 60 Hz
1080p 240 Hz w/ 100% sRGB + Tobii eyetracking
4K UHD 60 Hz OLED w/ DCI-P3

1080p 60 Hz
1080p 240 Hz w/ 100% sRGB + Tobii eyetracking
4K UHD 60 Hz OLED w/ DCI-P3

RAM

Up to 32 GB DDR4-2666
2x SODIMM upgradeable
8 GB or 16 GB DDR4-2666
Soldered
Storage2x M.2 22802x M.2 2280
PortsAlienware Graphics Amplifier
Thunderbolt 3
RJ-45 up to 1 Gbps
3x USB 3.1 Type-A
HDMI 2.0
mini-DisplayPort 1.3
3.5 mm combo audio
Alienware Graphics Amplifier
Thunderbolt 3
RJ-45 up to 2.5 Gbps
3x USB 3.1 Type-A
HDMI 2.0b
mini-DisplayPort 1.4
3.5 mm audio
3.5 mm headset
KeyboardFour-zone RGB lighting
1.4 mm key travel
Per-key RGB lighting
1.7 mm key travel
Dimensions363 x 275 x 21 mm360.5 x 276 x 20.5 mm (w/ Tobii)
(20.1 mm if no Tobii)
Weight2.16 kg2.16 kg

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2018 Alienware m15 (top) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (bottom)
2018 Alienware m15 (top) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (bottom)
2018 Alienware m15 (top) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (bottom)
2018 Alienware m15 (top) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (bottom)
2018 Alienware m15 (top) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (bottom)
2018 Alienware m15 (top) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (bottom)
2018 Alienware m15 (top) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (bottom)
2018 Alienware m15 (top) vs. 2019 Alienware m15 R2 (bottom)
2019 Alienware m15 specifications (Source: Dell)
2019 Alienware m15 specifications (Source: Dell)

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Allen Ngo, 2019-05-28 (Update: 2019-05-27)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.