There are very few gaming laptops on the market right now that can strike the right balance between crazy high specs and portability. Dell’s Alienware m15 r3 There seems to be a sweet chat between the two. It is essentially a Area 51 After six months of cardio – it has a similar look and style, but in a much lighter body. So is there a catch? Learn in our review.
Alienware M15R3 Pricing and Variants
R3 modification The Alienware M15 is really powerful, featuring Intel’s 10th General Comet Lake H-series processor, and comes in three variants. Aadhar configuration, priced at Rs. The 2,64,590 includes an Intel Core i7-10750H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, 4K OLED display, 16GB RAM and 1TB of SST storage. The top-of-the-line variant, which I received for this review, takes it a notch further with a Core i9-10980HK CPU, 32GB RAM, and a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max Q GPU, and an eye-watering one. Rs. 3,39,990.
Alienware M15 R3 design and build quality
The Alienware M15 R3 is very well built. Its outer shell and keyboard deck are made of a magnesium alloy to keep weight down, ensuring solid build quality. It is soft to the touch, but the soft touch does not feel the same as plastic. It is resistant to fingerprints, smudges, and scratches, something that is very important to the Chatos-gobbling gaming audience that it is going for laptops. However, you can expect it to end sooner or later, as it is only available in white, or as Alienware calls it Lunar Lite.
The interesting thing is that the laptop does not have a single sharp corner. This, along with the worn-out texture, makes it relatively portable, and you can easily carry it with you, even if it is 2.5 liters that is not light.
Like most other gaming laptops, it is equipped with RGB lighting everywhere. You can find the RGB LED around the rear vent in the Alienware logo on the lid, and of course, the keyboard, which we’ll get to in a moment, is customizable via the proprietary app. Although LED lighting is not for everyone, I dig this look.
The display and keyboard deck have very little flex, which again is too much for choice of materials.
Alienware M15R3 Connectivity Options
In terms of I / O, on the left side of the laptop, you’ll find a USB 3.2 port (with only one power share), an Ethernet port, and a multi-function 3.5mm jack. On the right side you will find two more USB 3.2 ports without a power share and microSD card slot. At the back, there are Alienware’s proprietary graphics amplifier ports, along with charging, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI and a Thunderbolt 3 compatible Type-C port.
Alienware M15R3 Display and Sound
My variant comes with a 15.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3840×2160 and a refresh rate of 60fps. Since it has 4K resolution and OLED technology, the colors are vibrant and almost everything looks gorgeous. It is also HDR500 certified, meaning you get local dimming and brightness up to 400 nits. However, it is not ideal for gaming, as it lacks a high screen refresh rate. It also has a shiny finish; Not only the performance, but also the limitations around it, so you can struggle to fight the glare if you are going to use this laptop in a bright environment. If you are looking to watch movies, you cannot beat this panel.
The speakers are decent, though not great. They are front-firing this time, as opposed to the bottom-firing set of the M15 R2. They have good bass and mid-response, so you should be able to hear the gunshot clearly in a game, but at higher frequencies they miss a bit.
Alienware M15R3 Performance
Those bleeding-edge, no-compromise specifications in the top-end variant of this laptop gave me good gaming performance all the time. Every game I threw, heavy or light, ran smoothly on high settings. Even the ray tracing titles went to 4K with relative ease.
Warzone ran continuously at around 55fps with capable ray tracing on ultra presets in 4K, while in 1080p I got 65fps. Tomb Raider’s shadow is capable of ray tracing on average at 75 fps and DLSS at 1080p. When 4K is cranked, it can manage 51fps, which is playable. Far Cry 5 at 4K ran at 43fps with graphics in most presets.
Slightly less heavy titles like Hori Zero Dawn moved to 1080p at an average of 71fps using higher graphics settings.
Coming to thermal performance, if you play the game with the selected cool mode, you’ll see some thermal throttling.
I tried it with the Horizon Zero Dawn, which was enabled at 40 fps with quiet fan mode, while at higher fan speeds I observed 65 fps. It was at 1080p with a high graphics preset. It was not uncommon to see CPU temperatures go up to 80–90 ° C when games such as Far Cry 5 and Tomb Raider’s Shadow were played. This laptop has a tendency to run too much toast, even when fans are set to high, but hey, at least the game runs smoothly.
In terms of synthetic benchmarks, PCMark 10 posted scores of 5,349 and 6,413, respectively, in its standard and extended runs. The Cinebench R20 scored 3,065 and 460 points respectively in its multi-core and single-core tests. POVRay completed its benchmark run in 1 minute, 32 seconds.
For graphics benchmark performance, the Nvidia GeForce 2080 MaxQ GPU is a beast. 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme scores were 7,349 and 3,494, respectively, while the Port Royal Test managed 4,931.
In regular non-gaming usage, I was surprised to see some periodic stutters when navigating between tasks to run silently among fans. The laptop is still warm when it is not loaded with heavy apps.
Elwareware M15 R3 Software
Alienware M15R3 comes pre-loaded with some Dell utilities like Alienware Command Center and Mobile Connect. The command center lets you connect with things like lighting, fan speed and CPU and GPU frequency and voltage. It is very detailed, and you can also save profiles for specific games. I found it comfortable to experiment and found myself using it more times than you might think.
The laptop also comes with Tobi Eye tracking hardware and software, supported by some recent titles. It works beautifully, especially in games like F1 2020 where you can focus on a particular corner while executing a turn. It also works within the Windows UI, meaning you can move certain elements of the OS such as multitasking and even cursor around your eyes. It felt a little unnatural at first, but I picked it up faster than I expected, and when I went back to my own laptop, the lack of eye gestures really bugged me.
Alienware M15R3 Keyboard and Trackpad
This is the area that has influenced me more than raw performance. Some high-end gaming laptops try to entice customers by incorporating a half-cooked mechanical keyboard, but not this one. It has a stunning membrane keyboard, with a slightly shallow travel and satisfactory response. It’s not noisy, and properly laid out. The keys are sometimes slightly concave and are the exact size that I like. This is a very subjective thing, I know, but it is very well implemented.
The trackpad is also great – it is accurate and has a very nice texture. More importantly, unlike many other gaming laptops, this is not an afterthought. It is a very integral part of the package. It turns out to be a chef’s kiss from me.
Alienware M15R3 Battery Life
The Alienware M15 R3 has an 86Wh battery. The giant power adapter weighs around 800 grams, which can make the entire package very heavy if you plan to carry it in a bag. Be it synthetic battery testing or real-world performance, this laptop can only run in a few hours, which is not ideal. The Battery Eater Pro test ended in 1 hour and 15 minutes, and it takes about two hours to charge the thing to zero. This can be attributed to the power-hungry configuration, so it is fine for those with the power to keep it on AC power most of the time. You also have an LED light around the charging connector – nice touch.
To sum it up, the top variant of the Alienware M15R3 is a great laptop, but it’s hard to recommend to hardcore gamers, despite its crazy specifications, mainly because of that display. I also loved the slightly better thermal performance, and definitely a lower price.
If you are looking for a portable gaming laptop that has the best hardware configuration possible, then the Alienware M15R3 is for you. It also looks beautiful and feels premium. But if you use someone who does not use a laptop most of the time, it can be a deal breaker.
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