Alienware m15 gaming laptop trims the fat and muscles up

For a good while now, Dell's Alienware sub-brand has been selling three models of laptop: the simply-named Alienware 13, Alienware 15, and Alienware 17. While those machines are attractive and speedy, we probably wouldn't describe them as "svelte." They may not be bulky desktop replacements, but they're not exactly lean, either. For folks seeking gaming performance in a slim package, Dell's just revealed the Alienware m15 slim gaming laptop.

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Dell says the Alienware m15 is the company's thinnest and lightest 15" gaming laptop. Altogether, it weighs 4.8 lbs (2.2 kg) and is less than 0.8" (2.1 cm) thick when closed. Inside that space, Dell packs mobile Intel Coffee Lake CPUs (topping out at the Core i7-8750H) as well as your choice of GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics cards in Max-Q variety.

Despite the 15" screen diagonal, the machine only measures 14.3" across (36 cm) thanks to super-thin side bezels on the display. Said screen will be available in 1920×1080 or 3840×2160 resolutions, but that's about all we know about it. We do know that Dell will build your Alienware m15 with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and PCIe SSDs up to 1 TB. Alternatively, you can choose a dual-storage configuration with 2.5" HDDs combined with solid-state drives, an Optane cache drive, or even a pair of the aforementioned 1-TB PCIe SSDs.

Thankfully, Dell didn't strip off all the ports to make the Alienware m15 thinner. You still get three USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 connection, a full-sized HDMI 2.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort 1.3 jack, and a Gigabit Ethernet port (powered by a Killer chip). Every Alienware m15 comes with 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi-and-Bluetooth adapter, but you can opt for a fancy Killer Wi-Fi card that includes Bluetooth 5.0 support. There's also a dedicated port to plug in an Alienware Graphics Amplifier, and our eyes spy a 3.5-mm audio jack, too.

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Like the rest of Alienware's laptops, the m15 will include an RGB LED-backlit keyboard, although the lighting on this model is apparently configured by zones rather than on a per-key basis. Notably, this is the first 15" Alienware laptop to have a numeric keypad on its keyboard. The included battery is a 60-Whr model, though you can opt to upgrade to a 90-Whr pack if you prefer. Dell says the machine can run for 17 hours on the larger battery.

If this is exactly the laptop you're after, you don't have long to wait. Dell says both Epic Silver and Nebula Red variants will go up on the Alienware website on October 25, and that prices will start at $1299 for the base model.

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    • Sheraz
    • 1 year ago
    • Voldenuit
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]Said screen will be available in 1920x1080 or 3840x2160 resolutions, but that's about all we know about it. [/quote<] [url=https://www.tomshardware.com/news/alienware-m15-price-specs-release-date,37882.html<]Toms Hardware lists the following screen options for the m15[/url<]: Display Options 15.6 inches [list<][*<]FHD 60Hz IPS; [/*<][*<]FHD 144Hz TN; [/*<][*<]4K 60Hz IPS [/*<] [/list<]

    • Voldenuit
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]Dell packs mobile Intel Coffee Lake CPUs (topping out at the Core i7-8750H) as well as your choice of GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics cards in Max-Q variety.[/quote<] @Zak: I believe it's a choice of GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1060. The wording in the TR article makes it sound like both cards are Max-Q. The Dell press release also specifies that a 1050 Ti model will be available in November.

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    Don’t talk to me about how thin or light a gaming laptop is until you stress test the GPU and CPU cooling to ensure that it actually can run games without throttling.

    You’d be amazed at how many laptops are sold today that throttle at stock settings.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 1 year ago

      Beyond throttling, I’d like to see it maintain a comfortable temperature for both the user and the hardware.

    • OptimumSlinky
    • 1 year ago

    I had a 2011 Alienware 14″ that I took to Afghanistan with me. Honestly, other than being thick as a brick, it was a beautiful laptop, with nice soft-touch materials, a solid keyboard, and great overall build quality and reliability. This looks sharp and addresses the number one issue with the old ones.

    • Thresher
    • 1 year ago

    I’ve been looking for a replacement for my aging MacBook Pro. Since they haven’t made one I wanted to buy since 2015, this may be the ticket. I want to see some reviews of the the screen first, but this may be the way I go.

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      If you buy one, try to use one of TR’s affiliate links! ( οΎŸΠ”οΎŸ)

      There are generic links on every deal post for Newegg, Amazon, Best Buy, Adorama, Rakuten, Walmart, and Sam’s Club. You might be able to find the item you want at one of those shops. Laptops probably don’t pay much for affiliates considering how they run on the ragged edge of margins anyway, but every little bit counts! ( ;βˆ€;)

      • morphine
      • 1 year ago

      Unless you specifically want to have a powerful graphics card inside, you’d be well served by Dell’s XPS machines or one the HP Zbooks.

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        I second this. Don’t forget the Thinkpad Carbon X1 either, especially with the new 1440p HDR 1500:1 IPS screen.

    • Techtree101
    • 1 year ago

    Very cool! I’m curious as to why they released it right before the next gen of video cards (GTX 11xx for laptops, non-RTX), and possibly version of the latest upcoming Intel CPUs, are released. They’re going to have to include those cards within weeks.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 1 year ago

    Would look nice if it weren’t for that hinge.

      • UberGerbil
      • 1 year ago

      Yeah, that was my first thought too. It’s impossible to judge the quality / reliability — and for that piece in particular, that’s all that matters, not looks — but just judging by appearance I’m not a fan.

        • leor
        • 1 year ago

        Alienware is known for having very strong hinges. I can’t help you with the aesthetic though. πŸ™‚

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