Alienware 15 R4 Reviewed at LaptopMag

Alienware 15″ R4 gaming laptop … a snip at only USD $1,399

Say hello to a sleeker, more sophisticated Alienware 15 (starting at $1,299.99, reviewed at $1,649). Like its bigger brother, the Alienware 17, the 15 has undergone a color change and lost a little girth in the process. But never fear, you still get all of the usual Alienware goodies, including customizable LED lighting.

In addition to its new, intergalactic look, this beauty packs some beastly power in the form of an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and an overclocked Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card. While it gets a bit hot and lacks a G-Sync display, the Alienware 15 remains one of the best gaming laptops you can buy in this price range.

 

CPU 2.1-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor
Operating System Windows 10 Home
RAM 16GB
RAM Upgradable to 32GB
Hard Drive Size 256GB
Hard Drive Type PCIe m.2 SSD
Secondary Hard Drive Size 1TB
Secondary Hard Drive Speed 7200
Secondary Hard Drive Type HDD
Display Size 15.6
Highest Available Resolution 1920 x 1080
Native Resolution 1920×1080
Optical Drive None
Optical Drive Speed n/a
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070/Intel HD Graphics 630
Video Memory 8GB
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Model Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
Touchpad Size 3.9 x 2.1 inches
Ports (excluding USB) HDMI 2.0
Ports (excluding USB) Headset
Ports (excluding USB) USB Type-C
Ports (excluding USB) Microphone
Ports (excluding USB) USB 3.1 Gen 1
Ports (excluding USB) Mini Display Port
Ports (excluding USB) Alienware Graphics Amplifier
Ports (excluding USB) Noble Lock
Ports (excluding USB) Thunderbolt 3
Ports (excluding USB) Ethernet
USB Ports 4
Warranty/Support 1 Year Hardware Service with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis
Size 15.3 x 12 x 1 inches
Weight 7.8 pounds

 

  • Pros: Striking design; Bright, colorful display; Comfortable keyboard; Strong graphics and overall performance; Above-average battery life
  • Cons: Heavy; Gets hot during gaming and regular tasks; Lacks Nvidia G-Sync technology
  • Verdict: The Alienware 15 has a sophisticated new look and powerful specs, but it gets a little too hot for comfort.

Source: LaptopMag

 

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