Alienware m15 Gaming Laptop Review

Alienware m15 Gaming Laptop Review

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The M15 is a new thinner and lighter gaming
laptop from Alienware, at least compared to their previous models. In this review we’ll
take an in depth look and see just how well it performs and if there are any issues with
packing so much power into a smaller machine. These are the specs we’re dealing with,
a 6 core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB of memory running in dual channel, Nvidia 1070 Max-Q graphics,
15.6” 1080p IPS screen, 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD and 1TB hard drive. For network connectivity
we’ve got killer gigabit ethernet as well as WiFi version 5 with Bluetooth 5 support. The lid of my model is silver plastic, but
it’s also available in red. The interior is matte black with a sort of rubberised material,
it will be interesting to see how that holds up longer term. The M15 otherwise felt very
well built and had no sharp edges or corners. The dimensions of the M15 are 36.3cm in width,
27.5cm in depth, and 2.1cm in height, and they note that it’s 5% thinner and 20% lighter
compared to the Alienware 13. The weight is listed as starting at 2.16KG
on Dell’s website, and I found mine to weigh 2.3KG, or just over 3KG with the 180 watt
power brick and cables included. I’ve got an AUO 15.6” 1080p 60Hz IPS panel,
although you’ve got the option of getting it with 1080p 144Hz or 4K 60Hz screen instead.
No issues at all for me with viewing angles due to the IPS panel, and the side bezels
are about 1cm thick, though still a fair bit larger on the top and bottom with a glossy
material that will easily show up dirt and smudges. I’ve measured the current colour gamut using
the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 96% of sRGB, 68% of NTSC and 73% of AdobeRGB,
so fairly good results for a gaming laptop. At 100% brightness I measured the panel at
315 nits in the center, and with a 900:1 contrast ratio, again not bad for a gaming laptop,
although the 4K panel is rated at 400 nits with higher colour gamut if you want something
better. I’ve taken a long exposure photo in a dark
room as a worst case backlight bleed test, and there was a little picked up by the camera.
To my own eyes this wasn’t viewable, but this will vary between laptops and panels. Screen flex was on the lower side while intentionally
moving it, the fairly wide hinges towards the center felt quite sturdy. It can’t quite
be opened up with one finger, as more of the weight seems to be up towards the back, it
felt stable on my lap though. Above the display in the center is a 1080p
camera. Both the camera and microphone quality are
pretty good, definitely above average, although there is a bit of sound picked up even with
the fans quiet. The keyboard was ok to type with and has a
1.4mm travel distance, it wasn’t impressive but it gets the job done, the only thing that
annoyed me was the smaller arrow keys which seems to be typical in Dell and Alienware
laptops. The keyboard has zoned RGB backlighting which can be controlled in 4 separate zones
through the Alienware Command Center software, and there are 7 different effects available.
We can also control the lighting of the power button in the middle up the back, by default
it’s blue and flashes yellow if the laptop is charging. Anyway back to the keyboard, here’s how
typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. There was a little keyboard flex while pushing
down hard, but overall it felt quite solid. The touchpad uses precision drivers and was
very smooth to the touch, it worked fine but was perhaps a little small. The touchpad clicks
down anywhere and has left and right buttons down the bottom. Fingerprints show up fairly easily on the
interior, and as some sort of rubberised material they were a little difficult to wipe off. On the left there’s a Noble lock port, air
exhaust vent, gigabit ethernet port, USB 3.1 Type-A port, 3.5mm audio combo jack, and the
left speaker. On the right there’s the right speaker,
two more USB 3.1 Type-A ports and air exhaust vent. The rest of the I/O is on the back, from left
to right there are HDMI 2.0 and mini DisplayPort 1.3 outputs, Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port, Alienware
Graphics Amplifier port, and the power input. I’ve got the Alienware Graphics Amplifier
here for testing too and will be comparing it with a Thunderbolt eGPU enclosure, so get
subscribed for the results in a future video. There’s nothing on the front, just smooth
plastic. On the lid there’s the Alienware Logo in
the center, and it’s got RGB lighting which can be controlled through the command center
software, just like the keyboard and power button. Underneath is pretty clean looking, and the
rubber feet did an ok job of preventing movement while the air vents are found towards the
back. The speaker vents are open both towards the sides and underneath, and they sound pretty
good for laptop speakers, definitely above average and still clear at high volumes. Opening the laptop was easy, just take out
the 9 screws with a Phillips head screwdriver and remove the bottom panel. Inside from left
to right we’ve got two M.2 slots, 2.5 inch drive bay, 60 watt hour battery, two memory
slots and WiFi card above the shared heatpipes. Powering the laptop is that 60 watt hour battery,
however you’ve also got the option of upgrading to a larger 90 watt hour battery too, but
you’ll lose the 2.5 inch drive bay. With a full charge and just watching YouTube videos
with the screen on half brightness, all lighting effects off and background apps disabled,
I was able to use it for 5 hours and 50 minutes, a pretty good result compared to other gaming
laptops I’ve tested, and that’s not even with the battery upgrade. While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings
it was running at 60 FPS on battery, I wasn’t able to cap it to 30 FPS like I usually do
with Nvidia’s battery boost, I had other issues getting GeForce experience working
which I had to abandon. Despite this the battery was able to provide a solid 60 FPS for the
entire test, but this did mean it only lasted for 36 minutes and it got quite hot while
discharging power, I’m sure you could probably get an hour in this test at 30 FPS though. I’ll also note that with the 180 watt power
brick in some games I did see the battery start to drain while plugged in. Stephen from
Own or Disown mentioned in his review that with a larger power brick this wasn’t a
problem, so I’m not sure why it comes with the 180 watt brick. Overall the battery seemed
quite good, you could definitely improve battery life on gaming if you’re able to get the
frame rate properly capped, and of course there’s the optional 90 watt hour battery
upgrade too, but I think we need a larger power brick. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient
room temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. It’s worth noting that there are heatpipes shared
between processor and graphics, so a change in one component may affect the other. Starting at the bottom of the graph, at idle
the temperatures are a little warm, although the fan was completely silent as you’ll
soon hear. The gaming test was done with Watch Dogs 2, as I find that to use a good amount
of combined CPU and GPU resources, and we didn’t quite hit sustained CPU throttling
while playing this one, as we did with the stress tests, shown by the CPU sitting at
99 degrees Celsius. The stress tests were done by running Aida64
and the Heaven benchmark at the same time in order to attempt to fully utilize both
the processor and graphics. No change in CPU temperature even with the CPU undervolted
by -0.12v, but we’ll see in the next graph how this helped with performance. With my
cooling pad in use I was able to drop the GPU temperature by around 10 degrees Celsius,
and with the cooling pad plus CPU undervolt right at the top we went from constant thermal
throttling to intermittent thermal throttling, and for the first time hit power limit throttling
instead. I haven’t tested with the fans manually
maxed out through the Alienware Command Center software as there was no need, during these
tests it was hot enough that it was always running with 100% fan speed anyway. These are the average clock speeds for the
same tests just shown. Down the bottom in the gaming tests we can see a slight GPU clock
speed bump with a 200MHz overclock applied, but a larger 300MHz boost to CPU clock speed
with the -0.12v CPU undervolt applied. With the stress tests running the CPU clock speed
rises steadily as we make improvements. With the cooling pad in use we’re getting better
results on the CPU compared to undervolting only as thermal throttling is the enemy here,
then finally at the top with the combination of cooling pad and CPU undervolt we’re not
too far behind the full 3.9GHz all core turbo speed of the 8750H in this worst case scenario. These are the clock speeds I got while just
running CPU only stress tests without any GPU load. Even with a CPU only stress test
there was thermal throttling taking place which prevented the full 3.9GHz all core turbo
speed of the i7-8750H, though we were able to achieve full performance with the -0.12v
undervolt applied to the CPU. These are the temperatures for the same test, so thermal
throttling at stock at 99 and then this lowered by 7 degrees Celsius while undervolted while
giving us more performance. To demonstrate how this translates into performance
I’ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here, with the older 7th gen i7-7700HQ just down
the bottom for comparison, check the card in the top right if you want to see a detailed
comparison between these two CPUs. There’s no change with or without the CPU undervolt
in single core speeds as that’s not enough to cause any throttling, but we can see a
110 point boost in multicore due to the thermal throttling being removed while undervolted. Here are the GPU only clock speeds while under
a graphical only stress test, and with a 200MHz core overclock applied we’re seeing a 127MHz
improvement, and we’ll see how this affects game performance later. With the graphics
overclock applied the temperatures rise by a couple of degrees, and I’ll note that
this is a fair bit higher than most other graphics only testing I’ve done with other
laptops, though no thermal throttling in this test. As for the external temperatures where you’ll
actually be putting your hands, at idle it was in the high 30s in the center of the keyboard,
most others are closer to the 30 mark. While gaming the center of the keyboard is in the
mid 50s, fairly hot for this area, though closer to 40 degrees for the WASD area, then
similar results with the stress tests running, again up to the mid 50s towards the back. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop,
I’ll let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle it was completely silent, I used the
silent profile which is why the temperatures were in the 50s, but this does show we can
run it quieter. While gaming and under stress test it was actually a little quieter than
most other gaming laptops I’ve tested, despite the fans running at 100%, at least according
to Alienware’s Control Center software. I feel like the fans should be able to go
faster, given the thermal throttling issues we just saw, and considering the fan noise
isn’t really too loud, it seems like they may have prioritized fan noise over cooling. The M15 gets hot when under load, despite
what Alienware’s product page says about cooling, there’s more thermal throttling
here compared to many other laptops with the same specs in similar sizes that I’ve tested. Finally let’s take a look at some gaming
benchmarks, all games were run at 1080p with the latest Windows updates and these Nvidia
drivers, the latest Alienware provided at the time of recording. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature,
and even with epic settings I was able to average above 100 FPS and it was playing perfectly
fine for me, though much higher frame rates were possible with lower settings. Overwatch was tested playing in the practice
range, and once again very nice results for this well optimized game. Even epic settings
gets us 144 FPS, perfect for a 144Hz panel, with 100 averages for the 1% low. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode
and not in multiplayer mode, as it’s easier to consistently reproduce the test run. Even
with ultra settings 60 FPS averages were possible in this test. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the built in benchmark, and this test was able to average just under 60 FPS with highest
settings, and up to 100 at minimum, so should work pretty well. PUBG was tested using the replay feature,
and although this is a less optimized game it still went alright with higher settings,
I didn’t see too much of a frame rate difference in my test, with 100 FPS just possible at
very low settings. CS:GO was tested using the Ulletical benchmark,
and with all settings maxed out the test was still getting fairly high frame rates, and
just able to hit 200 FPS with medium settings, and a bit more at low settings. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built
in benchmark, and this test always results in high frame rates with modern hardware.
Even at ultra settings we’re getting 150 FPS averages, with up to 200 possible at low
settings. Far Cry 5 was also tested with the built in
benchmark, and the results were alright from this test, still above 80 FPS averages even
at ultra settings here, with above 100 seen at low settings. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was another that
was tested with the built in benchmark, I was getting fairly normal average frame rates
for this game though the 1% lows were quite poor due to thermal throttling on the CPU,
as discussed earlier. Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive
replay, so this should be a worst case scenario, these results are not the same as actually
playing the game which would result in higher performance. I did play a quick game with
ultra settings just for comparison, and it was averaging around 110 FPS with not much
going on. I’ve got more games covered in the dedicated
gaming benchmark video if you’re interested, just check the card in the top right corner. The i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q and dual channel
memory configuration are giving us pretty nice results in all games, these were easily
playable with high settings at 1080p, despite the high thermals. The M15 is also available
with 1060 graphics, so expect different results with different hardware. Now for the benchmarking tools, I’ve tested
Heaven, Valley, and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike, Timespy, and VRMark
from 3DMark, just pause the video if you want a detailed look at these results. As we saw earlier we’ve got the option of
overclocking the graphics and undervolting the CPU to boost performance, so let’s see
how this actually helps in gaming. Far Cry 5 was retested using the built in
benchmark, the average frame rates at ultra settings were 7.3% better compared to stock
speeds, and there was a 7% improvement to 1% low, so we are able to get a decent performance
boost from overclocking the graphics and undervolting the CPU, though results will of course vary
between game. For storage I’ve got a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD
installed, and this was providing very nice read speeds and pretty good write speeds,
though this will differ depending on what SSD you get. The 1TB 5,400RPM SSHD on the
other hand was a bit lower in this test considering it should have a faster cache. The M15 has
two M.2 slots too, so you can always upgrade with a second M.2 NVMe or SATA drive later. For updated pricing check the links in the
description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording, in the US with these
same specs it’s going for around $2000 USD. Here in Australia they seem to only have the
1070 Max-Q version with double the RAM I’ve got here, which goes for about $3500 AUD. It will be interesting to see if prices changes,
with these current Nvidia 10 series models, as the M15 is going to be updated with RTX
20 series graphics from the 29th of January, so get subscribed to see my comparisons between
this 10 series model with the newer one. So what do you guys think about the Alienware
M15 gaming laptop? When I first heard about it I thought that it was nice that Alienware
was coming to the thinner and lighter gaming laptop space, unfortunately it looks like
this comes at the expense of heat. While this isn’t too surprising, other laptops with
the same specs in similar form factors I’ve tested didn’t quite get as hot. Thermal
throttling was often happening during my testing resulting in reduced performance, however
as we’ve seen we can take some steps to improve this. Otherwise the M15 felt like
a solid premium device that comes for a price as you’d expect from Alienware, it’s got
decent specs for a gaming machine and in my opinion looks quite nice, aside from the thicker
top and bottom screen bezels. The only other issue I had with it personally was the smaller
arrow keys that Dell and Alienware tend to use, and I think it would have been nice for
them to include a larger power brick to avoid battery drain while gaming. Let me know what you guys thought about the
Alienware M15 gaming laptop down in the comments, and leave a like to let me know if you found
the review useful. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe for future tech
videos like this one.

100 thoughts on “Alienware m15 Gaming Laptop Review

  • Joel Conolly Post author

    I wonder why yours is overheating but the one that Dave Lee tested is cooled "properly".

  • Harsh Chaudhary Post author

    Please review Dell G5 Rtx series

  • Akash Sathawane Post author

    suggest me a gaming laptop under $950

  • Harry El hacha Post author

    Jarrod, how is this video different from the others you did about the m15?

  • Jan Marco Ch. Post author

    Hate when people talk like that

  • LordBattleSmurf Post author

    They got rid of the macro keys on the left BoOOOooo!

  • Medium Player Post author

    Now this thing is literally HOT! And they want $2000 USD for it. Yeah, right… Not to mention that they intend to update the model with 2xxx series GPU. I'm actually curious how that will go. Hopefully it won't explode in your face. :-S

  • Zack Magic Post author

    How do the thermals compare to the latest razer blade?

  • TrueFame YT Post author

    I kinda wanted to see a rematch of Finn and Seth at wrestlemania. The story is already there and it makes sense. I really don’t know why they keep the title on Brock tbh it takes away from the whole PPV. The men’s rumble was really bad so the whole show just gets a down for me.

  • Sour Boy Post author

    Hey jarred love the content. Can you help me? Im looking for a laptop for 1000 to 1300 bucks any recomendations?

  • Altitude Gamer Post author

    Hey Jarrod, what's the best desktop replacement gaming laptop?

  • pyon Post author

    i got a strix scar ii with a full 1070 for $1300, upgraded to dual channel memory. I was considering this alienware laptop but the full 1070 is better. plus for that price i couldnt pass. Thanks for your reviews Jarrod.

  • Isaac Chen Post author

    Curious how this laptop would fare when room ambient temperature gets to 35~40

  • Aidan Chan Post author

    What’s the case of the pc behind the laptop in the video , it looks so nice !

  • Kris Li Post author

    I just saw from other reviews that rtx 2080 max-q benchmark is closer to desktop 2060 than 2070, and worse than desktop 1080. It’s very confusing and I wonder what game Nvidia is playing. Can you please do some similar comparisons in your future video? It will be super helpful!

  • Richard Jenkins Post author

    M8, continue your reviews and i think u can reach 1000000 subscribres. Really cool content. Good luck!

  • SebsA Post author

    When’s the next video coming out? We’re all super impatient 😁

  • Gökdeniz Çetin Post author

    Can you compare GTX 1060 laptop gpu vs RTX 2060 laptop gpu when RTX laptops come out?

  • RoyAl Martínez Post author

    Hello, I was thinking to buy this laptop. But I have questions, which one do you think is a better purchase, the gtx 1070 vs 1060, I want to enjoy it with the 144 hz? Do you think Is a good investment de 90 watts battery?, I have a 240 wall brick for my alienware M17x R3, do you think will work?, rigth now I´m pretty conserning about the thermal throtle, how much would reduce the lifespan?. I was almost buy this laptop, because is was more thin and ligth, seems to have good performance and have the amplifier port for future proof, but I don´t know if would work with RTX GC, and how will compare with other option with usb c lightning. Sorry for all the questions, but you are helping so much to decide. Thank you.

  • abinov kishore weta digital Post author

    How can I contact you in Instagram???

  • Kyle Post author

    Amazing reviews and really good videos all the time

  • Murtaza Nazham Post author

    Good. Please review the new M 17 with the RTX 2080 graphics card. Thanks.

  • David Ursell Post author

    🤷‍♂️ the neo gs75 looks much better with rtx graphics. But doesn't have 4k. Are any nice looking 17" laptops coming with rtx and 4k?

  • Tally Ho Tech Post author

    Finally got to watch. Great review 🤘

  • Etsub Fithamlak Post author

    Hey Jarrod please review the new Dell g5

  • Mad Benco Post author

    id rather eat my own leg than buy an alien ware. Garbage company

  • Richard Zhang Post author

    Hey Jarrod, after I got my 17 R5 the thermal become unbearable:( anyway now I swapped for a MSI GT63, it has a 120hz screen, so can 1080 mobile push 1080p game at nearly the same fPS

  • King Dedede Post author

    I got mine and it I can't stress this enough 16 gb of ram or don't buy it

  • Cao Minh Post author

    the bezels on alienware laptops have been a total joke. if u remember me, i got the msi gf63 8rd for $900 with slim asf bezels

    shit design by fat mericans as always

    gg

  • Stephen Dunn Post author

    I want to see a review on the Alienware area 51

  • BaTMan 915 Post author

    Why they connect charger when playing I have to connect charger while playing bcoz if not then I get 30 fps why??

  • Shantanu Mishra Post author

    Can this laptop handle premier and after effects well?

  • CJBMAGGOT94 Post author

    Who at Alienware looked at that cooling solution and said "Yeah that will be enough for 6 cores, and a GTX 1070 Max-q". Seriously. Only 3 shared heat pipes is absolutely idiotic. CPU and GPU should get 2 or even 3 pipes independently and maybe share an extra 1 or 2. This terrible thermals all in the name of a few MM of thinness…

  • Peshawa Nzar Post author

    Why you don’t use RTX 20s ???

  • hl6306 Post author

    The biggest issue I find owning these machines is actually the power brick. Over years of tech upgrades, this thing looks exactly like my dad's first working laptop in 1998. Please make it actually possible to squeeze in my working bag with the computer then the life will be so much better!

  • Doug Larsen Post author

    Hmm I guess for under $1k I should be ecstatic with my 15 R4 8th Gen i7 1060 GTX – I'd rather have the thermals handled

  • The Chillmaster Post author

    Msi GS75?

  • Shadow J Post author

    5:07 Does this mean M15 have 2 PCIE SSD slots and 1 SATA SSD slot?

  • Shadder Post author

    I have some question if someone take their time and answer me thanks you so much, anyway my question are is this laptop able to run vr and when was it release? It is the latest Alienware and can you run game on this laptop with high graphic and what type of graphic card it is using? GTX 1070 or 1060 idk what these are I’m new to gaming laptop and pc I don’t know how stronger or weaker those are and if I do run vr will I get high fps and good graphic? Is it good for gaming in general what’s the average FPS? Is it bad build quality and it is sturdy enough to bring with you to work or school? Does it overheat too much and does it get hot easily or does it have really good cooling? Thanks you
    Also if you think this laptop are a joke or rip off please list me some link to some better laptop under $1300 with good graphic and stuff that can run game on high and have good FPS also Apple to vr since I’m considering getting a oculus

  • Florin Alex Post author

    gtx 1070 it is old …

  • SC2gamertroll Post author

    I contacted dell support and they reported that the battery discharging is the result of load balancing between the ac adapter and the battery. They mentioned that this is intended to keep the battery lasting much longer for the life of the laptop. It wont discharge past 20% in my experience. It sounds about right, because we've seen lots of battery saving techniques such as not using the battery to 0%. This is just what I have been told from dell support. Let me know if you think that sounds right or not, or what your guys' opinion is.

  • Rob Post author

    Good detailed review and I like your delivery. Thanks!

  • None Given Post author

    i7 & i9 OC is done by adjusting the power limit (PL) on the processor. Different power limit are built into the thermal profiles in AWCC.

    Quiet mode sets the PL1 to 45W. This is i7 default setting
    Balance Mode sets the PL1 to 60W. (This is the system’s default setting from the factory.)
    Performance Mode sets the PL1 to 75W.
    Just thought I would post this from the Dell site,

  • Thinh Cao Post author

    Im thinking about buying this alienware m15.
    Not sure if its worth it. Any thoughts? Any better choice at the same price range?

  • Hector Garcia Post author

    have 2 hp omens and 1 Alienware laptop, using mostly the hp omen i7 8750H gtx 1070, 1tb hdd +256GB SSD, 16gbsdram, is this still a good laptop in 2019 and possibly 2020

  • Why Justin Post author

    That glossy bezel…eww

  • Art Bautista Post author

    i just bought it now and im happy with it, the command center is awesome. to activate the windows just need to end task the killer control center from the task manager. as of now no thermal issues. i can control the fan speed to manage the temp..

  • MrSmilesCam Post author

    Gaming laptops are as much of a joke as gaming phones. Don’t even bother with either. Recommend to build a gaming PC or just get a game console.

  • Bastiaan Jvg Post author

    WOW!!!!!!!

  • LitAzzSims Post author

    I’m confused on what’s better Msi or Alienware so many different views

  • Hitman0014 Post author

    @Jarrod's Tech, where is my initial comment that had my questions? Did you remove my comment? As an update, I ordered m15, i7, 16GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, GTX 1070 MQ, 144Hz IPS, on Feb 23, but still haven't received it. I called them and they told me it is being assembled and will be shipped on Mar 11.

  • Hitman0014 Post author

    buddy you were absolutely right. This thing is on fire most of the time. Although I am really amazed and excited about my new m15 and its SSD fast speed and all that good stuff, but I don't know what to do with its heat. I have started to get lags in games and my CPU is most of the time 100 degrees. I'm not nerdy so I don't know how to open it and repast it and I don't know anything about undervolting. Do you think it's gonna be a good idea to call dell to send someone here to do that? Please help!!

  • Kaizer Allen Post author

    Can you review the m17?

  • TheCologneist1 Post author

    always helpful to show you gaming with a screen over it.. smh

  • Victor QuyUy Post author

    Glossy bezel is stupid :). Overall this's a nice gaming laptop

  • Hitman0014 Post author

    Hi @jarrod's Tech, So sorry for my annoying comments. But I am super excited as I have found a very very simple but effective solution that reduces 25 degrees temp just by 2 things. First you're gonna wanna make sure you are on better performance in battery by left clicking on battery sign in taskbar then, you need to go to Settings > System > Power & Sleep > Additional Power Settings > Change Plan Settings > Change Advanced Power Settings > Processor Power Management > Maximum Processor State > change %100 to %99 for both battery and plugged in. This reduced my CPU temp from 101 to 75 degrees max on all games with very little performance drop. Before doing this I could get 4.1 Ghz with temps up to 101 degrees cellulose, but by doing such a simple trick, which I learned by spending couple hours in forums, I now easily get 3.9 Ghz with temps not more than 75 max. Awesome! So Jarrd, I really hope you read this and share it in your videos. But thank you so so much. I'm going to post this comment on your other video about Alienware m15 which you said thermal throttles! I will definitely keep this bad boy for the next decade!

  • Glenn Roundy Post author

    Alienware is manufactured by dell Both dell and hp-OMEN laptops have always had poor craftsmanship when it comes to cpu cooling as i did purchase an hp laptop in the past at costco and a week after i started recieving bios messages that the cpu fan was failing i just went and returned it right away for a refund then purchased a lenovo problem solved

  • LordBattleSmurf Post author

    Should of removed the numberpad and instead used the room for macro keys, speakers, or just overall lower width

  • Peterson Family Post author

    Is the supplied 180W power brick enough for the system? I just received a new m15 with RTX 2060, 90wh battery, 144Hz panel and when updating the BIOS I received a message that the 180W power brick was too small and a 240W was required to ensure devices could operate at full capability and charging would be slower. Also included was an option to turn off this notice in the BIOS. Hum is Dell turning this notice off in the BIOS so the consumer doesn't question this. I had to redo the BIOS several times due to battery issues; while working with Alienware support; and on the 3rd refresh the message above occurred. It did not happen when I did the refresh two other times???? Also interesting is I had a similar message when starting a m17 for the first time. In fact the power brick was not even recognized and would not charge the m17?? I thought the battery issues were corrected but my m15 was only getting 2:30 hours streaming Netflix, on Balanced, with Screen Brightness turned down to 25%, using the Intel GPU, sound at 12, and turning off all LED's. When running a battery report in Command Prompt my battery reported Design Capacity of 90,000 mWh but a Full Charge Capacity of only 85,720 mWh?? So a new system doesn't have a full charge capacity, I checked this on m17 and previous m15's and they both showed full 90,000 mWh capacity. BIOS issues continue? This system had flickering on the screen and extreme light bleed on both bottom corners and the top right corner. It was so bad the light bleed was showing through on applications and while watching videos. I have sent the unit back for replacement instead of opting for an LCD panel replacement. We will hope the Dell vendor lottery is good to me and I have better luck with the replacement.

  • Becoolman 03 Post author

    What is a good gaming laptop i should buy plz help

  • Cooper Butters Post author

    is it woth it to buy

  • ddd uuu Post author

    Hi Jarrod!

    I noticed that the air intakes above the keyboard do not really work. On video like this https://youtu.be/nSy8RGR8Ds0 we see that they do not lead to the fans; they seem to be almost totally closed by the case of the cooling system. if you put a wet finger above, you will see that the air flow is barely noticeable even at the highest fan speed (performance mode). I tried to block these air intakes with two pieces of a sticky tape and saw absolutely no change in the temperature while the bottom air intakes were open (I usually put the middle of the notebook on my knee, so there is even no table surface under them, and the air is sucked as freely as possible.

    Unfortunately, while they seem useless for cooling, they increase the noise produced by the fans. If I close the air intakes with my fingers the noise is noticeably reduced. Maybe, I'll try to close them inside the notebook with a thick sticky tape or with some other sound absorbing layer and see what happens.

    All in all, that is one more sign of a raw and unfinished design of this notebook.

  • Madan Mohanan Post author

    Do review about acer predator triton 500

  • Jason Schmidt Post author

    It's not just plastic silver it's epic silver lol

  • Apache Gaming Network Post author

    Try turn up the fan speed from command center

  • Josemiguel zavaleta chavez Post author

    tengo esta portatil y es una maravilla tengo usandola 2 semanas sin apagarla, en mi caso no la uso para jugar pero si uso vmware para virtualizar servidores y de maravilla incluso la dejo ya funcionando como un servidor, tengo windows 10 pro, sobre eso vmware con 2 maquinas virtuales 1 con windows server 2008 R2 con SAP y otro maquina virtual con asterisk. ambas esta funcionando bien y yo puedo usar mis documentos archivos y no se pone lenta.

  • ACEVAN89 ACE Post author

    I really like the look and specs of this laptop but the heat puts me off 😕

  • ACEVAN89 ACE Post author

    Or msi gp63 or predator 500

  • Abdullah Al Saqib Majumder Post author

    The new model is a definite upgrade over this.

  • Ahmed Shawky Post author

    Should I buy AW m15 guys ?

  • roll call Post author

    Screw it I need a new laptop

  • Weeb Post author

    This is sad, my computer has gtx 1050 and the Alienware I am hopefully getting has 1060

  • Daniel Pliszka Post author

    How are the hinges?

  • Mahagony Tiara Post author

    I can use this for my Oculus Rift S right?

  • klipz Post author

    the m15 got a huge bios update and is working much quieter and cooler out of the box

  • Daniel Pliszka Post author

    Such a nice chassis, such awful performance

  • Suzy Siviter Post author

    So basically a 1050 wrapped in a bit of wobbly plastic with colour changing LEDs, no thanks).

  • Jeet Trivedi Post author

    Very detailed and excellent review Jarrod. I am very impressed by your way of reviewing laptops. But my question is , does this laptop come fingerprint senseor on it or not??

  • Juan Juan Post author

    I am wanting to get my first gaming laptop but I’m not sure what to get but some affordable

  • Drew Royal Post author

    Hey Jarrod just wondering if you have/or are going to review the new M15? I'm considering buying one but I've seen hardly any reviews on YouTube for it!

  • Nitro Storm Post author

    Which one will be worth the money the Alienware – 15.6" Gaming Laptop – Intel Core i7 – 16GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 – 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive – Silver or Alienware 15m 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H
    Windows 10 Home 64bit English
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
    8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
    1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive ?

  • wesley lewis Post author

    i think asus's monster gaming laptops have better cooling then alienware and hp gaming laptops

  • iRlazyGoat Post author

    hey Jarrod should i get a m15 with 1070 fdor 1499 or with the 2060 for 1599?

  • GamingWithMish TM Post author

    I wonder if this computer can handle the new borderlands 3 and other new games.

  • David Brunner Post author

    Is one with the 1060 for $780 a good deal? I don't look to do AAA gaming on it. Mostly WoW, R6, overwatch, various indie games, etc.

  • Luke Mantini Post author

    What is the game shown in this video?

  • arunim2000 Post author

    Picked up a rtx 2060 with 90whr battery for 1258 usd, good deal?

  • Jose Della Bosca Post author

    Which other notebook is not throttling with the same specs? gigabyte aero, MSI gs, and acer. are doing the same, razer is power limited, so it's factory throttled. as you can see on the cpu datasheet the actual frequency is less than 3ghz (2.6ghz on 9750h) , so it's not throttling, it is just not mantaining the turbo speeds.

  • Himanshu Parihar Post author

    Hi, I am using an Alienware m15, is there a way to clean the air vent holes above the keyboard. Dust particles are stuck in the holes and are very hard to remove.

  • Hnd Post author

    My average human brain is hurting lol. all i want is a laptop that can handle heavy after effects work.
    The dell xps can't
    hp omen overheating
    Msi gs something is blabla

  • tekashi69 is garbage Post author

    Predator Helios 300 vs Alienware m15 1660 ti version

  • Adrian Claret Post author

    Change the maximum processor state on battery settings to 99% and you will get much better temps and stable framerate, works for all notebooks with turbo boost

  • Katz Post author

    Buying one of these bad boys soon, can't wait!!

  • Chris 414 Post author

    Is this a good buy for use as an everyday laptop?

  • Kylo Ren Post author

    It seems they released new model soon after this review

  • *insertusernamehere* Post author

    is the link you posted the same model you reviewed ? if so i am looking to buy it. I would like a decent laptop for csgo, rainbow six siege and basic work.

  • Chidvilas Balla Post author

    Does this machine have NVIDIA Optimus??

  • Winter Crow Post author

    Is there a good fix to thermals? I am looking to get this but the thermals are a bit of a turn off, also would playing a less intensive game such as dead cells, Starbound or Minecraft drive it up? Lastly, would the 1060 bear similar results?

  • Deborah Santana Post author

    I don't know anything about laptops yet along a gaming laptop. Your terminology sound like a foreign language. However your review was detailed, informative and impressive. Gamers should appreciate you! I'm looking for the best gaming laptop to buy at black Friday for my children for christmas. The are real gamers however I lack the knowledge in this area

  • LitAzzSims Post author

    just bought the rtx 2070 max q alienware

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