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Alienware m15 review: The mother of gaming notebooks finally gets slimmer

By Koh Wanzi - 21 Jan 2019

Introduction

 

Alienware m15

Thinner but just as capable

I’ve been waiting for Alienware to release a gaming laptop with NVIDIA’s Max-Q optimizations for a long while. The Alienware m15 is that laptop, and it combines a slimmer, more modern design with the company’s signature futuristic aesthetic.

It’s armed to the teeth with top-end specifications as well, so you’re not really compromising all that much by opting for a slimmer design.

Here’s an overview of its specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,440-pixel 144Hz IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • 32GB dual-channel DDR4-2666 memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB SSHD
  • 60Wh battery
  • 362.86 x 275 x 20.99mm
  • 2.16kg

The above will cost you an eye-watering S$5,356, a super steep price tag, especially for a laptop equipped with last generation’s graphics card. I'm not even sure why the laptop costs this much, as the only advantage it has over nearly identically configured rivals is its 32GB of memory. 

Alienware has also since updated its m15 with support for up to a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, so gamers now have access to far more performance than before. That said, the rest of the m15 remains the same, so our review unit still serves as a good idea of what to expect in terms of design.

  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 5.5
  • Mobility 7
The Good
Great gaming performance
Solid build quality
Display is nice and bright
The Bad
Thick top and bottom bezels
Mediocre battery life
Relatively thick and heavy compared to other Max-Q notebook
No per-key RGB lighting
Ridiculous price
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