A powerful gaming laptop, the designer-oriented white Dell Alienware M15 R3 can run recent and power-hungry games thanks to its high-end GeForce RTX 2080 NVIDIA Turing ray tracing graphics card which also speeds up processing, just like the heart. This consists of a large amount of 32 GB RAM, a Hexa Core i7 Comet Lake-H processor but also a fast 1 TB SSD storage which enhances responsiveness. This computer also has a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen whose frequency of 144Hz improves fluidity in games, a backlit chiclet keyboard (but without a numeric keypad) or even a Wi-Fi connection ax, USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 and dual video output.
Specifications Dell Alienware M15 R3
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz thin edges 72% NTSC 300cd / m² (1920×1080, matt / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10750H Comet Lake-H (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0) 1 free M.2 SSD slot|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.0 (1 PowerShare) 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0b, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, microSD 5.1 / UHD II HD312|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650), Bluetooth 5.1 Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E3100)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, RGB AlienFX 4 zones, 1.7mm stroke, Anti-Ghosting, N-Key Rollover|
|Windows Hello||Yes, fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Nahimic speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 6 cells 86Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.5 Kg / 360.3 x 276.2 x 18.3-20.7 mm|
Chassis, connectors, Dell Alienware M15 R3 screen
With a magnesium alloy outer shell with copper alloy thermal components, this laptop PC takes up the gamer codes with its imposing appearance, its angular lines as well as its touches of black, the white finish bringing a certain sobriety and elegance to this Lunar Light computer.
It is cooled by Alienware Cryo-Tech technology combining 2 fans (132 Kevlar-type flame-retardant liquid crystal polymer blades) with a dedicated vapor chamber between the processor and the copper heat pipes.
This gaming laptop PC also has voltage regulation that is designed to be efficient to allow GPUs and CPUs to operate at their maximum power when necessary.
This designer-oriented gamer laptop has good connectivity. It includes 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3, practical HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs to easily connect this PC to a TV for example, Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) for wireless communication and remote connection, Ethernet and audio ports as well as 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible), USB 3.0 guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if the USB 3.0 peripherals are connected to it.
A backlighting system, here of the 4-zone RGB type, equips the chiclet keyboard, which is very practical for discerning the keys in the dark.
However, some will undoubtedly regret the absence of a numeric keypad on the right, while it is a standard in 15 inches.
In any case, the screen will be of particular interest to gamers thanks to its frequency of 144Hz higher than the 60Hz standard to improve fluidity in games. The screen also offers more faithful-than-average colorimetry as well as comfortable viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically, thanks to its IPS technology. As it is anti-reflective, the screen provides better visibility in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a shiny panel. It also lends itself very well to displaying High Definition content such as videos due to its precise Full HD definition and 16: 9 aspect ratio.
Performance, battery life of Dell Alienware M15 R3
This Dell Alienware M15 R3 may appeal to those who want to invest in a versatile 15-inch laptop that\’s powerful in gaming and creative oriented.
The most recent and graphics-intensive games can run at a beautiful level of detail on this gaming laptop because it embeds the dedicated GeForce RTX 2080 Super high-end NVIDIA Turing card with ray tracing.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 2080 Super is activated / deactivated automatically and in real time by the NVIDIA Optimus technology present, and this as needed.
Optimus gives maximum preference to the Intel UHD 630 solution integrated into the processor despite its very modest features because it is energy efficient and therefore promotes autonomy. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super is therefore activated by Optimus to perform graphics processing too heavy for the Intel UHD 630. With one or the other, you can watch photos and videos.
Creatives will also appreciate that the GeForce RTX 2080 Super speeds up processing under software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, which is the case for example with Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
Essential in games and under processing, responsiveness is clearly enhanced here by SSD storage compared to a simple hard drive. Remember that compared to the latter, an SSD is much faster while being more energy efficient, more shock resistant and silent.
Concretely thanks to the SSD, we obtain a much better fluidity and responsiveness than with a hard drive. This implies in particular a faster arrival on the cards of online games or even faster game / software launches as well as start / stop and processing.
And if you ever need additional space, an M.2 slot is free to add a second SSD, with the possibility of configuring it in RAID 0 with the one that is already integrated.
The most powerful mobile graphics card available today, the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, is well supported in gaming through the core that delivers all-around power that can appeal to demanding users.
It consists in fact of a large amount of RAM of 32 GB higher than the average, very appreciable in multitasking, under processing and to see well coming in terms of RAM. But also a Hexa Core i7-10750H Comet Lake-H processor.
The contribution of the latter is certainly variable according to the games compared to a Quad Core.
The fact remains that these components provide much faster processing than 8 GB DDR4 and a Quad Core processor. The difference is particularly important in areas requiring RAM and CPU resources using multicore, such as video editing, photo editing or 3D rendering.
Finally on the autonomy side, expect around 5 hours of battery operation in light use for this gaming laptop which is noisy and heats up when pushed strongly (eg: processing games).