Alienware 15 Review: Designed for high-end gaming

By Scorpus
Mar 9, 2015
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    A few months ago I reviewed the Alienware 13, which was designed as a mid-range gaming laptop that could be given a serious performance boost with the optional Graphics Amplifier. While the idea of an external GPU is promising, the chunky design of the laptop paired with its merely average hardware didn’t make the system as attractive for laptop gamers as I would have liked.

    Enter the new Alienware 15. This much larger gaming laptop from Dell’s performance brand is a completely different story. Designed for high-end gaming, the Alienware 15 packs powerful hardware rivalling decent gaming desktops, including flagship mobile GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. And like other Alienware machines, the 15 is highly customizable, with pricing ranging from $1,200 up to $2,700 depending on the hardware inside.

    Read the complete review.

  2. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    I find it funny and strange that the performance is not compared with the ASUS ROG laptop series since, in my opinion, is the competitor of Alienware. All I see is comparisons with machines that are not build for the same purpose, so a bit pointless to me in comparing those...
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Good machine for a game developer or a video editor.

    Other than that, I've always laughed at the "serious gamer" oxymoron.
  4. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 806   +246

    Now that Alienware has discontinued the 18, I'm wondering how this compares to the 17? I'd also still love to see if a single 980 beats dual 880s in the 18...

    And how does this compare to the MSI Dominator series? I believe those are the real competitors to this laptop....
  5. Zenodroid

    Zenodroid TS Booster Posts: 131   +27

    Again a laptop with cooling under it.... that is a no go for a gamer.. msi and asus still beats aw on the most important part, the cooling! dell, pull ur asscheeks together and make real machines again!
  6. I have a pre Dell buyout m17x R1 and it is still as good as the day I bought it... Although the video is a bit out of date (8800 GT) I can still run anything I play.
    Julio Franco likes this.
  7. Being a "classic" Alienware m15x owner, I can say with all honesty: Hooray it's back!!
    Julio Franco likes this.
  8. Ugly!!!!!!!!!! Razer Blade please.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Alienware's are cool and all but they are overprice and bulky IMO. I find it interesting how the 860M outperforms the 980M in some tests. Probably just a bug
  10. Scorpus

    Scorpus TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,784   +186

    We can only test with what we get sent
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    As mentioned in the review the price of these current Alienware devices is actually decent.
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  12. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 806   +246

    You need to get some more companies to send you stuff then :)
  13. Who needs an Apple toy when we can have that sexy powerful machine.
  14. madbohem

    madbohem TS Rookie

    I find it strange that a 15 inch laptop is being stated as not portable? It might not be as thin as the Razer, but come on... really, not portable, thats such a ridiculous statement. The Alienware 15 is perfectly portable. I suppose if you are trying to state this as a comparison I might believe you. So what? its not a Macbook Air, but it is portable.
  15. SuperVeloce

    SuperVeloce TS Booster Posts: 132   +34

    You mean those NATIVE resolution benchmarks?

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