4 / 5 stars (134 reviews) - Features, likes and dislikes, benchmarks
Latest review: April 4, 2020 | Model: Alienware M15 AWm15-7861SLV-PUS
The m15 puts the power of Alienware gaming laptops in a smaller package, with a few losses that may not matter much to you...Reviewed by: Sanpete | Read Alienware M15 reviews... This is surprisingly light for such a burly-looking machine, less than a half-pound heavier than my XPS 9570, not hard to carry around. It's solidly put together, no flexing in the base. The lid and its hinges are suitably stiff, don't flop, wiggle or creak when I shake the machine with the screen at a reasonable angle. Don't know if the hinges will loosen up later... In general this machine is fully capable of playing games and doing other processor-intensive tasks at a high level for a laptop. The cooling system is efficient enough to get above-average scores for the processors in some tests. This seems to be (as Notebook Check has suggested) because it handles speed turbo boosting better, despite being smaller than most.
3.4 / 5 stars (11 reviews) - Fast Laptop
Latest review: March 27, 2020 | Model: Alienware M15 R2 AWm15-7862SLV-PUS
Out of the box, it took very little time to set up this laptop. Everything fired up quickly, even with the inevitable software updates, of which there were more than we anticipated given that this laptop is brand new… Our overall rating is five stars. While some reviewers have had issues with initial setup and heat, our only issue thus far has been occasional heating issues, which we have ameliorated by keeping obstructions from the intake and outlet vents. We may add a cooling pad to help further for graphics-intense software. We love the features of this affordable gaming laptop that provides reasonable gaming power for a reasonable price.Reviewed by: Lonnie E. Holder | Read Alienware M15 R2 reviews...
4 / 5 stars - The Alienware m15 R2 looks nice and offers strong performance, but the RAM is soldered down and the display could be a little brighter.
Review date: October 04, 2019 | Model: Alienware M15 R2
The Alienware m15 R2 is a gaming laptop that looks mature but is powerful enough for some serious play. Its RTX 2080 Max-Q puts up strong numbers, and the comfortable keyboard is good for some productivity… The Raider makes for the most likely alternative of the group, except that it maxes out at an RTX 2070 Max-Q, rather than the RTX 2080. If you want that 2080 and the sleek design, the Alienware is a strong laptop that will turn heads and play games well on the road.Reviewed by: Andrew E. Freedman | Read full review…
4 / 5 stars - The Alienware m15 has almost everything going for it – a stylish lightweight design, the option of an ultra-smooth 144Hz display and enough power to blast through most games in Full HD at 60fps – but it's expensive, especially considering a lack of support for Nvdia's G-Sync technology.
Review date: January 18, 2019 | Model: Alienware M15
The Alienware m15 joins a growing list of ultra-powerful gaming laptops that have adopted a super-sleek form factor. It’s an absolute marvel that you can play the very latest blockbuster games in Full HD on a portable machine that weighs only 2.16kg and is as thin as 21mm... The Alienware m15 has almost everything going for it. It has a stylish lightweight design, the option of an ultra-smooth 144Hz display and enough power to blast through the majority of games in Full HD at 60fps. However, it’s expensive, especially considering its lack of support for Nvdia’s G-Sync technology.Reviewed by: Ryan Jones | Read full review...
70% - Alienware's foray into the thin and light gaming laptop sphere is an aggressively priced, if underwhelming, take on Nvidia's Max-Q design push.
Review date: December 20, 2018 | Model: Alienware M15
I'm torn on whether I should recommend the Alienware m15. On one hand, it's not quite as thin or as light as its main rivals. Its design, while more contemporary than what we've seen from Alienware in the past, still has a few remaining quirks. And even though its specs are in line with the latest offerings from Razer and MSI, the Max-Q rendition of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 graphics chip is beginning to show its age. As certain triple-A games begin to prove themselves more demanding, 60 fps at 1080p has proved itself an ambitious target. On the other hand, the Alienware m15 I reviewed here delivers performance similar to the $2,599 Razer Blade 15 for hundreds of dollars less, making it the better value in terms of sheer horsepower alone. It's not for everyone, but it does paint a clearer picture of what the future holds for Dell's gaming-first notebook division.Reviewed by: Gabe Carey | Read full review...
4 / 5 stars Editors' Choice - The Alienware m15 enters the thin-and-light gaming arena with a bang, offering Core i7 and Nvidia Max-Q power in a very svelte frame.
Review date: December 17, 2018 | Model: Alienware M15
It took a while, but Alienware has created a thin-and-light gaming laptop that's equal parts flashy, sexy and powerful. The m15 is legitimately portable without sacrificing the performance and endurance I've come to expect from the brand. And don't forget that lovely, vivacious display... For that type of cash, you can get either the Asus Zephyrus or the Razer Blade 15, which offer better gaming performance on some titles, although you'll sacrifice battery life. But overall, the Alienware m15 is a top contender for the thin-and-light gaming crown.Reviewed by: Sherri L. Smith | Read full review...
4 / 5 stars - The Alienware m15 delivers strong gaming performance and endurance in a sleek package with long battery life for a gaming notebook.
Review date: October 26, 2018 | Model: Alienware M15
Alienware’s first attempt at a thin-and-light gaming notebook is mostly a winner. It’s far less bulky than previous models. And with that thin redesign comes strong performance and long-lasting battery... Those looking for a premium experience with enduring battery life, a vivid screen and a thin chassis who don’t mind dealing with a bit of heat should strongly consider the m15. Alienware has created a strong contender in a growing world of slim and powerful gaming laptops.Reviewed by: Andrew E. Freedman | Read full review...