Alienware M15 R3
Alienware M15 R3

Alienware m15 R3 is one of the Best gaming devices, with plenty of expansion options and a 300Hz screen for esports.

Just a glance

this is the Alienware M15 R3, it’s the new one for 2020. and it looks so similar to last year’s model, but then I realized there’s a lot of stuff that they’ve changed under the hood. 

and last year’s model the R2 was a device that u thought was a pretty good performer, very thin for an Alienware device, very pretty, but I felt like this wasn’t the best thing out there. 

it wasn’t super competitive in terms of best performance, unless you tweaked it and repasted, but it really looks good though. 

and this year with the new Alienware M15 R3, they’ve addressed a lot of stuff.

For example they’ve also changed a few other things, last year’s model could not take more than 16 gigs of ram. 

This year they’ve allowed up to 32 gigs of ram which is awesome. 

they’ve also changed the whole motherboard layout, it looks a little bit different, it’s still a flipped motherboard though.

FOR

  • Great build quality
  • The best ingredients
  • Great all-round performance

AGAINST

  • 4K OLED panel isn’t ideal for gaming
  • Nvidia Max-Q GPU is a bit limited
  • very expensive

Specs

CPU2.4GHz Intel Core i9-10980HK (eight cores, 16MB cache, up to 5.3GHz Turbo)
GraphicsNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
RAM32GB
Screen15-inch 4K OLED, 60Hz, 1ms
Storage512GB M.2 SSD
Optical driveN/A
Ports3x USB-A 3.1, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, MiniDisplayPort, MicroSD, ethernet
ConnectivityWifi6AX, Bluetooth 5
CameraHD Webcam
Weight5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)
Size14.19 x 10.87 x 0.807 inches (360 x  276 x 20.5 mm; W x D x H)
Specifications Table

Design

first thing the exterior, and this wasn’t the problem with last year’s model, but they’ve actually changed it. 

this is now a smooth like hard finish. last year’s model had like a soft finish to it. 

but this model feels much more stained and smudge resistant, but it’s not as inviting to use like the top deck as well, the keyboard area and the top surface, and the bottom panel are all re-finished, they’re no longer soft touch. 

and the trim around the panel, you can see that they’ve added this rubber trim around the edge of the screen. 

I think it serves two purposes: one is that when you open and close the device, there’s less of an impact when you close the lid, it’s more of like a softer close. 

but I also think that it serves to reinforce the actual bezel around the screen. The bezel itself is still made with that shiny or glossy plastic.

the screen is easier to open with one hand, not everyone cares about the stuff, but for people that do, I think it’s pretty good.

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Display

The screen comes in a few options, this one’s the 1080p, 300 hertz panel very fast and showcases the hardware nicely games play, fluidly on it. 

there’s a 4k panel option if you need something that’s a little more colour accurate, and a screen that’s brighter. and inside.

It also has a very impressive OLED UHD screen of M15, as it is distinguished by the quality of color, contrast and work.

Speakers

The set up of the speaker is a bit different from the previous model, they had bottom firing speakers only. 

they would just burst out from the bottom of the laptop and hit the surface of whatever you were using it on. 

and they still have bottom firing speakers as like the main, but they also have these front firing ones. 

Alienware M15 R3 Speakers

and this is kind of more traditional in terms of Alienware like all of their older laptops used to have these front firing speakers, and this is more akin to that. 

they sound better than the r2s, but they don’t sound amazing like they certainly don’t sound as good as MacBook speakers. 

and it’s good that they’ve improved it, but if I had to rate these numerically like seven and half. 

there’s still a lot of room that they could improve on, but when it comes to positional Audio, these do a pretty good job, because the front firing speakers are like the higher frequencies. 

you can hear like gunshots and sounds like footsteps and pickups. they actually come out pretty cleanly from front firing speakers.

Ports

As for the ports, the Alienware includes a MicroSD card reader, as well as three SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0b, Mini-DisplayPort 1.4, and USB-C with Thunderbolt 3.

There is also an Alienware graphics amplifier port, and a Gigabit Ethernet headphone jack.

Keyboard and Touchpad

As for the Alienware M15 R3 keyboard, it is of solid quality and durable, possesses strong keys but they lack any satisfactory comments or clicks.

The RGB backlighting looks great across the board against the white body as well.

As for the touchpad, it is also good and satisfying, quite small but nothing to write about at home; Its glass surface ensures smooth, simple and very easy tracking.

Battery Life

The M15 has impressive battery life, and although it’s just an octa-core gaming laptop with a massive GPU, it’s not the best starting point.

But nevertheless the M15 offers a respectable display far from mains, as when we tested the battery life in this device, we found that it ran more than five hours in the PC Mark 10 battery test and not far from seven hours of watching movies. These are a couple of full-length movies on A Plane Trip.

Performance

They’ve added a vapor chamber for the CPU, but only the CPU.

The GPU still has a regular heat pipe system. 

The removal of heat on a system like the Alienware m15s has always been a difficult thing for the company because Alienware is a company that really takes pride in their ability to bring out the fastest performing devices. 

They want to clock their stuff as high as possible. they don’t really care too much about temperatures, and it’s something that’s difficult. 

they like to run their stuff as fast as possible, but stuff gets hotter because they’re just pumping more water to the CPU. 

and when you have a device like this, that’s thin, and they’re trying to make it look a certain way and they’re trying to keep these things running as fast as possible, they’re really hard to cool properly. 

The R3 is noticeably cooler regarding running than last year’s R2, but you still need to undervolt it to get the best possible thermal performance. it’s improved from last year but it’s still just not perfect. 

The fan noise unchanged still gets pretty loud at the top, but I think for the average user, it’s a perfectly acceptable fan profile. 

Buy if for

Alienware M15 is considered the best Alienware program so far, as it offers features not available in the previous version, and the new version took into account most of the negative points and fixed them.

It also has a very impressive OLED UHD screen from M15,

as it is characterized by the quality of colors, contrast and work,

where you will realize the magnificence of the screen when you use it in games.

It also contains many valuable features, as you can get an Intel Octa Core CPU and three M.2 SSD drives, which makes you get a great overall performance.

Don’t buy it for

The Alienware M15 is huge and big, so if you like portable devices that are thin and light, this is not for you.

The Alienware M15 will cost a lot of money, although you can get those specs that it bunches on, including the CPU and GPU, for much less money.

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