Alienware m15 R3 Review

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Hi, I’m Matthew Buzzi here
with the Alienware m15 R3, The 2020 update to the m15
R2 that we saw last year. It’s mostly the same exterior design wise You’re getting the same sort
of sci-fi look with the text And the ringed LED in the back, As well as the white
sort of stand up finish, And the RGB keyboard which I do like a lot I think it’s unique in a field of laptops That look really similar,
this one kind of stands out. Given that it’s the same on the outside It’s more about the component refreshes And the feature updates That have gone into this year’s model. The starting price with
this laptop is $1,500, Our review configuration is 2160, So it’s a bit more expensive than that. We can get a distinctly high-end laptop, Though there are mid range
configurations with this laptop. That means we’re comparing
it to other premium laptops Crew the cream of the crop, But 2160 is actually
one of the better values At that price range, Because for that price,
you get a 10th generation Intel core i7 CPU, 16 gigs of
Ram , it’s a one terabyte SSD, Which is actually two 512 SSDs That are in a raid zero configuration To show up as one drive, an
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, Which is good, it’s not
the next few versions, So there’s a bit more power
than the two down alternatives Though it is not the super GPU That have been showing up in some models. Additionally, this display,
which is a full HD resolution Is 300 nits so that’s a
super high refresh rate For those playing triple A games

That probably won’t come
into effect that much If you’re a big budget
single-player titles, Those games are not
gonna run full settings At 300 frames per second. But for those people who were Into competitive multiplayer titles, Those are the sorts of games Where not only are higher frames possible Because there are less
visually demanding games, But those frameworks can
actually benefit you. If you see, you know,
slightly higher refresh rates Than people you’re playing against, You might see the action
just that much sooner Which can give you an edge. So that’s sort of who
this is for EAs towns And people who really are
into competitive gaming. Not all games are gonna push up To 300 frames per second, of course, But, we tested games
like Rainbow Six Siege And that got into the 200s close to 300. So you can definitely push that If you’ve set sort of lower settings, Which is a common practice
for playing multiplayer games, Because it allows you to
pump those higher frame rates To give you that edge. Now, as for those big
budgets, single player titles, This laptop did average Just over a 100 frames per second. So that’s pretty good performance I think not being the
Max-Q version of this GPU, Given that extra step And it’s actually competing with laptops That have the Max-Q 2080 GPU. So it’s really close and a lot of those

Costs several 100 dollars more than this. So, it hung at or above the
same average frame rates As laptops that are more expensive Or about just as expensive. So, it’s really good performance
considering the price I know it sounds high, it is
high, it’s a higher end laptop, But in that field, It’s actually one of the less expensive For the same performance level. So all of that said about it’s performance Let’s move on to the portability And sort of the physical
aspect of this laptop. It’s a bit heavier than maybe you’d want It’s 4.65 pounds. It’s a little heavier
than some gaming laptops But it’s right on par with other machines Like the Razer Blade 15, it’s
actually slightly lighter. Some Asus Zephyrus laptops
are right in the same ballpark So, to get that much power into it Being under five pounds at
that point is it’s pretty good That’s sort of the benchmark And the closer you can
get to four Pat’s flat All the better. Only small laptops at 14 inch laptops, Would be four or under
so in the grand scheme, It’s portable enough it
might get a little heavy To bring in your daily commute. The other thing that limits
its portability to a degree Is the battery life They ran for two hours and 40
minutes on our rundown test, Which is unfortunately on the lower side. Gaming laptops notorious in the past For their short battery life Have really improved a
long way in recent years.

A lot of laptops we tested
that we compare this to Ran for six or seven hours so
just under three is not great. I ran a test to make sure
that’s what it was getting And that’s roughly what
it lands on every time. It is a (mumbling)two hearts, Since you’re gonna be
playing games on the charger And plugged in And you can use it at your destination Where it won’t be too
hard to carry with you, Even if you don’t use it the
whole time you’re traveling To your destination. So a con, but not a deal breaker
in this category of laptop. Rounding up the physical build
on this laptop or the ports, There are three standard
USB-A, a micro SD card slot A USB-C port with Thunderbolt three. There’s an ethernet jack, Which is a nice inclusion at this size, The HDMI connection, mini display port And there’s also a proprietary connection For Alienware’s external
graphics amplifier, Which obviously sold separately. You want to put a GPU in that enclosure And connect it to power
this, you can do that, But a laptop of this powerful, You’re not going to get
that much better performance Over an external disclosure So probably wouldn’t go
that route with this laptop, But the option is there if
you already own that GPU. So with all of that said, There’s a lot to like about this laptop And the only real con is the battery life. I like the design, I think it stands out, It may not be to everyone’s
liking, but it is fun to me, It’s not the garnishment and black design

Of all that scream gaming laptop, But it kind of lets you
know it’s a gaming laptop It’s fun, it’s wide,
it’s got some styling, It’s it’s different, But I don’t think it’s ugly And I think that’s all about execution. The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502
has been our editor’s choice For the sort of 2000
to $2,900 laptop range For the past year or so And this takes the crown off it, This is our new top pic in this price tier That offers similar
performance to that laptop If not better, in most
cases, for slight less money, It adds a 300 Hertz display I do like the design more than myself. So it’s hard to argue
with that sort of offering You could maybe like the reasonably 15s all metal build more, but
you do have to pay up for it. So this is the best combination Of power, performance,
price in this category And for that it earns our editor’s choice And a four and a half star rating.

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