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The m15 delivers smaller, lighter Alienware

Alienware uses Nvidia Max-Q design and narrow display bezels to create a midsize version of its Alienware 15 R4 gaming laptop.

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Design

By retaining the same design aesthetic as the rest of the line, Alienware goes for solid rather than sleek as many other Max-Q laptops do.

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Red

The laptop also comes in red.

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Sizes compared

The m15 is noticeably smaller than the standard Alienware 15.

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Size comparison

The m15 vs. the Alienware 15 from above.

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Connections

An Ethernet port is a nice perk in a thinner laptop, and it retains the USB Type-A port and headphone jack on the left side.

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Right side connectors

Two USB Type-A connectors sit on the right side.

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Connections

Like its big brother, the m15 also has the HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB-C/Thunderbolt and proprietary connector for the Alienware Graphics Accelerator external GPU.

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Hinge

The m15 doesn't have the forward-hinge design of the bigger models.

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Ventilation

Since it doesn't have a forward hinge, there's room for ventilation above the keyboard.

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Keyboard

Alienware sticks with zone lighting.

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Touchpad

Sadly, Alienware drops the backlighting on the touchpad for this model.

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Left side

Click through to see more of Alienware's m15.

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Right side

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Alienware m15

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Front

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Back

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Left side

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