Dell Alienware 15 (R3, 2016)

The Good The Alienware 15 makes the most of its components, and it has a well-designed lighting scheme. Plus, it comes with a decent G-Sync monitor, and it can drive an external display at a high refresh rate and with G-Sync.

The Bad It's on the heavy side at 7.8 pounds, the battery life is middling, and its fans are loud.

The Bottom Line A solid if somewhat uninspiring gaming laptop, the Alienware 15 is a good choice when you need fast performance but not the big screen.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 7.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

A 15-inch tank, ready to roll into battle

Alienware is a veteran in gaming systems, and that's reflected in its R3 version of the Alienware 15. A solid, substantial design packed with midrange components and accented with an ample array of accent lights and backlight zones, it's basically a tank covered with Christmas lights. 

The 15-inch model starts at $1,200, but keep in mind that the lowest-end configurations abut those of the cheaper Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop, with a GTX 1060 at about $1,250 --  just without all the bells and whistles -- as well as the bigger Alienware 17, which starts at $1,300. You can equip the 15 with up to an overclockable Core i7-7820HK and GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q, 32GB memory and additional storage for $3,850. 

Our test configuration costs about $2,425, which is on the expensive side. In contrast, the 15-inch HP Omen with relatively comparable specs and we reviewed recently is only $1,700, though its gaming performance is notably worse. If you're tastes run more to Little Nightmares than Overwatch, you can probably get by with the cheapest configuration.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Dell, Inc.
  • Installed Size 16 GB DDR4 at 2400MHz (2x8GB)
  • Capacity 180 GB M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD
  • Diagonal Size 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display, Non-touch
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model Alienware 15 Laptop -DKCWKBLF002S

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