Alienware M15 R2 Review
ALIENWARE M15 R2
The famous Alienware large-screen laptops are well known, but it’s more portable and still feels new to the gaming scene. The original m15 was thin but no different; now the Alienware m15 R2 creates a massive redesign as well as the latest components and best features. Not everyone will love a bold new look. PU guarantees 60fps games in most settings and resolutions. The M15 R2 is much improved, but the advanced Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model remains the highest-end gaming laptop for top quality. Razer’s OLED Blade configuration costs money, so if you’re tuned to a shiny, dramatic OLED panel, Alienware’s m15 R2 OLED model might be a better option.
Brand Name: M15
Series: m15 r2
Hardware Platform: PC
Operating System: Windows
Item Weight: 12 pounds
Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Count: 8
Computer Memory Type: SRAM
Hard Drive Interface: Solid State
Where To Buy It: AMAZON.COM
About the product:
- 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9980HK (8-Core, 16MB Cache, up to 5.0Ghz w/Turbo Boost)
- 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 240Hz 7ms 300-nits sRGB 100% color gamut + Tobii Eyetracking technology
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design
- 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz – 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
- Premium Support with Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis, 1 Year
Refreshing new visual design. Slim, solid-feeling chassis. Stunning 4K OLED display. Easily capable of 60fps gaming at resolutions below 4K. Plenty of ports and useful extra features.
Tobii eye-tracking hardware minimally useful for most users, but tied to certain display options. Underwhelming, keyboard and touchpad feel.
ALIENWARE M15 R2
New m15 R2 Design:
The redesign of the m15 is the main focal point of the R2, even more so than the OLED screen. Called it big? I could see the new look being divisive, I think it looks great. It signals that it’s a gaming laptop, but it does so more tastefully than most. Alienware is a premium gaming brand, so the design should stand out a little. As long as that’s done with a clear vision and some restraint, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Many gaming laptops simply equate “gaming” with “garish.”
To that end, Alienware’s new design language is going for a clean look inspired by sci-fi and future tech. Our model is the white “Lunar Light” option, but Alienware also offers a grey “Dark Side of the Moon” scheme. The chassis on our sample is a greyish white, with a black rear portion that houses ports and thermal hardware. The black portion is also ringed with an LED, another calling card of this new aesthetic.
The m15 R2 shares its look with the hulking Alienware Area 51-m but is the first slim laptop to adopt the look. The m15 R2 wouldn’t look out of place in Mass Effect or another sci-fi world. The previous-generation m15 was thin and relatively light, but it looked—in direct opposition to how I described the R2 above—safe, plain, and even a little boring. It’s worth noting that the previous m15 design did get an OLED-screen option added late in its lifecycle, but it felt like a holdover with a new design on the way.
The R2, meanwhile, has premium parts inside. The lid and keyboard deck are magnesium alloy, with a smooth finish that feels nice to the touch. It’s not quite the pure milled-aluminum construction of the Razer Blade 15, but it doesn’t feel cheap. It measures 0.8 by 14.2 by 10.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.75 pounds, which is almost the same as the original m15 design. Despite the new look, the general footprint and heft haven’t changed much, so this is still a relatively portable gaming laptop.
Let’s Talk About That Screen
Of course, there is the screen. First, here is a brief introduction to what makes OLED screens special. LED-lit LCD screens use a white backlight that is guided through a fast filter so that the light is tinted for the right color. In short, OLED screens (the acronym stands for “organic light-emitting diode”) use a completely different display paradigm: a self-emitting organic compound, which allows each pixel in the panel to produce its light when power is applied to it.
That’s the main difference with LCD screens, and what enables OLEDs to produce extra-brilliant colors and deep black. To display black, that part of the screen simply stops producing any light, so it doesn’t display anything, which in turn provides better contrast and “more real” blacks than blocking an ever-present LED backlight. All this also makes it possible for the panels to be more efficient and therefore thinner. That doesn’t play as dramatically with laptops as with TVs; many OLED TVs are almost paper-thin.
As with the other laptops in this new range of OLED screens, the panel is produced by Samsung, so they all start from the same point. And, as we have seen with the others, the screen is beautiful. Thanks to the wonders of OLED, the colors seem to stand out and make them look incredibly vibrant and rich. The black areas, as they should be, look extra deep and dark, which forms a striking contrast with the colors. I can describe it, but OLED is something that you have to experience for yourself. Viewing images from an OLED panel through a non-OLED panel does not do justice. The screen is part of what you pay a premium for and it is a hit.
It’s nice enough that creative professionals might want to use this panel for legitimate media work. This laptop has different, no-4K screen options, which Alienware assesses for a different color spectrum coverage than the OLED screen. Apart from the image quality, the panel has a native 4K resolution, which certainly contributes to the sharpness. The OLED screen option achieves a refresh rate of 60Hz, which is a disadvantage for a gambling system. The full HD (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) screen options are available in 60Hz, 144Hz, and 240Hz flavors, the latter two are better for gamers looking for super-high frame rates in competitive esports games. In this case, the 4K screen is a tradeoff in terms of refresh rate, but given the quality of the screen, it may be worth it for many.
How Is The Keyboard?
the keyboard has a great feeling from the competitors I’ve tried, the keyboard doesn’t have as much space, and the keys are sometimes a little less than average. The M15 R2 doesn’t have an entry number, but it does it with a keyboard that doesn’t feel cramped. The keys feel a little silly, and there are not many answers, but the documentation is good. A sign, too, is nice, it pulls out well, though it’s easy to just click. As a design, it does not increase the height of the 15 head but is still better than most.
The keyboard is fun to watch. The keys can be returned individually, and outside the box, our group is lit by a rainbow display. You can get it sounded with a personalized program. The left mount features a USB 3.1 port, an Ethernet jack, and a headphone jack. The right side also has only two USB 3.1 ports and the other connectors on the right-hand side of the laptop. There, you’ll find a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, an HDMI port, a Mini DisplayPort connector, and an electrical connector. There is also another large, delicate port, which impresses some. This is the Alienware Graphics Amplifier site, in conjunction with the company’s GPU repository. It is sold separately.
Alienware Command Center was updated a few years ago to be the standard control panel for all Alienware PC products. It covers all common software games – game-specific profiles, lighting options, sound settings, component tuning, system monitoring, and even the game library and program launcher – into one program. Most useful for gaming, you can switch the laptop’s heat profile between several presets (five choices, ranging from quiet to full speed) and set overclocking profiles to enhance your GPU.
The Command Center does all this with a level of polish not typically seen in these free deals. You want to use it trust me. This brings us to our core main trait, a somewhat facultative extra. The M15 R2 is the first 15-inch laptop to include Tobii’s eye-tracking, which is standard with both 240Hz and OLED displays. If you are unfamiliar with Tobii, it is an independent company that has developed eye-tracking technology found on laptops and other devices, such as the HTC Vive Pro virtual reality headset. Tracking hardware is a thin, translucent black bar that stands beneath the display.
Tobii has several features designed for general laptop use. Most useful is its ability to turn off screen dimming when Tobi’s sensors detect that you have looked at the screen. But it also has a more specific use while playing. Tobii is cost-related, so I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to be able to cut it out to save money. If you don’t want eye-tracking, the bottom two screen options (full-HD 60Hz and 144Hz) don’t come with Tobii. If you still want an OLED screen, you also have to pay for Tobii.
The Alienware m15 R2 is an excellent reworking of the company’s more compact gamer. It signals “gaming laptop” without being overbearing; it works as a premium machine; that includes the types of legitimately useful features that should be exclusive to advanced systems. It is only slightly more expensive than the Acer Predator Triton 500 for equal or better strength while offering a far superior display.