The new Alienware x15 is a super thin, extremely light laptop. Now’s your chance to game with gear that knows no boundaries. The Alienware x15 gaming laptops with advanced Alienware Cryo-Tech™ cooling defy boundaries. Introducing Element 31 thermal interface material and a Quad-Fan Design. We are incorporating more fan blades, more copper materials, and vapor chambers to deliver ample power while dissipating the heat more efficiently and allowing the fans to run less resulting in reduced noise. The x15 features five tailored power states, and grants access to thousands of games with Windows. Alienware laptops will bring your favorite games into hyper-reality with Windows DirectX 12 Ultimate. Constructed with magnesium alloy and aluminum parts gamers can experience the evolved Legend Industrial Design that reimagines the way you game. The Alienware x15 is equipped with 11th Gen Intel processors, has more storage options with dual drives featuring SSD and includes powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 30-series discrete graphics.
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15.6" 360Hz FHD Display
1920 x 1080 resolution with native 1080p support to showcase your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming
Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics
Backed by 8GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
11th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor
The perfect combination of performance and responsiveness. Enjoy boundary-breaking performance with the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. Stay productive with fast-charging, long-lasting battery.
Alienware Cryo-Tech™ cooling technology
Four intelligently controlled, uniquely programmable fans to help dissipate heat. Game for longer periods of time thanks to Element 31, a gallium-silicone thermal interface material.
Alienware Command Center
Gamers can set, activate and manage five unique power states in the Alienware Command Center.
Legend 2.0 Industrial Design
A fresh new evolution in design with a high-endurance finish and customizable AlienFX lighting.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.
1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
Note: this laptop does not include a DVD drive.
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The Alienware X15 are for folks who appreciate the ultimate in a thin gaming laptop. I expect this gaming laptop to have excellent progress in performance, display quality, battery life, and build quality on a premium level. This is my first Alienware product and based on reputation, I’m pretty excited about it but no laptop is perfect so will go over its strengths and weaknesses.
SETUP: Initial setup is quick as you create an account name and password, then your prompt to setup Windows Hello that logs you in with face recognition via web cam. (really liked this feature) Once logged in after all the privacy policies, updated Windows and got an error after a couple of reboots that stated that a driver installed was better than the Windows driver, ignored it then updated with Alienware Update app which updated 5 apps and took awhile to install them. There is a bios update (08/11/2021) that I could not update via the app, but you can update manually by clicking on the blue up arrow on the end within the app. Overall, the update software is not as streamline as I’m used to, but it does work. On the Windows update error I just clicked on retry and it installed the remaining drivers without any issue. After I did all that, I get a pop-up notification from the Dell Support Assist app and realized I probably could have use this to install the proprietary software, oh well. Attempted to install Geforce Graphics driver and got an error message which is common for this driver since I get this on other laptops, you just reboot and reopen the app to install. The Alienware Command Center app UI is a bit clunky and would not detect games from Game Pass on auto scan to set up performance profiles, but I prefer to use Geforce for that anyways.
BUILD QUALITY: It has a slim very modern design body made of metal (CNC aluminum and magnesium alloy) with outer surface being white textured paint, this with the Alienware logo, RGB lights, number 15 graphics on the lid gives this laptop a strikingly unique presentation visually. When I first unboxed it, noticed how sturdy and well-built it felt in my hands, hinges are stiff while the rest of body is free of any flex or bending. Overall, this thin and lightweight (5 lbs) just screams quality gaming laptop in its design and build.
GAMING & PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS:
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core) 1510 (Multi-Core) 12280
PCMARKS 10 6495
3D MARKS TIME SPY 9615
Control (High) RTX & DLSS ON 82 AVG FPS
Dirt 5 (Ultra High) RTX ON 55 AVG FPS
Doom Eternal (Ultra) RTX & DLSS ON 120 AVG FPS
All games were tested on latest GeForce Game Ready Driver Ver 471.68 08/10/2021
This laptop offers a free trial to Xbox’s Game Pass so you can try out games and see how they play. Even if you’re not interested in a long-term subscription, you can try out unrestricted games for free before buying them.
PERFORMANCE & THERMALS: The Alienware X15 will generally handle anything you throw at it from heavy multi-tasking to intensive photo/video programs and let’s not forget the star of the show: cpu/gpu intensive gaming. Thinner laptops usually struggle with heat management, but Alienware’s Quad Fan systems moves a lot of air on its components and has the new “Element 31 thermal interface material” that provides better thermal heat resistance than previous Alienware laptops. During general tasks the CPU temp is around 65-70C with the bottom of laptop getting warm with some hotter spots in the middle and towards the back main exhaust, fans are fairly quiet. On keyboard area there are no hot spots on keys or palm area, but top exhaust gets hot and the opposite sides of exhaust vents also. In gaming the bottom gets hot on your lap, not unbearable but you will notice it. Temps for the CPU while gaming was 80-88C and GPU at 77C while nose is high pitch whine sound that’s not too loud.
GAMING PERFORMANCE: This laptop does not have a Mux Switch but does have Advanced Optimus that can disabled in bios. (Enable Hybrid Graphics/ Advance Optimus) With this disabled your looking at a 10% increase on graphic card but with battery life dramatically decreased. The GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile 8GB dedicated card has a TGP of 90-110 W. The Control game is good benchmark since it gives a graphic card a run for its money on high settings, most lower end cards can’t get past 30 FPS on high so the fact that this laptop can run it with ray tracing/w DLSS in the 80’s is impressive. Of course, you can tweak the settings for better frame rates such as lowering ray tracing to medium or just turn it off.
KEYBOARD: Keys offer a good typing experience with decent travel and fairly quiet keystrokes; however, on keyboard layout the right shift key is in slightly different position than I’m used to. Secondary functions on keys are hard to see in a dim light environment. The smaller touchpad is Premium Precision Glass with multi-touch gesture and integrated scrolling that is a smooth and responsive experience when using it.
PORTS: 1 Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port, with PowerShare 2, 1 Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port, with Power Delivery (5V/3A), 1 Type-C Thunderbolt 4 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port, with Power Delivery (5V/3A), 1 MicroSD Card Slot, 1 HDMI 2.1 Output Port.
DISPLAY: The matte IPS LCD screen on this laptop is FHD 1920x1080 Wide Viewing Angle with max brightness around 300 nits, 360HZ refresh rate, 141 ppi, 16.9 aspect ratio, G-SYNC, Advanced Optimus, 100% sRGB, Response time 10 ms. Screen is just gorgeous with vibrant colors and clear, sharp images.
SOUND: Speakers are fair and get loud enough at less, I watch YouTube videos with sound level at 67%.
WEBCAM: Just your average 720p camera, the best thing about this camera is the IR features that use the Windows Hello option.
WIFI: The Killer 1675x Wi-Fi 6 (WiFi 802.11ax) card speed test was 470 Mbps on my 400 Mbps plan. Connection was stable with no drops. Note: I have the newest router from my ISP that supports and is optimal for 802.11ax speeds, so speeds will vary on older routers.
UPGRADABLE: One M.2 2230/2280 slot is open for additional SSD. Ram is 16 GB, 2 x 8 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz, dual-channel is soldered on board so ram cannot be upgraded, not a deal breaker for me but may be for some.
BATTERY LIFE: I got around 6 hours and 40 minutes with mixed usage of browsing and YouTube.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A Thin Gaming Beast with some Flaws...
Alienware’s new x15 R1 is part of the new lineup of premium Alienware gaming laptops. Alienware is known for its beefy gaming PCs and high-quality gaming gear. The X15 is no different and provides some of the best laptop features a gaming laptop can have. The latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU allows for a high-performance all the way around. Whether you are gaming, 3D modeling, or simply word processing. You will be satisfied with the speeds the X15 provides. The X15 also comes with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3070. This graphics card allows for some magnificent visuals in all your games. The display also allows for smooth gameplay with up to a 360Hz refresh rate. After a couple of days of using the X15, here are my complete thoughts.
*TLDR at the bottom
Unboxing the laptop was a wonderful experience. The box it came in was sturdy and opening the “double-door like” box was an experience and honestly a neat design. As soon as you turn on the laptop, you are greeted with a flashing keyboard with a myriad of colors. Something you will notice is that the X15 does come with plenty of customizable RGB. The power button, alien head, and rear stadium are also customizable! Set up should not take too long if you already have a Microsoft account. As soon as I was logged in, I tweaked a few settings, deleted some bloatware, and started downloading my software.
Alienware’s X15 is designed with portability in mind. Most gaming laptops are bigger and while portable, they do take up a lot of space due to their size. The X15 is a thin gaming laptop that can easily fit inside a school bag. Coming in at a bit above 5lbs, the X15 is impressively small for a gaming laptop. But there are a few caveats due to how compact the X15 was designed.
First, you will receive fewer ports compared to other gaming laptops. Most of the ports are located behind the laptop. The only two ports that are located on the sides are the power-in port and the headphone jack. There is no Ethernet jack, but Alienware did include a USB-C to Ethernet adapter. The power-in port would’ve been better placed on the back, which would’ve allowed better maneuverability while the other ports are being used. Now, I’m not sure if this was due to how compact the laptop is or if it is just the general design, but the trackpad is a lot smaller than most laptops. On the other hand, I do seriously enjoy how sturdy the X15 is built. The materials used are high-quality and the amount of RGB implemented is great.
The X15 should be able to run all the games on the market. When running “Can You Run It,” the laptop received a CYRI score of 100% minimum and 99% recommended. This score shows the percentage of games that can run on the laptop at the minimum and recommended requirement levels. You won’t have to worry if a game will run or not while using this laptop since all of them should be able to run!
Like I’ve mentioned before the latest CPU in the X15 allows for incredible speeds all around. Opening applications, loading screens, gaming, switching between applications all take little time. The GPU on the X15 allows for great visuals. I played a variety of games from AC Valhalla to Control on maxed settings. I enabled Ray Tracing in Control and wow, it made a huge difference! I also managed to run a gaming performance benchmark using 3D Mark’s Time Spy. It gave me a score of 9568. Overall, the visuals were truly stunning for every game I played. The gameplay was also smooth, and I did not experience any stuttering even with max settings.
The 1080p display is clear, vibrant, and did a great job at showcasing the graphics in all the games I played. The display is also NVIDIA G-Sync compatible for an even more, smoother gameplay experience. One problem I did experience with the display was random display flickering. I did not experience the flickering while gaming but mostly while doing other things. I have updated the drivers and installed any Windows updates and it seemed to fix the problem for the most part, but I still get them (a lot less) at random times.
Here are other notes:
- Alienware Command Center can be used to customize and view many things on the X15. From RGB, overclock profiles, viewing thermal profiles, and playing around with EQ settings.
- Command Center keeps requesting to download additional components but when I click on “Update,” nothing happens. The software is clunky and not very user-friendly.
- Windows Hello uses facial recognition as a quick way to login into your computer. Very efficient!
- Another problem I experienced was my keyboard would randomly stop working at times. It did not happen often but restarting the computer fixed it.
- I would recommend using an external display while gaming, I found my gameplay experience a lot more enjoyable using an external display.
- RAM is not upgradable since it is soldered. There is an available M.2 SSD storage slot though.
- Sound is decent for a laptop but I do recommend using external speakers or headphones.
- The four fans do an excellent job at cooling down the laptop. They are quiet when not running anything hefty but do get noisy when running a game for example.
- Battery life is not the best, I do recommend using the laptop while plugged in
Overall, the X15 is a great gaming laptop for the most part. The X15 is thin and is a lot more portable compared to other beefy gaming PCs. The latest-gen Intel Core i7 processor allows for high-performance all around and the RTX 3070 GPU allows for some gorgeous visuals while gaming. The hardware in the X15 should be able to run all the games on the market. The display is FHD and is clear and vibrant. I did experience a couple of bugs using the laptop such as random screen flickering, but I’ll be reinstalling some drivers and hopefully, it’ll fix the problem. Some software such as Alienware’s Command Center is buggy. But fortunately, these problems did not interfere with performance. Now is this for you? The X15 is pricey but if you want a quality gaming laptop with performance in mind, go ahead and try the X15 out. Otherwise, if you are looking for a laptop to do general work, I do recommend you go for something else.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is the best laptop that I've ever had.
This is a truly incredible gaming laptop, and I am truly very VERY happy with it.
The laptop has two USB type-C ports, 1 USB type-A port, a micro-SD card reader, a full-size HDMI port, and a headphone / mic port. With the exception of the headphone / mic port, all of the ports are on the back of the device.
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. The back of the machine makes a lot of sense for plugging in a wired mouse (you don’t have to worry about “left-side” versus “right-side” and whether or not the cable is going to be in the way), but it makes less sense when plugging in things like flash drives (since you have to flip the device around to see where you’re plugging the drive into). This doesn’t matter as much if you’re not using this device for content creation.
The laptop apparently comes with an empty hard drive slot if you need to expand the storage. At 500GB of solid state storage, the laptop has enough room for the operating system, your browser of choice, and “a few” modern games. Personally, I’m a little hesitant to break open brand new tech for the sake of installing more storage for games that I’ll probably never even get around to playing. Fortunately for me, this laptop has a micro-SD slot. I can pop in a 256GB card and install my older (smaller) games to it instead of the SSD. Yes, the read/write speed will be slower. But for older titles, it doesn’t make all that much difference. If you’re careful with your installs (and don’t mind carrying an SD card case with a few different cards), then you can swap cards and take a TON of games with you on the go.
I LOVE the fact that they included this slot.
Battery life comes in at just a little bit more than 2 hours with light usage (i.e. browsing the web and not actively gaming). This isn’t terribly surprising given the high quality screen and GPU that this device is powering. Lower battery life is a small tradeoff for the sheer quality of this device.
I was able to play my go-to MMO on maximum settings with no issues. Image quality was seriously impressive.
The fan speed did kick up as I ramped up the quality settings. It was loud, but it wasn’t just crazy loud. And while the device did get quite warm, it didn’t feel like it was getting dangerously warm. Fun fact, if you want to manually kick the laptop into overdrive, press the F1 function key to immediately go into “High Performance Mode.”
The F2-F6 function keys are unassigned macro-keys. The included Alienware software can be used to easily program them for a variety of functions. This software can also be used to control the keyboard and accent lighting with a nice range of effects.
Volume controls are along the right-side of the keyboard. This is a little unusual, but it seems to work well.
The typing experience on the keyboard is pretty good. The keyboard has virtually no flex to it, but I did find that I had trouble with periodically missing keystrokes. I attribute this to the relatively shallow key travel and not to a true hardware fault. I do find the extra “bump” on the “S” key to be more distracting than helpful.
The exterior of the laptop is covered in an off-white, “ceramic-like” material. I was more than a little concerned with the white finish as I worried that it would look worn and shabby in minutes. The slight, off-white color softens the look some; and whatever this material is seems to resists fingerprints well.
The power brick is surprisingly small given the fact this is a gaming laptop. I had no trouble fitting it into my laptop bag.
On my first outing with this laptop, I had people literally coming up to me at the coffee shop to marvel at it. It definitely has a striking look.
I think this laptop will last me a good long time, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a premium gaming laptop.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Keep your fingers inside the keyboard at all times
Thin, sleek and fast. This has been one of the most powerful laptops I have seen in such a thin format. With that power though, comes a lot of heat. Dell/Alienware’s design choice makes sense, in the way the motherboard is upside down compared to most other laptops. However, this leads to the heat being closer to the surface, meaning watch your fingers near the edges. Even with four fans, this is trying to move a lot of heat in high demand gaming sessions. The fans aren’t the loudest I have heard, but you can certainly hear them when they get going. If they can’t control the heat, the computer will drop clock speeds, which can lead to some lower frames and stutter in long gaming sessions. This thin format also leads to little to no room for expansion, with no removable RAM, but it does have an extra M2 slot for an additional SSD. The 16GB of RAM is good though, especially for a laptop.
In good “gamer” fashion, this laptop allows for a good bit of customization. From lighting individual keys on the keyboard, the lights on the back, down to the power button in each state. The Alienware Command Center also allows for overclock options as well as thermal and sound profiles based on the game you are running.
The 15.6” FHD screen is clear, sharp and fast while I had to purposely look for something to test the 360hz refresh. There are two microphones, an IR camera and a 0.92MP/720 camera at the top. The ports are mostly on the back except for power and headphone, so easily avoiding any cables protruding from where your mouse may rest. There are two USB Type-C ports, but one is Thunderbolt 4.0 and the other is USB 3.2 Gen 2. There is only one USB Type-A port, 3.2 Gen 1, but if you need more there are plenty of USB-C expansions out there. Also a Micro-SD card slot and HDMI 2.1 port. The speakers are under the laptop and best if on a hard surface to reflect the audio up to you, but really lost if on any other surface, like your lap. The sound level is enough to drown out the fans, but you're better off with headphones.
Overall, this laptop is up there in the gaming capabilities. It will play pretty much everything you throw on it and with pretty decent settings at that. The thin profile makes it easier to transport yet looks impressive with its customizations. Any PC gamer will recognize that Alienware logo glowing on the lid and will surely ask about the specs.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Thin, sleek, and full of power
I decided to test this laptop because I wanted to see if Dell had worked out the issues I experienced with the Alienware laptop I tested a few years ago... so far, it appears they have.
Unboxing an Alienware machine is an experience of its own; Dell manages to even make the box impressive. Of course after opening the box, you can see that this laptop itself is no slouch. The first thing you notice is how thin, sleek, and relatively light this laptop is. The alloy frame gives it a solid, quality feel, and opening the lid reveals a well laid out keyboard/touchpad area, although the keys feel a bit stiffer than the previous Alienware I tested. My hands also feel a bit more cramped on this keyboard compared to the similarly sized laptops I've used in the past, but it's not a show stopper. Pressing the power button started the familiar kaleidoscope of colors flashing over every key of the keyboard. I decided to go ahead and hook up the power adapter at this point because I knew there would be updates for the system. One thing I noticed is that the power adapter has rounded edges, which prevents the adapter from being placed on its side; I place all of my adapters, when possible, on an edge to help with heat dissipation, and this adapter does get rather warm. Updating the system was fairly straight-forward, but I did have some trouble with the bios update. All of the other system updates were applied without an issue, but the Alienware Update as well as Support Assist couldn't apply the bios. I finally had to download it manually and then it applied without any problem... I believe the problem might have been with Bitlocker. After the system was updated, I attempted to update the graphics driver through Nvidia's GForce Experience. This also failed, but after another reboot, the driver was able to be installed without issue.
As far as gameplay goes, as of now, I've only installed World of Tanks, but the performance of this laptop is unbelievably good. The rendering on the display is gorgeous, and even on battery power, and high to max graphics settings, play was smooth and free of any jerkiness. However, using those settings, it was apparent that the battery wouldn't have lasted very long, but the CPU and GPU are power hungry, so what can you expect. I decided to hook the laptop up to my 34" 4k curved gaming monitor using the HDMI port, and this is where I wondered if I'd ever use the laptop display again unless I'm travelling; With the graphics set at ultra with 4k resolution in HDR mode, I got an average of 120 fps. The rendering was very smooth with no jerks at all even with the render distance setting in the game set to max. Since there is no dedicated ethernet port, even though I usually game with a cable when I can to cut latency to a minimum, I decided to just go with WiFi and see how it did. My ping hovers around 35ms which is only slightly higher than hardwired. One thing I was concerned about with this laptop is heat dissipation since it's so thin, and the previous Alienware I tested did have some initial heat concerns until they pushed out a BOIS update. So far, I haven't seen anything like that from this laptop. It does get very warm, and the area between the keys and the display gets almost hot to the touch, but the fans seem to be able to create more airflow than the earlier model, so the temps for the CPU and GPU are kept at an acceptable level. However, even at full power, the fans are nowhere as loud as the previous model I tested; you can hear them, but they're not overly loud; I had no trouble having the laptop right beside me and listening to the TV at the same time.
Of course you can customize the LED coloring of the keyboard to your liking using the Alienware Command Center, so I was anxious to see if I experienced the same problems I ran into with the previous laptop. Since I have several Logitech gaming devices, I installed Logitech's GHub software on the *previous* machine, and slowly everything started to go south; the screen saver stopped working, the lights on the keyboard changed to random colors, and then one day I powered it on and the keyboard was dead. Dell replaced the keyboard, which did nothing. They wound up replacing the motherboard as well as some of the other internal components. I was told the problem initially started with a conflict between the Alienware Command Center and the GHub software. Needless to say I was hesitant to install GHub on this laptop, but I decided to try. So far, I've seen no issues at all. I used a USB hub to connect a Logitech keyboard, mouse and headset, as well as a Belkin gaming pad... everything worked flawlessly. The conflict that existed between ACC and GHub has evidently been resolved... I hope I didn't just jinx it.
Overall, the Alienware Horizon x15 R1 laptop is gorgeous; it looks great and feels solidly built. It's slim, weighs almost nothing, and yet gives a ton of performance. The gameplay is stunning, and although the laptop does seem to run on the warm side, I haven't seen any of heat related the issues I saw in the Alienware laptop I tested a few years ago. I also haven't seen the major software incompatibility problems that caused me to send the previous laptop back for major repair, so I'm hoping they've truly worked out the kinks. I would definitely recommend this laptop for anyone wanting a very capable gaming laptop..
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Beauty with Beast (mode)
This is the first laptop I have unboxed since my very first one about 12 years back, where I just went "Wow!" at how beautiful it is. The styling is going to blow you away. And not just the laptop itself, its even the way its packed. It's as if you are unwrapping a book. A book capable of shredding any AAA games out there. The care Alienware has taken to ensure your unboxing itself is an experience, definitely shows. Once you have marveled at the box and the laptop's styling, it's time to turn it on.
And now you are in the realm of the beast, you will notice immediately that this is snappier than any other laptop you've used. This feeling even when you are not playing, has to do with the great specs and also the emaculate display and the super responsive touch pad. You get the premium feeling in everything you do. Although the touch pad is a bit on the smaller side, compared to other modern machines, I am willing to make that sacrifice on a gaming laptop (since I'll hook it up to an external mouse anyways).
Well, enough talk - time to throw some games at it. But before that, you need to open the software for Alien ware Command Center and tweak what you need to.
There are 1-click options to overclock (2 modes), options to control how you would like the fans to behave (quiet, balance, battery saver, performance or full speed) - full speed just keeps your fans on high speed no matter what you are doing, even if you are browsing the net, and they are SUPER loud, so I wouldn't use it unless your situation demands it. You have a few sounds modes to choose from and power profile (balanced or Performance) - this takes over from the normal Windows power profiles, so you cannot change it from the task bar, and have to use this utility.
Once you have set it up according to your needs and preferences, you can load your choice of game and be confident that this machine will not disappoint. I have been playing a lot of GTA 5 on it (and I know it's an older game) but it still puts any system through its paces and I have not had the frame rate drop through any of the sequences. But with this laptop and this display I had to try Counter Strike, now I've seen videos online of how a great refresh rate gives you an advantage in FPS. I am not an elite level gamer, and I am not sure if this gave me an advantage, but it sure made playing a lot of fun, where you can definitely notice that the screen movement and draw rate is smoother. It's not something you can measure, but as soon as you load up the maps, you can just perceive how strafing and jumping just feels smoother and that adds to the fun.
Now onto some of my minor complaints about the laptop - I really wish they had found a way to fit a full size ethernet port in here. They do have a USB-C to RJ45 adapter in the box, but then that takes up one of my USB ports, and this only has 3 USB ports to begin with. I am happy though that they managed to squeeze in power delivery over USB-C, that was my complaint with the latest ASUS gaming laptop. Now the USB-C might not be able to deliver the power this thing needs for performance gaming, but at least in a pinch you can use your common USB-C charger to keep the system alive. Another issue I have is that some of the keys for me are a bit sticky, I am really hoping that this is going to get better, the more I use it, otherwise it might ruin the experience. And this a plea to all manufactures, to include a mechanical privacy switch on the camera, and if possible the microphone too. I am so used to it on all of my thin and lights that it just feels odd not to have that option on my gaming laptop. We all need it.
If you haven't gathered by now, I am definitely recommending this laptop to anyone and everyone who asks or otherwise.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fast and Powerful
I'm just going to start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE this laptop. But that's not to say it doesn't have its' flaws.
First and foremost this is obviously a gaming laptop, and there's not much this can't do in that regard. It's powerful with some great specs, great looks and great features.
It happens that I already have a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Being a Windows machine, the xbox app was already there and signed in to after going through the initial setup of the laptop.
So to really put this laptop to the test, I decided to start with some Microsoft Flight Simulator. This is a game I tried playing earlier this year on a less powerful laptop, but one also built specifically for gaming and released within the last year. Even so, it had trouble running this game, so I was extra excited to see how this Alienware x15 would handle it.
Once I got the game installed, I started it up and there were no performance warnings whatsoever. Everything loaded up super fast and I was on my way to takeoff. Graphics looked amazing and navigating through all the menus and options was a breeze. Taking flight was smooth and responsive. There was no struggling at all by the laptop and I didn't experience any type of slow downs or issues at all. Graphics and controls all kept up no problem.
But this game is definitely demanding of the laptops resources. And that's where one of the main features comes in, the new and unique cooling system. It has 4 fans and they're pretty much running non-stop and the keyboard can get pretty warm. Don't even try touching the top by the outlet vents as it gets pretty hot. I'm sure I could mess around with some of the settings to help, but with all the default settings, you need to be wearing headphones with noise cancellation to play this game.
This is one of the flaws I was referring to, but at the same time, it could also be a sign of how well the cooling system works. The whole point of which is to pull heat away from all the critical components so that they can do their job. That heat has to go somewhere, so as hot as the outlet vents get, the system must be doing a good job pulling it away from the processors. This is evidenced by the fact that even at its hottest with its fastest running fans, the game was still performing at its full potential.
But that is only an issue with new high-end games that have some serious requirements. Put in a simpler or older game with lower requirements and this laptop doesn't even flinch. I'm also currently playing through the first Witcher, the Enhanced Edition, and the fans barely kicked on at all for that.
Of course you don't have to only use this laptop for gaming. But as most people know, if you want something that can handle just about any type of school, personal, or business use, a good gaming laptop will have you covered. Because if it can handle the latest top-tier games, there's not really much else it couldn't handle.
In my case, I'm also a content creator. Outside of gaming, editing and creating videos is probably one of the biggest draws on a computers resources. But again, this laptop handles that for me easily.
Performance wise there's not much else more to say. The monitor and graphics, even though not 4K, still look amazing, and being 15", Microsoft Flight Simulator looks as good as it does on my 65" 4K TV being played through my Series X.
And as for aesthetics, this laptop looks the part, and feels solid with great build quality. The lighting is really cool too and I love the LED ring around the back side. Although that light ring can make it hard to see the ports when you're trying to connect a cable or usb to it because it's so bright it drowns everything out. But that's more of a small nitpick
Overall, I truly couldn't be much happier with this laptop. It does everything I want and need it to do and is perfect for flying around the world in Flight Sim. This is my 2nd Alienware product and I have no doubt I'll be using it for years to come like I did my 1st one.
I would recommend this to a friend
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very Impressed, Exceeded Expectations
Amazing build quality! Feela solid with no flex or creaking. Screen is great and definitely brighter than 300 nits(around 350). Temps are great if you use throttlestop and undervolt. GPU stays below 80C in games. Fans sound great even at full RPMs. I ran timespy and scored 10.5k for the GPU and 9.8k for the CPU, which is very close to a full TGP 3070 system. This unit does have the ability to disable integrated graphics in the bios. Keyboard is amazing to type on and the new RGB LEDs on this unit are much brighter and more vivid than previous gen M15/17s. Im very impressed, even coming from a long history of custom desktops and large desktop replacement laptops.
A:AnswerI heard that they will be available to Custom order on the 15th, but I'm hoping these BestBuy units will be available around that same time. It would be nice if BestBuy would give us an estimated date like the dell website does.