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Alienware - 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive - Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 298 reviews

87%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beast from the east.

    Posted
    SquallRinoa89
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    Starting off, that this Laptop is insane when it comes to performance. While it lags behind an i7 4790K and a 1070 GTX in a desktop, the difference is about 8-13% of performance. Unit also, ships with a G.Sync monitor, and a Killer network card, however lacks the Double-shot pro feature. @@@@@@@@ Which is why I knocked off a star). All in all, it's quick, has the performance gamers need in a easily take it with you size and weight. I used to take the Alienware 17 R3 with me everywheres, now its easier and lighter to take this one. Would definitely recommend it to gamers on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alienware 15R3

    Posted
    MrCA
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    unique gaming laptop, good performance and graphics

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop for gamers

    Posted
    Billion123
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    I purchased this laptop to use with my oculus the performance is unbeatable for the price the only downside for me is I also use this for business and The size is a bit of a pain to lug around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    Bourne07
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    High performance. It's easy to running every kind of games

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Heats up too much

    Posted
    Keanu
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    Great performance but it heats up too much. I feel like I gotta let it cool down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      YourDellTeam

      Keanu - Thanks for your review. We're glad to hear that you're happy with your new computer. Here are some tips we'd recommend to help with your overheating issues: Tips for Proper Usage:
      1. Dell does not recommend placing portable systems directly on your lap. Due to reductions in the thickness of modern portable systems, heat transfer can be an issue.
      2. Using a portable system (Laptop) on a hard, flat, non-cloth surface will increase airflow and reduce heat from underneath and inside the system.
      Using the portable system on blanket, pillow, or other type of cloth will cover up the fan cause the computer to overheat and can cause permanent damage.
      3. It is recommended to use the portable system in a Room temperature of 0°C to 35°C (32°F to 95°F) with a Humidity level no greater than 90%.
      4. Use compressed air to clean the vents on a regular basis.
      5. Using a cooling pad can decrease heat and increase performance.
      6. If you want to know the temperature limitations for your system, go to the Dell Support Website, look up your system model then open the user guide under the manuals link.
      You can read the full article here - http://dell.to/2uJ8AdG. - Bryan Dell

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than a desktop equivalent

    Posted
    Aequartus
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    The versatility and performance of this Alienware 15 R3 laptop is phenomenal. At its price point it is hard to get even a desktop that performs as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best laptop I've owned

    Posted
    hybridhawk
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    This is the second dell product I've owned, previously I owned the Dell Inspiron gaming laptop. The Alienware 15r3 has taken the fun of Inspiron gaming to another level. Solid build body, cool alienwareFX, awesome customer support and robust performance. I should've bought this instead the inspiron gaming. I've been getting solid performances with this model (i7-7700HQ, GTX1070) in any games I've played. Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs2, Forza 6. No overheating issues and games is smotth at 60fps in Ultra setting for all those games mentioned earlier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid performance

    Posted
    EN429
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    Great machine. Had some issue initially with detection of the SSD but updated drivers cures this. Runs Oculus Rift easily, great graphics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, solid machine.

    Posted
    JohnBoy
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    Good deal. This machine performs and seems so sturdy, almost indestructible. Great price vs performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Special Gift

    Posted
    PlayLA
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    Excellent computer/great look for strong intermediate play. Price point a bit high for this level, but provides a little extra cool with the performance. High probability it's great for higher levels of play, too, but we are not using it for that, yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performance

    Posted
    Joga10
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    I bought this laptop for gaming and video editing, and it has not let me down. I did buy it as an open-box and did have a few issues with the hard drive not being recognized and a popped up key on the keyboard. But I contacted dell support and they fixed everything under the standard warranty the laptop comes with. Since then I have not been let down and can play my games at the highest settings no problem. I only give it 4 stars based on how I was sold the laptop as being certified excellent, and it was not.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Almost great

    Posted
    Jrod

    Almost a great gaming laptop but alienware has lost their edge. The negatives are not failures but mediocre performance on what is sold as a performance laptop 1 is low fps monitor on gaming laptop when they are cheap and easily attained. 2 ram ... knowing many of us are interested in performance they should have put a single 16 gb chip in vs 2 8gb ... now I have to spend more to upgrade , the included ssd is sub par at best with slow read and write speeds and small size. The last is temperature related throttling of the gpu and cpu. With little research it is found that people are replacing the thermal paste and fixing the issues... something that in production would have cost 25 c more per unit. Alienware ... Dell is negating performance over slight profit increases.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Buy

    Posted
    Smitty
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    I always wanted an alienware product, years ago they were too expensive. Well worth the wait. Now that they are more competitively priced, I made the jump. Great laptop. Only downside is it is heavy. But that's the price you pay for awesome performance and great graphics. Well worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good computer, but some flaws

    Posted
    wem003
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    First, the performance of the machine was stellar. This was the version with a 128gb ssd, 1tb hdd and the GTX 1070. Game performance was great - it had the Gsync screen and I had no tearing, AA worked great and the machine stayed cool. The not so great... - When playing older games (TF2, Portal 2) the fans would spin up and while probably quiet for this class of machine, it was too loud for me. Look for the full review on notebookcheck.com and look at the emissions section. - Heavy. The day I bought it I was deciding between the 13" and this, and decided I wanted the 1070, but in the end I wish I'd gotten the smaller machine. - Big. The machine is just big - I had a hard time fitting it in my backpack, and while it was very solid and had great build quality - it was just a bit to move around. - Fingerprint magnet. The soft touch surface for the palm rests and elsewhere really show fingerprints. - I intended to use this as a desktop replacement and then do some gaming in other parts of the house. While battery seemed like it would hold up to 2 hour gaming sessions, a spare power adapter (the main work area would have had it run under the desk) is quite expensive. - You can't have the lid closed and have it plugged into an external monitor and turn it on easily. Older Dells sit in real docking stations and that's great - but I just wanted a usb-c dock and wake on USB. To do this you need to enable it the bios, change the power plan settings to do nothing when plugged in while the lid was closed, allow USB to wake the computer, and then go into the device manager and allow specific USB devices to wake the computer. I couldn't get it to work with a mouse or keyboard, but it did finally work after I introduced a powered usb 3.0 hub in the mix. I've no doubt there might have been an easier way, but I got tired of trying different things I found on line and this seemed to work. In the end, I chose to return the machine. The size, the fan noise and the wake on USB issues were too much for me given the price. I've since decided to wait for the 13" to go back on sale and grab that - at least then the size and weight will be addressed and if I want to do something with tougher games, I'll add the Alienware Graphics Accelerator. Best of luck to those buying it. If you can deal with those issues - its a fantastic machine, but didn't quite meet my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Designed Laptop at a great price point!

    Posted
    Tetrall

    Hello, thanks for reading my review. As a long time gamer and system builder, I've a pretty good handle on what is essential for a smooth running computer, and if you just want a gaming computer that does that, this is one worthy of your consideration. If you want a better idea of why that is, keep reading. Alright - Firstly, lets look at some basic internals. CPU: i7-7700HQ - This is the cooler running mobile solution from intel for a high end processor. It's a touch overkill for current gaming, but an excellent component that will help prevent you from bottleneck issues down the road. Excellent choice Best Buy, 5 Stars! GPU: GTX 1070 - I would say that this is about as large a GPU as you should put in a 15" gaming laptop due to coolling considerations. It will run all current AAA title games with ease at 1080P screen resolution. 5 star component! It also pairs excellently with the ISP panel, speaking of which... The 60Hz IPS 1080P Panel is G-SYNC: My word, I was pleasantly surprised by the color and brightness of this particular 15" 1080P IPS panel. Now, a word to Best Buy's advertising, if you're selling a 15" Gaming Laptop with a 60Hz IPS G-SYNC panel, you ought to make that a big part of your pitch. Nowhere on the website could I find a reference to the refresh rate or the expensive G-SYNC chipset. I had assumed it was a bare bones 60Hz IPS 1080P screen not the higher grade, tearing free, high performance option that I received. Thank you, Best Buy, but don't sell yourself short. Cooling: The fan system is impressively quiet even under gaming loads, I've not been distracted at all during my gaming and have experienced zero throttling. Storage: 128GB of SSD and 1TB harddrive is an adequate solution, it's one of the weaker points as a larger SSD would have been faster but I can't fault a corner cut here, it'sn't as important to performance. Memory: 16GB DDR4 - Again, like the above, it's totally adequate, not too little and not overkill. If your going to be "just adequate" these are two locations I approve of doing that. The keyboard is very comfortable to type on, they aren't mechanical keys, but they do a fine job with good travel and resistance. It's a little tight for typing but you'll learn to love it. Trackpad: It works and doesn't screw up, I always use a mouse anyways. -------------------------------- The above topics were the core to what makes a good gaming laptop. The next points are the gravy. Connectivity and compatibility - Talk about having all the right extras. This computer has every essential connection including Thunderbolt 3, 2xUSB Type C, USB, and display port. It even has wireless bluetooth which means you can use those fancy headphones without the cords. Best of all, most of those ports are located on the back side of computer keeping the sides uncluttered for a better experience. Chassis - Rock solid, built to the hilt with metal and high quality polymers. It also has RGB lighting that can be customized to your own liking, including disabled for officer workers who moonlight as gamers. Ok, so is there anything about this computer that isn't likeable? Well, if I were to give it one downside, it would have to be the weight. That was a purposed design choice as the additional space was given for better cooling and improved performance without greatly increasing the price. If you plan on lugging this thing to classes all over campus you might want to consider something lighter but it's doable, even if it'sn't optimal. Battery life isn't super great, even with all the ample battery that has been added to this beast. Just keep the thing plugged in while gaming, no one actually games with it unplugged anyways. One of the best purchases I've made in a long time and I can't complement Best Buy enough at putting this system together. Usually I can find something I don't like or that doesn't make sense in a pre-built system but in this case, each and every component melds into a seamless optimized gaming machine for a great price. No corners were cut that drastically effect quality and the overall design is as flawless as I've seen. Well made Dell and well chosen Best Buy! I'll be back soon to see what else you can come up with!

    I would recommend this to a friend