Alienware 15 review

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It has a dual-core Intel Core i5-4210H with a base clock of 2.9GHz, and a Turbo Boost of 3.5GHz, powers our review unit.

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FULL SPECIFICATIONS

Memory

RAM 16 GB

RAM type DDR3L

RAM speed 1,600 MHz

Maximum RAM supported 16 GB

Software

Operating system Microsoft Windows

Launch OS version 8.1

Processor

Model : i5-4210H

Manufacturer  : Intel

Speed  : 3.5 GHz

Cores  : 2 Cores

64-bit :  Yes

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Highs :

  The design is magnificent

  Can be easily customized

  A gaming monster

Lows :

  A little bit heavier.

  Bad CPU choice.

 

 DESIGN

It has a dual-core Intel Core i5-4210H with a base clock of 2.9GHz, and a Turbo Boost of 3.5GHz, powers our review unit. It’s been upgraded to include 16GB of RAM, and for storage packs in a 128GB SSD and a 1TB mechanical drive. GPU grunt comes from a NVidia GTX 970M with three gigabytes of video memory. It also includes an Alien ware Graphics Amplifier, a separate unit that houses a full-length desktop graphics card, in this case an NVidia GTX 980.

Connectivity

The left side of the system has a charger plug, two USB 3.0 ports, one of which has Power Share, and two 3.5mm ports, one for input, one for output. On the right side, an SD slot and Ethernet port flank another pair of USB 3.0 ports. In the center of the machine, on the back, is Alienware’s proprietary graphics port for the Graphics Amplifier, as well as a full-sized HDMI port and a Mini-Display Port. For wireless connections the Alien ware 15 has the typical pair of 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.1.

Keyboard and trackpad

The entire keyboard is lit by four individually controlled light zones, so you can cascade an animated rainbow over your keys as you game. It’s not too hard to set the patterns through the included software, and some games come with custom settings pre-loaded, like shadow of mordor. It’s a good thing the keyboard looks, because the keys themselves need some work.

The trackpad feels smooth at first touch, but does offer enough friction to provide modest tactile feedback. While there are two physical mouse buttons, they carry the same non-committal attitude towards clicking as the keys, soft and undefined.

 Power

At idle, the system pulls between 30 and 35 watts constantly, much higher than the Digital Storm Triton, but slightly less than the Asus G751 series. With the CPU taxed via 7-Zip’s benchmarking utility, the Alienware’s power draw doubles to around 60 watts. With the GPU engaged and everything chugging away, the wattage goes up again, this time substantially, settling just under 100 watts. Even if it’s competitive with other gaming laptops, it’s still pretty hefty, but overall, it fares much better than other laptops with similarly sized batteries.

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