Alienware 15 R3 Gaming Laptop Review

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ledhead11

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"gaming laptop", not quite. Nice case though, obvious where most of the money is going.

I think if a manufacturer commits to 1440p/144khz-gsync/1070/16gb 213mhz w/ an adequate i5/i7 then you'd get a lot of people willing to happily pay around $2000-2300. Pretty sure I read mention of an Aorus model here somewhere. Would love to see a review of that beast.

All these 1080p-60hz/$1400-1800 w/ 1050/1060's are really unimpressive in terms of price/performance. You'd almost be better off getting one of those custom built mobile PS4's.
 

nebun

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for the price the benchmarks are very disappointing....thanks but no thanks.....Alienware is not what it used to be...also bloatware up the arse...i have a 17 R4 model and at times i am very disappointed
 

lunyone

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Having only 8 gb's of RAM is disappointing. Could you upgrade to 16 gb's and see if this changes anything in the results? I'm also with LEDHEAD11 about the pricing for laptops with 1080p 60 hz 15" laptops in this price range. I would have liked to see a GTX 1070 in the $1,400-$1,500 price range, but I guess I'm asking for too much. The GTX 1060 should be filling the $800-$1,200 price range, IMHO.
 

Clamyboy74

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Could you do a review of the clevo p650rp6/ Sager np8151/np8152? I've been scouring the web for a review on those two laptops, with no luck.
 
I'm still waiting for the models with the RX 470 in them. These nVidia models are overpriced and out of my price range. Considering you can get a laptop with a 960m for around $800, I had hoped the pricing would have been comparable. I know the performance difference, but that doesn't excuse almost doubling the price. Each new gen comes with performance increases.
 

Temp__

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I don't understand why the reviewer chose the lowest end alienware laptop and then mentioned cpu bottleneck as a con.

If you were going to do such a big detailed review, you should have chosen the model majority of people would like to go with. The one with i7-6700HQ, 16Gigs Ram. And also, this is perhaps the only laptop which I have seen with options to choose battery size. I think you chose the lower battery version, but if you wanted you could have chosen the 99Whr battery for $50 extra and it would have beat all the laptops in the competition. 99Whr is the maximum legal limit for batteries in a laptop! Many other reviewers said that this one has one of the best batteries in its category. 6-8 hours on regular web-browsing in non-gsync version.

Also, there is a 1440p and 4k version including one with 120hz.
 

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I don't disagree with you here. We started looking at the sub-$1500 market at the 1060 GPU, and we specifically chose this one (we actually purchased it, because Alienware has been slow to provide us with review hardware) because we wanted to give a starting point range of what was possible under that price point; it wasn't our intention to hobble any particular vendor/product. In our MSI Leopard review, a commenter asked us to look at an i5-based system, in fact. Our intention is to look at a range of configurations at a variety of price points and expand the scope and comparison field, and we've got a few others on the way. I'm also planning to reach back out to Alienware to see if we can get a few more models in.

 

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Not everyone can afford all of the options that you stated. If you can afford those then you are the exception and not the rule when it come to buying a laptop. I personally like the inclusion of lower-end/cost laptops on reviews. I'm sorta tired of always seeing the high-end versions being review (which most people can't afford to use anyway). With having the lower SKU's being reviewed, one can compare how much different they are compared to several high-end versions that have been reviewed and make an informed decision.
 

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So i5 started to bottleneck 1060? So are the "go for i5 for gaming" days over? I knew i5 would have slight bottleneck with 1070 but i didn't expect it to bottleneck 1060.

 


Can you provide a link please? For the life of me, I can't find it on their website. All I can find are 1060 and 1070 setups.
 

Little_Gamer

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@RAGENALIEN What normal test? You don't use an Alienware for gaming? You use it to watch movies or write documents on it? If you'd pay such a sum of money just to write documents, then you gotta sort out your priorities and get_right.

@TEMP___ We'd all go with a 6700HQ and 16GB of RAM and a 4k at 60 Hz (I assumed that the 1440p panel has an RR of 120Hz)...How about no? The reviewer did a right job when choosing this configuration...aside from the RAM...so shut up and realise that what we'd like to go with IS NOT what we go with, most of the time. Period.
 
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