The newest line of Alienware laptops has followed suit with other major gaming laptop brands, incorporating the latest Nvidia graphics chips into their machines. Faster than the previous generation the GeForce 10 are up to speed with their desktop counterparts, making laptop gaming even more of a reality for those looking to convert.
Unlike other brands, Alienware have a simple model system, based on the screen size of the machine there are three models; Alienware 13, Alienware 15 and Alienware 17. Sometimes the latter will have more powerful insides to make it a more favourable options for gamers wanting to get the most out of their setup.
We reviewed the Alienware 15, which is the mid-range model in both size and price. It is fully customisable with a range of different hardware options starting at £1349 for the entry model, reaching over £2200+ for the top end of the line.
The model we had for testing was the higher-end version with the 1070 GTX graphics card, 16GB of ram and a 256GB SSD and an additional 1TB standard hard drive. We had the 1080p screen but for the Alienware 17 models, you can opt to get a 4K screen. We tried to see if it was available for the 15 but there did not seem to be any option (although the US versions can come with them it seems).
The most desirable outcome for any gamer is performance but without compromising on the size of the device. The Alienware 15 can come with any graphic card starting with the GTX 1050 Ti, 1060 and 1070 (the one included in ours). From the UK, you can’t mix and match the cards based on the selections given, so make sure to select the graphics card you want first, then choose your other options. From the lowest to the highest card, you are looking at an additional framerate boost of about 35-40%.
Most gaming laptops are not on the small side and the Alienware 15 is not different. It measures 25mm thick and weighs 3.5kg with a hinge that sits further forward than the main unit adding more size to the overall frame. The additional weight which is more than other gaming laptops comes from the advanced cooling built inside the laptop, as well as the larger battery to give you more game time away from power outlets.