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Alienware X15 Gaming Laptop Review: A Svelte Stunner With Ca

Thin and light-weight gaming laptops are a little bit of an enigma. They basically goal to defy the legal guidelines of physics, eschewing dimension and thermal dissipation space in an effort to strike a extra transportable, fashionable design whereas nonetheless sustaining respectable gaming chops. Let’s face it, nobody actually likes the majority and chunky demeanor of most high-end gaming laptops which are designed for all-out efficiency. It’s a tough, wonderful line to stroll, however a worthy, noble one to develop a compelling, high quality skinny and light-weight gaming laptop computer, and that is precisely what Dell went all-out for with the brand new Alienware X15.

The new Alienware X15 laptop computer we’re right here in the present day is just 15.9mm thick and weighs simply 5.2 kilos, however below the hood are design selections that run deeper than its putting, futuristic-looking skins. Alienware presently affords the machine in a single shade — Lunar Light — with what the corporate calls a high-endurance clear coat, with a silky {smooth} end. We’d concur; this laptop computer seems and seems like no different we have laid arms on up to now. Let’s stroll round this alien battleship a bit extra in our hands-on video assessment, after which we’ll dig in for a deep-dive forensic analysis on the pages forward… 

As you may see, Dell straps the Alienware X15 into a elaborate pizza field that claims you are in for a deal with and beckons you to open it, although it is really additionally simply extra of the identical fashionable effectivity in packaging because the machine itself. Let’s open it up and get a whiff of that new area cruiser scent.

alienware x15 open on top of box

Alienware X15 Features, Specifications And Component Configuration

Processor Intel Core i7-11800H (8 cores/16 threads, Up To 4.6GHz, 24MB L3 cache)
Display 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) show (360Hz, 1ms, 300 nits, ComfortView Plus, NVIDIA G-Sync)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 W/ 8GB GDDR6 And Advanced Optimus (90W – 110W TGP)
Storage 2 X 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD In RAID 0
Memory 32GB DDR4-3200 (2 x 16GB)
Audio Stereo Speakers
Camera Alienware HD (1280×720 decision) Camera With Dual-Array Microphones And Windows Hello
Networking 2.5Gbps Ethernet NIC Via Included Type-C to RJ-45 Port Dongle
Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E AX1675 802.11ax 2×2 Wireless LAN And Bluetooth 5.2
Ports: Left 1x Power/DC-In Port
Ports: Right 1x Global Headset Jack
Ports: Rear

(1x) Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port, with PowerShare 2

(1x) Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port, with Power Delivery (5V/3A)

(1x) Type-C Thunderbolt 4 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port, with Power Delivery (5V/3A)

(1x) MicroSD Card Slot

(1x) HDMI 2.1 Output Port

Keyboard Alienware mSeries four-zone AlienFX RGB
Touchpad Alienware X-Series skinny keyboard with per-key AlienFX lighting, 1.5mm key journey

Includes anti-ghosting expertise

Battery 6-cell, 867WHr Wutg Alienware Battery Defender Tech
Weight Starting at 5 Lbs (2.27 kilograms)
Dimensions Height (w/FHD 165Hz panel): 16.3 mm. ( 0.642 in.)

Height (w/FHD 360Hz or QHD 240Hz panels): 15.9 mm ( 0.626 in.)

Length: 277.25 mm. ( 10.915 in.)

Width: 359.7 mm. ( 14.16 in.)

Warranty 1 12 months
OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Alienware Command Center Including:
AlienFX lighting, Game Library with auto-tune sport profile performance, Fusion, and Alienware Adrenalin, Alienware Mobile Connect
Price Starts at $2,099.99, Over $3,000 As Tested (TBD)

Our Alienware X15 assessment unit is actually about as top-end a config as you can dial up for this machine at Dell.com. That is to say we have got an 8-core Intel eleventh Gen Tiger Lake-H Core i7-11800H CPU at as much as 4.6GHz with a beefy 24MB of cache, driving a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU with 8GB of GDDR6 reminiscence, together with 32GB of DDR4-3200MHz reminiscence and a fats, supremely snappy 2TB NVMe PCIe 3 SSD RAID 0 array (2X1TB). Dell does supply Core i9 variants of the machine however truthfully, you are doubtless going to achieve a degree of diminishing returns there for a further 300MHz of top-end increase. 

alienware x15 open right angle

On the show aspect of issues, you may say we once more have a baller setup, with a 360Hz, 1ms panel that sports activities Dell ComfortView Plus hardware-based low blue gentle expertise, together with NVIDIA G-Sync and Advanced Optimus. Dell notes the panel delivers 99% of the DCI-P3 shade gamut with no lack of picture high quality or shade constancy on account of this hardware-based low blue gentle answer. It’s on on a regular basis (no person toggle required) and certainly we could not understand any degradation in that regard. Also, this an anti-glare coated VA panel with a modest 300 nits of brightness however severe avid gamers will love its ridiculously quick response occasions and just about limitless refresh price that can take each body the machine’s GeForce GPU can throw at it, as quick as it may be delivered.

For IO connectivity we have got a trio of USB-A and USB-C ports, the latter two of which sport both Thunderbolt 4 with PowerShare or USB 3.2 Gen 2 with PowerShare. Dell additionally features a full-sized HDMI 2.1 port and a microSD card slot within the machine. For networking help, an included 2.5Gbps Ethernet dongle provides you wired connectivity, whereas the most recent in Wi-Fi 6E wi-fi expertise is served by a Killer AX1675 802.11ax 2×2 NIC. 

In quick, like we stated earlier, this machine is dialed with nearly each cutting-edge cell PC platform expertise that exists presently, however let’s take a look at the way it all comes collectively in just a bit over 5 lbs. and a comparatively wafer-thin 15.9 inches.

Alienware X15 External Features and Design

On high the highest fringe of the X15’s screaming-fast show resides an Alienware HD (1280X720) webcam with twin array mics and Windows Hello IR help. Bezel space is pretty trim right here too, really.  

x15 display

Below that show is an array of honeycomb cooling vents that permit the system breath cool air in, together with the machine’s backside vents, and it is then exhausted out the aspect and rear vents of the laptop computer (extra on this in our thermals part). It additionally makes for an fascinating spacey look, together with the illuminated alien head emblem, and coordinates nicely with the rear of the machine, that appears just a little like a miniature Millennium Falcon. Just bear in mind to deliver your favourite Wookie alongside for the trip too.

alienware x15 touch pad and keyboard
alienware x15 power button

The keyboard space of the Alienware X15 is a spacious affair sans numpad however accented with an additional column of media management keys for quantity up, down, mute and mic mute performance. Key journey is comparatively deep at 1.5mm with good tactility for a quite cozy typing expertise, or mashing the WASD keys whereas laying down some lead. Also included is n-key rollover and anti-ghosting expertise for correct and responsive enter.

Strapped with a flat silky-smooth matte white end that Dell calls Lunar Light, and primarily based on Alienware’s Legend design signature with magnesium alloy and CNC machined aluminum components, the X15 feels actually strong within the hand, of premium high quality and fairly dense.

alienware x15 rightt side ports
alienware x15 left side ports

Walking round a bit extra for IO port structure, we see that Alienware left each aspect edges of the X15 practically utterly devoid of ports, except the DC energy barrel connector on the left aspect and a single international headset jack on the fitting. These are curious omissions as many customers would recognize even a USB-C port or two on the left or proper edge, not to mention shifting an SD card slot right here for extra handy entry. 

alienware x15 gaming laptop rear io ports
A Mini Millennium Falcon Or Mullet Machine With A Party In The Back – You Decide

Regardless, on the again aspect fringe of this cell battlestation is the place just about all of the motion is, together with a USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port with PowerShare, 2 USB-C ports, one with Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and the opposite USB 3.2 Gen 2 with energy. And there’s that tiny MicroSD card slot that’s nice to have, particularly for inventive sorts with playing cards from cameras, although you’ll have to achieve manner again right here to entry it. Finally, there’s additionally a full sized HDMI 2.1 port, however wired ethernet connectivity for this machine should come through the aforementioned dongle. Thankfully, the X15’s rear chassis trim is angled up towards the person for barely higher entry however Dell clearly needed to make some exhausting decisions to accommodate this machine’s cooling answer, so that is the place all the important thing IO ports needed to reside. More on this after we get to thermals, acoustics and our fast, partial tear-down.

The Alienware Software Experience

And after all all of that is backlit with RGB goodness controllable through Alienware’s wonderful Command Center software program that permits you to dial in per-key lighting results, in addition to varied lighting zones of the machine, together with the rear gentle pipe and Alienware emblem accents on the lid. 

alienware x15 alien command center software
alien fx game library settings

Command Center additionally affords controls for overclocking in addition to selectable thermal and energy efficiency ranges like Performance, Battery Saver and Balanced modes, which management fan pace and thus noise output, and in the end decide CPU and GPU thermals and efficiency. You can even tie these efficiency settings and lighting themes to particular titles in your sport library such that your settings kick-in once you hearth up no matter title you assign them to. Dell-Alienware positively goes above and past within the software program utilities division, and fortunately undesirable bloat is non-existent right here, although you do get the usual Dell Update utilities for system upkeep as nicely. 

So what are we ready for? Let’s make the soar to gentle pace for some benchmarks we could?