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Alienware 15 (R3, 2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of Alienware 15 (R3, 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the durability and reliability. The price and design also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the usability. Many are negative about the sound and portability.

performance, design, price, reliability, durability

portability, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware 15 (R3, 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Lewis Leong (techradar.com)

Alienware 15 R3 review

 

Not-so-mobile gaming monster

Impeccable build quality and design ; Massively powerful ; Excellent cooling

Expensive ; Big and heavy for 15-inches ; Average battery life

The Alienware 15 R3 is an incremental update over the previous generation but offers the power and refinement that gamers on the go will love. It’s a big and heavy beast but, if you don’t mind the weight, it’s a potent laptop that can do it all.

May, 2017

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.co.uk)

Dell Alienware 15 (R3, 2016) review

 

Alienware is a veteran in gaming systems, and that's reflected in its R3 version of the Alienware 15. A solid, substantial design packed with midrange components and accented with an ample array of accent lights and backlight zones, it's basically a...

The Alienware 15 makes the most of its components, and it has a well-designed lighting scheme. Plus, it comes with a decent G-Sync monitor, and it can drive an external display at a high refresh rate and with G-Sync.

It's on the heavy side at 7.8 pounds, the battery life is middling, and its fans are loud.

A solid if somewhat uninspiring gaming laptop, the Alienware 15 is a good choice when you need fast performance but not the big screen.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (techadvisor.co.uk)

Alienware 15 R3 review

 

A review of the 2017 Alienware 15 gaming laptop - a powerful and sleek machine that's expensive, but also good value.

The Alienware 15 R3 is a gaming laptop that is hard to beat. It has as much power as any of its mainstream rivals, and has lighting that is both eye-catching and customisable, but can also be switched off when you’d rather let you laptop slip into the...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Hayden Dingman (pcworld.com)

Alienware 15 review: It's built like a tank you can actually carry

 

The Alienware 15 is huge and loud, and it still has that enormous (and ugly) hinge on the back, but it's much more manageable and roadworthy than its 17-inch sibling.

Fits into a normal size backpack—sort-of. ; Desktop level performance in a laptop ; 120 Hz screen great for gaming

Still much larger than other 15-inch laptops ; Hinge is an inconvenient eyesore ; Mediocre battery life

Two inches makes a world of difference, though. I couldn’t see using the Alienware 17 as my day-to-day laptop. All 17-inch machines are huge, but a 17-inch machine that’s still over an inch thick and weighs 9.5 pounds? No way.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Alienware 15 R3 Notebook Review

 

The aliens are back. We did not have the chance to review the first edition of the Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), but we can finally have a look at the promising gaming notebook with the Kaby Lake update. How does the 15-inch system hold up...

a lot of features (macro keys, eye tracking, etc.) ; clever port layout ; many hardware options ; numerous illumination elements ; reference-class case quality ; handy Alienware tools ; pretty simple maintenance ; good input devices ; very high...

high noise development under load ; CPU with temperature issues ; only 12 months base warranty ; unaesthetic fan exhausts ; sound could be better ; high weight ; no card reader

The visuals of the third revision of the Alienware 15 R3 are beyond any doubt (except for the protruding fan area). There is currently no other gaming notebook with such a sophisticated, stable, and well-built chassis. Then there is also the unique...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Charles Jefferies (computershopper.com)

Alienware 15 R3 Review and Ratings

 

Solid all-around—in its graphics oomph, build quality, keyboard, port mix, and panel performance—the 2017 Alienware 15 R3 delivers a serious dose of gaming adrenaline for the money.

Solid build quality ; Excellent keyboard and touch pad ; Customizable RGB lighting ; Factory-configurable ; Plenty of ports

Chassis gets warm, fans a little loud while gaming ; Subpar speakers ; No SD-card reader

The Alienware 15 R3 ranks as one of our favorite 15.6-inch gaming notebooks. The gaming-centric nature of this machine is clearly evident, from its futuristic design to its excellent gaming performance. The end-user customization on this model is...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Alienware 15 R3 Review Tim Schiesser

 

Up for review today is the latest Alienware 15. Fully configurable with a wide range of hardware, with prices ranging from $1,350 for the base model to $2,700 for the top-spec system, expect GeForce 10 graphics and Alienware level of design and polish.

Attractive design with lots of customizable lighting. Highly configurable hardware options offer both value and performance. Solid 1080p gaming experience from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060. Supports Windows Hello.

Heavy chassis with a beefy, loud and largely ineffective cooler. 3 to 5 FPS slower than a similar GTX 1060 laptop we tested. GTX 1070 model can be expensive.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Lisa Gade (mobiletechreview.com)

Alienware 15 R3

 

The late 2016 Alienware 15 R3 features much more powerful NVIDIA Pascal 10 series graphics and a slimmer design. Both the NVIDIA GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 cards are available. The Alienware is slim for a gaming laptop at 1" (25.4mm) but not terribly light...

High quality materials and looks, slim albeit heavy. Good internal temps, great keyboard, has Thunderbolt 3 and Graphics Amplifier support

Large footprint and very heavy for a 15" gaming laptop. Windows Hello/Tobii IR camera is flakey

Alienware laptops have grown up in looks and are modernized--gone is the ultra-chunky and aggressive look. We welcome the modern cooling design and lower heat internals that are very 2016, and the (dare I say) classy looking aluminum and soft touch...

Nov, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Good deal

 

Great buy for those of us that cant afford a top of the line gaming computer. Works great as is, and is easily upgradable when funds allow. Very pleased, hope durability is good.

Alot of computer for the price. Easily upgradeable. Fast shipping. Plays games at ultra settings but operates best a notch or 2 lower. Easily overclocks. Cool lighting on tower to play with. No bloatware, thank you

weighs 58lbs (wow), 6gigs of ram is not enough, come on Dell my laptop has 8, dont be so cheap! Video cards are adequate but nothing to get excited about

Nov, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3266
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:4

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):68 / 99
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.4 / 15.2
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera signal format:720p
Infrared (IR) camera:Y

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Magnesium, Stainless steel
Market positioning:Gaming
Product Type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220 / 300 / 400
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TN
Pixel pitch:0.179 x 0.179
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

CUDA:Y / Yes
CUDA cores:1024 / 1280 / 1920 / 768
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon RX 470 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 64
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y / Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B / 0x591B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:German
Keyboard layout:QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Logistics data

Number of layers per pallet:2
Pallet height:101.4
Pallet length:120
Pallet volume:203
Pallet weight:188.3
Pallet width:100
Quantity per intermodal container (20ft):800
Quantity per intermodal container (40ft):1680
Quantity per layer:20
Quantity per pallet:40
Shipping carton height:11.7
Shipping carton length:48
Shipping carton volume:4.11
Shipping carton weight:4.51
Shipping carton width:43.7

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400 / 2666 / 2667
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 16 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade note:Additional memory sold separately

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
WLAN controller model:Killer Wireless-AC 1435

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:105
Non-operating vibration:1.37
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:40
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 5 - 35
Operating vibration:0.26
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port:Y
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No / Yes
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:2.0
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:1
PowerShare:Y
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:12.3 / 9.23
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:180 / 240

Processor

Bus type:DMI3
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8,2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.5 / 3.6 / 3.8
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-6300HQ / I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HK / i7-7700HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6800 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-7700 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / FCBGA1440
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:R0
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:88959 / 88967 / 88969 / 97185 / i5-6300HQ / I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HK
Processor code:SR2FL / SR2FP / SR2FQ
Processor package size:42 / 42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint Reader:N
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, Supervisor, User

Software

Bundled software:Financial Tracker & Retail Information
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME
Operating System Language:German, Dutch, English, French, Italian / Multilingual
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe / McAfee LiveSafe (30 days Trial), Microsoft Office (30 days Trial - Excludes Office License) / Microsoft Office 30 Day Trial / Microsoft Office 30 days / Microsoft Office, McAfee LiveSafe

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No
Hard drive 2 capacity:1
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1024 / 128 / 180 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 1256 / 1512 / 180 / 2024

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:30.5 / 305
Height :2.54 / 25.4
Weight:3.49
Width:38.9 / 389