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Alienware 15 R3 (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Alienware 15 R3 (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and keyboard. The design and performance are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the size. Views are divided on the price.

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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 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

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

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
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
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

CUDA:Y / Yes
CUDA cores:1024 / 1280 / 1920
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon RX 470 / 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
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y / Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

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

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 / 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

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 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

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

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
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 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
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.5 / 3.6
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.7
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-6300HQ / I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HK
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
Processor Socket:FCBGA1440
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:R0
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

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
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI: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® 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 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 / i5-6300HQ / I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HK
Processor code:SR2FL / SR2FP / SR2FQ
Processor package size:42
Supported instruction sets: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
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, Supervisor, User

Software

Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME
Operating System Language:Multilingual
Trial software: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 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 1256 / 1512 / 2024

Weight & Dimensions

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