Alienware has announced two new gaming laptops designed to "supercharge" your mobile gaming experience. These new devices include the m15 and m17 laptops.
These are updated and improved versions of the previous models with new tech and an enhanced design to improve your gaming experience.
We've had some brief hands-on time with the Alienware m15 R2 at Computex 2019 to be able to give you our thoughts.
A refreshed lightweight design
- Magnesium alloy chassis
- Two colour options including Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon
- 9th generation Intel processors including options from Core i5 to Core i9-9980HK
- Nvidia Geforce GPU options including GTX 1650/1660 Ti, RTX 2060/2070 or RTX 2080 Max-Q.
- 8/16 GB DDR4 2666Mhz RAM
- Dual Raid 0 SSD storage with various size options
- Killer Networking E2600/E3000, Intel Dual Band Wireless, Bluetooth 4.2
The Alienware m15 R2 has been revamped and rebuilt "from the ground up" with a new design and form factor based on the Legend format. This new ethos sees the stylish and snazzy m15 being crafted from a lightweight magnesium alloy to shed weight and size.
Alienware says this m15 and the m17 are the "thinnest and smallest" gaming notebooks the company has ever made, but they certainly don't lack presence.
A cool and crisp design finish really makes these laptops stand out from the crowd. Various eye-catching design aesthetics make the m15 R2 immediately recognisable.
A brief glance and you'll spot the honeycomb mesh style venting system at the top just below the screen and a really cool bit of light bleed from the new and improved keyboard (more on that in a bit). But for us, it's the colours of these new laptops that really stand out.
There are two main colour options to choose from with the m15, Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon. The former of these is a clean white design which really shows off the cool lines and the awesome aesthetics of this laptop. It certainly draws attention in more ways that one.
The new m15 comes with a range of specification options using the ninth generation of Intel Core processors and Nvidia graphics cards. You can select everything from Core i5 CPUs right up to the high-end i9-9980HK as well as a choice of GPUs from GTX 1650 to RTX 2080. Of course, if you want the most from this device you'll want to stump up the extra for the top ends of those specs.
Certain design aspects of this new laptop work towards performance even on the more basic models though. For example, Alienware has designed these gaming notebooks with SSD only storage options. There are no slow platter-based hard drives here, only swift and nippy SSDs and PCIe M.2 drives.
To support high-end specifications and get the most out of the ninth gen Intel CPUs, Alienware has made further improvements to the new design over the last. This includes the latest Alienware Cryo-Tech 3.0 design with newly improved thermals and cooling performance.
With large fans blades and optimised airflow, the Alienware m15 is said to have 20 per cent better thermals than the previous m15 to support better cooling and enhanced performance.
The new design includes intake venting on both the top and bottom of the laptop to pull cool air in through there and blow it out of the rear and sides.
It's also been designed with new dynamic thermal control. This system uses gyroscope and accelerometer tech to work out if you're gaming on your lap or on a table and adjust cooling appropriately. No more hot thighs while hunting down a victory in your favourite shooter.
Another highlight to the m15 is the new Alienware Command Center. This is said to run the laptop at maximum performance when gaming but then dial it back for improved battery life under normal use. Automatically optimising for powerful gaming experiences.
This tool also allows for "easy and intuitive" overclocking if you want to squeeze extra juice out of your gaming machine.
Smashing visuals on screen and off
- Updated 15.6-inch OLED panels
- Improved screen visuals with 60/144/240Hz refresh rate options
- 240Hz panel includes sRGB 100 per cent colour gamut
- 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300-nit brightness and 7ms response time
- Tobii eye tracking tech as standard
The new Alienware m15 R2 comes with a range of screen options depending on your needs and gaming desires (as well as the size of your wallet).
The base model features a full HD display with a 60Hz refresh rate, but that's not the end.
There's an OLED panel with 4K visuals that's pretty stunning. Superior visuals on this option include a fast 1ms response time, 100,000:1 contrast ratio, 400-nit brightness and 60Hz refresh rate.
You can also opt for rapid refresh rate panels instead. With the option to choose a model featuring 240Hz which includes sRGB 100 per cent colour gamut, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300-nit brightness and 7ms response time. 144Hz is another option too.
These higher refresh models also support the Tobii eye-tracking technology which tracks head pose, position, eye gaze and movement and translate that data into the game.
This isn't something we got to see in action, but it is a technology that's been around for a while now and is integrated in the latest games including the Division 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
This tech also supports as "Twitch-ready" meaning, if you're a streamer, you can use the eye-tracking to show your audience where you're looking while you're playing. A great way to give a view of how the pros play.
This new laptop also offers the thinnest screen bezels on any of the Alienware gaming laptops and thus give you a fantastic gaming experience. We were certainly impressed by what we saw with a close up of the screens. Rich colours and stunning visuals are the aim of the game here and the new OLED panels are set to impress.
Improved gaming keys
- Increased key travel with new and improved concave design
- N-key rollover
- Per-key RGB illumination
- Precision point glass trackpad
Alienware says it has "spared no expense" on the design and format of the keyboard on the new m15 R2. In fact, the company is also making some bold claims stating that these new devices sport "best keyboard in a gaming notebook".
This new design includes increased key travel with 1.7mm distance, an enhanced concave texture, per-key RGB illumination and a tactile touch and feel.
Add to that the new precision point glass trackpad and you've got an all-around enhanced gaming experience.
From our short time with the Alienware m15 we're fairly confident this new gaming notebook is going to be much more than just a looker. It's certainly a stunning piece of kit, especially in the Luna Light colour option.
The specs are pretty varied and with a $1,499 starting price for the base model it's certainly not going to be cheap, but you're definitely going to get some bang for your buck.
If you're after a lightweight, compact but powerful gaming laptop that's bound to turn heads as much as help you slay your in-game foes, then this may well be it.
Find out more about the Alienware m15 R2 here.