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Alienware X15 R2 Review And Specification

Alienware X15 R2 Review And Specification

When it comes to creating the best gaming laptops, Alienware, the dedicated division of Dell, continues to rule the market, as the Alienware X15 R2 demonstrates.

The X15 R2 is an impressive combination that combines some of the best gaming hardware available with a stylish appearance to wow anyone seeking the ideal gaming experience that stands out from the crowd. For a powerful gaming laptop, the laptop is surprisingly tiny, and its unique design brings in all the ports that almost any gamer could possibly need.

Nevertheless, compromises had to be made somewhere, and the restricted port count had to be it in order to maintain the Alienware X15 R2 within reach. You basically only get one of each in this situation, so if you wanted to connect two USB-A devices, you'll need a USB hub or converter to plug in the other accessories.

Aside from the quantity of gadgets you can connect, you shouldn't anticipate being absent from a power source for extended periods of time.

You have two alternatives for gaming on the road with the X15 R2 model we're examining, which has a maximum resolution of 1080p, and another model that has a maximum resolution of 1440p. However, the highest specification will cost you a lot of money. However, given the superior refresh rate (360Hz) and reaction time (1 ms) of the 1080p display, you might not notice the difference right away for a 15.6-inch screen size.

In terms of cost, the X15 R2 is not the least expensive gaming laptop available. It is, nonetheless, at least somewhat more affordable when compared to competitors with comparable specifications, even though the top-tier model is among the priciest gaming laptops available.

Even yet, if you have the money, the Alienware X15 R2 is among the greatest gaming laptops ever produced. It performs admirably in demanding tasks and can handle anything thrown at it, making it an excellent choice for both on-the-go gaming and content creation.

 Alienware X15 R2 Specification

  • Processor : Intel Core i9-12900H 14 x 1.8 - 5 GHz, 140 W PL2 / Short Burst, 140 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-H
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU - 16 GB VRAM, 140 W TDP, GDDR6, Game Ready Driver 516.59, Advanced Optimus
  • Memory : 32 GB , Quad-channel LPDDR5-4800, Timings: 60-48-48-112
  • Display : 15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, No, AU Optronics B156HAN (AUO8092), IPS, Dolby Vision, Nvidia G-Sync, glossy: no, HDR, 360 Hz
  • Storage : Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR, 1024 GB , 867 GB free
  • Weight : 2.36 kg ( = 83.25 oz / 5.2 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
  • Price : 3 INR

Design and Build Quality

Being slender is the main focus of the new Alienware x15. It is comparable in size to the Razer Blade 15 Advanced at 0.6 inches, and its width of 14.16 inches is typical for a 15.6-inch laptop. At 10.9 inches, the x15 is measured to be deeper than others. With the typical design cues from Dell's hallmark style, such as the hexagonal grille above the keyboard, the Alienware logo power button, and the matching logo at the back of the lid, the design language is unmistakably Alienware.

The entirely matte surface of the Alienware m15 R7 has taken the place of the very flimsy-looking gloss strips, making the design sleeker overall. Here, the real show-stopper is still the inset hinge, which is positioned a few inches from the back of the chassis. Sadly, it lacks a fingerprint scanner, but it does have a far better webcam that can recognize faces using Windows Hello IR.

The laptop is durable and sturdy because to its magnesium chassis, which combines parts aluminum and ABS plastic. The black and white color scheme, known as Lunar Light by Alienware, is stunning. At 5.2 pounds, it's not the lightest gaming laptop available; the Razer Blade 15 Advanced weighs in at 4.4 pounds.

With just one 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A USB port, one 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connector, and one Type-C Thunderbolt 4 port (at least you get one of each), the port choices isn't exactly abundant. In addition, there is a microSD card slot, an HDMI 2.1 connector, and a Type-C Ethernet adapter that comes with Alienware.

The keyboard has a 1.5mm key travel, per-key RGB LED lighting, and is rather roomy, sturdy, and responsive. My only complaint about the keyboard might be that none of the secondary icons on the keys are properly illuminated by the illumination. At 105 x 60 mm, the touchpad isn't the biggest I've used, and the corner click mechanism isn't the fastest either.

The Alien head on the lid and the Tron LED that encircle the laptop's base allow you to create a respectable light display, much like with any other gaming laptop. The lighting effects can be programmed to pulse and throb at different rhythms.

Display

Alienware X15 R2 keyboard

The IPS display on the Alienware x15 is just amazing to behold. Any gamer should be satisfied with the Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel and maximum 360Hz refresh rate. It has a 107% sRGB gamut coverage and is also vibrant. The maximum brightness of 388 nits is rather decent, and the contrast ratio is respectable. Put simply, when you play graphically demanding games and watch material from your preferred streaming channel, the display looks stunning.

One of the few gaming laptops with Nvidia's Advanced Optimus technology is the Alienware X15 R2, however it's limited to the 240Hz QHD and 360Hz FHD variants. This has simultaneous G-Sync compatibility and functions similarly to a standard Optimus. Normal Optimus systems would either need to give up G-Sync or restart their systems in order to switch it. 

The sophisticated Optimus on the X15 performs this automatically. When GPU activities are transferred to the integrated Intel Xe GPU or the Nvidia GPU, a little window appears at the bottom left of the screen.

The audio setup is more inconsistent. Because there isn't much bass in the music overall, it can get a little monotonous. On the other hand, the two 4W speakers produce an amazing level of stereo separation, and game sound effects are portrayed with a gratifying clarity.

A Battery's Life

While gaming laptops such as the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 have demonstrated longer battery lives—well over eight hours—the Alienware X15 R2 continues to have a very short battery life. With all of the fancy RGB lighting turned off to save power, the 87Whr battery that comes with it lasts slightly over three hours in tests.

Apart from games, video playback performs slightly better, nearly reaching four hours. This means that, if you start with a full charge, you should be able to watch a movie without the need to plug in. You won't likely get more than two hours of gaming with all the eye candy on before you need to plug in your AC charger. While many gaming laptops are similar, there have also been others that are better.

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