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Dell Alienware M15 R6 Review And Specification

Dell Alienware M15 R6 Review And Specification

 Alienware has a reputation for building huge, powerful gaming desktops, but it also makes smaller portable computers that are nonetheless capable of satisfying the needs of enthusiasts and "hardcore" gamers. The most recent model of the Dell subsidiary's 15-inch gaming laptop, the Alienware m15 R6, is the Alienware m15.

It has the same striking appearance as the Dell Alienware m15 R5, but our configuration upgrades the processor to an Intel 11th generation Core i7, increases memory to 32GB, and provides the power of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 at an extremely affordable price.

It is without a doubt a high-end laptop with this feature set, but at little over two grand, its value is among the finest we've seen. Although Dell pauses the R6's 3D performance, making the R4 a better value, the new Tiger Lake processor is more efficient than the Comet Lake predecessor Alienware m15 R4. More about it later.

With a strong supporting feature set that includes a 165Hz display and a lengthy battery life, all things considered, this is an excellent high-end bundle at a very reasonable price. It falls short of receiving an Editors' Choice designation for gaming laptops. We prefer the GIGABYTE AORUS 15P YD and the Razer Blade 14, which are priced somewhat higher and lower than the Alienware. However, out of the two, it's one of the better choices.

Dell Alienware M15 R6 Specification

  • Processor : Intel Core i9-11900H
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • Memory : up to 64GB
  • Display : 15.6", Full HD (1920 x 1080), 165 Hz, IPS
  • Storage : up to 4000GB SSD
  • Battery : 86Wh, 6-cell, 86Wh
  • Operating System : Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Home, Windows 10 Home, Windows 11 Pro
  • Weight : 2.42 kg (5.3 lbs)

Design

We're happy that Dell's Alienware gaming laptops have undergone a complete visual and design metamorphosis over the past several years because they were once hefty, cumbersome machines. In terms of power and appearance, we've seen some maturing, moving away from the garish and toward a style that gamers who are drawn to RGBs will find simpler to enjoy.

Similar to its predecessor, the Alienware m15 R5, the Dell Alienware m15 R6 also leans toward the middle. If not for the hexagonal heat grille and the power button that lights up the alien head, this ultraportable would have the appearance of a fashionable laptop without any colored keyboard keys.

The large exhaust is located on the back, but it only looks striking when the LED ring surrounding the perimeter is turned on. It's interesting that you can change the intensity and hue of it.

Plastic, magnesium alloy, and aluminum are all used to create the body. Regarding the design, you'll have to rely on your own judgment, although we think the keyboard plate is plastic, the lid is made of aluminum, and the underside is magnesium alloy. Although it is true that adopting plastic for the most elaborately carved portion will lower manufacturing costs, Alienware may be accused of taking shortcuts in producing the component that you touch the most.

Nevertheless, the plastic keyboard plate is the least heat-conductive component of the foundation, and the soft-touch finish feels nice. Quite logical, isn't that right? In other areas, the Alienware m15 R6's keyboard exhibits some flex, which is not what we would expect from a laptop this costly. Simply put, neither the Lenovo Legion 5 nor the Alienware m15 R4 have this kind of design problem.

Although not as detailed as some of the chunkier older Alienware models, the build quality is excellent.

Screen

Though it comes with a QHD LCD screen in our review model, the Dell Alienware m15 R6 (AWM15R6-7729BLK-PUS) also has a Full HD (1080p) resolution panel available, which is really something a laptop this powerful deserves.

While we thought ultra-high resolution gaming laptops were kind of dumb a few years ago, this kit packs a powerful RTX 3080. We anticipate that soon Alienware's top-tier gaming laptops will come with a screen that may have a resolution of 1440p.

That being said, this is not your typical laptop screen, even at 1080p. It features excellent color reproduction and a refresh rate of 240 Hz (a 360 Hz refresh model is also available), up from 165 Hz in earlier models. This is quick enough to enable the correct display of frame rates that have to be higher than what is conceivably possible for humans to perceive.

The R6's screen is matte rather than glossy, and it has an excellent maximum brightness. This laptop is similar to all other gaming laptops. Once more, the upsell QHD option for the M15 R6 is very alluring. The improvement would not be nearly as tempting if the 1080p, which is the lower specification, were sharper.

Keyboard and Touchpad

As usual, we hunt for the highest performance when it comes to gaming laptops, but in a fairly unusual turn of events, the Alienware M15 R6 entices us with an opulent keyboard. At the actuation point, it produces deep key action with a well-balanced blend of springiness and extreme clonk.

The end effect is a gaming laptop with a quick-feeling, responsive keyboard. Compared to almost all competitors, this gaming laptop's keyboard is among the best we've seen so far. However, until you type with a significant amount of fury, you don't notice the bowing effect we stated previously when using it.

Dell Alienware M15 R6 Keyboard

Surprisingly, though, this laptop lacks lights for each key. Rather, four zones are dispersed throughout its keys in a horizontal manner. This restricts the kinds of "wow" effects you can make, but the Alienware Command Centre program allows you to animate and customize each zone to any color in the rainbow.

The touchpad, which is far less fascinating than the keyboard, is located beneath it. Just the traditional, antiquated gaming laptop pad, packed so full that looks like it won't be used very frequently. However, don't anticipate it to be as user-friendly as the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.

A Battery's Life

Although the battery of the Alienware M15 R6 that we are examining is fairly substantial, you may find that it drains quickly if the laptop is not in the proper mode. It will take less than 3 hours and 41 minutes to go from full charge to zero when you only stream YouTube at a moderate brightness.

The same streaming lasts for more than 7 hours and 9 minutes when the refresh rate is changed to 60 Hz and the integrated graphics are configured using the Nvidia Control Panel tool instead of the primary GPU. Hopefully, you won't need to make all of the adjustments because it appears that the Nvidia GPU was depleting the battery.

Although the Alienware M15 R6's connectivity isn't the greatest elsewhere, it's definitely adequate for the most of its intended market. The only thing you get is an Ethernet port next to a headphone jack on the left side. On the other side, there are two more USBs.

The remaining connectors are dispersed around the back: a traditional HDMI, an extra USB 3.2 Gen 2, and a USB Type C with Thunderbolt. This connector is HDMI 2.1, which is a wonderful thing.

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