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Alienware m15 R4 (2021) Review Rundown

DellPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Mediocre graphics performance
  • Key travel is shallow

Summary

Alienware m15 R4 is one of the best gaming laptops you can buy. It adds RTX 30-series graphics but shares its chassis with the R3 model from 2020. Further, the 300Hz IPS panel becomes the standard, with the 144Hz panel dropping out. Like the m15 R3, the 4K OLED panel retains an option.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
, 1080p), which overpowered the category average (55 fps) as well as the Aorus 15G (59 fps), Strix Scar G15 (60 fps) and Predator Triton 500 (61 fps) On the Geekbench 5.2 overall performance test, the Alienware m15 scored 7,636, whipping past the premium gaming laptop average (7,378) For as many good components as this machine has, Alienware copped out on the webcam. The 720p shooter takes ridiculously fuzzy photos with poor contrast balance.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 4K display
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Short battery life

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m15 R4 remains unchanged in terms of looks, and that's a good thing. The materials are of the usual high quality, and the ports and input devices fulfill their purpose very well. The hardware upgrade to the powerful Intel Core i-HK and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Mobile raise performance to the latest standard. While the internal temperatures are still extremely high, the cooling system has still been improved.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality materials
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • High temperatures
  • Short battery life

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m15 R4 is a monster in its class, but it doesn't solve the problems associated with its performance. The laptop has to deal with consistently very high CPU core temperatures in exchange for its rather high performance. Another shortcoming is almost unacceptable battery life compared to the competition.
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Pros[**]
  • Very high CPU performance
  • Very good battery life
  • Decent keyboard
Cons[**]
  • High power consumption
  • High surface temperatures

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m15 R4 shares its design with its predecessor, but adds more power. The frame rates on display here are top-notch, especially if you're looking to play at higher resolutions. Look for more high-refresh 1440p notebook screen options to arrive as the new GPUs take over the market.
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Pros[**]
  • Top-notch 4K gaming performance
  • High-refresh 1440p display
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No built-in ray tracing
  • More expensive than its predecessor

t3[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
Alienware talks a big game when it comes to its cooling technology. This laptop has yet to experience any thermal throttling even tackling the most demanding games at the highest settings. The Alienware Command Center app is a surprisingly intuitive app that allow you to adjust various settings of the R4 to your liking. This is not a cheap gaming machine but if you can afford it or are able to save up for it, the Alienware m15 R4 is definitely worth every penny.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredible performance
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be longer

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m15 R4 is an incredibly loud device, and its default settings are not good at finding a balance between noise and temperature. While running productivity software, the touchpad hovers around 81 degrees Fahrenheit, and the keyboard seldom exceeds 96 degrees Fahrenheit. The OLED screen supports a gorgeous, vibrant palette (remember: 211% of the sRGB spectrum), and no other medium shows this off as beautifully as gaming does.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful OLED screen
  • Gorgeous, vibrant colors
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Extremely loud fan
  • Poor battery life

tomshardware[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m15 R4's 720p resolution webcam captures pictures that were color-accurate but noisy. The laptop lasted 4 hours and 1 minute on our battery test, which involves continuous surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. As with many thin gaming laptops, the skin temperature can get uncomfortably warm.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Sleek design
  • Solid performance
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Poor webcam

References

1. ^ Alienware m15 R4 (RTX 3070) review. laptopmag. 2021-01-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Alienware m15 R4 Review. pcmag. 2021-01-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Alienware m15 R4 review: a premium gaming machine. t3. 2021-06-25 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
6. ^ Alienware m15 R4 (2021) review. tomsguide. 2021-02-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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