Alienware m15 R2 Review Rundown

DellPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of Dell Alienware m15 R2 15.6" Gaming Laptop
Neoscore* 76%
  • Sleek design with RGB lighting
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
  • Very warm CPU temperatures
  • Very expensive


The thinnest 15.6-inch Alienware gaming laptop ever, the m15 R2 nevertheless offers 1.7mm key travel from its newly-engineered keyboard backlit by AlienFX per-key RGB lighting. It also features a precision-point glass touchpad. Also like the m17 R2, the m15 R2 can be optioned with Tobii Eye Tracking technology. Unlike the 17.3-inch model, however, the m15 R2 is available with a 4K OLED display.
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.



Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
Alienware's m15 R2 is the company's thinnest 15.6-inch laptop yet at 18.3 mm (0.7 inch) Modeled after the giant Area-51m announced at CES 2019 and its Legend industrial design. Thenew m15's base price is $1,500, essentially starting where Dell's G5 15 starts to top out.
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  • Thin and light for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop
  • Tobii eye-tracking system is cool and useful
  • Very expensive for what it is
  • Some components are soldered into the system


Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m15 finally feels like a gaming laptop with its own identity. The new m15 features 9th-gen Intel Core processors, ranging from the quad-core Core i5-9500H up to the Core i9-9980HK. There's a wide variety of options for displays, starting with the standard 1080p 60Hz model.
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  • Sleek, attractive design
  • High-end gaming components
  • Bright 240Hz and 240Hz displays
  • Lacks Tobii eye-tracking
  • Mediocre battery life


Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The large honeycomb grilles along the rear, bottom, and keyboard deck are perhaps the most noticeable characteristic of the new design. Dell claims this particular pattern optimizes airflow and rigidity better than the usual parallel grille design of most other laptops. The chassis feels stronger than the MSI GS65, comparable to both the Asus Zephyrus S GX531 and Alienware m15 R1, and weaker than both the Razer Blade 15 and Gigabyte Aero 15. The clickpad is smaller (~10.5 x 6 cm) than on the XPS 15.
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  • Longer battery life than last generation Alienware 15 R1
  • Relatively cool core temperatures when gaming
  • Quiet fan noise
  • Relatively short battery life
  • Small clickpad


Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model remains our top high-end gaming laptop. If you're set on a brilliant, dramatic OLED panel, Alienware's m15 R2 OLED model may be a better option. This laptop has other, non-4K screen options, which Alienware rates for different color-spectrum coverage.
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  • Gorgeous 4K OLED panel
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
  • Not as powerful as the RTX 2080 Max-Q


Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m15 is the new gold standard for thin and light gaming laptops in 2019. In a laptop this thin, we simply don't expect a ton of key travel, but not only do these keys go deep, they're also comfortable as hell to type on. The laptop comes in two finishes – Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon – which are essentially white and black.
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  • Superb gaming performance
  • Superb keyboard and touchpad
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Alienware m15 R2 is a sleek update to its mainstream gaming laptop. It's armed with an Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB of RAM and a pair of 512GB NVMe SSDs. The 15.6-inch, FHD display offers vivid colors, and while it's not the brightest gaming laptop around, it bested the field.
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  • Sleek, sleek design
  • Bright, vivid FHD display
  • Good battery life
  • Not the brightest gaming laptop around


  1. 1. ^ Alienware m15 R2 review: Sublime style and speed for gamers on the go. Cnet. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Alienware m15 R2 hands-on review. Digitaltrends. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ The Area-51m mini-me: Dell Alienware m15 R2 Laptop Review. Notebookcheck. 06 September 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Alienware m15 R2 (2019, OLED) Review. Pcmag. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Alienware m15 R2 review. Techradar. 22 January 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Alienware m15 R2 Review: Spartan Spaceship. Tomshardware. 04 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. *. 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.
  8. **. 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.
  9. ***. 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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