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Dell Alienware x15 15.6"

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Product Overview

Dell Alienware x15 is a powerful 15.6-inch gaming laptop that supersedes the m15 series. It resembles the m15 R4 unveiled at CES earlier this year; however, unlike the case with the m15 and m17 series, Dell is now making an effort to distinguish the x15 and x17 more.
This means that the x15 is now noticeably less endowed power-wise than the x17. What this pays for is a boost in the portability department: the x15 is now just around 16mm thin, depending on the display configuration.
Speaking of the display, Dell has, at least for the moment being, removed the OLED option. Instead, the x15 is available with only FHD and QHD display panels, though the three options are all sufficiently compelling.
Inside, the x15 can be purchased with up to 11th-gen Intel i9-11900H Tiger Lake processor. This means that, unlike the x17, the x15 is not overclock-friendly. GPU on this laptop is also limited at RTX 3070.

Ratings

What we found

Pros
  • Thin and light for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop
  • Up to 360Hz display
  • Good CPU performance
  • Good battery life
  • High-quality aluminum chassis
Cons
  • Thick bezels

What external reviewers found

External score 76%
Pros
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Lackluster battery life
  • Lacks single-zone keyboard lighting
  • No G-Sync
  • Lackluster graphics performance
  • Somewhat bulky
  • Short battery life

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Specifications

FHD 165HzQHDFHD 360Hz

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External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Reviewer score 69%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found:
The x15 lasted just four hours and 39 minutes on our battery rundown test. The only minor changes Alienware made to the x15 ‘s keyboard layout is a row of extra keys on the right for volume and muting your mic. The x15 starts at $2,100, while a similarly priced Razer Blade 15 comes with the same Intel Core i7-11800H CPU.
Pros
  • Sleek, sleek design
  • Slim and light for a gaming laptop
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Lacks single-zone keyboard lighting
  • Lackluster battery life

notebookcheck[2]

Reviewer score 76%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found:
Hot spots on the top and bottom of the chassis can reach almost 60 C each. Power consumption has improved significantly over last year's Alienware m15 R4. Running on battery power will severely limit graphics performance. The system is heavier and larger in footprint than many competing 15.6-inch gaming laptops.
Pros
  • Slim and lighter than the previous Alienware m15 R1
  • Long battery life
  • Improved graphics performance
Cons
  • Below-average CPU performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[3]

Reviewer score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
The Alienware x15 is a more successful redesign than the x17, and a good gaming laptop. The slimmer chassis and slight bump in weight make more sense at 15 inches. The system's portability and raw power don't blow us away, but it's a good mix of the two.
Pros
  • Slim and lighter than its predecessor
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster graphics performance
  • Short battery life

tomshardware[4]

Reviewer score 78%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found:
Dell sells the Alienware x15 with a 1-year warranty, though you can pay extra to extend it. It's sleek, even if the RGB can make it look like a gamer's fever dream. This laptop isn't, however, much thinner than the existing Alienware m15.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Bright 1440p display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Somewhat bulky
  • No G-Sync

References

  1. ^ The Alienware x15 Is a Sleeker (and Pricier) Way to Game in Style. [gizmodo].
  2. ^ Alienware x15 R1 laptop review: Dell's thinnest UFO has landed. [notebookcheck].
  3. ^ Alienware x15 Review. [pcmag].
  4. ^ Alienware x15 Review: A Thin, 1440p Machine. [tomshardware].

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