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Dell Alienware m15 R6 15.6" Gaming Laptop (2021)

MSRP 1380 USDExt score 70%
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Product Overview

Dell Alienware m15 R6 is a premium 15.6-inch gaming laptop. The 2021 iteration of Alienware's mainstay, the m15 R6 is powered by 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake mobile processors paired with NVIDIA RTX 3000-series GPUs. Dell markets the AMD-powered m15 R5, which is essentially the same laptop with a different powertrain, at the same time.
Just like the m15 R6, the m15 R6 is marginally more compact than the m15 R4 from last year. It omits the 4K OLED display option, preferring instead to offer a QHD panel with 240Hz refresh rate and 2ms response time—a decision perhaps motivated by sales numbers. It also features the 360Hz FHD display found in the m15 R5 as well as the x15, which is now Alienware's the new flag-bearer in the 15.6-inch class.
Like the x15 and the m15 R5, the m15 R6 can be configured with a mechanical keyboard with ultra-low profile CherryMX switches and per-key RGB backlighting.
In essence, Dell has split the m15 line in two: those with deeper pockets can access an even thinner chassis without sacrificing performance with the x15, while mere mortals can do with m15 R6 which is actually lighter.

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What external reviewers found***

Ext 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Long battery life
  • More efficient than the RTX 3080
  • More efficient and frugal than the R4
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • High temperatures under load
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

FHDQHD

Connectivity

Ports3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x RJ45 (Killer E2600 1Gbps) + 1x Audio combo
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Camera | Front720p HD, optional Windows
ColorsDark Side of the Moon
MaterialMagnesium Alloy exterior shell and copper alloy thermal components
MicrophoneDigital-array microphones
SpeakersStereo speakers 2x 2W

Dimensions

Size | Depth272.5 mm / 10.73"
Size | Heightup to 22.85 mm / 0.8996"
Size | Width356.2 mm / 14.02"
Weight2.42 kg / 5.34 lbs ~ 2.69 kg / 5.93 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio16:9
Display Diagonal15.6 inch
Display TypeIPS
Refresh Rate165 or 360 Hz240 Hz
ResolutionFHD (1920x1080) or QHD (2560x1440)
Response Time1 or 3 ms2 ms

Function

AudioRealtek ALC3254 with A-Volute Nahimic audio processing software
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB, RTX 3070 8GB, or RTX 3080 8GB GDDR6
Keyboard Backlight4-Zone AlienFX RGB lighting or CherryMX per-key AlienFX RGB keyboard
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake
RGB LightingRGB lighting up to 16.8 million colors
Variable FramerateG-SYNC available for 240Hz and 360Hz panels

Performance

Memory | Capacity8 or 16 GB
Memory | TypeDDR4 3200MHz
StorageUp to 2x 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD

Production

Debut2021-05

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Neo 84%

3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
In idle operation, the R6 now remains cooler than the R4. However, under load it gets just as hot again, and that although at least the 3D performance is slightly lower. Under heavy stress, the surfaces on the top and bottom can reach temperatures of around 60 °C (140 °F) The positive aspect is that the speaker can become fairly loud, but unfortunately, they lack bass.
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Pros
  • More efficient and frugal than the R4
  • More efficient than the RTX 3080
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • High temperatures under load

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Alienware m15 R6 laptop review: More efficient, but the RTX 3080 is slower than in the predecessor. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Alienware-m15-R6-laptop-review-More-efficient-but-the-RTX-3080-is-slower-than-in-the-predecessor.581868.0.html. 2021-11-29. Retrieved 2021-11-30.

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