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Alienware 15 (2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of Alienware 15 (2014). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the keyboard and screen. The design and durability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the energy efficiency and usability. There are some mixed comments about the price and size.

performance, durability, design, screen, keyboard

battery, portability, usability, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Alienware 15 (2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Edward Chester (trustedreviews.com)

Alienware 15

 

Alienware has just re-jigged its gaming laptop offering, ditching its 18-inch and 14-inch models and replacing them with new slimmer 15-inch and 17-inch variants, to add to the Alienware 13 that arrived last year.

Superb build quality ; Gamer' oriented design remains stylish ; Excellent performance ; High quality screen and keyboard ; Good value

Heavy and fairly thick for the performance level ; No optical drive ; Speakers have fairly weak bass

Mar, 2015

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Alienware 15 review: Bigger, but not necessarily better

 

The new Alienware 15 ticks all the right boxes for a gaming laptop: it's stylish, it's fast and powerful and it's covered in LED lighting. It's one flaw, however, is that it's a little bigger than your average 15-inch gaming machine. If you can live...

Fast and powerful ; Excellent build quality ; Great screen for high performance gameplay

Larger than most 15-inch machines ; Poor battery life ; 1080p display has shallow viewing angles

The Alienware 15 is almost everything you could ask for in a midsize gaming laptop. It's a stylish, powerful machine with the latest GPU architecture, Intel's new seventh-gen CPUs and a fantastic build quality -- it's just a little large for a machine...

May, 2017

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Alienware 15 R3 review: A 15-inch tank, ready to roll into battle

 

With the power of a larger laptop in a chunky but compact chassis, the Alienware 15 is ready to rout.

The Alienware 15 makes the most of its components, and it has a well-designed lighting scheme. Plus, it comes with a decent G-Sync monitor, and it can drive an external display at a high refresh rate and with G-Sync.

It's on the heavy side at 7.8 pounds, the battery life is middling, and its fans are loud.

A solid if somewhat uninspiring gaming laptop, the Alienware 15 is a good choice when you need fast performance but not the big screen.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Victoria Song, Matthew Murray (pcmag.com)

Alienware 15 (2016)

 

Intel's new Kaby Lake processors and Nvidia's Pascal graphics have made it possible for Alienware to pack full VR capability into its 15-inch gaming notebook.

Thinner than other Alienware gaming laptops. Nice redesign. Many customization options.

No per-key backlighting.

Alienware has not yet released pricing information for this laptop, but it seems safe to assume it will cost about the same as the current incarnation of the laptop: $1,199.99. We named the 2015 Alienware 15 our Editors' Choice for entry-level gaming...

Sep, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Alienware 15

 

The latest Alienware 15 is hefty, but it delivers everything you want in a gaming laptop, with excellent performance, long battery life, and all sorts of customizable features.

Solid design. Excellent gaming performance. Full HD display is well suited to gaming. Customizable lighting and macro commands. Good sound quality. Sizable storage. Graphics are upgradable with Alienware's external Graphics Amplifier.

Heavy. No touch capability.

Conclusion While the Alienware 15 is about as pricey as an entry-level gaming laptop can get—$1,500 is pretty much the cutoff before you enter midrange—it delivers what you want from a gaming rig: superior gaming performance, best-in-class battery...

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Alienware 15 (2015)

 

While it's bigger and heavier than gaming notebooks of similar size, the Alienware 15 offers solid graphics performance for less than the competition.

Highly customizable; Optional Graphics Amplifier; More affordable than the competition; High-quality audio

Runs very hot; Heavy

May, 2015

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Alienware 15 (R9 M295X) Notebook Review

 

Comeback. The mobile high-end market is dominated by Intel and Nvidia. Alienware is one of the few manufacturers who offer GPUs from AMD as well. We ordered the 15-inch version of the notebook with the GTX 970M rival Radeon R9 M295X to check out the...

Optional graphics amplifier, Extensively illuminated, Up to three mass storage devices, IPS panel with lots of contrast, USB stick with Recovery SW, High-end chassis, Good input devices, Good sound, Useful tools, Powerful battery

Position of the keyboard takes getting used to, Not easy to maintain, Battery runs on empty quickly under load, CPU throttling during the stress test, Many issues with drivers (AMD), Processor and GPU are soldered on, Moderate emissions, No SSD

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Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

Alienware 15 Review

 

Dell's Alienware team delivers a 15-inch gaming laptop that might actually replace a desktop thanks to an upgradable Graphics Amplifier docking station. Keep reading to find out what we love about this notebook.

Excellent build quality ; Great keyboard and display ; Fantastic gamer-focused performance ; "Upgradeable" with external Graphics Amplifier

Thicker and heavier than competitors ; Adequate but unimpressive speakers considering the size and weight ; No optical drive ... considering the size and weight

May, 2015

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Alienware 15 Notebook Review

 

Galactic? A bit late, but Alienware now also upgrades its premium laptops with the GeForce 900M line. As one of the first editorial offices, we had the opportunity to test the 15-inch model and the graphics amplifier. These are our impressions.

Optional graphics amplifier, Input device quality, Up to three storage devices, High-contrast IPS screen, Large wrist rest, Outstanding performance, Moderate temperatures, Recovery on USB flash drive, High-quality chassis, Lush illumination, Decent...

Unusual keyboard positioning, Somewhat awkward maintenance, Battery not directly accessible, Relatively loud in 3D operation, SSD could be faster, CPU and GPU soldered

In contrast to the Alienware 13, the 15-inch model does not suffer under its CPU. The Core i7-4710HQ is strong enough to even cope with demanding games like Assassin's Creed Unity. Thus, the graphics amplifier also has a right to exist. Some games will...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Slimmer, faster Alienware gaming laptops are ready for VR

 

It's a great time to be a PC gamer, or at least a fan of PC gaming hardware. Desktops are flying off the shelves, thanks to the popularity of virtual reality headsets among tech early adopters. Companies such as Nvidia and AMD have new graphics...

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3266
Audio system:Creative Sound Core3D-EX + Creative Sound Blaster X‑Fi MB3 / Creative Sound Core3D‑EX + Creative Sound Blaster X‑Fi MB3
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Klipsch

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):68 / 91 / 92
Battery life (max):7
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.8
Number of battery cells:4 / 8

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 2.1
Front camera signal format:720p
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

EPEAT compliance:Y
EPEAT rating:89.6

Design

Colour name:Epic Silver
Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Carbon Fiber
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220 / 300 / 350
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel pitch:0.0890 x 0.0890 / 0.179 x 0.179
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

CUDA:Y / Yes
CUDA cores:1024 / 1280 / 1536
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD R9 M295X / AMD Radeon R9 295X / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y / Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / No / Y
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1150 / 1200 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B / 0x416
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:English / Korean / Spanish / UK International
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Logistics data

Maximum number of stacking cartons:4
Number of layers per pallet:2
Pallet height:101.4
Pallet length:120
Pallet volume:203
Pallet weight:188
Pallet width:100
Quantity per intermodal container (20ft):800
Quantity per intermodal container (40ft):1680
Quantity per layer:20
Quantity per pallet:40
Shipping carton height:11.7
Shipping carton length:48
Shipping carton volume:4.11
Shipping carton weight:4.51
Shipping carton width:43.7

Memory

Internal Memory:12 / 16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 32
Memory clock speed:1600 / 2133
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade note:Additional memory sold separately

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):867
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac
WLAN controller model:Killer Wireless-AC 1535

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:105 / 160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.37
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110 / 40
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 34 / 0 - 35 / 5 - 35
Operating vibration:0.26 / 0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:Creative Sound Core3D-EX + Creative Sound Blaster X‑Fi MB3 / Creative Sound Core3D‑EX + Creative Sound Blaster X‑Fi MB3
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y / Yes
Package material:Corrugated cardboard, Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port:Y
CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No / Yes
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4 / 2.0
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:1
PowerShare:Y
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:9.23
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:180

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / DMI3
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.5 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.9
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I5-4210H / i5-6300HQ / I7-4710HQ / I7-4720HQ / I7-6700HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-6300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / BGA1364
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0 / R0
System bus rate:5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45 / 47
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:78929 / 78930 / 78934 / 88959 / 88967
Processor code:SR1PX / SR1Q0 / SR1Q8 / SR2FP / SR2FQ
Processor package size:37.5 / 42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y

Recycling data

Corrugated cardboard content per box for accessories:118
Corrugated cardboard content per package:1.12
Corrugated cardboard content per shipping carton:981
Corrugated cardboard content per sleeve for accessories:19
Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) content per package:16

Security

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, User

Software

Bundled software:Alienware Command Center\nAlienFX\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline w/Accelerator\nAlienware TactX / Financial Tracker & Retail Information / McAfee Live Safe 1YR
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME / Windows 8.1
Operating System Language:ENG / English / ESP
Recovery operating system:WINDOWS 10 HOME
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe (30 days Trial), Microsoft Office (30 days Trial) / Microsoft Office

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 1256 / 1512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:27 / 270.2 / 305
Height :25.4 / 3.4 / 34
Weight:3.21 / 3.22 / 3.39 / 3.49
Width:28.6 / 38.6 / 385.8 / 389