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ROG Strix G18
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Alienware m15 R7
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Advantages of the ASUS ROG Strix G18
  • Very good for general use
  • Excellent for engineering and design
  • Excellent for gaming and AI
  • Very good for software development
  • Very good for content creation
  • Good battery life
  • Best in class speakers
Advantages of the Dell Alienware m15 R7
  • Very good overall build quality

Key differences

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General Use

8.3
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
7.5
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
422.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
300.0 nits
8.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
5.0 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
5.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.4/10
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 is very good for general use, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 is good.

Gaming and AI

9.1
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
7.8
9.8/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
8.7/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
7.2/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 is excellent for gaming and AI, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 is good.

Engineering and Design

9.1
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
8.2
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
9.8/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
8.7/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 is excellent for engineering and design, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 is very good.

Content Creation

8.6
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
7.5
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 is very good for content creation, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 is good.

Software Development

8.1
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
7.3
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 is very good for software development, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 is good.

Screen Quality

8.7
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
8.2
18.0in
SIZE
15.6in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
422.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
300.0 nits
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has a better screen than the Dell Alienware m15 R7 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

8.0 Hours
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
5.0 Hours
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has 8 hours of battery life. The Dell Alienware m15 R7 has 5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Poor
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
Fair
18.0in
SIZE
15.6in
6.6 lbs
WEIGHT
5.9 lbs
1.0in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Dell Alienware m15 R7 has only fair portability, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 has poor portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.8
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
8.5
The Dell Alienware m15 R7 has very good build quality, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 has good build quality.

Cost

$2,799
ROG Strix G18
Alienware m15 R7
$2,200
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has a price of $2,799 and the Dell Alienware m15 R7 costs $2,200.
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How the ASUS ROG Strix G18 and the Dell Alienware m15 R7 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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ASUS ROG Strix G18Dell Alienware m15 R7

GENERAL

Price
$2,799
$2,200
Release Date
April 1, 2023May 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 11.6'' x 1.06''14'' x 10.7'' x 0.94''
Weight
6.61 lbs5.93 lbs
Width
15.71"14.02"
Depth
11.57"10.73"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-13980HXAMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55
RAM Slots
22
Storage
1024 GB512 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours5 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh86 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
18"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16002560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
240Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
422 nits300 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.8/108.5/10
Portability Score
5.7/106.5/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Premium Business Laptop
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
7.3/107/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/108.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.6/107.5/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
23
USB-C ports
21
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
32
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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ASUS ROG Strix G18

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Florian Glaser | March 2023
"With the ROG Strix G18, Asus has made an almost consistently good debut in the still quite new 18-inch laptop segment. The base unit case shows a few signs of weakness in the area of stability and is something which has an effect on the perceived quality of the input devices (the chassis tends to rattle a bit). Nevertheless, thanks to generous port features (incl. Thunderbolt 4), a striking design, and extensive lighting (keyboard, LED strip on the front), gamers get a fitting gaming platform."

Dell Alienware m15 R7

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Tom's Hardware

Brandon Hill | October 2022
"The Alienware M15 offers solid gaming and leading endurance. It makes the most of its CPU and GPU while delivering stellar battery life for a gaming laptop. Opening the lid presents a full-size keyboard with honeycomb cutouts above it on the deck. An oblong RBG lightning element surrounds the entire rear panel and can be color-synced with the other lights on the laptop. There’s not a lot to dislike about the M15 Its productivity performance lagged in some areas, particularly in the storage benchmark, and it’s a bit heavy. Alienware has a clear winner here with the M15 based on its strong overall performance and endurance."

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About ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

About Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

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