Dell Alienware m15 R7

Dell Alienware m15 R7

Dell Alienware m15 R7

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BEST RATING
Build Quality:
4.6
GENERAL USE: Good7.5/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.9/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.1/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.3/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.6/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.4/10
BATTERY: Fair6.5/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.4/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The Dell Alienware m15 R7 is a premium-priced gaming laptop suited for intensive tasks with an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor, Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage. It has a 15.6-inch IPS display with a high refresh rate, but battery life is limited to around 5 hours of typical use, which affects its portability. Despite its weight, it offers good build quality, a backlit keyboard, and features for gaming such as hardware ray tracing and DLSS. It also includes a variety of ports but lacks a number pad and USB4. If you need a high-performance laptop for gaming or engineering tasks and don't need to frequently move it, this could be an excellent choice. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-end AMD Ryzen processor
  • Powerful Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti GPU
  • High refresh rate screen
  • High resolution display
  • Good color coverage
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • Heavier than many laptops
  • Not the most portable
  • More suited for gaming

Ratings by Category

Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.6
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Gaming & AI:
4.4
The Dell Alienware m15 R7 excels in gaming and 3D applications due to its high-end Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti graphics card, enabling detailed and immersive visuals, along with a high 240Hz screen refresh rate which ensures smooth and responsive on-screen action.
Engineering & Design:
4.4
The Dell Alienware m15 R7 excels in engineering and design due to its high-performance AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, powerful Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti GPU, and ample RAM, which collectively deliver robust computing power for demanding applications. Additionally, its high-resolution IPS screen with wide color coverage ensures precise and vibrant visuals, necessary for design work; however, it sacrifices some portability and battery life, which are fair for its class but may not be ideal for frequent travel.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
General Use:
4.2
The Dell Alienware m15 R7 is equipped with a high-quality CPU and sufficient RAM, coupled with an IPS screen with high resolution, which is excellent for a variety of tasks. However, its battery life is relatively short and it's not the most portable option, which might not suit users who need to work on the go.
Content Creation:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Software Development:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Operating Noise:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Battery Life:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
3.5
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$2,200
Release Date
May 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 10.7'' x 0.94''
Weight
5.93 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
Graphics
RTX 3070 Ti (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
5 Hours
Battery Capacity
86 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
240Hz
Display Brightness
300 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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6.5/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
2
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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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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