Alienware Finally Goes Thin with m15 Gaming Laptop

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Thinnest. Alienware. EVAR.

Over the past couple of years, Alienware's been methodically shaving inches off its laptops. Today marks a crossroad as the company debuts the m15 laptop, the thinnest and lightest laptop in Alienware's growing portfolio at 4.8 pounds, 0.8-inches.

Set to launch October 25, the svelte system starts at $1,299 and sacrifices none of the bells and whistles you've come to expect from the brand.

 

Design

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It might be thinner, but it's still an Alienware. That means the m15 has that "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" look that we've seen in previous Alienware laptops. However, taking some inspiration from the Dell Gaming line, Alienware is injecting a pop of color. In addition to the traditional Epic Silver, the magnesium alloy notebook will also be available in Nebula Red, which is sure to be a conversation starter. And of course, it's outfitted with a number of customizable LED strips so you can really double down on that intergalactic look.  

At 4.8 pounds, 14.3 x 10.8 x 0.8-inches, the Alienware isn't the thinnest gaming laptop on the block. That particular honor currently goes to the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (4.1 pounds, 14.1 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches), but it marks a step in the right direction for fans of the brand that are looking for a thin, lightweight system to take on the road. At this point, the m15 is even slimmer and lighter than the Alienware 13 (5.4 pounds, 13 x 10.6 x 0.9 inches).

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Display

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I'm excited to get the m15 into the lab and test the display, because it was looking mighty bright and vivacious. The base model is your standard 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS panel with a 60 Hertz refresh rate. However, you can also configure the laptop with a 1080p screen with 144Hz refresh rate or go 4K (3860 x 2160) with 60Hz.

Specs

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Slim and thick doesn't have to mean slow and weak. On the contrary, Alienware has made sure to load the m15 to the gills with powerful components. The $1,299 base model has a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-8300H processor with 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hybrid drive with 8GB SSD, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU with 6GB of VRAM and a 1920 x 1080 display with a 60Hz refresh rate.

The RAM can be configured up to 32GB while the storage maxes out at a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD with another 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD. If you're looking for a bit more graphical oomph, you can get a notebook with a GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM.

Battery

The Alienware m15 has two choices for battery: the standard 60 watt or a 90W cell. Alienware is claiming that the standard can get an estimated 7.1 hours of life on video playback and a whopping 10.6 with the 90W. I'm skeptical that we'll see those types of numbers on our in-house battery test, but Alienware has consistently outperformed the gaming laptop battery average, so I'm going to remain hopefully, but realistically optimistic.

Bottom Line

Now that Alienware has officially joined the thin-and-light arena, the battle for the ideal portable gaming laptop begins. While it's not the lightest system on the block, the Alienware m15 brings power, a stunning design, pretty display and (potentially) seriously long battery life. Plus, you get that splendid, customizable light show. Either way, it's an exciting time to be a mobile PC gamer.

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