Alienware 15 R2 - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 1000GB SSD + up to 2000GB HDD
M.2 Slot
2x 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (M key)
RAM
up to 32GB
OS
Windows 10, Windows 10 Home
Battery
92Wh, Lithium Ion, 8-cell, 92Wh, Li-ion, 8-cell, 92Wh, 92Wh, 8-cell, 8-cell, 92Wh, Li-Ion, 8-cell
Dimensions
386 x 270 x 34 mm (15.20" x 10.63" x 1.34")
Weight
3.21 kg (7.1 lbs)
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum (Aluminum, Plastic)
Ports and connectivity
  • 3x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt 3
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Audio jack 2x 3.5 mm jacks for headset and external microphone
  • External graphics port for Alienware Graphics Amplifier.
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera 1080p Full HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Digital array microphones
  • Speakers Stereo 1.5W
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All Alienware 15 R2 configurations

See all Alienware 15 R2 configurations

 

Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

CPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the Alienware 15 R2 series.

Results are from the Cinebench 11 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1157.78
price
465.00
performance
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1157.78
price
489.00
performance
Results are from the NovaBench 3.0 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the Alienware 15 R2 series.

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the 3DMark: Sky Diver (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

Alienware 15 R2 in-depth review

We all know those bulky and heavy gaming notebooks that have all the horsepower needed to power up the latest games, but what if we told you that Alienware has put all the top-shelf hardware from NVIDIA and Intel and put it in a smaller 15-inch form factor notebook? Hard to believe it, but when we first reviewed the new Alienware 15 gaming machine, we didn't know what Dell has in stored for us. A few months later we are testing the Alienware 15 R2 with top-tier quad-core Core i7-6700HQ CPU a[...]

Read the full review

Pros

  • Sturdy construction and sleek design with customizable LEDs
  • Good keyboard with 3 zones of LED backlight, macro keys and responsive touchpad
  • Top-shelf hardware crammed inside a 15-inch laptop
  • Various storage configurations including two speedy M.2 NVMe SSD slots with a 2280 standard
  • The screen doesn't use PWM above 25% screen brightness (with everything below 25% being way too dimmed)
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good battery life for a gaming notebook

Cons

  • Bulky (34 mm profile) and heavy (3.21 kg)
  • Mediocre screen quality with low sRGB color gamut coverage and low maximum brightness

 

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