Alienware 15 - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 1000GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD
M.2 Slot
2x 2280 SATA III (B key)
RAM
up to 16GB
OS
Windows 8.1, Windows 8
Battery
92Wh, Li-ion, 8-cell, 92Wh, Li-Ion, 8-cell
Dimensions
386 x 270 x 34 mm (15.20" x 10.63" x 1.34")
Weight
3.22 kg (7.1 lbs)
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum, Carbon (Aluminum, Plastic, Carbon fiber)
Ports and connectivity
  • 4x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Displayport mini
  • Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 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 2x 2W
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All Alienware 15 configurations

See all Alienware 15 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 series.

$1124.00
price
3.30
performance
Results are from the Cinebench 11 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1124.00
price
261.00
performance
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1124.00
price
439.00
performance
Results are from the NovaBench 3.0 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
$1124.00
price
17.30
performance
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 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 in-depth review

Dell's Alienware laptops has always been a must-have gaming machine for almost every professional or casual gamer, but the 15-inch model has a handful of cool features that need to be in the spotlight and they make this machine more desirable than other Alienware notebooks, at least for now. For starters, the Alienware 15 is the most budget version, but can also be equipped with the latest NVIDIA or AMD GPUs, if you are willing to pay the extra money. Also, the notebook has been praised by m[...]

Read the full review

Pros

  • Great screen quality with accurate color reproduction, high brightness and absence of PWM
  • Cool design with beautiful and customizable LED lights
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Unmatched storage options in its class or any other of that matter
  • Excellent build quality
  • Well-designed cooling system

Cons

  • Underwhelming CPU performance
  • Bulky and heavy
  • We expected at least one SSD in the configuration, instead the Alienware 15 has only one slow 5400rpm HDD

 

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