Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.So we ran tests on Dell AlienWare M15 to find out what it was worth.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
AlienWare M15 the right choice for surfing the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. This AlienWare M15 is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Dell; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. It’s a shame because, when you get this AlienWare M15 on your lap, you’ll see that it’s not so easy to move the cursor with the touchpad.
Nevertheless, it remains a quality product with an easy to use trackpad. Logically, the treatment given to this product by Dell suggests that you will be able to use it for many years to come.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i7-8750H. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With less than a 16 Gb of RAM, it AlienWare M15 is a fair one. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Your computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 1256 gigabytes will be enough. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 3 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the AlienWare M15 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
The AlienWare M15- the right model for streaming and videos ?
Dell presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this AlienWare M15 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 15.6 inches, with a 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 2.2 kilogram.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this AlienWare M15 product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Dell is primarily intended for film lovers the AlienWare M15. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
For the sound part, the AlienWare M15 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core i7-8750H is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
As far as applications are concerned, did Dell not install any. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 Famille on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphic card, and with 16 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Dell didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the AlienWare M15 has only 4 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. With its autonomy of 3 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Is AlienWare M15 planned for travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes AlienWare M15 to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Dell. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 15.6 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
If you prefer the touch screen mode, you will be disappointed by this AlienWare M15. The constraint being then to always have the mouse in the computer bag. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
The backlit keyboard decided by Dell for this model was not AlienWare M15 really necessary, but it will be useful if you work in a dimly lit plane, taxi or subway. In addition, the materials used are of good quality.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
With the installation of the processor Intel Core i7-8750H, the power consumption is rather important.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Dell; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 3 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Because use is likely to consist of travel and traveling, this laptop was thin and relatively light with 2 hard drives, one SSD, the other normal, for an overall size of 1256 Gb. This double disk technology allows to record the operating system on the principle of the usb key, and to store personal data on a standard disk but more resistant in time. This reduces the noise caused by the movement of the read/write heads of the standard disk and preserves the storage capacity. If you still run out of space, all you need to do is buy an external drive.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 15.6 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 4 possibilities. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this AlienWare M15 on holiday.
AlienWare M15 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Dell have thought of for this AlienWare M15. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Intel Core i7-8750H that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 1256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
For audio and video editing use, it is interesting to have a laptop combining hard drive and SSD; hard drive for large storage capacity, SSD for fast flash memory. It offers a total available storage space of 1 1256 Gb, the best available. It is one of the top of the range for this parameter. You won’t have to worry about storage space for your audio and video creations. In extreme cases, you can always add an external hard drive to one of the USB ports.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (3 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the AlienWare M15has the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
As you will have understood, it AlienWare M15 proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The AlienWare M15 for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this AlienWare M15, it may be better to go to other models. Clearly, Dell has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1920×1080, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 1256 Gb.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 2.2 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 3 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this AlienWare M15 one. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Is the AlienWare M15 adapted to office automation ?
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If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s Windows 10 Famille, last generation.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. Dell in this product line. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model weighs 2.2 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the AlienWare M15.
The storage of this model, 1256 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Simply put, it’s not AlienWare M15 the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
The AlienWare M15 – in summary
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it AlienWare M15 is disappointing whatever the uses. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks