As a preamble to this test
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
AlienWare M15 the right choice for surfing the internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. An inexpensive computer such as AlienWare M15 may seem to be the solution. 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 not mandatory, but it’s still an interesting technology; unfortunately it’s not AlienWare M15 equipped with it.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. It is hoped that the other internal components of this laptop are future-proof; usually a lot of attention is Dell paid to the design of its products and the one tested should benefit from this.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Core i7-8750H; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. 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. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 1256 Gb. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 3 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this AlienWare M15 most of the time connected to the power cable.
AlienWare M15 the right choice for watching movies ?
Dell presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This AlienWare M15 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 15.6, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 2.2 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this AlienWare M15 product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. AlienWare M15 will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. 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. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Core i7-8750H that is several years old now. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
On the application side, Dell chose to let you do it. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 10 Famille that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
With NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 16 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. The AlienWare M15 only 4 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. Indeed, with 3 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
Is AlienWare M15 planned for travelling ?
It AlienWare M15 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Dell didn’t really take into account in the design of this AlienWare M15. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With a weight of 2.2 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. The 15.6 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Unfortunately, it is not AlienWare M15 equipped with a touch screen as standard models. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
Well thought out, the backlit keyboard will AlienWare M15 be handy for use in the dark. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. The rendering on screen is good. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
CPU Intel Core i7-8750H power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Note that like all manufacturers, Dell is optimistic about the autonomy of this AlienWare M15. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
With 3 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Reduce the risk of breakage when traveling with an OS installed on an SSD, and storing on a standard HD, this model provides a total of 1256 Gb of space. The main advantage of this disc mix is that the SSD contains fewer moving parts, and is faster, and that the standard disc allows more recording-erasing phases. With an absence of moving mechanical parts on the OS and startup part, it means less risk in terms of fragility and generated heat that can cause the laptop to fail. If you still run out of space, all you need to do is buy an external drive.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Its 15.6 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
It AlienWare M15 provides only 4 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this AlienWare M15 for travel use.
The AlienWare M15 to make 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. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i7-8750H does best. 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.
With dual technology, with a standard hard disk and an SSD, you will be assured of good storage capacity. Here, the laptop advantageously has a good space of storage. This model offers the best possibilities with a storage space of 1256 Gb. Dell offers a computer among the best in its category. The short film scenes you will have created will be stored locally without any problems. In extreme cases, you will still have the option of external storage via usb ports.
The autonomy of this AlienWare M15 is of 3 hours in normal use; It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
On the connection side, the AlienWare M15i s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
AlienWare M15 the right choice to play online?
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. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since Dell has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.1256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 2.2 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 3 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this AlienWare M15 a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
The AlienWare M15 for office automation.
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10 Famille.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 2.2 Kg.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Another interesting feature is the backlit keyboard option, which allows you to work in half light.
With only 1256 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive AlienWare M15can be quickly filled.
In short, the AlienWare M15 is an average choice. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
The AlienWare M15 in conclusion
The conclusion of the test AlienWare M15 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks