Dell hopped on the ultra-portable gaming-PC bandwagon with a revamped Alienware laptop computer designed to attraction to severe and wannabe players alike. The brand new Alienware m15 touts its thin-and-light design as one in all its greatest traits: customers can convey the 4.7-pound laptop computer round with them extra simply than every other Alienware laptop computer, they usually will not should sacrifice efficiency once they achieve this.

I briefly demoed the Alienware m15 whereas it was surrounded by Alienware’s different laptops, and the distinction in heft was instantly noticeable. Not solely is the m15 lighter than Dell’s different gaming laptops, however it additionally makes use of its chassis area extra effectively, making it thinner and extra enticing. Very similar to the redesigned HP Omen 15 laptop computer, the Alienware m15 has slimmer high and facet bezels round its 15.6-inch show, slender edges hugging the keyboard, and a brand new honeycomb speaker bar that sits proper under the hinges.

Strategically positioned venting peppers the underside, sides, and edges of the m15’s magnesium alloy and copper chassis. They push sizzling air out and preserve the surfaces of the laptop computer cool during times of peak use. Dell additionally claims that the thermal-management system permits for 100 % GPU wattage, that means the GPU will not be throttled even when beneath excessive circumstances.

Whereas the unique Alienware laptops had been up to date to incorporate per-key lighting, the Alienware m15 has zone RGB lighting on its keyboard. Customers can select from an FHD or 4K show panel, and the laptop computer will help as much as Core i5 and i7 processors, Nvidia 1060 or 1070 Max-Q graphics, as much as 32GB of RAM, and as much as 1TB SSD drive or twin drives with PCIe and SSD mixtures. Dell estimates that the system’s 90Wh battery will last as long as 17 hours on a single cost.

Even with the design updates, Dell manages to stay a bunch of ports on the m15 through the use of the facet edges and a flat portion alongside the again edge. It has an influence port, an Ethernet port, three USB Sort-A ports, one Thunderbolt Three port, an HDMI port, a miniDisplay Port, a lock slot, a audio combo port, and a port by which customers can join a graphics amplifier.

The m15 is the thinnest and lightest Alienware laptop computer Dell has made up to now, however Dell is not being an absolutist on the subject of labeling the m15. The m15 continues to be a gaming laptop computer, in spite of everything, and it is onerous (almost inconceivable) to provide the identical thin-and-light therapy to such gadgets that require extended durations of energy. I hope that the 13-, 15-, and 17-inch Alienware laptops get a few of the design upgrades discovered on the m15—Dell does not have to make them as skinny and lightweight because the m15, however slender bezels, up to date thermal programs, and general improved area effectivity can breathe contemporary air into any laptop computer line.

Whereas the unique Alienware lineup offers players extra spec choices, the m15 offers them extra versatility in a single system. Somewhat than investing in a single system for work and one other for gaming, some customers may even see the Alienware m15 as a good-enough mixture of energy and portability that lets them do each regardless of the place they’re.

The Alienware m15 will probably be obtainable on October 25 beginning at $1,099.

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