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Alienware 15 R3 (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Alienware 15 R3 (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and durability. The reliability and design also get good comments. Opinions about the price and size are different. Many are negative about the sound.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware 15 R3 (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Alienware 15 R3 Notebook Review

 

The aliens are back. We did not have the chance to review the first edition of the Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), but we can finally have a look at the promising gaming notebook with the Kaby Lake update. How does the 15-inch system hold up...

a lot of features (macro keys, eye tracking, etc.) ; clever port layout ; many hardware options ; numerous illumination elements ; reference-class case quality ; handy Alienware tools ; pretty simple maintenance ; good input devices ; very high...

high noise development under load ; CPU with temperature issues ; only 12 months base warranty ; unaesthetic fan exhausts ; sound could be better ; high weight ; no card reader

The visuals of the third revision of the Alienware 15 R3 are beyond any doubt (except for the protruding fan area). There is currently no other gaming notebook with such a sophisticated, stable, and well-built chassis. Then there is also the unique...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Charles Jefferies (computershopper.com)

Alienware 15 R3 Review and Ratings

 

Solid all-around—in its graphics oomph, build quality, keyboard, port mix, and panel performance—the 2017 Alienware 15 R3 delivers a serious dose of gaming adrenaline for the money.

Solid build quality ; Excellent keyboard and touch pad ; Customizable RGB lighting ; Factory-configurable ; Plenty of ports

Chassis gets warm, fans a little loud while gaming ; Subpar speakers ; No SD-card reader

The Alienware 15 R3 ranks as one of our favorite 15.6-inch gaming notebooks. The gaming-centric nature of this machine is clearly evident, from its futuristic design to its excellent gaming performance. The end-user customization on this model is...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Alienware 15 R3 Review Tim Schiesser

 

Up for review today is the latest Alienware 15. Fully configurable with a wide range of hardware, with prices ranging from $1,350 for the base model to $2,700 for the top-spec system, expect GeForce 10 graphics and Alienware level of design and polish.

Attractive design with lots of customizable lighting. Highly configurable hardware options offer both value and performance. Solid 1080p gaming experience from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060. Supports Windows Hello.

Heavy chassis with a beefy, loud and largely ineffective cooler. 3 to 5 FPS slower than a similar GTX 1060 laptop we tested. GTX 1070 model can be expensive.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Lisa Gade (mobiletechreview.com)

Alienware 15 R3

 

The late 2016 Alienware 15 R3 features much more powerful NVIDIA Pascal 10 series graphics and a slimmer design. Both the NVIDIA GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 cards are available. The Alienware is slim for a gaming laptop at 1" (25.4mm) but not terribly light...

High quality materials and looks, slim albeit heavy. Good internal temps, great keyboard, has Thunderbolt 3 and Graphics Amplifier support

Large footprint and very heavy for a 15" gaming laptop. Windows Hello/Tobii IR camera is flakey

Alienware laptops have grown up in looks and are modernized--gone is the ultra-chunky and aggressive look. We welcome the modern cooling design and lower heat internals that are very 2016, and the (dare I say) classy looking aluminum and soft touch...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.info)

Breve Análise do Portátil Alienware 15 R3

 

Os aliens estão de volta. Não tivemos oportunidade de analisar a primeira edição do Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), mas finalmente podemos dar uma olhada no promissor portátil para jogos com a atualização Kaby Lake. Como se sai o sistema de 15...

a lot of features (macro keys, eye tracking, etc.) ; clever port layout ; many hardware options ; numerous illumination elements ; reference-class case quality ; handy Alienware tools ; pretty simple maintenance ; good input devices ; very high...

high noise development under load ; CPU with temperature issues ; only 12 months base warranty ; unaesthetic fan exhausts ; sound could be better ; high weight ; no card reader

O visual da terceira revisão do Alienware 15 R3, sem dúvida, é o que mais se destaca (exceto pela área da ventoinha protuberante). Atualmente não há outro portátil para jogos com um chassi tão sofisticado, estável, e bem construído. Também está o...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.org )

Análisis completo del Alienware 15 R3

 

Los aliens han vuelto. No tuvimos la oportunidad de analizar la primera edición del Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), pero por fin le echamos un vistazo al prometedor portátil gaming con la actualización Kaby Lake. ¿Cómo queda el sistema de 15"...

montones de características (teclas macro, seguimiento del ojo, etc.) ; ingeniosa distribución de puertos ; muchas opciones de hardware ; múltiples elementos de iluminación ; calidad de carcasa de referencia ; útiles herramientas Alienware ;...

alto desarrollo de ruido bajo carga ; CPU con problemas de temperatura ; sólo 12 meses de garantía base ; salidas de ventilación antiestéticas ; sonido mejorable ; pesado ; sin lector de tarjetas

Los elementos visuales de la tercera revisión del Alienware 15 R3 están fuera de toda duda (salvo por el área sobresaliente del ventilador). Actualmente no hay otro portátil gaming con un chasis tan sofisticado, estable, y bien construido. También está...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck-tr.com)

Kısa inceleme: Alienware 15 R3 Notebook

 

Uzaylılar geri döndü. Alienware 15 R3 modelinde Kaby Lake işlemcileri kullanmaya başlıyor. Rakipleri ile nasıl kapışacak?

Macro tuşlar, göz takibi gibi birçok özellik; Akıllı bağlantı noktası dağılımı; Birçok donanım seçeneği; Farklı aydınlatma noktaları; Kasa kalitesi; Kullanışlı Alienware araçları; Oldukça kolay bakım; İyi arayüzler; Çok yüksek performans; 120 Hz...

Yoğun kullanımda yüksek ses üretimi; İşlemcinin sıcaklık sorunları; Sadece 12 ay garanti; Fan çıkışları estetik olarak hoş değil; Ses çıkışı daha iyi olabilir; Yüksek ağırlık; Kart okuyucu yok

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.nl)

Kort testrapport Alienware 15 R3 Notebook

 

De aliens zijn terug. We hebben niet de kans gehad om de eerste editie van de Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal) te testen, maar we hebben met de Kaby Lake update eindelijk een blik kunnen werpen op de veelbelovende game notebook. Hoe verhoudt het...

veel features (macro toetsen, eye tracking, etc.); slimme poort-layout; veel hardware opties; talrijke verlichte elementen; voorbeeldige bouwkwaliteit; handige Alienware tools; behoorlijk eenvoudig onderhoud; goede invoerapparaten; erg hoge prestaties;...

hoge temperatuurontwikkeling bij belasting; CPU heeft temperatuurproblemen; in de basis slechts 12 maanden garantie; onesthetische ventilator gril; geluid zou beter kunnen zijn; groot gewicht; geen kaartlezer

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck-ru.com)

Обзор ноутбука Alienware 15 R3

 

Возвращение инопланетян. У нас не было возможности протестировать первый вариант Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), зато модели на Kaby Lake не удалось ускользнуть. Посмотрим, как этот многообещающий 15-дюймовый игровой ноутбук покажет себя в деле?

много разных функций (макро клавиши, отслеживание движений глаз, итп.), удобное расположение портов, хороший выбор конфигураций, целый набор элементов подсветки, качество корпуса, на которое стоит равняться, полезные инструменты Alienware, достаточно...

под нагрузкой сильно шумит (50 дБ), процессор слишком сильно нагревается, некрасивые вентиляционные отверстия, звук мог бы быть лучше, тяжёлый, нет адаптера карт памяти

Это уже третье обновление Alienware 15 R3, и игровые ноутбуки этого семейства продолжают нравиться с первого взгляда (разве что за исключением выступающей области с вентиляторами). На данный момент ему нет равных в плане проработанного, стабильного, и...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.it)

Recensione completa del Portatile Alienware 15 R3

 

Gli alieni sono tornati. Non abbiamo avuto modo di recensire la prima edizione dell'Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), ma ora possiamo dare uno sguardo al promettente portatile gaming con l'aggiornamento Kaby Lake. Come si comporta questo sistema da...

molte features (tasti macro, eye tracking, ecc.) ; buon layout delle porte ; molte opzioni hardware ; molti elementi illuminati ; case di qualità ; comodi tools Alienware ; manutenzione abbastanza semplice ; buoni dispositivi di input ; prestazioni...

rumoroso sotto carico ; problemi di temperature della CPU ; solo 12 mesi di garanzia ; uscita ventole poco estetica ; suono da migliorare ; pesante ; manca il card reader

Le modifiche della terza revisione dell'Alienware 15 R3 si notano (ad eccezione della zona della ventola che sporge). Attualmente non ci sono portatili gaming con uno chassis così sofisticato, stabile e ben costruito. Anche il design è unico, i...

Feb, 2017
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Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):68 / 99
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product Type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220 / 300 / 400
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TN
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

CUDA:Y / Yes
CUDA cores:1024 / 1280 / 1920
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon RX 470 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y / Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400 / 2667
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 16 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No / Yes
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:2.0
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter power:180 / 240

Processor

Bus type:DMI3
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.5 / 3.6
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.6 / 2.7
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-6300HQ / I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HK
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6800 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / FCBGA1440
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:R0
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:88959 / 88967 / 88969 / i5-6300HQ / I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HK
Processor code:SR2FL / SR2FP / SR2FQ
Processor package size:42
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, Supervisor, User

Software

Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME
Operating System Language:Multilingual
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No
Hard drive 2 capacity:1
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1024 / 128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 1256 / 1512 / 2024

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:30.5 / 305
Height :2.54 / 25.4
Weight:3.49
Width:38.9 / 389