Sold in the premium price segment, Alienware m15 R5 possesses a level of speed performance, allowing users to play well every different game on the market. Unlike most gaming laptops released before, the m15 R5 is equipped with a processor chip manufactured by AMD. Accompanying the speedy Ryzen 7 5800H chip is the RTX 3000 series graphics card, providing a comprehensive level of performance for users.
Alienware m15 R5 possesses an eye-catching design, with the main color being jet black, harmoniously combined with brilliant LED details on the body. The device is equipped with a screen with good display quality and is encased in a rather thin bezel, providing an immersive visual experience for users.
Packed with some of the best components on the market, the Alienware m15 R5 can play any game well and can handle all of your daily workloads at the same time. Will these strengths help Alienware m15 R5 compete on par with laptops in the same segment? The answer will be in today’s article.
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Specifications of Alienware m15 R5
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
- GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
- RAM: 16GB DDR4 RAM, 3,200MHz
- Memory: 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
- Screen: 15.6-inch, 165Hz, 3ms
- Size: 15.7 x 11.6 x 0.7~0.9 inches
- Mass: 2.42kg
Alienware m15 R5: Design
Compared to the previously released versions of the machine, the exterior design of the Alienware m15 R5 has a few minor changes, with soft curved edges and a new keyboard layout. In addition to these innovations, the overall aesthetic of the laptop remains the same, with RGB lighting strips wrapped around the back edge of the laptop and hexagonal ventilation slots above the keyboard.
At the time of writing, the Alienware m15 R5 has only been released in a color version called “Dark Side of the Moon”. In this version, the outer shell of the laptop is finished with the main color of jet black, harmoniously combined with the details of brilliant RGB lights on the body.
In addition to the RGB light strip located on the back edge of the body and the Alienware logo located on the screen cover, the keyboard is illuminated with a 4-zone LED system. The colors and lighting effects of these lighting systems can be customized through the machine’s settings app.
The keyboard layout of the m15 R5 has been changed, while the buttons retain the same good quality as in the previous version. Meanwhile, the machine’s touchpad is a bit small when compared to other models in the same segment, but still has very good sensitivity.
In terms of build quality, we rate the m15 R5 to be the standard for the high-end gaming laptop segment on the market. Similar to Razer’s gaming laptops, the m15 R5’s exterior feels solid and sturdy.
Alienware m15 R5 is equipped with a screen with 1080p resolution and supports a high refresh rate of 165Hz. This panel’s color reproduction isn’t among the best we’ve seen in its class, but it’s still above average for its class. The screen of the device is encased in a rather thin bezel, with the top edge equipped with a 720p webcam.
The machine is equipped with a full range of connection ports, including common ports such as USB Type-A, USB Type-C and HDMI, allowing users to use a variety of different peripherals. Overall, the m15 R5 is a gaming laptop with very good build quality and finish, providing a good user experience for users.
Alienware m15 R5: Screen
Alienware m15 R5 is equipped with a 15.6-inch diagonal screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The screen supports a high refresh rate of 165Hz and has a response time of 3ms. Overall, the screen of the machine has quite good image quality, providing a good user experience when playing games as well as when watching entertaining movies.
In our test, the Alienware m15 R5’s screen is capable of covering 87% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is slightly higher than the average for the current premium gaming laptop segment.
Alienware m15 R5: Performance
Here are the results obtained by the Alienware m15 R5 in various benchmark tests:
- Firestrike: 18061 points
- Timespy: 8040 points
- Cinebench CPU: 1686 points
- CrystalDiskMark: 2,348 MB/s (read); 1,427 MB/s (copy)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Ultra: 102fps; High: 108fps
- Metro Exodus: RTX (Ultra): 47fps; High: 62fps
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Highest: 111fps; High: 122fps
- Total War: Three Kingdoms: Ultra: 125fps; High: 113fps
You might think that the RTX 3060 graphics card is the most influential detail about the gaming performance of the machine, but that is not the case. In fact, it is the machine’s 5800H chip that is the component that brings the most breakthroughs, with the same processing ability as Intel’s chips, but with a cheaper price and better power consumption. .
Single- and multi-core tasks are effectively handled by the 5800H chip, and the laptop performed well in our performance tests with ease. The machine’s RTX 3060 graphics card delivers a good level of graphics processing performance, delivering excellent gaming performance at 1080p, allowing me to play many different games well with stable frame rates and smooth.
The machine’s M.2 NVMe SSD is a bit slower than other laptops in the same segment. However, the machine still has a fast and smooth startup speed, providing a good experience during use.
However, the m15 R5 is a bit limited in terms of heat dissipation. The machine has a fairly high heat output even when not playing games, specifically when leaving the laptop running, the chassis area has a recorded temperature of 55 degrees Celsius.
Alienware m15 R5: Battery life
Similar to most gaming laptops on the market, the battery life of the m15 R5 is just average. In our battery life test, specifically after letting the device surf the web continuously using a wifi network, with a screen brightness of 150 nit, the battery life of the device was recorded at 3 hours and 33 minutes.
The result of this battery life of the machine is on par with the average of the high-end gaming laptop segment at the moment. With this level of battery life, you can only play games with the laptop in places where a power plug is available.
The Alienware m15 R5 is a gaming laptop with a lot of promise, and a testament to the potential that AMD’s chips can bring. Equipped with an RTX graphics card, the gaming laptop can play all the different games on the market at 1080p resolution.
However, the m15 R5 is not a perfect gaming laptop, with the biggest limitation being its inefficient heat dissipation. However, if what you need in a gaming laptop is strong performance, then surely the m15 R5 will not disappoint you.
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- Strong overall performance
- Modern design, eye-catching
- Memory and RAM can be upgraded manually
- Comfortable keyboard
- High refresh rate monitor
- Give off a large amount of heat during use
- High price