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Dell Alienware Area m15 R2 review: The best overall gaming laptop comes at a price

If there was ever a laptop that could do it all, it's this one.

January 26, 2020 / 07:43 PM IST

Dell’s Alienware laptops have had some pretty powerful machines that have always delivered on performance but not produced the best when dealing with portability. Enter the Alienware m15 R2, a gaming laptop that delivers on performance while bordering on portability. Earlier in 2020, we tested the m15 R2’s predecessor. While it was a powerful gaming machine, nothing about it really stood out.

However, improvements on the m15 R2 are more than enough to make this one of the best RTX gaming laptops on the market. What you get in the Alienware m15 R2 is a thin and light notebook for travel, a desktop for gaming and a VR-capable machine for laning with your buddies. If you have the budget for it, and you’ll need a pretty big budget, the m15 R2 is an excellent choice with a ton of noteworthy improvements and one not so impressive feature. So without any further delays, let’s take a look at everything good on the Alienware m15 R2.

Design

Some of the biggest improvements on the new Alienware m15 R2 come in the form of a major design overhaul. Although design is a completely subjective term, if you’re in the market for a laptop not ashamed of its gaming-centric profile, then you’ll love the m15 R2. Much of the inspiration here is taken from Dell’s Alienware Area 51m.

Consuming content on the 4K OLED panel was an absolute joy. But since the m15 R2 packs RTX graphics, you may not be able to utilise the full potential of those graphics on a screen limited to 60Hz. However, the 60Hz display will put you at a fair disadvantage in first-person shooters.

ProsCons
Stunning 4K OLED displayRAM cannot be upgraded
Excellent gaming performanceHefty price tag
Refreshing new designCPU tends to run hot
Best-in-class keyboardSub-par audio
Great assortment of ports
Performance