Friday, June 23, 2017

Alienware 15 R3 Specifications and Prices - Laptop Alien ware comeback. We did not have a chance to review the first edition of Alienware 15 R3 (Skylake + Pascal), but we finally got to see promising gaming laptops with Kaby Lake updates. We will review how his 15-inch system is resistant to competition?

Alienware Dell's parent company offers configurations for Alienware 15 R3, but you can not combine any hardware components. The current German store contains four basic models based on Kaby Lake priced between Rp.23.000.000 and Rp.35.000.000 but you can easily increase the price by upgrading it.
 Spesifikasi dan hatrga Alienware 15 R3 (15 Series)
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There are several basic components for each model. Processor with Intel quad-core, either with (i7-7700HQ) or without Hyper-Threading (i5-7300HQ). The amount of DDR4-RAM is from 8 to 32 GB (2400 or 2666 MHz), while the storage solution consists of a conventional HDD or a combination of SSDs and hard drives. Dell uses the Full HD panel, which, depending on the refresh rate (60 or 120 Hz), is based on IPS or TN technology. Both models support G-Sync.

Dell also includes a high-end GPU from Pascal Nvidia generation. While the GeForce GTX 1060 comes with 6 GB of GDDR5-VRAM, the GeForce GTX 1070 comes with 8 GB of GDDR5. Currently high-end GeForce GTX 1080 models are reserved for 17-inch Alienware 17 R4, which can also be equipped with AMD GPU (R9 470).

But back to the 15-inch model. Wireless communication is handled by a 1435 or 1535 killer chip, and the last one is a free upgrade (as of February 2017). The same goes for switching from Germany to English keyboard layout. You will have to pay more for an upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro. Other options are limited to warranty and software (Office, security).

Specifications and prices Alienware 15 R3 (15 Series)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz (Intel Core i7)
  • Graphics adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1443 MHz, Memory: 4000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 378.49
  • Memory: 16384 MB, 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2666 SO-DIMM, Dual Channel, 2/2 slots in use, up to 32 GB
  • Display: 15.6 inch 16: 9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, HPJGK_B156HTN (AUO51ED), TN, Full HD, 120 Hz, G-Sync, glossy: no
  • Mainboard: Intel CM238
  • Storage: SK hynix PC300 HFS256GD9MND, 256 GB NVMe-SSD + HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1 TB HDD @ 7200 rpm. Slots: 2 x m.2 Type 2280 & 1 x 2.5-inch
  • Weight: 3.548 kg (= 125.15 oz / 7.82 pounds), Power Supply: 810 g (= 28.57 oz / 1.79 pounds)
  • Price: Rp.35.000.000

We start with the best news: The latest revision of the new gaming system also comes with Alienware quality. This is especially true for chassis, which is partly made of anodized aluminum as well as magnesium alloy. Thanks to the metal inlays on the lid and bottom of the notebook, the 15-inch system has excellent stability that surpasses most competitors. One disadvantage is the weight: About 3.5 pounds more, even for high-end notebooks. Previous Alienware 15 R2 (3.1 kg) lighter, such as GTX 1070 rival MSI GT62VR 6RE and Schenker XMG P507 (2.9 kg). Asus GL502VS even tips scale at just 2.6 kg.

Another problem is the depth of the chassis. While the competition is about 27 cm, we can measure more than 30 cm from Alienware 15 R3, which reminds us of a 17-inch system. Prominent fan area for better cooling (hinges shifted about 3.5 cm) does not look good.

If not, we'll call it a comfortable design. Despite the fact that some of the elements are quite fun and clearly show the gaming notebook, the overall appearance looks very pro and sophisticated. One of the most important trademarks, comprehensive lighting, is clearly available as well. The area of the side is illuminated (may look like a "poser gimmick" at first, but there are actually some advantages in the dark (better visibility of the ports and the mouse.) Speaking of the mouse: Alienware not only illuminates the keyboard but also the touchpad to make inputs easier.

Although two USB 3.0 Type-A ports are quite small for gaming systems, port selection generally meets the retail price. You can attach various peripherals in combination with USB 3.0 Type-C port (left) and Thunderbolt 3 (rear) port, which also supports USB 3.1 and DisplayPort. This situation is similar to an external monitor, where you can choose between mini-DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 outputs. Both RJ45 jacks and power connectors are located at the rear as well. Noble lock (counterpart for Kensington lock) and two audio ports (3.5 mm jack for headset and microphone) located on the left.

We think the connector for proprietary Alienware Graphics Amplifier is the biggest highlight. This is an optional box that holds the desktop GPU. However, the box may become more attractive in a few years due to the enormous performance of the GeForce GTX 1070. Manufacturers do not implement optical drives understood at the time of steam and the like, especially since DVD or Blu burner-rays will require a lot of space and may affect the stability of the chassis . However, we can not understand why there is no card reader.

Network Communications
Dell uses products from Keling Networks for communication. Gigabit Ethernet Killer Chip E2500 and Killer 1435 wireless module (WLAN 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.1, up to 867 Mbps) should be optimized for gamers, supported by powerful Killer software (multiple controls and settings). Our standard WLAN test with a distance of one meter to the router determines a good transfer rate for Alienware 15 R3. The average yield of 560 Mbps (send) and 681 Mbps (receive), respectively, slightly beat Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265 from Schenker XMG P507 (513 and 674 Mbps, respectively).

The scope of limited shipping guides starts quickly and the power supply is required. 240-Watt power adapter is slim (2.5 cm), like the laptop itself, but has a fairly large footprint in return (20 x 10 cm). SKUs with GTX 1060 may be shipped with a more compact PSU.

Many core gamers do not want to just use every option in the graphics menu; They also want to have full control over upgrades and cleaning options in this case. Alienware 15 R3 performs better in this case than the previous model. Although you can only access the RAM, hard drives, and wireless modules through the maintenance of Alienware 15 R2.

It is again necessary to disassemble the chassis further to access all internal and battery. Maintenance of the hatch itself is easy to remove because it's "only" secured by seven screws (and you also have to pry the hatches). Alienware 15 R3 has a total of two DDR4-RAM slots, one 2.5-inch slot, two M.2 slots (2280) with NVMe / PCIe support and one smaller M.2 slot, which can also be equipped with SSDs according to labels. The processor and graphics card are irreplaceable - which is pretty common nowadays.

A basic 12 month warranty (Premium support with on-site service) is quite rare. The two, three, or four year upgrades cost between Rp.5.000.000 and 16,000,000 which is very much in our opinion. Optional coverage for accidents is much more affordable.

Software installation is quite comprehensive. In addition to trial versions for Microsoft Office 2016 and McAfee LiveSafe as mentioned earlier Performance Killer Suite, you will also find some tools from Alienware.

The central software hub is the Command Center, which is divided into four sub-menus. It starts with AlienFX, which helps by adjusting different lighting zones. The next items are AlienFusion (power saving plan) and AlienTactX (macro button configuration). The whole package is rounded up by AlienAdrenaline, which checks the status of the Graphics Amplifier. A manual control fan or overclocking menu for CPU and GPU is not available. Other notebook manufacturers (such as MSI, Asus & Clevo, for example) usually offer more in this regard.


Except for the numeric keypad missing, although there is enough space, Dell does not make mistakes in terms of keyboard. Matte-black, tightly adjustable and a little rubber key (no chiclet design) gives Alienware a typing experience. It is quite soft but still precise and accurate; Pressure points and strokes do not cause criticism. Only a few wider buttons (especially Backspace) provide slightly strange feedback. We can not criticize Dell for size, either. Letters and numbers are sized at 18 x 18 millimeters, and even standard-sized shift keys.

We are not too happy with keyboard positioning. Because it is located very far up, but the main button has an unusual central position because of the macro area on the left (5 keys with 3 levels) and the lack of numeric keypad. We have a problem with some typos in the beginning, so you will need some time to learn. There are almost no limitations in terms of lighting. Four zones, dozens of colors, a very stunning profile.

The surface of the touchpad is fully illuminated, not all large at 10 x 5.7 cm. We would have liked a few millimeters more, especially in height. There must be enough room. Otherwise, the mouse replacement works well. The ability to glide is feasible, smooth and precise as well. Multi-touch movement (2-4 fingers) is controlled through Dell's own touchpad software. We usually have no problems with zooming and scrolling.

We also like the fact that Alienware does not make ClickPad; A conventional touchpad with dedicated mouse buttons installed instead. They have a fairly soft and quiet pressure point, similar to a keyboard, but they are still reliable. Dell is also considered symmetry: the touchpad in the center of the armrest. Clear indentation, which reminds us of Acer Predator 15.


Lcd Display
Showing 60 Hz has been the standard for years, but now we are seeing more and more panels with higher refresh rates. Alienware also uses modern technology and complements some 15-inch models with a 120 Hz quick screen. The biggest advantage is the fast response time. While many notebooks require more than 20 ms to switch black to black and over 30 ms for gray to gray-to-gray, AW 15 R3 manages fast 12 and 25 ms respectively. This result can also be from the Schenker XMG P507, which is equipped with the same exact 120 Hz panel (AUO52ED vs AUO51ED).

The 15-inch notebook manages good lighting. 382 nits on average ensure a comfortable outdoor experience, and the brightness distribution (93%) is also great. Subjectively, we can not see any obscure. Black value is not good at 0.39 cd / m², but the contrast is still 990: 1 - good results.

There is criticism for mediocre color accuracy. DeltaE-2000 deviation of more than 10 (Grayscale & ColorChecker) does not guarantee an accurate picture. However, we managed to reduce the value by less than 3 by calibration, so we recommend setting up the device (we ICC-related files in the box above). Alienware 15 R3 is average in terms of color gamut; 90% sRGB and 59% AdobeRGB typical for laptop display.

Our test models are equipped with pretty grandiose components. A quad-core processor from Intel and a high-end GPU with 8 GB of VRAM should provide sufficient performance for the next few years. 16 GB DDR4-RAM and a total storage capacity of 1.25 TB which is not bad.

Although the Core i5-7300HQ is very good and powerful, we recommend to purchase Core i7-7700HQ version. Thanks to Hyper-Threading technology, Kaby Lake models can execute eight instead of four threads simultaneously, and some games that already benefit from it. The Core i7-7700HQ is also slightly faster at 2.8-3.8 instead of 2.5-3.5 GHz.

System performance
The 15-inch system manages excellent scores in system tests thanks to a balanced hardware configuration. Both PCMark 7 and PCMark 8 see Alienware 15 R3 at the top of the comparison. The system is easy to responsive and also boots up very quickly. You can also experience the benefits of a laptop with a conventional HDD when you copy / transfer files or install applications, the process is very fast.

Gaming performance
As for the gaming performance of this laptop with games from 2016 and 2017 is not a big challenge for GTX GeForce 1070. Details Even the comfortably smooth maximum at 1920x1080 pixels original resolution. This includes games (Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Call of Duty, GTA V) and more.

Battery Capability
Gaming systems without Optimus usually do not manage long battery runtimes. Dell can compensate for the problem a bit by applying a 99-Wht battery. It lasts up to 6.5 hours when you stop (low illumination). Approximately 4.5 hours of web-browsing and 4.5 hours of HD video playback.

Even XMG P507 with GeForce is disabled, which is not surprising when you consider a small 60-Wh battery. Competitors from Asus (62 Wh @ GL502VS) and MSI (75 Wh @ GT62VR) also have smaller batteries. Alienware 15 R2 on the other hand shows what a combination of switchable graphics and powerful battery capable. Endure up to 13 hours (almost 7.5 hours @ Wi-Fi and HD playback).

Source by Zonacerdas.

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