This Alienware gaming laptop is a desktop replacement, and it has some future-proofing built in. At 7lbs you’re not going to want to lug it everywhere, but with that weight comes some impressive specs as well as Alienware’s beefy build-quality and effective cooling solution.
The Good: This laptop is a Windows 10 machine sporting an i7-6700HQ, an IPS Display, a GTX 970M, and 8GB of memory.
The Bad: A SATA HDD won’t have you operating at peak performance right away, and the screen is only 220 nits (perfect for a dark room, challenging to work on in direct sunlight). Honestly though, this laptop drives a monitor so effortlessly that it’s easy to work around.
The Futureproofing: You can easily upgrade the memory & hdd if you’d like. Additionally, you can easily upgrade the video card. At any point you can pick up an Alienware Graphics Amplifier for $200, and that supports any *desktop* video card you have your heart set on. That will keep this rig plugging along with the latest and greatest games for quite some time!
The Personal Anecdote: I’ve been using my Alienware 15 for the better part of the last 6 years. It’s now relegated to a media center box, but i can still rock some Diablo II or Guild Wars 2 on it. These machines have impressive build quality and the $1200 price is right in my comfort zone for picking up a new prebuilt gaming laptop.
New Alienware 15 R2, $1200 (was $1499)
Really though. I know that they probably got some money from the Warhammer people to feature their game, but those last-gen graphics are not showing off their IPS display. There, I said it. Now we’re blackballed from the gaming press inner circle.
- Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.5GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
- 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 220-nits Display
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5
- 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 at 2133MHz
- 1TB 7200RPM SATA
- (1x) Power/DC-in Jack
- (1x) Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet IPV6
- (3x) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Port
- (1x) Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort)
- (1x) Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
- (1x) HDMI (2.0 with NVIDIA /1.4 with AMD) Output
- (1x) 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
- (1x) Audio Out 1/8″ Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
- (1x) Headphone 1/8″ Port (retaskable for Microphone/Line-In analog audio input)
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