Alienware m15 R4 (2021) review
The Alienware m15 R4 gaming laptop
The Alienware m15 R4 (2021) looks beautiful and runs games wonderfully. Its powerful hardware should make this gaming laptop relatively future-proof.
ALIENWARE M15 R4: SPECS
CPU: Intel Core i7-10870H CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2.21 GHz
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
Display: 15 inches, 4K OLED
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 1 TB SSD
Dimensions: 15.3 x 12.0 x 1.0 inches
Weight: 5.3 pounds
The Alienware m15 R4 is the thing that gaming laptops ought to seek to be. This isn’t to imply that this machine is awesome. In any case, it conveys all you require for a brilliant, versatile gaming experience, and almost no that you don’t. From its amazing parts to its classy white case, to its agreeable console, the m15 R4 will allow you to play the entirety of your number one games – in full 4K, whenever wanted – regardless of where you need to set up.
Honestly, there are a couple of things that I wish the m15 R4 had done any other way. As a matter of course, the fan is uncommonly boisterous, yet calmer fan settings additionally bring about a more blazing machine. A few highlights, similar to eye-following, add a ton of cash to the asking cost, in return for pretty specialty usefulness. The port position is likewise not really forward-looking, especially with regards to USB-C usefulness.
In any case, taken overall, I delighted in pretty much all that I did with the m15 R4. it’s effectively extraordinary compared to other gaming PCs you can get, especially since the cutting edge equipment should keep you going quite a while. Peruse on for our full Alienware m15 R4 survey
Alienware m15 R4 review: Design
Gaming workstations will in general go from “plain” to “overdesigned,” yet the Alienware m15 R4 figures out how to locate an agreeable sweet spot. Our survey unit had an exquisite white skeleton, with hexagonal vents on top, a vivid Alienware power button, a classy mathematical example on the top and simply a little distension for vents in the back. The m15 R4 doesn’t resemble a customary work PC, yet it wouldn’t seem strange in a somewhat cutting edge office, by the same token.
I additionally appreciated the PC’s size and weight: 15.3 x 12.0 x 1.0 inches, and 5.3 pounds. As 15-inch gaming PCs go, that is a beautiful unobtrusive profile, and the PC should fit effectively in many sacks and knapsacks. The force block is really huge and weighty in its own right, obviously, however that is not really interesting to the m15 R4.
Feel aside, the ports merit some recognition and some analysis. The actual determination is unquestionably sound. On the right, you’ll discover two USB-A ports and a microSD space. On the left, there’s an Ethernet port, a USB-A port and a 3.5 mm sound jack. These are fine and dandy.
The back is the place where things get somewhat less enhanced. Notwithstanding a somewhat awkward force port (marginally left-of-focus on the back – sufficiently a long way from anything to serenely come to), there’s an Alienware Graphics Amplifier association, a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 help, a scaled down DisplayPort and a full-size HDMI port.
From one perspective, the USB-C port is an essential piece of Alienware’s eGPU arrangement, so there should be one on the rear of the m15 R4. Then again, USB-C is as of now a typical method to charge telephones and interface peripherals. Giving clients just a solitary port, at that point concealing it away on the rear of the machine, causes the PC to feel considerably less future-evidence than it ought to.
Alienware m15 R4 review: Keyboard and touchpad
While some gaming workstations consolidate full mechanical consoles (with blended outcomes), the Alienware m15 R4 keeps things basic with an exquisite layer arrangement. Each key feels really fair, with short travel, quick activation and a fast spring-back. While I was extremely glad to return to a full-size mechanical model after I was finished trying the m15 R4, the console felt entirely agreeable while I was working with it.
In fact, the keys can be somewhat confined, and replacement mistakes were more normal than I would have preferred. Besides, there’s a huge load of bezel space around the console, which makes me keep thinking about whether the keys might have been scattered somewhat better – or regardless of whether it may have been conceivable to incorporate a couple of programmable keys. Then again, I was sensibly satisfied with the four-zone RGB alternatives, which sent a delicate rainbow wave across the keys as I composed. (You can change tones or deactivate the RGB totally in the Alienware programming.)
The m15 R4’s touchpad, then again, acquires the most elevated commendation I have at any point offered to a gaming PC’s touchpad: “quite fair.” Unlike by far most of PC touchpads, this one never disrupted everything, in any event, when I laid my hands on one or the other side of it while composing. It’s situated in such a manner to maintain a strategic distance from deviant palm information sources, and tracks intentional developments precisely. I actually suggest a mouse – particularly for gaming – however I wish really gaming PC touchpads resembled the m15 R4’s.
Alienware m15 R4 review: Display and audio
The Alienware m15 R4 that we checked on accompanied a 4K, 60 Hz screen; you could likewise get it with a 1080p, 300 Hz screen, in the event that you lean toward higher edge rates. While I can’t remark on the 1080p screen, I can say that the 4K screen is incredibly brilliant, and offers a rich shading range – to be expected, maybe, since it’s an OLED show.
The screen offers a normal of 460 nits of splendor, which can feel tremendously overpowering, particularly around evening time. Look into the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 at 323 nits, or the Acer Predator Helios 300 at just 276 nits. After I set up the m15 R4, the absolute first thing I did was turn down the splendor, and now I get why.
Regarding shading, the m15 R4 can show an incredible 211% of the sRGB range, with a delta-E shading precision of 0.32. (More like zero is better; this is an awesome score.) The G14 scored 117% on sRGB extent and the Helios 300, just 106%. Whatever you show on the m15 R4’s screen, it’s most likely going to look ravishing.
From a subjective point of view, I have just a small bunch of issues, and none of them is a dealbreaker. In the first place, the screen is exceptionally intelligent, particularly in the event that you sit with your back to a window, as I regularly do. There’s actually no chance to get around this issue, but to wear dull garments, or to change where you sit. Second, the webcam is a 720p model that produces fluffy, cleaned out pictures. This feels underpowered for a PC that utilizations such ground-breaking equipment in any case.
At last, in the event that you need the 4K screen, you need to get an optional Tobii eye-following webcam too, which I was unable to discover a utilization for. Getting into the advantages and disadvantages of eye-following for gaming and streaming is past the extent of this audit, however I don’t believe it’s too disputable to even think about saying that the quantity of individuals who need eye-following is likely significantly more modest than the quantity of individuals who need a 4K screen.
The m15 R4’s underlying speakers take care of business, despite the fact that I didn’t have a lot of time to utilize them. That is on the grounds that in any event, during efficiency assignments, the fan shoots uproarious surges of air continually at default settings. To hear music, film, TV show and game sound, I needed to turn the volume far up, and the speakers can mutilate sound decently without any problem. “Simply get a gaming headset” is a banality with regards to gaming workstations, however you definitely should simply get a gaming headset.
Alienware m15 R4 review: Performance
The Alienware m15 R4 conveys where it checks most: gaming execution. This machine is a force to be reckoned with at 1080p, and even stands its ground at 4K with graphical settings turned as far as possible up. (To save you some anticipation: It can’t do 4K/60 fps, except if you turn down a ton of the auxiliary graphical settings. In any case, I can’t consider numerous workstations that can.)
Tom’s Guide put the m15 R4 through some serious hardship with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (70 fps at 1080p; 35 fps at 4K), Grand Theft Auto V (108 fps at 1080p; 35 fps at 4K), Red Dead Redemption 2 (68 fps at 1080p; 27 fps at 4K) and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (77 fps at 1080p; 33 fps at 4K). Of those games, just Red Dead Redemption 2 fell underneath our limit for an easily playable 4K experience – and you could generally bargain with a QHD goal.
Thoroughly analyze this to the Zephyrus G14, outfitted with a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060: GTAV scored 115 fps at 1080p and Shadow of the Tomb Raider scored 49 fps at 1080p. The correspondingly 2060-prepared Helios 300 scored 55 fps at 1080p for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (the Odyssey/Valhalla benchmarks are practically identical), and 81 fps at 1080p for GTAV. Neither the G14 nor the Helios 300 had 4K presentations, so the m15 R4’s flexibility as of now surrenders it a leg over the opposition.
Subjectively speaking, I got comparative outcomes with Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, Doom Eternal, Control and Final Fantasy XIV. Since the 4K screen maximizes at a 60 Hz in any case, I by and large turned up the goal and didn’t perspire the edge rate. The entirety of the games ran easily, even at Ultra settings – except for Control, with beam following turned on. This caused the edge rate to drop into the 20s, and constrained me to pick between QHD goal and lovely lighting impacts. On the off chance that games with beam following running at full 4K is a prerequisite, you’ll likely need to go with one of the m15 R4’s more costly designs.
Given the m15 R4’s incredible equipment, I wasn’t astounded that it ran games delightfully, regardless of whether I was investigating crowded urban areas in Eorzea, or developing Dutch militaries in the New World. What dazzled me, however, was exactly how rich the tones looked, especially in Doom Eternal’s rough red scenes. The OLED screen underpins a perfect, dynamic range (recollect: 211% of the sRGB range), and no other medium shows this off as flawlessly as gaming does.
As far as counterfeit benchmarks, the m15 R4 acquired a Geekbench 5.3 score of 7,636 — very high, in a vacuum, in spite of the fact that we haven’t run the test on some other gaming PCs presently. All things considered, thoroughly analyze the m15 R4’s score on Geekbench 4.3: 30,043. This is barely short of the G14 Zephyrus’ 30,181 focuses, despite the fact that it’s honestly odd that a more current, all the more remarkable machine would acquire a lower score.
It’s likewise worth referencing the Alienware set-up of programming, which allows you to set up fan, lighting and execution profiles for different games and applications. The product can likewise stay up with the latest, and associate you with client care agents. As implicit programming goes, it’s innocuous, and it really works preferred here over it does on Alienware’s R11 work area. When I introduced all the imperative equipment refreshes, nonetheless, I didn’t see a lot of need to utilize it once more.
Alienware m15 R4 review: Heat
Perhaps the greatest grumbling about the Alienware m15 R4 has to do with how the PC oversees heat. Regarding crude temperatures, it’s not all that terrible: I seldom saw the GPU surpass 60 degrees Celsius. While running efficiency programming, the touchpad floats around 81 degrees Fahrenheit, and the console only from time to time surpasses 96 degrees Fahrenheit, which is only a hair north of our 95-degree comfort limit.
While gaming, in any case, the console can arrive at temperatures surpassing 108 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be problematic on the off chance that you lay your fingers on the console in the middle of activities. (The touchpad doesn’t get extremely hot, however I additionally don’t know numerous individuals who game with a touchpad.)
The greater issue is that the fan, which works effectively of chilling the framework, makes an immense, steady racket. My homegrown accomplice was sitting close to me at our lounge area table while I tried the machine, and inquired as to why her papers continued getting blown around. The fan was too boisterous to even think about hearing music or Netflix sound tracks, to avoid anything related to games. It wasn’t until I found the “Calm” fan profile in the Alienware programming that I had the option to reestablish a small amount of harmony in my loft.
I understand that a boisterous fan is a lot of the lesser of two shades of malice with regards to gaming PCs. All things considered, a GPU overheating is a much more terrible result than a ton of undesirable clamor. Yet, even by gaming PC guidelines, the m15 R4 is an inconceivably uproarious gadget, and its default settings are bad at finding a harmony among commotion and temperature.
Alienware m15 R4 review: Battery life
In the event that the Alienware m15 R4 has one huge shortcoming, it’s in the item’s battery life. While our overall PC battery test – riding the Web continually in Microsoft Edge – evaluated the m15 R4 at four hours and one moment, I was always unable to get anything near this, even working with Microsoft Word and Google Chrome. With medium splendor and a steady Internet association, the PC had, best case scenario, around two hours of life in it.
While gaming, the circumstance is considerably more dreary at one hour and 14 minutes, as indicated by our lab tests. By and by, I got around 45 minutes. It’s superior to nothing, however the m15 R4 is definitely not a generally excellent ally for going on long outings – except if you’re situated close to an electrical plug.
Alienware m15 R4 review: Verdict
The Alienware m15 R4 is effectively outstanding amongst other gaming Laptops I’ve at any point looked into. Furthermore, to be reasonable, for $2,150 (in any event!), it definitely should be. You do undoubtedly get what you pay for, between an amazing GPU, a quick SSD, a flawless plan and a dynamic screen.
While I wish the fan were somewhat calmer, and the battery endured somewhat more, these are at last adequate penances in a machine that is planned principally in light of home gaming. On the off chance that you choose to put resources into an Alienware Graphics Amplifier and utilize the m15 R4 as a synthetic work area, that would be preferable.
As far as contenders, the Zephyrus G14 is as yet worth considering, despite the fact that since that PC has a last-gen GPU, it’s a harder sell now than it was a year prior. Stay tuned while we survey some more workstations with 30-arrangement GPUs –