It was last year when I reviewed the Alienware m15, which was the company’s first thin gaming laptop. It was truly a breath of fresh air for me because the Alienware laptops have always been synonymous with bulky gaming machines. And today, I have the Alienware m15 R2 with me, which is their new redesigned laptop that looks like it came straight from the future.
The original Alienware m15 was also a great laptop, so I was super excited to see what they had done with the new model. Well, I’ve been using this laptop for over a week now and here’s what I make of it –
If you’ve seen the older m15 laptop, then you’d already know that this one looks different. As you probably already noticed, it’s white, like a bright white. But I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t look beautiful. It’s an elegant piece of hardware and it’ll catch people’s attention even from a distance.
I was honestly a little skeptical about the wear and tear of the body, but I have to admit that it has held up pretty well. I’ve been carrying it to work with me ever since I got it and it still looks just as good as the day I took it out of the box. If you’re worried about that, you can also choose to go with the black variant of this laptop, which I think, would look equally good.
And you may have noticed the honeycomb pattern on the top as well as around the body. It looks cool in my opinion. It was also there on the original m15, but I think it looks much more prominent on this particular variant. The Alienware logo, which is also the power button, also rests in-between the honeycomb mesh, and it looks pretty slick.
As for the RGB, I am glad that they didn’t go heavy on RGB lighting. There’s just enough lighting to make it looks slick and not too obnoxious at the same time. There an RGB light loop at the back, and there’s RGB on the keyboard as well. Both the Alienware heads also light up, which is a standard thing that we’ve been seeing on almost all Alienware laptops now.
Build quality has never been an issue with any Alienware laptops. This is a kind of build quality that I expect from every gaming laptop. Premium and sturdy construction that makes you feel like it can take some withstand anything. Id’ say the new design also makes it look a little slim, but there’s not a huge difference in terms of dimensions or the weight as such.
It’s the kind of laptop that screams “I come from the future”, the moment you take it out of the box. Design is largely a subjective thing, but I can say that you won’t hate it. It’s a clean gaming laptop that is mostly not that easy to come by these days. It’s certainly not the thinnest and the lightest gaming laptop out there, but it’s comparatively better than, say, the Alienware m17 R3 or their older laptops. I am liking what Alienware has been doing with the design and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do in the future.
The variant that I’ve been reviewing comes with a 15.6-inch OLED panel. It’s a 60Hz UHD panel, which means it has a resolution of 3840 x 2160. You can also choose to go with a 240Hz panel on this laptop, but in that case, you’ll only be getting a 1080p display. I had a great time using this particular OLED variant because I am a sucker for OLED’s rich color reproduction and other day-to-day benefits.
It’s a stunning panel and I am also glad that the bezels have been trimmed down this time. Unless you want a competitive edge in gaming, I’d say it’s worth going with the OLED UDH panel. You can also see the Tobii eye-tracking camera at the bottom of the display, but it’s still not that useful and I hardly find myself using it.