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Dell Alienware m15 r3 Gaming Laptop (navm15r3_s01e)

Dell Alienware m15 r3 Gaming Laptop (navm15r3_s01e)

This laptop is not the most portable out there, but it can sustain maximum performance without overheating or getting as noisy as some of the thinner models. As a result, it's worth considering if you need a gaming PC you can take out with you and value performance over compact designs.

Maintenance is relatively straightforward and well documented. Keep in mind that unlike most gaming laptops, memory cannot be upgraded here, so be sure to select a model with enough memory to handle games for years to come.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Input Devices not included. Which usually means you will have to supply your own Keyboard and Mouse. You might already have a set from your previous computer. Otherwise, you will have to buy new ones. $40+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $70 on accessories, for a total cost of $2220.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Gamer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Serious Music Producer
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck87th percentile
Versatility56th percentile
Power (General Purpose)99th percentile
Power (Graphical)91th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)97th percentile
Storage Space34th percentile
Portability49th percentile
Battery Autonomy17th percentile
Ease of Maintenance68th percentile
Longevity95th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck77th percentile
Versatility61th percentile
Power (General Purpose)93th percentile
Power (Graphical)82th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)97th percentile
Storage Space29th percentile
Portability63th percentile
Battery Autonomy14th percentile
Ease of Maintenance57th percentile
Longevity72th percentile

Specs

Screen

15.6", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p (2.1 MP)), 141.21 PPI, Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows

CPU

Intel Core i7-10750H, 6 cores clocked from 2.6 to 5 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon RX 5500M, 4 GB

Memory

16 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

86Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w36.03 × d27.6 × h2.05

Dimensions (in): w14.19 × d70.1 × h5.21

Weight (kg): 2.5

Weight (lbs.): 5.51

Features

  • Backlit
  • RGB Lighting
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • DisplayPort (mini)
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: Easy project for an enthusiast

Memory: Can't be repaired or updated

GPU: Can't be repaired or updated

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