The Alienware 15 is the “Goldilocks” of the Alienware family of notebooks; if the Alienware 13 is too small and the Alienware 17 is too big and too expensive, this one is “just right.” Not only do customers have a wide range of CPU and GPU options to choose from, but customers can buy a low-cost configuration to start and upgrade the graphics later thanks to the Alienware Graphics Amplifier.
While this laptop isn’t truly as “future proof” as a traditional desktop due to the soldered CPU and the soldered internal GPU, the ability to add a desktop graphics card is a huge plus. Let’s face it, the overwhelming majority of laptop gamers do their serious gaming when they’re at a desk. If that describes you, then the Alienware 15 and the Alienware Graphics Amplifier are probably enough to satisfy your gaming hardware needs for the next five years.
Gaming laptops don’t normally have that kind of shelf life, so we can forgive this notebook even if it isn’t the thinnest and lightest 15-inch gaming laptop on the market. That being said, given how bulky the Alienware 15 is, we’re certain Dell could have afforded better built-in speakers and an optical drive for those gamers still using discs.
- Excellent build quality
- Great keyboard and display
- Fantastic gamer-focused performance
- “Upgradeable” with external Graphics Amplifier
- Thicker and heavier than competitors
- Adequate but unimpressive speakers considering the size and weight
- No optical drive … considering the size and weight