The Alienware name is synonymous with gaming laptops and they have been one of the dominant brands for years. The laptops are great but they are a bit on the chubby side, and in the past couple of years we have seen a trend toward thin and semi-light gaming laptops.
Razer, MSI, Gigabyte, ASUS and AORUS all have slim models on the market, in fact, I am not sure of any models using the GeForce GTX 1060 from these brands that are not thin.
So Alienware has had no option to release their own version in the form of the M15 notebook which features a 15.6-inch display, an Intel Coffee Lake CPU, a discrete GeForce GTX GPU, a hybrid storage subsystem.
Those specs are vague as there are multiple configuration options, with the 2 CPU choices being the Core i5-8300H and Core i7-8750H CPUs, which offer four and six cores respectively. Then the GPU can be NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or 1070 8 GB discrete GPU.
The laptop can be outfitted with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667 memory using two SO-DIMMs with 16 GB and 32 GB options running in dual-channel mode.
There are two M.2 (SATA or PCIe) slots and a 2.5-inch bay giving you plenty of storage options and future storage upgrades. You can have 2 M.2 SSDs or go with one M.2 SSD, a 1 TB HDD, and an 8 GB caching M.2 SSD.
For the display, you have a choice of a 15.6-inch IPS LCD that features a 4K Ultra-HD (3840×2160) resolution, a max brightness of 400 nits, and covers 100% of the sRGB colour gamut. For fans of high refresh rates, there is a 15.6-inch TN panel featuring a Full-HD (1920×1080) resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate.
You get the usual 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 though this is upgradable to Killer Wireless 1550 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5 module. The system has a Killer E2500-enabled GbE port, one Thunderbolt 3 header, three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, two display outputs (mini DisplayPort 1.3, HDMI 2.0), a 3.5-mm TRRS audio jack, and an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port for proprietary external graphics solutions.
As with other Alienware models, and most gaming orientated hardware the laptop comes with RGB in the form of AlienFX RGB lighting giving you several programmable zones (LCD cover, Alien head, power button, keyboard).
The dimensions are is 20.99 mm x 362.86 mm x 275 mm with the weight being 2.16 kilograms. From a cursory glance, this makes it almost the same as competing models such as the Razer Blade 15″ and MSI GS65 Stealth though the MSI is a little lighter.
Dell says that the Alienware m15 will be available direct and from retail stores starting from 25th October, priced from US$1,299. There is no word on UK availability or pricing just yet.