Alienware 15 R3 2016: Everything you need to know!

Dell is riding the wings of appreciation over the success of it’s wonderful Xps series, both the 13 and 15 inch models have been a great hit; now it’s time for Dell to deliver on its gaming series more commonly known as the Alienware laptops.
Let’s take a look at the 2016 edition 15 inch R3 model!

Overview

To begin with,  the redesigned outlook is phenomenal. Completely reworked hinge adds a touch of aesthetic and improves ergonomics. Screen is well tensed and can be opened with one finger without having to use another hand.

The Alienware itself is 25% – 30% thinner than the previous generations but weighs a little, that being the only problem with this beast.

All the ports are on the sides and the back of the laptop which includes a bunch of USB 3 ports and 2 USB C ports. The laptop has the possibility for it connecting to the graphics amplifier which does not necessarily have to come from Dell.
The sides have a new twist. They have customizable lights that kinda feel cool and futuristic.

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There are 12 ports and connectors in total. See below.

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Apart from that here are the specs.
•    Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
•    Windows 10 Home 64bit English
•    16GB DDR4 at 2400MHz
•    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5

The 4k display is good but it’s not really made for the content creators, the color gamut is not the highest which may leave some things wanting.
The gaming performance is probably hands-down the best! New Nvidia 10 series graphic cards really push the limits and it is fair to say that there is no alternative to this kind if performance available as yet.

Simply unscrew the bottom to upgrade a ton of things. Namely

– RAM
– Hard drives

Hard drive slots available are 4 , which is plenty and there is room for one 2.5 inch Sata and the other three are M.2.0 fast sold state drives (ssd).

The keyboard is  wonderfully balanced and has the trademark lighting but this one is Zonal Lighting and not the chroma keys like that of the Razer-Blade 14. The key travel is pretty sweet at 2.2mm and the same goodness can be said about the track pad. Good physical buttons and never misses a click.
Did I mention it’s completely customizable with lighting as well!  That’s a very nice touch!

Customizable Track pad

Customizable Track pad

 

To sum it all up

The Alienware is wonderful. A little heavy but greatly improved over the last generations. I still believe that it may not be suitable for content creators but a gamer cannot ask for any more. It has the best thermal management and fan noise is also pretty bearable. Currently it retails for around  $1650 , which may depend upon your configurations. It can obviously cost less as the base Alienware model retails for $1350, that is if you chose to get that.