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Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 review: our opinion CNET united kingdom

Old high-end gaming laptops never die, they evolve. This is the case of Alienware’s m15 line based on an AMD processor which is replaced at the top of the price range by the thinner, more avant-garde and much more expensive x15 line. We have in our hands the m15 Ryzen Edition R5, equipped with a Ryzen 7 5800H processor from AMD with 16 GB of memory, 512 GB of SSD, a GeForce RTX 3060 card with 6 GB of dedicated memory and a 15.6 display. inches FHD (1920 x 1080p) 165 Hz. A configuration sold for 1798 euros.

Considering its pedigree, this m15 Ryzen Edition R5 is quite stylish for its price class, with discreet lighting on the hood and rear. It’s not a featherweight (2.4kg) for a 15-inch gaming laptop, and its 240-watt power supply is huge and heavy. But its design is neat and it has one of the most fingerprint resistant finishes we’ve seen.

You have the option of opting for the new CherryMX ultra keyboard available as an option at € 99.99. The default four-zone keyboard isn’t bad, but if you’re picky about the touch, the Cherry might be more to your liking.

However, we have one big complaint with the original keyboard: the backlighting does not illuminate the shift keys, making it impossible to see them when working in the dark or playing games. games with macros. Also, the touchpad is rather small compared to the newer 15-inch laptops we’ve tested.

Our test copy behaved exactly as you would expect with the combination of the RTX 3060 and the Ryzen 5800H. It should be able to handle almost any 1080p game you throw at it. The CPU benchmark results are almost identical to those of the Legion 5 Pro, which uses the same processor, and the graphics performance is about the same as that of the Lenovo RTX 3070.

We’ve only tested one other gaming laptop with the RTX 3060, the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE, which Alienware outperforms by around 20%. But that’s an anomaly because the aggressively power-efficient Triton 300 SE is weakened by its low-power Intel Core i7-11375H chip, a clamped PCI bus (it has the lowest bandwidth of any system in the world). current generation that we tested) and reduced GPU power (75 watts versus 125 watts for the Alienware).

The m15 Ryzen’s battery life is solid, between 8 and 9 hours, which is way better than you would expect from a gaming laptop. Overall, we like this gaming laptop and, by extension, the R6 based on 11 Intel Core i5 and i7th generation. But it must be recognized that there is much more competition in the niche in which it is located than at the time when it was familiar with the high end.

Article from CNET.com adapted by CNETFrance / Image: Sarah Tew / CNET

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