Alienware 15 ANW15-7493SLV Review

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The Alienware 15 ANW15-7493SLV does not quite match the gaming performance of the Aorus V3 Plus X3 or the Razer Blade (2015), it is relatively affordable. If it wasn't for its poor heat management and thick, heavy case.

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Last updated on July 22, 2019 12:00 pm

If you are not on a budget and in search of a gaming laptop that offers the best in gaming stability, build quality and upgradeability, then the Alienware 15 ANW15-7493SLV is the ultimate laptop that you can settle on. While it’s bigger and heavier than gaming notebooks of similar size, the Alienware 15 offers solid graphics performance for less than the competition and offers longer than average battery life for a gaming laptop.

It comes with an already pre-installed with Windows 10 that offers unique user experience that differs from previous versions of Windows.

Design and Features

Measuring 15.2 x 10.6 x 1.34 inches and weighing 7.07 pounds, the Alienware 15 dwarfs both the Razer Blade (2015) (13.6 x 9.3 x 1.1-inches and 4.4 pounds) and the Aorus V3 Plus X3 (12.9 x 10.3 x 0.9-inches and 4 pounds) in size and heft, although the competing notebooks feature smaller 14-inch displays. The Alienware 15 is much closer to a desktop replacement than Razer and Aorus’ more svelte machines, which are thin and light enough to carry around without breaking your back.

Bucking the trend of glossy displays, the Alienware 15’s IPS anti-glare screen is a joy to behold. The 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display lacks the slight haziness I’ve seen on non-reflective displays while also producing good brightness and vivid colors that make watching movies or games a pleasure. When I viewed the trailer for San Andreas, I got a sort of a guilty pleasure watching Mother Nature’s towering blue tidal waves and building-shattering earthquakes turn Southern California into a detailed heap of broken glass and rubble. And with a screen that remains sharp and vibrant from almost any angle, it’s easy to share a movie with a friend.

The Alienware 15 features Klipsch stereo speakers positioned on the front side of the laptop, enhanced by Creative’s Sound Core3D-EX DSP (digital signal processor) and paired with Sound Blaster Pro Studio audio software so you can customize a whole range of settings, including the equalizer, jack setup, mixer, sound positioning, voice recording and more. However, it is important to note that even with copper heat sinks, the Alienware 15’s cooling system doesn’t keep it cool enough.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the Alienware 15 utilizes the left, right and back sides. On the left, there are two USB 3.0 ports, separate headphone and microphone jacks and a port for power, while the right features Ethernet, an SD card reader and the remaining two USB 3.0 ports.

On the back, there’s HDMI and mini DisplayPort, along with the proprietary connection for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. It has an impressive 2-MP Webcam that takes pictures at 1920 X 1080 and videos at 30fps. It also features a Intel dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Storage

For storage, the Alienware 15 features a 256GB M.2 SSD boot drive and a large 1TB 5400 rpm HDD, so space for your files will never be a problem. There is 16GB of DDR3L RAM memory to ensure that programs and games open quickly with minimum loading times. Multitasking runs smoothly so you can check email, browse the Internet, and more.

Performance

The Alienware is powered by a 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU, with a 6 MB cache and up to 3.5GHz clock speed, using the Turbo Boost Technology, you will definitely enjoy everything you run on this laptop at the max. Also, it comes with 16GB of DDR3L memory, while a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M card is in charge of the graphics department. With 3GB of dedicated GDDR5 video memory, expect nothing but some spectacular visuals.

When we duplicated 4.97GB of mixed media files on the SSD, the Alienware 15 finished with a time of 49 seconds for a transfer rate of 103.9 MBps. That’s behind the 2015 Razer Blade’s 182 MBps and nearly triple the 299 MBps of the Aorus X3 PLus V3. With its Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M GPU and 3GB of vRAM, the Alienware 15 can keep most games above 60 fps even at its native resolution of 1920 x 1080 and high settings.

Summary

The Alienware 15 ANW15-7493SLV does not quite match the gaming performance of the Aorus V3 Plus X3 or the Razer Blade (2015), it is relatively affordable. If it wasn’t for its poor heat management and thick, heavy case, the Alienware 15 might be the top choice for portable gaming. Even so, for gamers not on a budget looking for mobile gaming, the Alienware 15 offers a lot of value in a pricey market.

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