Alienware 15 R3 - i7 16gb 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD   GTX 1060 £1579.99 @ John Lewis
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Alienware 15 R3 - i7 16gb 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD GTX 1060 £1579.99 @ John Lewis

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Found 6th Jan
Dunno if this is a good deal but looks pretty good compared to the base model on the alienware website which is at £1399 on the alienware website for base model
its meant to have a really good build quality but never got one before so dunno

Specs
15.6 inch FULL HD
Intel i7 - 6700HQ
16GB ram
1TB HDD
256GB SSD
GTX 1060 GPU

14 Comments

Original Poster

You probably be able to get better gaming laptops for this price with better specs as well

ZombieShopper

You probably be able to get better gaming laptops for this price with … You probably be able to get better gaming laptops for this price with better specs as well


But they won't have alien lights...

Original Poster

Deaa

But they won't have alien lights...


lol yea are the lights even any good you see i have a desktop so im not entirely sure if the laptop itself is even any good

ZombieShopper

You probably be able to get better gaming laptops for this price with … You probably be able to get better gaming laptops for this price with better specs as well



In my family we have Alienware, MSI and Lenovo gaming laptops, I have also physically looked at Asus and Alienware is by far the best build quality and support I have dealt with.
Edited by: "voicon" 6th Jan

ZombieShopper

lol yea are the lights even any good you see i have a desktop so im not … lol yea are the lights even any good you see i have a desktop so im not entirely sure if the laptop itself is even any good


Ha they do look good to be fair! I wouldn't get it for that alone but I got mine with the 980m for a bargain and I love it.
Certain games sync with the lighting as well so they change to match whats on screen which is pretty cool! Stellaris is a good example, all goes blue if your in a blue star system and red in a red one ect.

Not anywhere as good as they were. I had an aw17, went through 5 mother boards and over 20 hours on the phone to 'support' (whose only fix for everything is 'reinstall windows'!), in 9 months. One MB only lasted 30 minutes before it failed!
Dell's customer service is a complete joke.

Original Poster

voicon

In my family we have Alienware, MSI and Lenovo gaming laptops, I have … In my family we have Alienware, MSI and Lenovo gaming laptops, I have also physically looked at Asus and Alienware is by far the best build quality and support I have dealt with.


what is the best gaming laptop overall from build quality/performance/gaming/battery life because i think i might get a gaming laptop later on this year so i was hoping for some advice
Edited by: "ZombieShopper" 6th Jan

Original Poster

steve1221

Not anywhere as good as they were. I had an aw17, went through 5 mother … Not anywhere as good as they were. I had an aw17, went through 5 mother boards and over 20 hours on the phone to 'support' (whose only fix for everything is 'reinstall windows'!), in 9 months. One MB only lasted 30 minutes before it failed!Dell's customer service is a complete joke.


lol did you get a better laptop

Quality went down when Alienware were bought by Dell.

ZombieShopper

what is the best gaming laptop overall from build … what is the best gaming laptop overall from build quality/performance/gaming/battery life because i think i might get a gaming laptop later on this year so i was hoping for some advice


It depends how much you want to spend. I can't tell you what the best is, but I can tell you that the ASUS ROG series build quality is excellent. Aluminium lids, firm plastic base, excellent cooling, and depending which graphics card you get, pretty thin and light too (for a "powerful" gaming laptop).

I looked at the Alienware laptops and to be honest it looks like you are paying for the name more than anything else. I do like the idea of a thinner and reasonably powerful laptop with good battery life which you can then plug into their "amplifier" to add a desktop card. But with the Alienware (and I think MSI) price premium, plus the price of the amplifier, plus the external graphics card, why not just buy a decently powerful laptop with the latest generation graphics cards which are almost as powerful as their desktop equivalents. Also there are issues with bandwidth between the amplifiers and laptop being a choke point.

The best would be Razer, as in money is no object best.

Had an earlier version of this. No end of hardware issues. Poor and expensive support from Dell.
Personally, I'd rather have a laptop that looked half as good and hadn't spent most of the last year broken on a shelf.

Enet

It depends how much you want to spend. I can't tell you what the best is, … It depends how much you want to spend. I can't tell you what the best is, but I can tell you that the ASUS ROG series build quality is excellent. Aluminium lids, firm plastic base, excellent cooling, and depending which graphics card you get, pretty thin and light too (for a "powerful" gaming laptop). I looked at the Alienware laptops and to be honest it looks like you are paying for the name more than anything else. I do like the idea of a thinner and reasonably powerful laptop with good battery life which you can then plug into their "amplifier" to add a desktop card. But with the Alienware (and I think MSI) price premium, plus the price of the amplifier, plus the external graphics card, why not just buy a decently powerful laptop with the latest generation graphics cards which are almost as powerful as their desktop equivalents. Also there are issues with bandwidth between the amplifiers and laptop being a choke point.



Do you have a source for your statement on bandwidth issues? I ask because it contradicts everything I've read about the amplifiers for the latest generation of Alienware.

omgpleasespamme

Do you have a source for your statement on bandwidth issues? I ask … Do you have a source for your statement on bandwidth issues? I ask because it contradicts everything I've read about the amplifiers for the latest generation of Alienware.



Both Toms Hardware and aandatech commented on the fact that the interface doesn't use all 8 lanes of the PCIe interface. In fact it only used 4 of them. The last review I read stated that the performance was still not as good as having a desktop card and suggested this as the reason . So Ive just spent a few minutes to dig a little deeper. The April 2015 PC world suggests that the PCIe limitation shouldn't have a significant effect on gaming performance. The other reviews I have read suggest that performance issues might be down to the laptop class CPU bottlenecking.
Bottom line is that the performance boost is appreciable and there probably isn't a "major" performance penalty for using half PCIe but it will be dependent on the CPU. Drivers of course are also an issue.


Edited by: "Enet" 13th Jan
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