Review: Alienware M15 R2 is Best OLED Gaming Laptop

Published on November 13, 2019

The powerful large-screen laptops of Alienware are well established. The first m15 was beautiful but not standing; Alienware m15 R2 is now undergoing a major update along with the new hardware and the new top-end features (starts at $1,499.99; as reviewed, it is $2,659.99). Not all will love the new audacious look but it has a personality. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070 Max-Q GPU guarantees a 60fps playback at the 4K OLED screen on our computer. The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition that costs $2,599 is still our top high-end laptop for its excellent quality. Nonetheless, mi5 R2 isn’t that bad laptop. But the m15 R2 OLED model from Alienware may be a better choice if you’re onto a stunning, dramatic OLED screen.


The revision of the m15 from the ground up is even more critical to the R2, rather than to the OLED lens. Art is almost a subjective thing, and I like it a little while as I can see that the new look is divisive. Alienware m15 R2 is a luxury gaming laptop, so the style is a little unusual.

In this way a sleek look inspired by science fiction and futuristic technology is the new Design style for Alienware. The reviewing laptop is the white “Lunar Light” in color. However, the grey “Dark Side of the moon” model is also available in Alienware m15 R2. Our reviewed laptop has a grayish white chassis and a black back section with thermal hardware and ports. A new Light, another calling card is also added to the black part of this new esthetic.

The R2 looks of better quality and has premium components to boot. The magnesium alloy feels good on keyboard plate, and has a smooth finish. It’s not like the milled-aluminum design of the Razer Blade 15. Just like m15 original edition, it weighs 4.75 pounds and measures 0.8 x 14.2 x 10.9 inches (HWD).

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Screen & Display

What makes OLED displays special in m15 R2 laptop? The LED-lit LCD displays are supplied with a white light, which crosses a filter, tint the light and give the right hue. OLED displays use a very different display model. In short, they use the organic self-emitting compound “the natural light-emitting diode” which allows each of the pixels of the panel, once the current is applied, to produce its own light.

This difference in OLED and LED allows OLED displays to improve extra bright and dark black colors. When viewed in darkness, the screen simply stops lighting, so nothing appears which provides better contrast and more “real” black than LED light.

This laptop is suitable for legitimate media work for creative professionals. It also offers non 4k screen other than the OLED display that covers different colors. For the OLED screen, only DCI-P3 showed full coverage.

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Keyboard & Ports

The keyboard looks more compact than the rest of the physical build. It looks much better than a number of competitor gaming laptop keyboards. The keyboard does not take up as much space as I have tested on rivals and sometimes the keys are smaller than the average. The number pad is missing in The R2 m15. The keys looks like a plastic but the feeling of typing is good overall.

The touchpad is also good and very smooth, and it feels a bit loose when taping. Like the model itself, it is not as good as Blade 15 but better than many.

It is fun to look at this keyboard too. The keys can be lighted individually, and our unit shows a rainbow light out of the box. Our white laptop offered good multicolored lights dancing across the keys but you can customize this feature with the built in software.

The outside is composed of the rear and the side ports. There is a USB 3.1 port in the left side, including Ethernet jack and a headset. On the right side of the laptop there are only two additional USB 3.1 connectivity ports. A USB Type-C port with support of an HDMI port, Thunderbolt 3, and a mini DisplayPort and the power connector are also available. There is another large, sleek port. It is Alienware Graphics’ proprietary port for the link to its external GPU kit that comes separately.

Final Verdict

The Alienware m15 R2 is an outstanding rework of the more compact gamer in the company. It indicates “gaming laptop” without overweight; it operates as a luxury computer and incorporates the types of features that are legally useful and should be exclusive to high-end systems. The 4K OLED display looks fantastic on system in general, even if you aren’t going to play most games in 4K. It is only marginally more economical for equal or better power than Acer’s Predator Triton 500, though providing a far superior screen.

The Razer Blade 15 comes in price of $640 with OLED display. Whereas the OLED model of the Alienware m15 R2 is cheaper than it while the performance in our tests is slightly improved. The m15 is actually better for your budget pocket than the Razer alternative when you are looking for on an OLED screen. For the GeForce 2080 Max-Q GPU and the display, the Blade 15 OLED gives an extra premium, but the GPU is not all that strong.

Alienware’s machine is a good option and perhaps the best way to get an OLED gaming laptop, but our top recommendation for high-end, cost effective console laptops remains Non-OLED Razer Blade 15.

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