Gaming notebooks are becoming slimmer and lighter, which is always interesting for video editors. After all, they share many system requirements with gamers, such as a fast GPU and a powerful processor. With the new M15, Dell/Alienware is now trying its hand at a particularly slim and lightweight model.
With 363 × 275 × 21 mm and a weight of about 2.16 kilograms, the M15 doesn't set any new records, but with such models it's more about avoiding too short battery life and being able to cool the components inside sufficiently even under continuous load.
The 15-inch screen can be equipped in three variants:
IPS full HD with max. 60 Hz and 300 cd/m²
FullHD TN display with 144 Hz and unnamed brightness, or
IPS-UHD with max. 60 Hz and 400 cd/m²
The options 2 and 3 cost extra and only the last one should also cover sRGB to 100 percent.
As CPU, the Intel Core i7-8750H with six cores and 12 threads or the Intel Core i5-8300H with 4 cores/8 threads can be delivered. The base clock is 2.3/2.2 GHz, all cores should be able to reach almost 4 GHz via turbo.
The M15 has two SO-DIMM slots that can be delivered with up to 32 GB. In addition, there are many SSD options; internally, two PCIe SSDs in M.2 format can be accommodated.
In the basic configuration, the M15 is delivered with a GeForce GTX 1060 OC (6 GB). A GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q with 8 GB is available for an additional charge. The USA option with a cheaper GTX 1050 Ti doesn't seem to exist in this country.
There are also three USB 3.0 ports (type A). USB type C is also available via Thunderbolt 3. In addition there are HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.3 and an RJ45 socket. Batteries are available as 60 Wh version with approx. 7 hours running time and optionally 90 Wh for approx. 10 hours.
Dell estimates the entry-level configuration at 1,699 Euro, which is to be delivered from 25 October.