Alienware M15 R2 Vs Razer Blade 15 – Which One Should You Get?

With so many gaming laptops. It is difficult to choose which one is right for you. In this case, it’s the Alienware M15 R2 Vs Razer Blade 15. Two popular and powerful gaming laptops. Quite a difficult choice since both of them get a lot of things right. Here’s what you need to know about them before making the decision.

Overview

Name
Alienware M15
Razer Blade 15
Preview
Alienware New M15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6' 144hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AWYA15-7947BLK-PUS
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 15.6' FHD 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
CPU/Processor
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
Display
15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS
15.6" Full HD 144Hz, 1920 x 1080 IPS, 100% sRGB, matte screen w/ 4.9mm bezel, individually factory calibrated
Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 GDDR6 8GB Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus™ Technology)
RAM
16 GB DDR4 2666Mhz (2×8 GB DIMMs)
16GB dual-channel (8GB x 2) DDR4-2667MHz, expandable to 64GB (Intel® XMP compatible)
Storage
512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
512GB SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)
Connectivity
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2), Bluetooth 5.0
Intel® Wireless-AX200 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) + Bluetooth® 5
Ports
3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, Ethernet, Headphone/mic jack, Thunderbolt 3, Alienware Graphics Amplifier port
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB-A) x3 Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) *via NVIDIA GPU on 9th Gen Intel Models HDMI 2.0B output Mini DisplayPort 1.4 output Gigabit Ethernet
Dimension
14.2 x 10.9 x 0.8 inches (360.5 x 276 x 20.1 mm)
0.70" x 9.25" x 13.98" / 17.8mm x 235mm x 355mm
Weight
4.9 pounds / 2.2 kg
4.56 - 4.87 lbs / 2.07 - 2.21 kg
Extras
-
Per-key RGB powered by Razer Chroma™ N-Key rollover backlit keyboard
Rating
Name
Alienware M15
Preview
Alienware New M15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6' 144hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AWYA15-7947BLK-PUS
CPU/Processor
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
Display
15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS
Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 GDDR6 8GB Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
RAM
16 GB DDR4 2666Mhz (2×8 GB DIMMs)
Storage
512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Connectivity
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2), Bluetooth 5.0
Ports
3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, Ethernet, Headphone/mic jack, Thunderbolt 3, Alienware Graphics Amplifier port
Dimension
14.2 x 10.9 x 0.8 inches (360.5 x 276 x 20.1 mm)
Weight
4.9 pounds / 2.2 kg
Extras
-
Rating
Price
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Name
Razer Blade 15
Preview
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 15.6' FHD 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
CPU/Processor
9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
Display
15.6" Full HD 144Hz, 1920 x 1080 IPS, 100% sRGB, matte screen w/ 4.9mm bezel, individually factory calibrated
Graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus™ Technology)
RAM
16GB dual-channel (8GB x 2) DDR4-2667MHz, expandable to 64GB (Intel® XMP compatible)
Storage
512GB SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)
Connectivity
Intel® Wireless-AX200 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) + Bluetooth® 5
Ports
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB-A) x3 Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C) *via NVIDIA GPU on 9th Gen Intel Models HDMI 2.0B output Mini DisplayPort 1.4 output Gigabit Ethernet
Dimension
0.70" x 9.25" x 13.98" / 17.8mm x 235mm x 355mm
Weight
4.56 - 4.87 lbs / 2.07 - 2.21 kg
Extras
Per-key RGB powered by Razer Chroma™ N-Key rollover backlit keyboard
Rating
Price
Buy On Amazon

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 Alienware M15Razer Blade 15
Design (5)54
Build Quality (5)35
Upgradeability (5)35
Display (5)53
Thermals (5)34
Performance (5)55
Battery Life (5)3.54
Total (35)27.530

Alienware M15 – Pros & Cons

Alienware New M15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6' 144hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AWYA15-7947BLK-PUS

Pros

Excellent Performance

Decent Battery Life

Beautiful Display & Design

Slim & Lightweight

Cons

Soldered RAM And WLAN Card

Flipped Motherboard

Runs Hot

Razer Blade 15 – Pros & Cons

Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 15.6' FHD 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3

Pros

Excellent Performance

Solid Build Quality

Good Battery Life

Slim & Lightweight

Cons

Dim Display

Weak Audio

Runs Hot

Design, Build Quality & Upgradeability

The Alienware 15 if not one of the most beautiful, is the most beautiful gaming laptop at the moment. The design is far different than the previous Alienware M15 model. It’s more like a miniature version of the Alienware Area 51m.

And it comes in two colours – Dark side of the moon (Greyish Black) and Lunar Light (White). The Lunar Light is breathtakingly gorgeous. Behind the display, you have the Alienware logo which also serves as the power button on the keyboard.

alienware m15
Alienware M15 R2

Also, the protruding vents have a customizable RGB LED strip running around the edges. In addition to that, most of the I/O ports are found on the rear vent. This further adds to the beauty of the laptop. However, at the cost of battery life if you keep it on all the time.

The keyboard is well-spaced and has individually lit RGB lighting. All in all, Dell did a good job with the design. It doesn’t have so much of a gamer look and it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Aside from the MSI P65, it’s a beautiful laptop.

When it comes to build quality. The lid and keyboard are made from magnesium alloy. Whiles the rest is hard plastic. To be honest, the build quality could have been better. Because it has some flex to it. However, it is sturdier than the MSI GS65 which is notoriously known for its flex.

On the plus side, it is a slim and lightweight laptop. It weighs 4.75 lbs (2.16 Kg) and almost half an inch thick. You can easily carry this around. OK, so the design is excellent and the build quality decent.

But, upgradeability is where the Alienware M15 fails. For those, who rarely tinker or open their laptops. You don’t have a problem. But, if like to change things here and there you will be disappointed. Getting into the laptop is easy. But, once open there is little you can do.

The only upgradeable components are the two SSDs slots in RAID. That’s it. The RAM is soldered along with the Wi-Fi card. And there is no HDD bay. Moreover, the motherboard is flipped. And you can’t remove the screws to get access to the CPU and GPU.

razer blade
Razer Blade 15

Okay, the Razer Blade 15 is not as beautiful as the Alienware M15. But, it is still a beauty to look at. One of the first gaming laptops to have a simple and minimalistic design. The Razer Blade 15 comes in two colours – Black and Mercury White.

Black is the most common whilst Mercury White is somewhat uncommon. The design almost looks like a MacBook Pro. The Razer logo is located on the back of the display. All the ports are found on the side not behind. And there are no visible vents on the laptop.

When you move over to the keyboard deck. You have a large trackpad and well-spaced keys that are individually RGB lit. When it comes to build quality between it and the Alienware M15. The Razer Blade 15 wins.

The build quality is top-notch. Because it is a unibody design made from a single block of aluminium. Unibody designed laptops are sturdier than laptops that have materials put together. The main reason why MacBooks have superior build quality is the unibody design. There is little to no flex. This puts some confidence in you that the laptop will last.

The body is also well-polished to the extent that it attracts fingerprints easily. The Razer Blade 15 comes in at 0.7 inches and 4.63 lbs. Getting into the gaming laptop is easy. And unlike the Alienware M15. The RAM, Wi-Fi card and SSD are upgradeable. You can also add an HDD (Only for the base models).

To sum it all up, Alienware M15 has a better design. But, Razer Blade 15 has the better build quality and upgradeability.

Display

For the display, the Alienware M15 and Razer Blade are almost equal. Except for two things – brightness and colour accuracy. And the Alienware M15 is the winner here.

The Alienware M15 has a 15.6 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display that comes with 60Hz, 144Hz or 240Hz refresh rate. There is also a 4K OLED option. The display panel is a high-quality panel and it shows.

The brightness is decent and has a high colour accuracy. It’s not super-bright but okay enough to be used outside. If you want something brighter the 4K OLED will fit the requirements.

The Razer Blade 15 has similar display specifications. A 15.6 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with 60Hz or 144Hz refresh rates.

Colour accuracy is high, not as high as the Alienware M15 though. However, brightness is on the low side. There is also a 4K OLED option if you prefer a beautiful, bright and sharp display.

Both displays are good for gaming provided you choose the high refresh rate. They reduce visual distortions (screen tearing, ghosting and stuttering) making gameplay a pleasant experience.

Thermals

The most concerning part of a gaming laptop – high temperatures. First things first, thin and light gaming laptops always run hot. Because powerful components have been crammed into their thin chassis.

There is not enough airflow, heat pipes, vents, etc. to keep it cool. Only a few thin and light gaming laptops run cool. However, in the case of the Razer Blade 15 and Alienware M15

Which one runs hotter? And the answer is the Alienware M15.

Even with the new and improved cooling system which Alienware calls Cryo-Tech V3.0 and several honeycomb grills the laptop just seems to get too hot. Opening the motherboard, you have two fans.

alienware m15 teardown
Alienware m15 Teardown Credit Dave2D

As mentioned before, the motherboard is flipped. So getting inside is going to be quite difficult. But, once you get inside you can apply the thermal paste and undervolt it after putting it back together. This results in better temperatures.

Now for the Razer Blade 15 is does a better job than the Alienware M15. Instead of heat pipes, it makes use of a copper vapour chamber. The vapour chamber carries cooling liquid in the pipes which circulate and absorbs all the heat in the system.

The liquid then turns to vapour and goes to the fans. Where the absorbed heat is blown away through the vents. The vapour then changes back into a liquid and repeats the process.

As awesome as it sounds, the Razer Blade 15 still gets hot. Fortunately, because the motherboard isn’t flipped like the Alienware M15. You can reduce the temperature to appreciable levels. First is by applying thermal paste.

Thermal paste improves the overall effectiveness of your laptop’s cooling system. Second is undervolting. Combining the two will greatly reduce the temperatures especially during gaming in the Razer Blade 15.

razer blade 15 teardown
Razer Blade 15 Teardown

The flipped motherboard of the Alienware M15 makes it difficult to apply thermal paste.

For thermals, Razer Blade 15 wins this round. Because right out of the box, it runs cooler than the Alienware M15. With the Alienware M15 you need sufficient experience with gaming laptops to successfully apply the thermal paste.

All in all, looking through the eyes of the average user the Razer Blade 15 will be the better option.

Performance

Both are powerful gaming laptops. And it is with no doubt that they will be able to run the latest AAA title games on high settings. However, high temperatures affect performance by causing the CPU or GPU to thermal throttle.

Your gaming laptop has to achieve high boost clocks to run the game well. And this produces a lot of heat. Once a certain temperature limit is reached for example 90 degrees Celsius.

Alienware M15 Review

The CPU or GPU will drop its boost clock so that temperatures will reduce to appreciable levels and this affects performance negatively. The performance then picks up again and the process repeats itself. Unless your laptop has a really good cooling system. There is no way to avoid this.

The Alienware M15 is powered by a Hexa-core 9th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM and an RTX 2060. There are options for 32GB RAM, RTX 2070 Max-Q and an RTX 2080 Max-Q.

The Razer Blade 15 also has similar specs – 9th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM and RTX 2060. There are also models with RTX 2070 Max-Q and 2080 Max-Q.

Performance-wise. Although both have the same configurations the Razer Blade 15 will perform better. Why? Thermals. For a CPU to achieve MAX performance it has to be sufficiently cooled. Because heat is always going to be produced when there is work.

Razer Blade 15 Review

In this case, the Razer Blade 15 has slight better thermals. And you can easily apply the thermal paste and undervolt it. Whereas, the Alienware M15’s flipped motherboard makes it difficult to do so. This allows the Razer Blade 15 to achieve high boost clocks for long periods without thermal throttling. And so results in better performance than the Alienware M15.

Keep in mind that the Alienware M15 will perform greatly. You will still get high FPS on AAA title games. Overall, the performance difference is not much for it to be a big deal.

In this round, the Razer Blade 15 wins. However, the performance gap is not much of a problem. Since it is slightly better than the Alienware M15.

Battery Life

The Razer Blade 15 once again wins this round. The Razer Blade 15 has a bigger battery than the Alienware M15. It is an 80WHr battery and can last 6-7 hours under normal use (no gaming).

The Alienware M15, on the other hand, has a 76 WHr battery and can last 5-6 hours under consistent use. Both have impressive battery life for a gaming laptop.

Alienware M15 Vs Razer Blade 15: Which One Should You Get?

Both are awesome gaming laptops and each has strengths and weakness. But, there can only be one winner. And that winner is the Razer Blade 15.

But, not so fast. Although the Razer Blade 15 is the better laptop. You have to consider customer support. And Razer is not so great with customer support. Dell isn’t that great too but compared to Razer. Dell is better.

There have been several complaints concerning Razer support. That doesn’t mean Razer won’t cater to your needs. It’s just that you will go through quite several hurdles to get your Razer Blade 15 fixed.

Still, the Razer Blade 15 is a solid laptop and quite popular too. The Alienware M15 is a beautiful laptop and with Dell’s support. You might get more years out of it. However, the flipped motherboard and soldered RAM might put some people off.

Especially if you are the type who derives satisfaction from changing and upgrading RAM.

For the reason the previous Alienware M15 or Alienware M17 models will be the better option.

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Alienware New M15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 144hz FHD Display, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, AWYA15-7947BLK-PUS
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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 (OC ready)
  • 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 2666MHz
  • 512GB PCIe M. 2 SSD

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