This time last year, we covered one of the first Ryzen 9 gaming laptops – Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14. A year later, Dell joins the Ryzen-powered laptop party with its new Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition.
Last year, the Achilles’ heel of Ryzen-powered gaming gaming laptops was a selection of GPUs – for whatever reason, most manufacturers did not specify RTX 3000 series GPUs along with Ryzen processors. Fortunately, that is no longer the case in 2021 – the new Alienware m15 pairs the Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 4900HX with up to 32 GHz RAM and a choice of RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 graphics. (Asus is also offering advanced GPUs this year – we are testing a ROG Zephyrus G15 with Ryzen 9 5900HS and RTX 3070 this week.)
The new m15 offers three screen choices – 1080p at 165 Hz or 360 Hz, or 1440p at 240 Hz – and an optional keyboard upgrade to the Cherry MX. It’s a standard 2.5 Gbps wired Ethernet adapter that fits the Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 – and unlike the ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops, the Alienware m15 has an integrated 720p webcam.
RAM can be upgraded to the user with two DDR4 connectors, which support DIMMs up to 3200 MHz. The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition will be available in the US on April 20 in select configurations from $ 1,800.
Dell G15 Ryzen Edition
If you are in the market for a solid gaming laptop at a lower price point, the Dell G15 Ryzen Edition may be more your speed. The G15 pairs a Ryzen 5 5600H or Ryzen 7 5800H with a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, up to 32 GHz DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 2 TB PCIe NVMe storage.
You do not get a Cherry MX keyboard upgrade option on the G15, and the G15 offers only two display options – both 1080p, at 120 Hz / 250 nit and 165 Hz / 300 nit. But G15 configurations start at just $ 900, half the cost of the lowest Alienware m15 specification. The G15 Ryzen Edition will be available in the US starting May 4 – or if you’re an Intel fan, you can choose 10th generation Intel processor configurations as early as April 13, also from $ 900.
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