This time last year, we covered one of the first Ryzen 9 gaming laptops – Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14. A year later, Dell is participating in the Ryzen-powered laptop party with its new Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition.
Last year, the Achilles heel of Ryzen-powered gaming laptops was mediocre GPU choice – for whatever reason, most manufacturers did not specify RTX 3000 series GPUs along with Ryzen processors. Fortunately, this is no longer the case in 2021 – the new Alienware m15 pairs the Ryzen 7 5800H or Ryzen 9 5900HX with up to 32GiB RAM and a choice of RTX 3060 or RTX 3070 graphics. (Asus is also offering advanced GPUs this year – we’re testing a ROG Zephyrus G15 with the 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. There is a standard 2.5 Gbps wired Ethernet adapter that fits the Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 – and unlike ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops, the Alienware m15 has an integrated 720p webcam.
RAM can be fully user-upgraded with two DDR4 connectors that support DIMMs up to 3200 MHz. The Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition will be available in the US on April 20 in select configurations starting at $ 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 settings – both 1080p, at 120 Hz / 250 nits and 165 Hz / 300 nits. But G15 configurations start at just $ 900, half the price of the lowest Alienware m15 spec. The G15 Ryzen Edition will be available in the US from May 4th – or if you’re an Intel fan, you can choose 10th generation Intel processor configurations as early as April 13th and also start at $ 900.
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