The style of the m15 R7 is just a little distinct from its predecessors and appears very professional. This matt “Dark Side of Moon” color runs in an Anthracite direction, with small decorative elements that make an impressive impression. It’s a pleasure to see that the display is not too sensitive to fingerprints. The show is slightly off-center to the front, and the hinge runs nearly across the entire length. This hinge might be smaller, but the notebook opens quickly, and the wobbling display is within a comfortable distance.
For ports available, Alienware generally restricts itself to what is needed. Two USB 3.2 ports are located on its right-hand side, the LAN port with a killer 2.5 Gbit Ethernet, and a 3.5-millimeter audio port on the left. The rest of the ports are at the back, including Power, HDMI 2.1, another USB 3.2 port, and the Type-C port, which supports Thunderbolt 4. Alienware has not included an option for a card reader. This may not be a hit with all. Intel WiFi 6 and BlueTooth 5.2 allow wireless connectivity. There is an embedded webcam with 720p resolution inside the display lid. However, it’s not 1080p.
The keyboard of the M15 R7 gives a great impression. The keys offer a pleasing key drop and great feedback after hitting. It’s easy to type fast and with no errors. As we said, there’s also a mechanical keyboard that comes with Cherry switches to choose from. However, we did not test it. The touchpad is tiny and slightly offset to the left; however, it is responsive and provides satisfying click feedback. But, it is better to utilize a mouse to play regardless.
The insides are filled with power. It starts with the robust Intel Core i7-12700H processor, which can handle games and other applications requiring much performance. The powerful DDR5-4800 working memory offers the right option for the highly agile M.2 SSD. The GeForce RTX3070 Ti on our system can play any game easily when combined with Full HD resolution and quickly clears the hurdle of 60 frames per second.
Except for the QHD display option, we need not worry about the configuration, especially as the more powerful 3080 and the 3080 Ti are still accessible as alternatives. With a high score of 11,251 points on TimeSpy and 6,635 marks in the RTX Port Royale benchmark Port Royale, the notebook proves that it can handle almost anything. But, it comes with an expense since the M15 R7 isn’t an unobtrusive performer. If it gets hectic, the fans whirl nearly 55 decibels around your ears. A headset is highly advised.
The cooling system does well, but only when it is under extreme loads do the brakes get forced to be pulled by the temperatures. In the case of CPUs, they can reach 100 degrees, which is the optimal temperature for reducing the performance. The GPU can stay at or below 80 degrees across the board and is therefore totally within”the green” zone. However, this shouldn’t ever occur when gaming or in everyday use. The temperature around the keyboard area is adequate and should not be over the 50-degree mark. But you shouldn’t put your stylus in the shafts for ventilation because it will be uncomfortable.