Alienware m15 P79F (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q, OLED) Review
The Alienware m15 is able to squeeze out more performance than another gaming laptop when given the same CPU and GPU. The Core i7-8750H and RTX 2070 Max-Q, for example, are each 8 to 9 percent faster than the average i7-8750H or RTX 2070 Max-Q in our database. If you want the fastest performance possible in a thin chassis design, then the Alienware m15 should fit the bill.
The drawbacks are the warmer core temperatures and louder fans associated with trying to squeeze out every last MHz of each processor. Expect CPU temperatures as high as 90 C and fans as loud as 50 dB(A) if you want the get the most out of the Alienware m15.
The wild card, however, is the 4K UHD OLED display. While more than two times the price of the 1080p 144 Hz or 240 Hz IPS panel, we want to stress that it doesn’t objectively offer the better gaming experience or automatically invalidate the IPS SKUs. Its higher native resolution, deeper colors, brighter backlight, and faster black-white response times certainly give it an edge, but its native 60 Hz refresh rate is a disadvantage in certain titles where 144 Hz is preferable. Overwatch, Rocket League, CS:GO, and Apex Legends, for example, are arguably better at 144 Hz while single-player games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Metro Exodus may benefit more from the OLED screen. As impressive as it may be, OLED isn’t for everyone at the moment especially since IPS options are growing more lucrative.
Depending on what games you play most, you may want to choose wisely between 1080p 144/240 Hz IPS or 2160p 60 Hz OLED. It’s an excellent start for OLED, but it remains a niche option until more resolutions and refresh rates become available to rival IPS.