Alienware M15 R3 Review | NDTV Gadgets 360

first_imgVerdictTo sum it up, the top variant of the Alienware M15 R3 is a great laptop, but is hard to recommend to hardcore gamers despite its crazy specifications, mainly because of that display. I also would have loved slightly better thermal performance, and of course a lower price.If you are looking for a portable gaming laptop with perhaps the best possible overall hardware configuration, the Alienware M15 R3 is for you. It also looks pretty and feels premium. But if you are someone who uses a laptop unplugged most of the time, it may be a deal breaker.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Alienware M15 R3 design and build qualityThe Alienware M15 R3 is built very well. Its outer shell and keyboard deck are made out of a Magnesium alloy to keep weight low, while ensuring solid build quality. It’s soft to touch, but doesn’t feel the same as soft touch plastic. It is resistant to fingerprints, smudges and scratches, something that is very important to the Cheetos-gobbling gaming audience that this laptop is going for. However, you can expect it to get discoloured sooner or later, as it is available only in white, or as Alienware calls it, Lunar Light.Interestingly, the laptop doesn’t have a single sharp corner anywhere. This, along with the grippy texture make it relatively portable, and you can carry it around with relative ease even though it’s not that light, at 2.5 kg.- Advertisement – I tried this with Horizon Zero Dawn, which ran at 40 fps with quiet fan mode enabled, while at higher fan speeds I observed 65 fps. This was at 1080p with the High graphics preset. It wasn’t uncommon to see the CPU temperature go up to 80-90° C when playing games like Far Cry 5 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This laptop has a tendency to run very toasty even when the fans are set to High, but hey, at least games run smoothly.In terms of synthetic benchmarks, PCMark 10 posted scores of 5,349 and 6,413 in its standard and Extended runs, respectively. Cinebench R20 achieved 3,065 and 460 points in its multi-core and single-core tests respectively. POVRay finished its benchmark run in 1 minute, 32 seconds.As for graphics benchmark performance, the Nvidia GeForce 2080 MaxQ GPU is a beast. 3DMark’s Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme scores were 7,349 and 3,494 respectively, while the Port Royal test managed 4,931.In regular non-gaming use, I was surprised to see some periodic stutters when navigating between tasks when the fans were set to run quietly. The laptop runs slightly hot even when it’s not loaded with heavy apps.Alienware M15 R3 softwareThe Alienware M15 R3 comes pre-loaded with a few Dell utilities such as Alienware Command Centre and Mobile Connect. Command Centre lets you tweak things like lighting, fan speed, and CPU and GPU frequency and voltage. It’s very elaborate, and you can save profiles for specific games too. I found it intuitive to use and you’ll find yourself using it more often than you may think.The laptop also comes with Tobii eye tracking hardware and software, which is supported by a few recent titles. It works beautifully, especially in games like F1 2020 where you can focus on a particular corner while executing a turn. It also works within the Windows UI, which means you can control certain elements of the OS such as multitasking and even moving the cursor around just with your eyes. This felt a bit unnatural at first, but I picked it up quicker than I expected, and when I did go back to my own laptop, the lack of eye gestures really bugged me. lead image with watermark alienware m15 r3Alienware M15 R3’s outer shell and keyboard deck are made out of a Magnesium alloy. Alienware M15 R3 display and soundMy variant came with a 15.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3840×2160 and a refresh rate of 60fps. Since it has that 4K resolution and OLED tech, colours are vibrant and almost everything appears gorgeous. It is also HDR500 certified, which means you get local dimming and up to 400 nits of brightness. However, this isn’t ideal for gaming, as it lacks a high screen refresh rate. It’s also got a glossy finish; not just the display, but the borders around it too, so you might struggle to fight the glare if you are going to use this laptop in bright environments. If you’re looking to watch movies though, you can’t beat this panel.The speakers are decent, though not great. They are front-firing this time, as opposed to the M15 R2’s bottom-firing set. They have good bass and mid response, so you should be able to hear gunshots in a game clearly, but they miss out a bit on the high frequencies.Alienware M15 R3 performanceThanks to those bleeding-edge, no-compromise specifications in the top-end variant of this laptop, I got really good gaming performance all the time. Every game I threw at it, heavy or light, ran smoothly at high settings. Even ray tracing titles ran at 4K with relative ease.Warzone with ray tracing enabled at the Ultra preset at 4K ran consistently at around 55fps, while at 1080p I got to see 65fps. Shadow of the Tomb Raider ran on average at 75fps with ray tracing and DLSS enabled at 1080p. When cranked to 4K, it could manage 51fps, which is playable. Far Cry 5 at 4K ran at 43fps, with graphics at the Highest preset.Slightly less heavy titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn ran at an average of 71fps at 1080p using high graphics settings.Coming to thermal performance, if you play games with the quieter fan modes selected, you’ll observe some thermal throttling.temperature 1Alienware M15 R3 runs hot while gaming. Alienware M15 R3 keyboard and trackpadThis is the area that actually impressed me more than raw performance. Some high-end gaming laptops try to woo customers by including a half-baked mechanical keyboard, but not this one. It has a fantastic membrane keyboard, with slightly shallow travel and satisfying feedback. It’s not noisy, and is properly spaced out The keys are ever so slightly concave and are of the exact size I love. It’s a very subjective thing, I know, but it’s very well implemented.The trackpad is also great — it’s precise and has a very nice texture. More importantly, unlike on many other gaming laptops, it’s not an afterthought. It’s very much an integral part of the package. This gets a chef’s kiss from me.Alienware M15 R3 battery lifeThe Alienware M15 R3 comes with an 86Wh battery. The huge power adapter weighs around 800g, which may make the entire package too heavy if you’re planning to take it around in a bag. Be it synthetic battery tests or real-world performance, this laptop can only last a couple of hours at most, which isn’t ideal. The Battery Eater Pro test ended in a measly 1 hour 15 minutes, and it takes about two hours to charge this thing up from zero. This can be attributed to the power-hungry configuration, so it’s fine for people who are okay with keeping it on AC power most of the time. You also have an LED light around the charging connector – nice touch.charger light alienware m15 r3Alienware M15 R3’s charging connector has an LED ring.center_img There are very few gaming laptops in the market right now that can strike the perfect balance between crazy high specs and portability. Dell’s Alienware M15 R3 seems to have hit the sweet spot between the two. It is essentially an Area 51 after six months of cardio — it’s got similar looks and styling but in a much lighter body. So is there any catch? Find out in our review.Alienware M15 R3 pricing and variantsThe R3 revision of the Alienware M15 is really powerful, featuring Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake H-series processors, and it comes in three variants. The base configuration, priced at Rs. 2,64,590, consists of an Intel Core i7-10750H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, 4K OLED display, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. The top-of-the-line variant, which I received for this review, takes it a notch further with a Core i9-10980HK CPU, 32GB of RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max Q GPU, and costs an eye watering Rs. 3,39,990.- Advertisement – Like most other gaming laptops, it is laden with RGB lighting everywhere. You can find RGB LEDs around the rear vent, in the Alienware logo on the lid, and of course, the keyboard, all of which are customisable through the proprietary app that we’ll get to in a moment. Although LED lighting isn’t for everyone, I dig this look.There is very little flex in the display and keyboard deck, which again owes a lot to the choice of materials.Alienware M15 R3 connectivity optionsIn terms of I/O, on the left of the laptop, you will find a USB 3.2 port (the only one having power share), an Ethernet port, and a multi-function 3.5mm jack. On the right you’ll find two more USB 3.2 ports without power share and a microSD card slot. At the back, there are charging, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and one Thunderbolt 3 compatible Type-C port as well as Alienware’s proprietary Graphics Amplifier port.rear port alienware m15 r3 portsConnectivity options and RGB lighting at the rear of Alienware M15 R3 – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Give guests a great cultural experience at this year’s Museum Night

first_imgThis year’s Museum Night 2019 event will be held on Friday, February 01, and will bring together numerous museums, galleries, heritage, health and educational institutions – as many as 200 of them. This year, ZET is also involved in the event and offers free transportation by special bus and tram lines that run to the institutions involved in Museum Night. You can check more about the event and the list of institutions and information about reservations HERE. As every year, Museum Night creates an exceptional opportunity for renters to take their guests to the event. At no cost, renters can provide guests with an outstanding experience with this gesture and leave a great impression that can result in a positive review or revisit. This year’s Museum Night theme connects museums with innovation and the digital future through various digital platforms such as mobile applications, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and many other technological innovations. The aim of the event is to present and bring culture, science and art closer to the citizens.center_img Museum Night 2019 In addition to an excellent opportunity to promote their accommodation, guests are presented with Croatian culture, which ultimately creates a positive image of Croatian tourism in the world. If you want to take this opportunity, make sure you book in advance for some of the content at Museum Night.last_img read more

New rooms won’t scare Queensland hotel buyers

first_imgQueensland’s hotel property sector is expected to continue to see strong transaction levels, despite an influx of new room supply that is predicted to impact on Brisbane’s older and lower grade stock.Colliers International’s new Hotels Research and Forecast report predicts that activity within the state’s regional markets should improve where trading conditions have stabilised and business demand proves sustainable.Colliers International national director of valuation – hotels, Baden Mulcahy says a lack of stock in other key markets would continue to drive interest in regional Queensland.Read the full story on Commercial NewsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agolast_img read more

Millions of dollars spent on water projects- Austrie

first_img 11 Views   no discussions LocalNews Millions of dollars spent on water projects- Austrie by: – July 11, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Water Resource Management Minister, Reginald AustrieThe Government of Dominica in recent times has embarked on a number of major water projects across the island amounting to over forty million E.C dollars.Minister responsible for Water Resource Management Hon. Reginald Austrie told the ground breaking ceremony of the Bense Water Supply Project earlier this week that over the last two years a number of projects have been implemented and some are currently being installed.“We spent 3.4 million dollars on the Warner Water Supply System last year. In Campbell we spent 1.7 million dollars, in Delices we spent 2.8 million, in Petite Savanne we spent 1.3 million. On the water Filtration System in Antrim we spent 3.4 million, in Marigot we spent 1.3 million, and [between] Canefield [and] St.Joseph we replaced the pipes at a cost of 5 million dollars. In Penville which is nearing the completion, we spent 2.7 million dollars.”The Minister confirmed that over 25 million dollars will be spent on the West Coast Water Supply Project. That project according to the Minister will benefit communities between Salisbury and Capuchin.Hon. Austrie added that Government recently completed a five hundred thousand gallon storage tank in Morne Bruce to ensure the adequacy of water in Roseau and environs. The Minster revealed that this major project was done at a cost of 4.5 million dollars.He added that a total of 1.1 million was spent in Shawford and another 2.3 million dollars will be spent in Grand Fond.Hon. Austrie says these projects are in keeping with Government’s efforts to provide potable water to communities and will ensure that Dominica moves further towards meeting the target of the Millennium Development Goals.Government Information Service Share Sharelast_img read more

Ripley County EMA Hosts Disaster Training

first_imgLocal emergency workers were provided training Wednesday.Emergency workers were together Wednesday for training hosted by the Ripley County EMA and provided by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Guard Reserve.“The purpose was to learn how to set up a point of distribution in the event of a disaster,” said Ripley County Emergency Management Director Patrick Rose.It would be the type of operation used during a significant disaster where people need essentials such as food and water.Some organizations taking part in the training include the D9 Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Jennings County Health Department, Ripley County Health Department, and EMA organizations from Ripley, Decatur, Switzerland and Jefferson counties.last_img read more

Organizational meeting planned for ’30th Annual Corporate Challenge’

first_imgFacebookGreensburg, In. — An organizational meeting for the YMCA of Decatur County “Corporate Challenge” will be held Tuesday, June 5 at 5 p.m. in the YMCA Conference Room. The event this year will be held from August 6 through 11 this year.Businesses and organizations in Decatur and surrounding counties are invited to learn how to get involved in the 30th annual Corporate Challenge.For more information please call 812-663-9622.last_img

Bally sparkles on Mullins’ big day

first_img Representing the all-conquering Willie Mullins team just minutes after the victory of Faugheen in the same colours at Ascot, the seven-year-old was completing a Gowran treble for the Closutton yard, which later became a four-timer. Paul Townend set off in the lead on the 4-6 favourite, a Grade One winner in novice company last season, and the grey jumped much better than market rival Moscow Mannon all the way round. The trainer said: “He’s a nice big horse and he’ll be a chaser down the line. He could be anything and he’ll have no trouble going out in trip.” Townend added: ” He was showing us plenty at home and it’s nice for him to show it at the racecourse. He obviously had plenty of schooling done in France and he’s a natural. He’s a lovely horse – a fine big horse with a big stride on him. We think he could be very good. Hopefully he can go right to the top. This lad is very exciting, we think he’s the real deal.” The quartet was completed by the Cooper-ridden Don Poli (11-10 favourite), who led over the last four obstacles on his fencing debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase before holding fellow Gigginstown runner Wounded Warrior by two and a half lengths. Mullins said: “I think that’s his game – he should make a good staying chaser. He appears to idle all the time and I hope there’s lots left in the locker when you go for him. It’s early days, but he seems made for the four-mile race at Cheltenham. He gallops and he stays.” He eased clear going to the final fence and after a splendid leap, ran on strongly to see off Followmeuptocarlow by five and a half lengths, with Moscow Mannon plugging on for a disappointing third. Mullins had already won with Tell Us More and Douvan, and he went on to his four-timer with Don Poli. The trainer said of Ballycasey: “That’s a trip (two and a half miles) he enjoys and he jumped great. We’ll probably look for a Grade Two or Three around that trip rather than go for a Grade One at this stage. It may appear that was easy, but he had a hard enough race on that ground (heavy).” Mullins introduced impressive bumper scorer Tell Us More to obstacles in the Maiden Hurdle and the market suggested defeat was out of the question for the Gigginstown challenger, who was sent off a 1-5 chance. Bryan Cooper set off in front and had the opposition in trouble jumping the third-last, after which the imposing five-year-old stretched 11 lengths clear without coming off the bridle. The trainer said: “He got things his own way a bit but he’s probably good enough to do that anyway. He’s a natural jumper and he’ll have no trouble going up in trip. I’d say he’ll improve a fair bit off that as I thought beforehand he looked a bit big. That all bodes well for the future. We’ll find something for him around Christmas and he looks top drawer.” Cooper added: ” He’s as nice a young horse as I sat on in a while. He came with a high reputation and if you were to look at him in the parade ring he still looked pretty big, so hopefully there’s plenty more improvement to come. I had any amount of horse pulling up. Hopefully we have something exciting to look forward to now.” Next up for the Closutton maestro was French import Douvan (8-15 favourite), who put in a slick round on his Irish debut to win the Santa Train At Gowran Park Novice Hurdle with considerable ease, readily going clear to score by 12 lengths under Townend. Ballycasey swept the opposition aside with a slick display of jumping from the front to take the feature Race That Stops A County ‘Thyestes Jan 22nd 2015’ Chase at Gowran Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ronald Koeman happy to wrap up Southampton’s business early

first_imgRonald Koeman will not be involved in any more business of note on transfer deadline day after Southampton signed Charlie Austin from Sky Bet Championship side QPR earlier in the month. The Dutch manager is adamant none of his first-team players will be leaving the club, a stance he has stuck to throughout the window. Koeman said: “Maybe one of our young players like Jack Stephens or Harrison Reed, to let them play on loan, maybe that will happen today but not other big business. “They know it is difficult to beat Southampton and we have a good record against the big teams and we want to keep that.” He added: “They have the pressure always to win, like Man City, like Man United, like all the big teams. “They know that they have that kind of pressure and they can deal with that. “They have great players, (Alexis) Sanchez is back and that is a big player who could be very important for the last games of the season.” “We did our job and I think if you have to do your job, or any big business, today then in my opinion you are nervous or you do not know what you have to do, because in my opinion it is a little bit late. “I mentioned several times, we did our job with Charlie Austin and nobody will leave the club in January.” Austin, 26, joined the Barclays Premier League side for a transfer fee of around £4million and Koeman is content at the business that has been done by the club after admitting in December he would be looking to bring a forward in to help lighten the injury problems faced by Jay Rodriguez. He said: “We did our business and it is no disappointment because we spoke about the January transfer window, (the need) to have a striker in. I think it was fantastic business to bring Charlie in and keep the rest of the squad and that is good. “He did a lot of work at the time when he was injured with his hamstring and he is on a very good physical level and he shows his qualities, not by the goal which he scored against United but also in the training sessions, and I am very happy with the form he is in.” Southampton did not play at the weekend after being knocked out of the FA Cup by fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace earlier in January and Koeman found it unusual. He said: “It is a little bit strange not playing at the weekend, we had some days off but we had normal training sessions Saturday and Sunday to be prepared for Arsenal. “We are looking forward to the big game. Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida school resource officer fired after video shows him yanking young girl’s hair

first_imgOrange County Sheriffs Office(MIAMI) — A Florida school resource officer has been fired and faces an investigation after a video surfaced on social media showing him yanking a middle school student by her hair.Following outrage, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released body cam footage of the incident Friday. In the video, officers are shown responding to a fight that broke out between students outside Westridge Middle School in Orlando, Florida. It shows one deputy holding a girl against the trunk of a car, with her arms held behind her back.The officer, who is white, then grabs the girl, who is black, by a hair scarf, pulling her head back and saying, “You’re the one who started this s— at school. … I’m tired of this s—.”He then drags the girl to a police car and puts her in the back seat. The girl was briefly detained before being released to a parent, authorities said.Authorities have not identified the officer involved in the incident.In a press conference Friday, Orange County Sheriff John Mina described the officer’s conduct as “out of control.”“I am extremely upset, disappointed and outraged by the conduct of our deputy sheriff in this instance,” Mina said. “I want the community to know that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”Mina told reporters that he had been made aware of the video on Friday morning, and that after reviewing it and footage from the department’s own body cameras, the decision was made to terminate the deputy’s employment.Footage from a body camera worn by another deputy responding to the incident showed him addressing the same student moments before the now-fired deputy intervened. The first deputy is heard telling the girl to relax, and saying he is not yelling at her.“The school resource deputy showed up and actually escalated the situation and made it worse,” Mina said.The department’s internal affairs section is conducting its own investigation of the incident, the findings of which will be turned over to the State’s Attorney’s Office to see if criminal charges are warranted.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Double-header to kick off Turbo knock-out football set for tonight

first_imgFOOTBALL action commences tonight in the inaugural Turbo Knockout football tournament with a double-header at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.In the first of the night’s games, Police will take on East Veldt FC from 18:30hrs while Pele FC will turn their attention to the Northern Rangers from 21:00hrs.Matches will continue on Sunday evening with Uitvlugt taking on Black Pearl FC while Grove Hi Tech oppose Santos FC.The 16-team tournament has been split into two groups.Group A comprises Pele, Santos, Riddim Squad, Northern Rangers, Flamingo FC, East Veldt FC, Uitvlugt and Beacons FC.Group B has Grove Hi-Tech, Pouderoyen, Buxton Stars, Camptown FC, Mahaica Determinators, Black Pearl FC, GFC and Police.Speaking at the launch recently, president of the Guyana Football Federation, Wayne Forde, contended that the Petra Organisation is a blessing to football in Georgetown.“You have almost singlehandedly revived football in Georgetown and I must applaud you for that,” he said.“My hope is that other corporate entities will recognise the efforts that the GBI makes to Guyana even as an expatriate, that is, they are not indigenous to Guyana,” he added.“Idle minds do idle things and we believe that – giving back to the people of Guyana in the form of sports,” Robert Selman, head of the GBI.It is for that reason the body came on board for the tournament, the GBI boss stated.last_img read more