Dell Alienware m15 R3 vs Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2019)

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Display 3072 x 1920
Battery 100 Wh
CPU
GPU
RAM
Storage

Review

Evaluation of Dell Alienware m15 R3 and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2019) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Dell Alienware m15 R3
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 144 versus 60 Hz
  • Can run popular games at about 25-34% higher FPS
  • Supports next-generation Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2019)
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 4 versus 1
  • Features a much bigger (~79%) battery – 100 against 56 watt-hours
  • Thinner bezels and 25% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Around 37% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Provides 67% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 300 nits
  • 60% sharper screen – 226 versus 141 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Smaller footprint: 11% more compact case (136.4 vs 154.1 square inches)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 2.11 kg (4.65 lbs) 2.04 kg (4.5 lbs)
Dimensions 360.3 x 276 x 20.5 mm
14.19 x 10.87 x 0.81 inches
357.9 x 245.9 x 16.2 mm
14.09 x 9.68 x 0.64 inches
Area 994 cm2 (154.2 inches2) 880 cm2 (136.4 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~67.5% ~84.3%
Side bezels 7.5 mm 6.6 mm
Colors Black, Gray Silver, Gray
Transformer No No
Opening angle 140° 135°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber Yes No
Number of fans 2 2
Max. fan speed (RPM) - 5616 RPM
Noise level 50 dB 46.1 dB

Display

Size 15.6 inches 16 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 144 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 141 ppi 226 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 3072 x 1920 pixels
HDR support No Yes, HDR10
Touchscreen No No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy (Antireflective)
Display tests
Contrast 800:1 1331:1
sRGB color space 99.2% 100%
Adobe RGB profile 63.7% 88.8%
DCI-P3 color gamut 100% 99.4%
Response time 7 ms 43 ms
Max. brightness
300 nits
500 nits

Battery

Capacity
Voltage 11.4 V -
Full charging time 2:30 hr 1:30 hr
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Bottom Left, Right
Charge power 130 / 180 / 240 W 96 W
Cable length - 2 meters
Weigh of AC adapter 895 gramm 359 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.5 GHz 2.6 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz
Cores 4 6
Threads 8 12
L3 Cache 8 MB 12 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630 Intel UHD Graphics 630
Fabrication process 14 nm 14 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP - 50 W
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 7 nm 7 nm
GPU base clock 1375 MHz 1000 MHz
GPU boost clock 1645 MHz 1250 MHz
FLOPS 4.632 TFLOPS 3.2 TFLOPS
Memory size 4 GB 4 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 128 bit 128 bit
Memory speed ~14 Gbps ~12 Gbps
Shading units 1408 1280
DirectX support 12 12
GPU performance
4.632 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x8 GB 2x8 GB
Clock 2666 MHz 2666 MHz
Type DDR4 DDR4
Upgradable No No
Total slots 2 2

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x) Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 3 -
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Audio chip Realtek ALC3281-CG -
Speakers 2.2 4.2
Power 2x5W -
Dolby Atmos No Yes
Loudness 89.5 dB 82.3 dB
Microphones 2 3

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v5
Bluetooth v5.1 v5
Fingerprint No Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A 3x USB 3.1 No
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.1 4x USB 3.1
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 3 Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 No
DisplayPort 1x v1.4 No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes No
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes No

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.7 mm 1 mm
Touchpad
Size 10.6 x 6.0 cm 15.5 x 9.9 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

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