a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: You can configure the rear lighting as understated. There are a few ports on the back; on the Ryzen Edition, a USB-C with DisplayPort, HDMI 2.1 and USB-A. Sarah Tew/CNETOld flagship gaming laptops never die, they just fade into the neutral zone. That’s what’s become of Alienware’s m15 laptop line with the introduction of its thinner, more cutting-edge and far more expensive x15 line. The company seems to differentiate between the two by the display choices; it tags the Intel-based R6 models as the ones with “boundary-breaking visuals,” which translates to… 1440p G-Sync display options. Along with the repositioning, Alienware brings back its first AMD CPU-based m15 in a l-o-o-o-ng time.

There’s nothing wrong with being a better-than-average-looking meat-and-potatoes gaming laptop, though. It just means you can no longer look to the m15 for a top-end processor (the RTX 3080 and Intel Core i9-10980HK are only available in the m17, though you can get the excellent Ryzen 9 5900HX on the Ryzen Edition). It maxes out at a GeForce RTX 3070 and a 15.6-inch 240Hz 1440p display with Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive refresh technology and Advanced Optimus support.

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