Alienware M15 R2 (2019) vs. Surface Book 2 (Late 2017) – Detailed Specs Comparison

Here's what you need to know what's different between late 2017 Surface Book 2 and 2019 Alienware M15 R2 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Alienware M15 R2 vs. Surface Book 2

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Alienware M15 R2

Key Features
What's new
  • The Alienware m15 R2 is thinner and lighter than the previous generation. Packed with Advanced Alienware Cryo-Tech v3.0 and the latest in NVIDIA® graphics.
  • Up to 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK (8-Core, up to 5.0Ghz w/Turbo Boost)
  • Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design
  • Up to 4TB (2x 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD) RAID 0
  • Up to 15.6" OLED UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz, Eyesafe® Display Tech + Tobii Eyetracking
  • Performance Info
    • Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U (4-Core, up to 4.20Ghz w/Turbo Boost)
    • Up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
    • Up to 1TB SSD
    • Up to 16GB (1866Mhz LPDDR3 RAM)
    • Up to 17 hours of battery life
  • New Size Now available in 15-inch with the same beautiful PixelSense display.
  • Better Performance Surface Book 2 has up to 5 times more graphics performance than the original Surface Book.
  • Longer Battery Life Lasts up to 17 hours.
  • USB-C Allows you to charge, transfer data, and video out.
  • More Features
    • Updated hinge design for reducing screen wobbling.
    • Supports the latest Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure.
    • Supports Surface Dial on-screen interaction.
    • Xbox Wireless built-in (15-inch only).
What's missing
  • MiniDisplay port replaced with a USB-C port
AvailabilityAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
Released20192017
Release Info
  • Announced at Computex 2019
  • Available on June 11, 2019
  • Introduced: October 17, 2017
  • Pre-ordered: November 9, 2017
  • Released: November 16, 2017
Pricing
  • Surface Book 2 13.5”: Starting at 1,149$
  • Surface Book 2 15”: Starting at 1,999$
Stores
DisplayAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
Size15.6 Inches13.5 Inches
InfoFull HD with 60Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 35ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% color gamut, 700:1 contrast ratio, Anti-glare, 6.20W max power consumption.
Full HD with 144Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 19ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% color gamut, 800:1 contrast ratio, Anti-glare, 7.80W max power consumption.
Full HD with 240Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080, 141 PPI, 8ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, 72% color gamut, 1000:1 contrast ratio, Anti-glare, 4.41W max power consumption.
Ultra HD with 60Hz refresh rate
  • 3180 x 2160, OLED, 282 PPI, 1ms response time, 300 nits, 16:9, HDR-400 DCI-P3 color gamut, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, TrueLife, 14.80W max power consumption
All options
  • Wide Viewing Angles on all displays with 85 degrees viewing from all directions
  • Surface Book 2 13.5”
    • Display Resolution: 3000 x 2000 (6M Pixels)
    • Display Density: 267 PPI
  • Surface Book 2 15”
    • Display Resolution: 3240 x 2160 (7M Pixels)
    • Display Density: 260 PPI
  • PixelSense™ Display
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Contrast ratio: 1600:1
  • Inking: designed together with Surface Pen
  • Touch: 10 points multi-touch
ExteriorAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
Size Comparison
DimensionsBase
Width: 14.19 in. (360.50 mm)
Depth: 10.87 in. (276 mm)
Height: 0.70 - 0.77 in. (17.90 - 19.50 mm)
With Tobii Eye Tracking
Width: 14.19 in. (360.50 mm)
Depth: 10.87 in. (276 mm)
Height: 0.720 - 0.807 in. (18.30 - 20.50 mm)
  • Surface Book 2 13.5” (Core i5)
    12.3” x 9.1” x 0.51”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm).
  • Surface Book 2 13.5” (Core i7)
    12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90” (312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm).
  • Surface Book 2 15”
    13.5” x 9.87” x 0.57”-0.90” (343 mm x 251 mm x 15 mm-23 mm).
WeightAverage at 4.76 lbs (2.16 kg)
  • Surface Book 2 13.5” (Core i5)
    • Total: 3.38 lbs (1,533 g)
    • Tablet: 1.59 lbs (719 g)
  • Surface Book 2 13.5” (Core i7)
    • Total: 3.62 lbs (1,642 g)
    • Tablet: 1.59 lbs (719 g)
  • Surface Book 2 15”
    • Total: 4.20 lbs (1,905 g)
    • Tablet: 1.80 lbs (817 g)
Colors
  • Dar Side of the moon
  • Lunar Light
Platinum
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Alienware mSeries keyboard with per-key RGB LED.
  • AlienFX lighting
  • Includes anti-ghosting and N-key rollover technology
  • 1.7mm key travel
  • 0.2mm-dish concave key design
  • 4.13 x 2.36 in (105 mm x 80 mm) precision touchpad with multi-touch gesture support.
  • Keyboard:
    • Full-size mechanical backlit keyset with 1.55mm travel.
    • Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
  • Trackpad:
    • Larger size 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
    • Supports up to Five-finger multitouch gesture.
Ports
  • 1 x Power/DC-in Port
  • 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port
  • 2 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 Port
  • 1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 port with PowerShare technology
  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort 1.2)
  • 1 x Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b Output Port
  • 1 x Mini-Display Port 1.4 (certified) Output Port
  • 1 x Audio Out 1/8" Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
  • 1 x Wedge-shaped lock slot (cable and lock sold separately)
  • 2 x Full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
    Supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort.
  • 2 x Surface Connect™
    1 in tablet, 1 in keyboard base, both supports charging and docking.
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Full-size SDXC card reader
    UHS-II Performance
Internal SpecsAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
Processor
  • 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-9300H
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.40 → 4.10 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
    6 cores, 12 threads, 2.60 → 4.50 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.30 → 4.80 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.40 → 5.00 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 45W
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    2 cores, 4 threads, 2.60 → 3.50 GHz, 3MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.70 → 3.60 GHz, 6MB SmartCache, 15W
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    4 cores, 8 threads, 1.90 → 4.20 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 15W
Integrated Graphics
  • 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-9300H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1050 MHz
  • 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1150 MHz
  • 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9880H
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1200 MHz
  • 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK
    Intel® UHD Graphics 630
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1250 MHz
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
    Intel® HD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8350U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1100 MHz
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
    Intel® UHD Graphics 620
    24 Execution Units, 300 → 1150 MHz
Discrete Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX® 1650 (4GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX® 1650 Ti (6GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 (6GB GDDR6) OC Ready
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 (8GB GDDR6) with Max-Q Design
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 (8GB GDDR6) with Max-Q Design
  • Surface Book 2 13.5”
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050
      Pascal Architecture, 2GB GDDR5 128-bit, 1354 → 1493 MHz, 640 CUDA Cores.
  • Surface Book 2 15”
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060
      Pascal Architecture, 6GB GDDR5 192-bit, 1404 → 1670 MHz, 1280 CUDA Cores.
Memory
  • 8 GB 16 GB
    2666 MHz Dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
8GB 16GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
StorageSingle Storage Configurations
  • 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 512 GB Intel Optane M.2 SSD
  • 1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 2 TB PCIe M.2 SSD
Dual Storage Configurations
  • 512 GB RAID0 (2 x 256 GB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
  • 1 TB RAID0 (2 x 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
  • 512 GB Intel Optane M.2 SSD + 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 2 TB RAID0 (2 x 1 TB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
  • 4 TB RAID0 (2 x 2 TB PCIe M.2 SSDs)
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB
PCIe SSD
ConnectivityAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
Wi-Fi
  • Intel 8265, Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz up to 867 Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.
  • Rivet killer 1650w, Dual Band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz up to 2400 Mbps, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
  • Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Intel 8265 › Bluetooth 4.2
  • Rivet Killer 1650w › Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Ethernet
  • Killer E2600 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Killer E3000 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Optional)
  • Surface Book 2 15” Only: Xbox Wireless built-in
BatteryAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
Size6-cell lithium-ion polymer (76Wh) with Alienware Battery Defender technology
  • Surface Book 2 13.5” (Core i5)
    Total: 69Wh
    Clipboard: 18Wh
    Base: 51Wh
  • Surface Book 2 13.5” (Core i7)
    Total: 75.3Wh
    Clipboard: 18Wh
    Base: 57.3Wh
  • Surface Book 2 15”
    Total: 90Wh
    Clipboard: 23Wh
    Base: 67Wh
Battery Life
  • Up to 15.5 hours on FHD panel
  • Up to 10.8 hours on UHD panel
  • Up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Up to 5 hours in tablet mode
Power Supply
  • E4 130W (19.50 VDC/6.70A)
  • E4 180W (19.50 VDC/9.23A)
  • E4 240W (19.50 VDC/12.31A)
* Support Hybrid Power
  • Surface Book 2 13.5” (Core i5)
    44W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port.
  • Surface Book 2 13.5” (Core i7)
    100W power supply with USB-A (5W) charging port.
  • Surface Book 2 15”
    102W power supply with USB-A 7.5W) charging port.
SoftwareAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
OS
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Windows 10 Pro (Creators Update)
Built-in Apps
  • Alienware Command Center
  • Alienware Adrenlin
  • Alienware Mobile Connect
  • Microsoft Office 365 (30-day trial)
Microsoft Office 365 30-days trial
Camera & AudioAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
Camera
  • Front-facing camera
    Alienware FHD (1920x1080 resolution) camera.
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • Realtek ALC3281-CG
  • 2.0 Speaker configuration
  • 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI out connection
  • Alienware Sound Center via Alienware Command Center
  • Microphone:
    • Digital-array microphones in the camera assembly
  • Dual microphones
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
  • Support for Windows Sonic for Headphones
  • Support for Dolby® Atmos for Headphones
MiscAlienware M15 R2Surface Book 2
InkingSupports Surface Pen
4096 levels of pressure
Tilt sensing
Best in class latency
Paper feel
0.1mm precision
Sensors
  • Tobii Eye Tracking (Optional)
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
Security
  • Wedge-shaped lock slot
  • HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box
  • Surface Book 2
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty
MoreCHASIS
  • AlienFX Lighting Zones Programmable with up to 16.8 million distinct colors
  • Exterior Chassis Materials
    • Magnesium Alloy exterior shell
    • Copper Alloy thermal structures
Supports Surface Dial
Supports both on-screen and off-screen interaction.

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