If you do not like big butts, Alienware has a new gaming laptop for you. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
Gaming laptops generate a lot of heat, and Dell’s Alienware brand long ago settled on giving its gaming laptops big butts in order to exhaust it. But the problem with a large rear end on a laptop is it looks kind of goofy and makes packing it up a little more troublesome, so the Alienware M16 R2 has gotten a little booty reduction.
Compared to the previous generation, the M16 R2 is just 9.82 inches deep. That’s 1.58 inches shaved off compared to the M16 R1, or about a 14-percent reduction in depth. Which should make it fit in a lap or on a cramped dorm room desk a heckuva lot easier.
To go along with that less obtrusive back end (officially called a “thermal shelf” by Dell) the M16 R2 also has a new “Stealth Mode” that should allow you…