The Dell Alienware m15 is an exquisite portable gaming PC, but you can improve the experience with some accessories. I've rounded up some must-haves you should consider adding to your arsenal, like an Xbox One Elite (opens in new tab) gamepad for a different input method.
AOC Agon AG27 (opens in new tab)
For the price, the incomparable AOC Agon AG27 is currently our pick for the best external gaming monitor, boasting an impressive 144hz display, complete with FreeSync for silky-smooth frames and a speedy 1ms response time. If you're looking to step up above your laptop's internal display, this HDMI panel is a great option.
Xbox One Elite Controller (opens in new tab)
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is a great accessory for enthusiasts, bringing a competitive edge in multiplayer titles with extra buttons that you can configure. When you're done with the mouse and m15 keyboard, the official gamepad from Microsoft will allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy supported games.
SteelSeries Rival 600 (opens in new tab)
Point & click
SteelSeries created an incredible pointer for gamers. Not only is the sensor accurate and reliable for even the most intense action, but it's also comfortable to use for longer sessions and feels great to use. The ability to configure just how much the mouse weighs using the bundled weights is a nice touch.
HP OMEN Mindframe headset (opens in new tab)
Built-in speakers have come leaps and bounds over the last decade, but a decent audio setup on your laptop is still no match for a solid gaming headset like the HP OMEN Mindframe. As an added bonus, these cups are super comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions, so you won't have to stop because of sore ears.
AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack (opens in new tab)
Amazon makes a wide range of products under its "Basics" brand, and quite honestly, a lot of the products go far beyond what I'd describe as basic. This Amazon Basics laptop bag is just $34, sporting high-quality construction and materials, with plenty of storage for all of the accessories in this article and more. It sports space for laptops up to 17 inches.
Adding a few handy accessories to the Alienware m15 makes it a compelling gaming experience. Out-the-box, touchpad and keyboard just isn't the best way to enjoy your catalog of titles, which is where some of these additions take it to the next level and allow the laptop to perform as intended. Maybe get a gamepad (opens in new tab), so you don't have to rely on a mouse and keyboard, or get a monitor (opens in new tab) to blow up that picture.
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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