Average of 10 scores (from 16 reviews)
Reviews for the Alienware 14
Tempting. New case, new name and new components: Alienware risks a lot to offer the best gaming notebooks in 2013. The integrated features won't be easy to beat for the competition. Despite its 14-inch form factor the notebook can be equipped with a high resolution anti-reflective display and a GeForce GTX 765M. A well balanced package or just an overpriced beauty?
Source: Comp Reviews
Dell sticks with their design from the past few years with their redesigned Alienware 14 laptop but the internals have all been updated to give it a solid gaming experience at a reasonable price tag. Features such as the keyboard and the custom lighting are well appreciated by users but it could use with some improvements to make it even better.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
The world of gaming laptops is hugely competitive, so Dell’s designers should be commended for making the Alienware 14 stand out: its matte metal chassis looks and feels fantastic, and the lights across its surfaces look good without becoming garish. It’s also fast, with plenty of potential to be made faster, at least on the CPU and storage front.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 40% performance: 93%
Source: PC Advisor
Alienware's designers have done a great job tempering the excesses of traditional gaming laptops with good looks and matte aluminium, and the Alienware 14 doesn't just look great – it shifts, too. The quad-core processors puts paid to applications, and the GTX 765M graphics core handles modern games at high settings. It's not thin, light or quiet, but it's a more portable proposition than most of its 17in rivals.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Trusted Reviews
In short, unless you really love the design and marginally better portability of the Alienwar 14, we favour the Asus G750JX as our gaming laptop of choice. The Alienware 14 is certainly not without its charms, and we don’t think any buyer would be disappointed in its performance, but only if money is no object. Great performance and distinct style, but the price is just too steep compared to its rivals for us to give a whole-hearted endorsement.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
Surprise: Dell's legacy as an OEM and Alienware's gaming cred still make for an awesome combination -- both the Alienware 14 and 17 rank among the best gaming laptops we've reviewed this year. Excellent build quality, killer components and excellent performance have left us with little to complain about.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/15/2013
The Alienware 14 is a noticeable upgrade over its predecessors; it's a well-rounded notebook with very few cons. This notebook's highlights include outstanding performance thanks to its Intel quad-core processor and Nvidia graphics; a well-executed design and AlienFX customizable lighting system; excellent 1080p IPS display; superb build quality and chassis strength; good speakers; a plentiful port selection; a tolerable level of noise and respectable if not outstanding battery life. The mild cons list includes a thicker than expected chassis at 1.6", 6.1 pound weight and pricey options (starting $1,099, but our optioned-out review unit was $1,949 without an extended warranty).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/03/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
Some laptops have loud fans that kick in when performing high-end tasks that drive the CPU or GPU. Dell has revamped its gaming line, including the new Alienware 14. The design changes don't go nearly far enough, but no complaints about the performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 70%
Source: Good Gear Guide
Alienware has made improvements to the look of the chassis compared to its previous 14in gaming machine, the M14x, giving the Alienware 14 a thicker, 'floating' design that's adorned with a comprehensive lighting system. The Alienware 14 supplies plenty of speed in a relatively small frame. It's mainly aimed at gamers, but even professionals who want a fast laptop should consider it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Gamestar DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/04/2013
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 85% features: 70% display: 90%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/16/2013
Rating: performance: 95% features: 50% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 50%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Positive: nice design; very good illumination
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/07/2013
Source: 01Net FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Cowcotland FR→EN
Positive: Good matte IPS display; good performance; excellent cooling system; good workmanship. Negative: No Blu-ray.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/31/2014
Source: Portables4Gamers FR→EN
Positive: Good design, quality materials and ergonomics; good display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/30/2013
Source: Ferra.ru RU→EN
Positive: Very quiet and efficient cooling system; high-quality metal case; user-friendly controls and a sleek design; decent sound system.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/01/2014
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Powerful performance; durable aluminium lid; mild and pleasant soft-touch coating on the inner surface; high-quality display and speakers. Negative: Heavy and thick; expensive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/15/2014
That's it: high-end hardware, a gorgeous new alien spaceship design and customizable flashy lights. With pre-installed Windows 7, the Alienware 14 is a portable gaming delight. It’s covered in anodized aluminum on the outside and soft touch coating on the inside, giving the keyboard and palm rests a luxurious feel. The touch pad is backlit: a nice design touch and practical for low light use. This 14 inch laptop weighs bulky 3 kg, which is light considering the power it packs.
Its 1920x1080 resolution, anti-glare LED display produces brilliant colors. You rarely see such in machines of this size. The machine was built for gaming, and handles graphics on higher settings like a dream with stunning graphics rendering powered by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M with 2 GB of dedicated video memory. The display is surprisingly dim, which might improve darker images. The machine is driven by an 2.4-GHz quad-core Intel Haswell Core i7-4700MQ processor (customizable as Dell products). It's lightning fast, and the battery even lasts a decent 5 hours with light use. One major downside is how hot the machine runs during gaming. But for what it is, and everything that it achieves, the Alienware 14 is a beauty that cannot be beat.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M:
High-End Graphics cards as part of the Geforce 700M series based on the Kepler architecture.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4700MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Alienware: Alienware is an American computer hardware company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell. It mainly assembles for high-performance gaming. Alienware also offers for sale rebadged laptops and computer peripherals, such as headsets, computer mice, monitors and keyboards. Alienware was founded in 1996. The corporate headquarters is located in Florida. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. 2005, Alienware brought in upwards of $170 million USD in annual sales and launched an international in 2003 with a presence in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica. The international market share is limited.
82.2%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.