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Alienware 13

Specifications

Alienware 13
Alienware 13 (13 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-4210U 2 x 1.7 - 2.7 GHz, Haswell
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M - 2048 MB, Core: 1029 MHz, Memory: 2500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 340.84, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, 2x 4 GB SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-12800 (1600 MHz), 2 of 2 Slots occupied, up to 16 GB
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, 9T7WM_133HL (SDC4C48), IPS, Full HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP, 256 GB 
, M.2-SSD (Typ 2280)
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Lynx Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Port for Graphics Amplifier
Networking
Qualcomm Killer e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1525 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28 x 328 x 235 ( = 1.1 x 12.91 x 9.25 in)
Battery
52 Wh, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2 Megapixels
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0 Klipsch (Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3), Keyboard Light: yes, Power adaptor: 130 Watts, Quick Start Guide, Safety information, Recovery on USB stick (8 GB), Microsoft Office 365 Trial, several manufacturer tools, 12-48 Months Warranty
Weight
1.96 kg ( = 69.14 oz / 4.32 pounds), Power Supply: 520 g ( = 18.34 oz / 1.15 pounds)
Price
1547 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 77.4% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 17 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 81%, features: 75%, display: 87% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 77%

Reviews for the Alienware 13

82% Dell Alienware 13 Notebook Review | Notebookcheck
Small chassis, big performance? After products with 11 and 14-inches, the gaming experts from Alienware now offer a 13-inch product. Our article tries to focus on the question of whether a dual-core is sufficient for the GeForce GTX 860M and the external amplifier.
90% Alienware 13 review: A premium yet portable beast of a gaming laptop
Source: Tech Advisor English
The Alienware 13 is a compact yet very powerful laptop, suited to playing all modern Windows games. It’s chunky thick but relatively light in weight, and has been well designed and equipped to be a premium yet still portable powerhouse.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
60% Alienware 13 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Alienware 13 is a beautifully designed and rugged feeling gaming laptop that you can take with you anywhere. As is often the case with Alienware, the price is just a little too steep considering the specifications. However, at this size we would be tempted to pick the 13 over any similarly sized rivals simply because it feels so well made. You also get Dell's excellent collect and return warranty that includes in-home support should the firm decide it's required. If you don't have as much money to spend, though, the Chillblast Defiant 2 Mini remains our favourite compact gaming laptop.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/11/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Review: Alienware 13 Laptop and Graphics Amplifier
Source: PC Authority English
Given the quality of the Alienware 13 laptop (15 and 17-inch models have also just been announced), being the only device that can use the Graphics Amplifier is a minor niggle and it can be expected that other Alienware laptops will support the connection. At less than $2000 for the whole kit (laptop, high-end graphics card and graphics amplifier), a rig that can be both a gaming laptop and an upgradable gaming desktop is a great price and well worth the investment.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
82% Glitteringly glorious, but not the best anymore
Source: Digital Trends English
The Alienware 13 is good performer but it loses out to couple of sub-100k laptops, like the Lenovo Y50 and ASUS X550JK. The laptop will perform better with an external GPU, which can be used via the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which again requires you to shell out more money.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/05/2015
Rating: Total score: 82%
80% Alienware 13
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Buy this laptop if you're looking for a portable, neatly designed model that can be used effectively for gaming. At the same time, you can consider it as a main overall gaming system due to its ability to take advantage of desktop-class graphics processing via the optional Graphics Amplifier.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Alienware 13 review
Source: Gadgets Now English
Alienware and Dell have created their best portable laptop to date, which manages to squeeze in plenty of power into a relatively small frame. It's chunkier than many other laptops on the market, but it's practically future proof too for all your gaming needs if you invest in the Graphics Amplifier. If you're looking for a one-stop PC to take on the go and then crank the settings up in your favourite games when you get home, it's well worth checking out.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on)
Source: Pocket Lint English
If you're in the market for a gaming laptop then it tends to be a shout between Alienware and Razer. With UK availability and a starting price of £949 with the Intel Core i5 chipset, the Alienware 13 certainly makes its mark. Just make sure you budget for the additional Graphics Amplifier and associated card as it'll add up quickly - but you can configure your ideal system right now and, if the price is right, it'll be whizzing its way to you before the Christmas period.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/04/2014
80% Alienware 13
Source: Laptop Mag English
While other slim gaming notebooks are aimed at giving players a little bit of power and portability, Alienware promises the best of both worlds. By itself, the $1,699 Alienware 13 delivers solid gaming performance with long battery life and a captivating ultra-high-resolution display. Admittedly, I would have preferred the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M card, but the 13's G860M GPU gets the job done.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Alienware 13 mit Ultrabook-Prozessor und GTX 860M
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/29/2014
80% Dell Alienware 13 - Ook onderweg lekker gamen
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Test Dell Alienware 13 & Graphics Amplifier : un duo de choc pas si détonnant
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/12/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Alienware 13 : présentation
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/29/2014
Игровой ноутбук Alienware 13
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Excellent keyboard and touchpad; good IPS-screen; good connectivity; compact size; decent hardware. Negative: Surface gets scratched very quickly; heavy and thick; slow HDD.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/26/2015
Обзор игрового ноутбука Dell Alienware 13: удобный размер
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Slim; lightweight; good performance. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/22/2015
Обзор Dell Alienware 13: Экстремально Маленький Игровой Ноутбук
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Quality screen; efficient cooling system; sufficient set of connectors; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Noisy under load; low productivity; average autonomy; heavy for a compact model; high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/31/2015
13.3인치 노트북으로 3D 게임을 제대로 즐기자! - 델 에일리언웨어 13 (성능편)
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/10/2015
13.3인치 노트북으로 3D 게임을 제대로 즐기자! - 델 에일리언웨어 13 (외형편)
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/10/2015

Comment

Model:

Alienware is highly regarded as being among the best producers of gaming devices in this day and age. Their latest portable gaming notebook series, the Alienware 13, got its name because of its 13 inch display. With this device, portability is the buzzword as it has been designed to be as slim as possible, measuring about 2.54 cm in thickness and weighing slightly over 2 kg. The 13 inch display comes in two variants, the normal 1366 x 768 resolution screen without touch support and a touch sensitive 2560 x 1440 model.

The hardware includes an Intel i5-4210U 1.7 GHz dual core processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU to adequately meet the demands of most games out there. Neatly packed into the body are Alienware's own Klipsch speakers, which provides enough bass to complete that awesome gaming experience.

The body of this device is done in a futuristic design with sharply angled edges below the display and above the keyboard, as well as deep slanted grooves on the cover, fitted with two LED lights leading to a backlit alien head logo. Also available is a graphic amplifier developed by Nvidia in conjunction with Alienware, which can override the 860M GPU and provides the more powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 GPU, which can boost gaming to unimaginable speeds and heights.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M: Upper mid-range graphics card from the GeForce GTX 800M series.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


4210U: Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.7 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3":

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.


1.96 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


Alienware: Alienware was founded in the USA in 1996. Alienware established its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) headquarters in Ireland, in 2002. Alienware has belonged to the Dell Group since 2006. The product range mainly focuses on gaming laptops and desktops. Trademark is a slightly futuristic design with an alien logo. In addition, Alienware offers workstations for private and business customers.

 

Alienware belongs to the mid-sized manufacturers of the notebook market. There are some reviews with average ratings overall.


77.4%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.2 kg
Alienware 17-3511
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Asus N551JM-CN081H
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Asus G771JM-T4103H
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Acer Aspire Nitro V17 Black Edition VN7-791G-71R3
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HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.1 kg
Asus G751JT-T7031H
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 3.8 kg
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G-72C4
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.4 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Y7070
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 3.4 kg
Asus G551JM-CN102H
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.6 kg
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G-74LK
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.2 kg
MSI GE60 2PE-015RU Apache Pro
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4700HQ, 15.6", 2.6 kg
Asus G551JM-CN013D
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.7 kg
Lenovo Y50-59432235
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.5 kg
Asus G771JW
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 3.3 kg
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.2 kg
Lenovo Y70-70 80DU003GBM
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 3.4 kg
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 17.3", 3 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 15.6", 2.29 kg
Schenker C404
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ, 14", 1.752 kg
Razer Blade Pro 17 inch, GTX 860M
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4700HQ, 17.3", 3 kg
Lenovo Y50-70 59-422475
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4700HQ, 15.6", 2.4 kg

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Stefan Hinum, 2014-11- 5 (Update: 2014-11- 5)