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Alienware 13 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 8GB Mar 2015
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Engineered for high-performance gaming anywhere, the Alienware 13 combines an incredibly mobile design with the ultimate at-home experience when plugged into the optional Graphics Amplifier. Game... More
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14 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many gaming laptops that came out more than a year ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 13 has a front camera, as do most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this notebook PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Asus G771JM[plb_2901200_price] is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

This portable PC supports a 1333|1600MHz processor memory clock speed, which is the most frequently supported processor memory clock speed on notebook PCs of this age and type.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Alienware 13 has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most portable PCs of this age and type. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

This notebook PC's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium across all gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 13.

The worst storage medium across comparable types of notebook PC is HDD.

Other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available which you might want to consider include the 13[pl_2959109_price], or the 13[pl_2959109_price] both from Alienware which has better reviews.

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Very Light

Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13 the weights range from 1.2kg to 4.8kg. At only 2 kilograms, the Alienware 13 is quite light compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the 13.

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HD HD Type

The HD type of this portable PC is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on laptops of a comparable type and age to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Alienware 13 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than most laptops that have been on the market for more than a year. Most gaming laptops that were released around the same time as it have an 802.11a WiFi standard. In addition, this laptop have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

This portable PC's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is actually the best Wi-Fi standard across all portable PCs of a similar age and type to the 13.

The worst Wi-Fi standard amongst similar types of portable PC is 802.11a.

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Fairly High Front Camera Resolution

The front camera resolutions of portable PCs of this age and type range from 1MP to 2.1MP, and the average front camera resolution is 1.5MP. The Alienware 13 has a fairly high front camera resolution (2.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released one year ago.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The display brightnesss of gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 13 range from 200 cd/m² to 400 cd/m². The Alienware 13 has a quite bright display brightness (350 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released one year ago.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This portable PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many portable PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many portable PCs of this spec and age.

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Very Narrow

The widths of gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 range from 280mm to 460mm. At only 328 millimeters, the Alienware 13 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the 13.

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22 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Gaming laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the 13 have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 400MHz. When compared to other laptops that are a comparable age to the 13, the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the Alienware 13 of only 200 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for more than a year have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 900MHz and 1,400MHz. At only 1,000 megahertz, the Alienware 13 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released one year ago.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the 13 is 1.7GB and the biggest is 32GB. At only 1.74 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released one year ago.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 13 do not have a full-size keyboard. The Alienware 13 is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think the Asus GL771JW[plb_2860733_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Portable PCs of this age and type have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 16GB and 32GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a very small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released one year ago.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The average screen size of comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as the 13 is 16". When compared to other notebook PCs of this spec and age that we have checked the screen size of, the Alienware 13's screen size of only 13.3 inches is one of the smallest.

If you are looking for a notebook PC with a bigger screen size then you might also want to consider the Razer Blade[plb_2960890_price] (14") which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware 13 has a very small total storage capacity (only 256 gigabytes) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13. Similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 have total storage capacity of between 120GB and 2.1TB.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the MSI GS30 2M[plb_2848021_price] (512GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 12 PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most portable PCs of this age and spec have between 12 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Alienware 13 which has 12 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Quite Old PCI Express Slot Version

Across all the gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 3. When compared to other gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13, the Alienware 13's PCI Express slot version of only 2 is one of the oldest.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than a year ago that we have assessed the processor clock speed of, the Alienware 13's processor clock speed of only 1.7 gigahertz is one of the slowest. The average processor clock speed of laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 is 2.6GHz.

If this Alienware laptop processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the Alienware 13[plb_2959109_price] (2.2GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 2 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has one of the smaller discrete graphics adapter memory capacities amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. The discrete graphics adapter memory capacities of gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 range from 2GB to 8GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.3GB.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the 13, the Alienware 13 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.7 gigahertz, the Alienware 13 has a very slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of comparable spec laptops that were released one year ago is 2.7GHz and the fastest is 4GHz.

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Only Four Battery Cells

The Alienware 13 is a four battery cell count notebook PC.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of gaming laptops that were launched more than a year ago is 4GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average internal memory is 13GB. The Alienware 13 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

Laptops with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the G751JL[pl_2998974_price] (12GB), or the G771JM[pl_2901200_price] (12GB) both from Asus or the MSI GE62 Apache[plb_2918914_price] (12GB) which is also higher rated.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 13 is 64Wh, and the battery capacities range from 47Wh to 92Wh. The Alienware 13 has a quite small battery capacity (only 51 watt-hours) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 13.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 3 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has one of the smallest processor caches amongst portable PCs of this age. Across all the laptops of a similar age and type to the 13 the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB, and the average processor cache is 5.6MB.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware 13 has a fairly small discrete graphics adapter memory (only 2,048 megabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the 13. Comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the 13 have discrete graphics adapter memory of between 2GB and 8.2GB.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The Alienware 13 is a four processor thread laptop.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Alienware 13 has a quite small maximum internal memory (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age. Across all the notebook PCs of this type and age the maximum internal memory range from 16GB to 32GB.

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Only One Mini DisplayPort

The Alienware 13 is a one mini DisplayPort portable PC. Most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 have one mini DisplayPort.

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Only Two Built-In Speakers

Most portable PCs of this spec and age have between two and three built-in speakers, including the Alienware 13 which has two built-in speakers.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 13

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this Alienware portable PC was released.

Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The Alienware 13 has an Intel Core i5 processor family which is better than most laptops that came out around the same time as it. Most laptops of a comparable age and spec to it have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Market Positioning
Colour
Product Type
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Panel Type
Pixel Pitch
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Discrete Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 Port
SATA III Connector
SATA Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Keyboard Layout
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Trial Software
Operating System Architecture
Operating System Language
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/transmitter (UART)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Recharge Time
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Vibration
Operating Vibration
Non-Operating Shock
Operating Shock
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology

3 Awards

PC Mag Editor's Choice hothardware.com Recommended PC Advisor.co.uk Recommended

Expert Reviews

(48)
1 November 2016

Think you need a hulking, insanely expensive gaming desktop for VR? Think again. The Alienware 13 is a truly portable, fairly affordable, high-performance VR-capable laptop with a vibrant QHD...

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1 November 2016

The combination of a gorgeous OLED screen and Nvidia's GTX 1060 makes games look fantastic on this portable notebook...

1 November 2016

Dell's Alienware division stepped up today with a new, compact and powerful weapon in its laptop arsenal with the announcement of the redesigned Alienware 13 notebook. Now, before you get all... Read more…

Not long ago, we got our hands on a 2-in-1 notebook with an OLED screen?the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga ?and were mesmerized by its display. It's one of those technologies that once you see it with... Read more…

20 July 2016

For something truly different and eye-catching, the OLED display on this "limited edition" Alienware 13 gives it great visual punch, but keep in mind this is not a top-end gaming rig...

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User Reviews

(69)
Reviewed 5 August 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Good...

Reviewed 4 April 2016 by Amazon Customer | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

As much as I love this laptop, I can't really go over 3 stars, I got it a couple of days ago and Ive spent the majority of the the 2 days, trying to get the sound to play through the headphones,... Read more…

Reviewed 1 February 2016 by Calo
Calo would recommend the Alienware 13 Series

This laptop is great if you put it on high peformance it runs games extremely well. The one thing that isn't so good about this laptop is that it isn't good at making you tube vieos which is fine.... Read more…

Reviewed 1 February 2016 by Ghoststhename

This computer i bought to do work on and to play games in my spare time but it turns out the game part about this computer ids really bad you have to put the reselution on the lowest setting to be... Read more…

Reviewed 1 February 2016 by Makingroom
Makingroom would recommend the Alienware 13 R2 Series

I have wanted one this for over year now. I can do anything I need to with baby, I love wouldn't trade it for anything else out there!

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