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Alienware 13 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 8GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 8GB Feb 2015
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11 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 13 has a front camera, as do most of the other gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 13.

Other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available which you might also want to look at include the Asus G771JM which has better reviews.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

This portable PC supports a 1333|1600MHz processor memory clock speed, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Very Light

The Alienware 13 is one of the lighter gaming laptops that were released more than a year ago (only 2 kilograms) amongst gaming laptops of this age. Across all the gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the 13 the weights range from 1.2kg to 4.8kg.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Alienware 13 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than most similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as it. Most gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as it have an 802.11a WiFi standard. This portable PC also have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is actually the best Wi-Fi standard across all similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 13.

Across comparable types of notebook PC the worst Wi-Fi standard is 802.11a.

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Very High Front Camera Resolution

Laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 have front camera resolutions of between 1MP and 2.1MP. The Alienware 13 has one of the highest front camera resolutions (2.1 megapixels) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This portable PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most commonly found HDMI version on portable PCs of this type and age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on portable PCs of this spec and age.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This notebook PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on laptops of this spec and age.

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Narrow

The width of the Alienware 13 of only 328 millimeters is one of the narrowest amongst similar spec laptops that were launched more than a year ago. The narrowest comparable spec laptop that has been on the market for a similar time to the 13 is 280mm wide, the widest is 460mm, and the average width is 400mm.

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18 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Laptops of a similar age and type to the 13 have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 400MHz. When compared to other gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 that we have checked, 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

When compared to other portable PCs of this age and type that we have checked, the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of the Alienware 13 of only 1,000 megahertz is one of the slowest. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 is 1,200MHz.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most laptops of this spec and age 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.

Alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard that you might want to consider include the Asus GL771JW which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The maximum internal memory supported by processors of similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the 13 range from 16GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 31GB. At 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 are a similar age to the 13.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the 13 have screen sizes of between 13" and 19". With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the Alienware 13's screen size is one of the smallest amongst portable PCs that are a similar age to the 13.

Portable PCs with a bigger screen size that might also be worth considering include the Razer Blade (14") which also has a higher rating.

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Only 12 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Alienware 13 is a 12 PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC.

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Quite Old PCI Express Slot Version

When compared to other gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the 13 that we have checked, the Alienware 13's PCI Express slot version of only 2 is one of the oldest. The average PCI Express slot version of notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the 13 is 3, and the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The average processor clock speed of similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 13 is 2.6GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 1.7GHz to 3GHz. The Alienware 13 has one of the slowest processor clock speeds (only 1.7 gigahertz) amongst laptops of this age.

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the Alienware 13 (2.2GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the 13 is 980GB, and the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 2.1TB. At only 500 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the 13.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to look at the MSI GS30 2M (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most portable PCs of this age and type do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Alienware 13 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Dim Display Brightness

The Alienware 13 has a very dim display brightness (only 200 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 13. The average display brightness of gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the 13 is 270 cd/m², and the display brightnesss range from 200 cd/m² to 400 cd/m².

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The Alienware 13 has a very slow maximum turbo frequency (only 2.7 gigahertz) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the 13. The maximum turbo frequencies of gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 13 range from 2.7GHz to 4GHz.

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Only Four Battery Cells

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

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Very Small Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity

At only 500 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a fairly small hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the 13. Across all the gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to the 13 the hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacities range from 500GB to 1TB.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of gaming laptops that came out more than a year ago is 47Wh and the biggest is 92Wh. With a battery capacity of only 51 watt-hours, the Alienware 13 has a quite small battery capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

At only 3 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has a very small processor cache compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to the 13. Across all the similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the 13 the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The Alienware 13 is a four processor thread notebook PC. Most of the other gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 13 have between four and seven processor threads.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 13

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Alienware released the 13.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

If you want a laptop with a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Asus G751JL (12GB), or the MSI GE62 Apache (12GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The Alienware 13 has a better processor family than most laptops that are a similar age to it. This portable PC has an Intel Core i5 processor family, whereas most gaming laptops that have been available for a similar time to it have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this type and age. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

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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
Hard Drive Size
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Panel Type
Pixel Pitch
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
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
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone 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
Keyboard Language
Windows Key
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 Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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

(70)
Reviewed 5 August 2016 by Amazon Customer
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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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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dkcwe01h, alienware i54210, alienware i54210u

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