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Alienware 13 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 8GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 8GB Jun 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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11 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many gaming laptops that came out more than a year ago.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Laptops of a comparable age and type to the 13 have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1.7GB and 32GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 7.8GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a quite big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 13 has a front camera. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the 13 also have a front camera.

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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 commonly supported processor memory clock speed on gaming laptops that came out more than a year ago.

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Very Light

Across all the notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 13 the weights range from 1.2kg to 4.8kg, and the average weight is 3kg. At only 2.1 kilograms, the Alienware 13 is quite light compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released one year ago.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Alienware 13[plb_2714717_price] (2.1kg).

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Very High Front Camera Resolution

Portable PCs that came out around the same time as the 13 have front camera resolutions of between 1MP and 2.1MP. With a front camera resolution of 2.1 megapixels, the Alienware 13 has one of the highest front camera resolutions amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many gaming laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This notebook PC has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most commonly found HDMI version on similar spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot on similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly found discrete graphics memory type on notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Narrow

At only 328 millimeters, the Alienware 13 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the 13. The average width of gaming laptops that were released one year ago is 400mm.

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23 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 900 megahertz, the Alienware 13 has a very slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for more than a year. Notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 13 have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 900MHz and 1,400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,200MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Alienware 13 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (only 300 megahertz) amongst gaming laptops of this age. Across all the notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the 13 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 400MHz.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Alienware 13 does not have a full-size keyboard, although it is worth noting that most of the other laptops that were released around the same time as the 13 also do not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared this laptop to all the other laptops with a full-size keyboard and we think the Asus GL771JW[plb_2860733_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13's maximum internal memory supported by processor is one of the smallest amongst gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13. The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 is 31GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 16GB to 32GB.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The average screen size of portable PCs of this age and type is 16", and the screen sizes range from 13" to 19". When compared to other gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 that we have assessed 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 bigger screen size then you might want to consider the Razer Blade[plb_2960890_price] (14"), or the Lenovo Y50[plb_2933469_price] (15.6") 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) portable PC. Most of the other gaming laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the 13 have between 12 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Quite Old PCI Express Slot Version

With a PCI Express slot version of only 2, the Alienware 13 has one of the oldest PCI Express slot versions amongst gaming laptops of this age. The PCI Express slot versions of gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the 13 range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 3.

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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 frequently found display resolution on portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Gaming laptops that were launched more than a year ago have discrete graphics adapter memory capacities of between 2GB and 8GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.3GB. The Alienware 13 has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory (only 2 gigabytes) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 13.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 13 the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 2.1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 980GB. With a total storage capacity of only 500 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst laptops of this age.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Alienware 13 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although keep in mind that most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to the 13 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Dim Display Brightness

The Alienware 13 has one of the dimmer display brightnesss (only 200 candellas per square meter) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. The display brightnesss of similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year range from 200 cd/m² to 400 cd/m².

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

Comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 have maximum turbo frequencies of between 2.7GHz and 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.5GHz. When compared to other gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 13, the maximum turbo frequency of the Alienware 13 of only 2.7 gigahertz is one of the slowest.

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Very Small Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity

The Alienware 13 has a fairly small hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity (only 500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released more than a year ago. The average hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity of gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the 13 is 940GB.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

At only 51 watt-hours, the Alienware 13 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the 13. The average battery capacity of notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13 is 64Wh, and the battery capacities range from 47Wh to 92Wh.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 3 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has a fairly small processor cache compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The processor caches of similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the 13 range from 3MB to 8MB, and the average processor cache is 5.6MB.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 2,048 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has a fairly small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that came out more than a year ago. The discrete graphics adapter memory of portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 13 range from 2GB to 8.2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.4GB.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The Alienware 13 is a four processor thread notebook PC. Most of the other laptops of this age and type have between four and seven processor threads.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has one of the smaller maximum internal memory amongst gaming laptops of this age. Portable PCs of a similar age and type to the 13 have maximum internal memory of between 16GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 20GB.

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Only One Mini DisplayPort

The Alienware 13 is a one mini DisplayPort portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age have one mini DisplayPort.

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Only Two Built-In Speakers

The Alienware 13 is a two built-in speaker notebook PC.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of only 2.2 gigahertz, the Alienware 13 has a very slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. Across all the gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 the processor clock speeds range from 1.7GHz to 3GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.6GHz.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 13

Released Over a Year Ago

This Alienware portable PC was released over a year ago.

Average Internal Memory

The Alienware 13 has a fairly standard internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.

Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the Asus G751JL[plb_2998974_price] (12GB), or the Lenovo Y50[plb_2933469_price] (16GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Intel Core I5-5xxx Processor Family

The Alienware 13 has an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family which is better than most notebook PCs of this spec and age. Most similar spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago 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 the most frequently found storage medium on gaming laptops that are a comparable age to it. 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
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)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
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
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
3D Compatible
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter
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
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Included Driver
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
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
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
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 PC Advisor.co.uk Recommended hothardware.com 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...

PC Mag

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
(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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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dkcwe01, alienware i54210, alienware i54210u

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