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Alienware 13 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 16GB 1TB Hybrid-HDD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 16GB 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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15 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on gaming laptops that have been available for more than a year.

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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of notebook PCs of this age and type range from 1.7GB to 32GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 7.8GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on laptops of this age and type.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were launched more than a year ago. The average internal memory of gaming laptops that were released one year ago is 13GB, and the internal memory range from 4GB to 32GB.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 16GB internal memory notebook PCs and we think the MSI GS30 2M which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 13 has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13.

There are a number of other portable PCs with a front camera currently available that you might also want to consider including the Asus G771JM which has better reviews.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

This laptop supports a 1333|1600MHz processor memory clock speed, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Light

Across all the gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as 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 gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13.

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HD HD Type

The HD type of this notebook PC is Full HD, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Alienware 13 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11a WiFi standard found on most similar spec laptops that came out more than a year ago. In addition, this notebook PC have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is in fact the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all comparable spec portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

An 802.11a WiFi standard is the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

With a front camera resolution of 2.1 megapixels, the Alienware 13 has a quite high front camera resolution compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the 13. The average front camera resolution of laptops that were launched around the same time as the 13 is 1.5MP, and the front camera resolutions range from 1MP to 2.1MP.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

Portable PCs of this age and spec have display brightnesss of between 200 cd/m² and 400 cd/m². The Alienware 13 has a fairly bright display brightness (350 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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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 available for a similar time to it.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This laptop has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most commonly found HDMI version on portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

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Very Narrow

The Alienware 13 is one of the narrower laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 13 (only 328 millimeters) amongst gaming laptops of this age. Across all the similar spec portable PCs that were released one year ago the widths range from 280mm to 460mm, and the average width is 400mm.

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20 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to the 13 is 900MHz, the fastest is 1,400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,200MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 950 megahertz, the Alienware 13's on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is one of the slowest amongst similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the 13.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the 13, the Alienware 13 does not have a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard which you might also want to consider including the Asus GL771JW which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13 is 16GB and the biggest is 32GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a very small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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Very Small Screen Size

Across all the portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13 the screen sizes range from 13" to 19", and the average screen size is 16". With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the Alienware 13 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 13.

If this notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Razer Blade (14") which is also higher rated.

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Only 12 PCI Express Lanes (max)

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

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Quite Old PCI Express Slot Version

The average PCI Express slot version of gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 is 3. At only 2, the Alienware 13 has a very old PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the 13.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware 13 has one of the smaller discrete graphics adapter memory capacities (only 2 gigabytes) amongst portable PCs of this age. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the 13 is 2GB, the biggest is 8GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.3GB.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Alienware 13 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 13 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The Alienware 13 has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i7 processor family found on most notebook PCs of this spec and age.

An Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family is in fact the worst processor family amongst all portable PCs that were released more than a year ago.

Amongst similar types of portable PC the best processor family is Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Only Four Battery Cells

Most notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the 13 have between four and eight battery cells, including the Alienware 13 which has four battery cells.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

Across all the gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 13 the battery capacities range from 47Wh to 92Wh, and the average battery capacity is 64Wh. The Alienware 13 has one of the smaller battery capacities (only 51 watt-hours) amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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Quite Slow Hard Drive Speed

The slowest hard drive speed of gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 is 5,400 RPM, the fastest is 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 6,700 RPM. With a hard drive speed of only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Alienware 13 has one of the slower hard drive speeds amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 2,048 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has a fairly small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the 13. Gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the 13 have discrete graphics adapter memory of between 2GB and 8.2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3.4GB.

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Only Four Processor Threads

Most portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 13 have between four and seven processor threads, including the Alienware 13 which has four processor threads.

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Very Small Processor Cache

Across all the laptops that came out more than a year ago the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB, and the average processor cache is 5.6MB. With a processor cache of only 4 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has one of the smaller processor caches amongst gaming laptops of this age.

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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 portable PCs of this type and age. The maximum internal memory of comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the 13 range from 16GB to 32GB.

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Only One Mini DisplayPort

The Alienware 13 is a one mini DisplayPort notebook PC.

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Only Two Built-In Speakers

Most laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 13 have between two and three built-in speakers, including the Alienware 13 which has two built-in speakers.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 2.4 gigahertz, the Alienware 13 has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type 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.

Laptops with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth looking at include the Lenovo Y50-70 (2.5GHz).

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the 13 range from 2.7GHz to 4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.5GHz. At only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware 13 has a very slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released one year ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 13

Released Over a Year Ago

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

Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware 13 has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the GL771JW (1.1TB), or the G751JL (1.1TB) both from Asus which also has a higher rating.

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HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time 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
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
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
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
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 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
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
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
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

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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

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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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