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Alienware 13 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 8GB Jul 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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12 Reasons For

Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware 13 has a quite big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that came out more than a year ago. Notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the 13 have maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys of between 1.7GB and 32GB.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 13 has a front camera, as do most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for more than a year.

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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 portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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SSD Storage Media

The Alienware 13 has an SSD storage media which is better than most laptops that have been available for around the same time as it. Most comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as it have an HDD storage media. 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.

An SSD storage media is actually the best storage medium across all gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than a year.

An HDD storage media is the worst storage medium amongst comparable types of laptop.

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Very Long Battery Life (max)

Across all the notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the 13 the battery life (max)s range from 4h to 8.5h, and the average battery life (max) is 5.1h. With a battery life (max) of 8.5 hours, the Alienware 13 has a very long battery life (max) compared to most of the other laptops that were released one year ago.

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Very Light

Portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the 13 have weights of between 1.2kg and 4.8kg, and the average weight is 3kg. The Alienware 13 is fairly light (only 2 kilograms) compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

The Alienware 13 has an 802.11n wi-Fi standards which is better than the 802.11a wi-Fi standards found on most gaming laptops that have been around for a comparable time to it. This notebook PC also have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g wi-Fi standardss.

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

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

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Very Bright Display Brightness

At 400 candellas per square meter, the Alienware 13 has a very bright display brightness compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 13. Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the 13 the display brightnesss range from 220 cd/m² to 400 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 280 cd/m².

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution (numeric)

With a front camera resolution (numeric) of 2.1 megapixels, the Alienware 13 has a fairly high front camera resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 13. The front camera resolution (numeric)s of laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 range from 1MP to 2.1MP.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacitys

The Alienware 13 is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity notebook PC. Most of the other gaming laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 13 have between 8 and 999 solid-state drive capacitys.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This laptop has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly found discrete graphics memory type on gaming laptops that have been on the market for more than a year.

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20 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of gaming laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the 13 is 1,200MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s range from 900MHz to 1,400MHz. When compared to other laptops of a similar type and age to the 13 that we have assessed, the Alienware 13's on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of only 900 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencys of gaming laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the 13 range from 200MHz to 400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 360MHz. The Alienware 13 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 300 megahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the 13.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13, the Alienware 13 does not have a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to look at including the Asus G751J.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The Alienware 13 has one of the smallest maximum internal memory supported by processors (only 16 gigabytes) amongst similar spec laptops of this age. Gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 16GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 31GB.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

When compared to other gaming laptops that were launched more than a year ago that we have assessed, the Alienware 13's display diagonal of only 13.3 inches is one of the smallest. The display diagonals of portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the 13 range from 13" to 19", and the average display diagonal is 16".

If you would prefer a bigger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Razer Blade (14" and higher rated).

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of gaming laptops that have been available for around the same time as the 13 is 960GB, and the total storage capacitys range from 120GB to 2.3TB. The total storage capacity of the Alienware 13 of only 256 gigabytes is one of the smallest amongst gaming laptops that are a comparable age to the 13.

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Only 12 Maximum Number of PCI Express Laness

The Alienware 13 is a 12 maximum number of PCI Express lanes laptop.

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Quite Old PCI Express Slots Version

With a PCI Express slots version of only 2, the Alienware 13 has a very old PCI Express slots version compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the 13. The oldest PCI Express slots version of comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the 13 is 2 and the newest is 3.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Like most of the other gaming laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 13, the Alienware 13 does not have a touchscreen.

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Quite Slow Processor Boost Frequency

When compared to other gaming laptops that have been available for more than a year that we have checked the processor boost frequency of, the Alienware 13's processor boost frequency of only 2.7 gigahertz is one of the slowest. Across all the gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 the processor boost frequencys range from 2.7GHz to 4GHz, and the average processor boost frequency is 3.5GHz.

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Only Four Number of Battery Cellss

Most gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 13 have between four and eight number of battery cellss, including the Alienware 13 which has four number of battery cellss.

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Very Small Internal Memory

At only 8 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type. The average internal memory of gaming laptops that have been available for a similar time to the 13 is 13GB.

If you would prefer a laptop with a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Asus G751JL (12GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

The Alienware 13 has one of the smaller battery capacity (Watt hours)s (only 51 watt-hours) amongst gaming laptops of this age. The battery capacity (Watt hours)s of gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to the 13 range from 47Wh to 92Wh.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

Across all the notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the 13 the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB, and the average processor cache is 5.7MB. With a processor cache of only 3 megabytes, the Alienware 13's processor cache is one of the smallest amongst comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the 13.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 2,048 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the 13. The discrete graphics adapter memory of comparable spec laptops that are a similar age 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 Threadss

The Alienware 13 is a four processor threads portable PC. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the 13 have between four and seven processor threadss.

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Only One Mini DisplayPorts Quantity

Most laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the 13 have one mini DisplayPorts quantity, including the Alienware 13 which has one mini DisplayPorts quantity.

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Quite Slow Processor Frequency

Across all the gaming laptops that were launched around the same time as the 13 the processor frequencys range from 1.7GHz to 3GHz, and the average processor frequency is 2.6GHz. At only 2.2 gigahertz, the Alienware 13 has a very slow processor frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13.

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Only Two Number of Built-In Speakerss

The Alienware 13 is a two number of built-in speakers laptop. Most of the other gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the 13 have between two and three number of built-in speakerss.

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Only One Number of SSDs Installed

The Alienware 13 is a one number of SSDs installed laptop. Most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for more than a year have between one and three number of SSDs installeds.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 13

Released Over a Year Ago

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

Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The Alienware 13 has a better processor family than most notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. This laptop has an Intel Core i5 processor family, whereas most comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Market Positioning
Colour of Product
Product Type
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
Processor Boost 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
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Hard Drive Size
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Touchscreen Type
Touch Technology
Panel Type
Pixel Pitch
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Supported
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
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Installed
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Video Capturing Speed
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
USB Sleep-and-Charge Ports
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Keyboard Language
Windows Keys
Keyboard Layout
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Trial Software
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Intel® OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Voltage
Battery Recharge Time
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
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 Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height (front)
Depth
Height (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 (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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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Reviewed 5 August 2016 by Amazon Customer
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Reviewed 4 April 2016 by Amazon Customer | 11 Comments
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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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