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Alienware 13 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 16GB 256GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 16GB Jan 2015
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10 Reasons For

Very Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13 the maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys range from 1.7GB to 16GB. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of the Alienware 13 of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 13.

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Has a Front Camera

The Alienware 13 has a front camera, as do most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Alienware 13 has a better processor family than most portable PCs of a similar age and type to it. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, whereas most laptops of a similar spec and age to it have an AMD E processor family.

An Intel Core i7 processor family is in fact the best processor family amongst all portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13.

The worst processor family across similar types of notebook PC is Intel High End Desktop Processors.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Alienware 13 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most gaming laptops that have been around for a similar time to it. Most gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This portable PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all portable PCs of this age and spec.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of portable PC is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Media

The Alienware 13 has a better storage medium than most gaming laptops that are a comparable age to it. This portable PC has an SSD storage media, whereas most gaming laptops that are a similar age to 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 portable PCs that are a comparable age to the 13.

Across similar types of laptop the worst storage medium is HDD.

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Very Light

The average weight of portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the 13 is 3.3kg. The Alienware 13 is quite light (only 2.1 kilograms) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Alienware 13 has a touchscreen, unlike most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age which do not have a touchscreen.

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Very Bright Display Brightness

The average display brightness of laptops of this type and age is 300 cd/m², and the display brightnesss range from 220 cd/m² to 400 cd/m². The display brightness of the Alienware 13 of 400 candellas per square meter is one of the brightest amongst notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the 13.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution (numeric)

The front camera resolution (numeric)s of laptops of this spec and age range from 0.92MP to 1,300MP. At 2.1 megapixels, the Alienware 13 has a quite high front camera resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the 13.

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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 similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as it.

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15 Reasons Against

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

When compared to other laptops of a similar type and age to the 13, the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of the Alienware 13 of only 950 megahertz is one of the slowest. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of gaming laptops that came out around the same time as the 13 is 950MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as the 13 is 200MHz, the fastest is 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 400MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of only 300 megahertz, the Alienware 13 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 13.

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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 keeping in mind that most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13 also do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

When compared to other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the 13, the maximum internal memory supported by processor of the Alienware 13 of only 16 gigabytes is one of the smallest. Notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 13 have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 16GB and 32GB.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 13.3 inches, the Alienware 13 has a very small display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as the 13. The average display diagonal of gaming laptops that have been available for a similar time to the 13 is 17".

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of only 256 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a very small total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age. The smallest total storage capacity of notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the 13 is 250GB, the biggest is 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 1TB.

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Only 12 Maximum Number of PCI Express Laness

Most gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the 13 have between 12 and 15 maximum number of PCI Express laness, including the Alienware 13 which has 12 maximum number of PCI Express laness.

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Quite Old PCI Express Slots Version

When compared to other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the 13 that we have assessed, the PCI Express slots version of the Alienware 13 of only 2 is one of the oldest. The PCI Express slots versions of comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slots version is 3.

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Only Four Number of Battery Cellss

The Alienware 13 is a four number of battery cells notebook PC.

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Only 802.11a Wi-Fi Standards

The Alienware 13 has an 802.11a wi-Fi standards which is better than most portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to it. Most gaming laptops that were released more than two years ago have an 802.11n wi-Fi standards.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11a) is in fact the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst all gaming laptops that were released around the same time as the 13.

The best Wi-Fi standard amongst comparable types of laptop is 802.11n.

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Very Small Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

At only 52 watt-hours, the Alienware 13 has a fairly small battery capacity (Watt hours) compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the 13. The battery capacity (Watt hours)s of gaming laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 13 range from 47Wh to 6,000Wh.

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Very Small Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 13 is 3MB and the biggest is 8MB. At only 4 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has a quite small processor cache compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

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Only Four Processor Threadss

The Alienware 13 is a four processor threads notebook PC.

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Quite Slow Processor Frequency

The Alienware 13 has a fairly slow processor frequency (only 2.4 gigahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13. Across all the gaming laptops that have been available for a similar time to the 13 the processor frequencys range from 1.8GHz to 2.9GHz, and the average processor frequency is 2.5GHz.

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Quite Slow Processor Boost Frequency

Across all the portable PCs that have been around for more than two years the processor boost frequencys range from 2.8GHz to 4GHz, and the average processor boost frequency is 3.5GHz. When compared to other gaming laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 13 that we have assessed the processor boost frequency of, the Alienware 13's processor boost frequency of only 3 gigahertz is one of the slowest.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware 13

Released Over Two Years Ago

This notebook PC has been on the market for over two years.

Average Internal Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a fairly typical internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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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
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
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Panel Type
Display Brightness
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
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
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
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Operating System Language
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
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
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® Smart Cache
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 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
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 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

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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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