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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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for a smooth, versatile PC experience. Game the way you want on the Alienware 13. It's a powerful gaming laptop that's thinner and lighter than anything we ve created before. Crafted with premium... More
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14 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 13 have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1.7GB and 32GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the 13.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The Alienware 13 has a fairly big internal memory (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age. The smallest internal memory of laptops that are a similar age to the 13 is 4GB and the biggest is 32GB.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 16GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available including the Asus G751JT which is cheaper.

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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.

There are a number of other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available that you might also want to look at including the GT72, or the GT72 2QD both from MSI or the Asus G751JT which is cheaper.

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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 were launched more than a year ago.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Alienware 13 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most gaming laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to it have an HDD storage medium. 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 medium is actually the best storage medium across all portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 13.

Across similar types of portable PC the worst storage medium is HDD.

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Light

At only 2.1 kilograms, the Alienware 13 is fairly light compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for more than a year. Across all the similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the 13 the weights range from 1.2kg to 4.8kg, and the average weight is 3kg.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the Asus G751JT (4.8kg and cheaper), or the MSI GT72 (3.8kg and cheaper).

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Alienware 13 has a touch sensitive screen, which is unusual. Most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the 13 do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Bright Display Brightness

The average display brightness of portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the 13 is 270 cd/m². When compared to other laptops of a similar age and type to the 13 that we have checked, the Alienware 13's display brightness of 400 candellas per square meter is one of the brightest.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

The Alienware 13 has a quite high front camera resolution (2.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other gaming laptops that were released more than a year ago. The front camera resolutions of similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 13 range from 1MP to 2.1MP, and the average front camera resolution is 1.5MP.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on portable PCs of this type and age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot on gaming laptops that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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

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Narrow

Similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the 13 have widths of between 280mm and 460mm, and the average width is 400mm. At only 328 millimeters, the Alienware 13 is quite narrow compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the 13.

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18 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

When compared to other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the 13, the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of the Alienware 13 of only 950 megahertz is one of the slowest. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13 is 900MHz and the fastest is 1,400MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of portable PCs of this age and spec range from 200MHz to 400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. At only 300 megahertz, the Alienware 13 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the 13.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most gaming laptops that have been available for more than a year 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.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of laptops of a similar age and type to the 13 is 16GB and the biggest is 32GB. 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 notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 13.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Gaming laptops that were launched more than a year ago have screen sizes of between 13" and 19". With a screen size of only 13.3 inches, the Alienware 13 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

If this notebook PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the MSI GT72 2QD (17.3") which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the 13 have total storage capacity of between 120GB and 2.1TB. At only 256 gigabytes, the Alienware 13 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 13.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the MSI GT72 2QD (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Only 12 PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most gaming laptops that have been available for more than a year have between 12 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Alienware 13 which has 12 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Quite Old PCI Express Slot Version

The oldest PCI Express slot version of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 2, the newest is 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 3. When compared to other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 13 that we have assessed, the Alienware 13's PCI Express slot version of only 2 is one of the oldest.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The average discrete graphics adapter memory of gaming laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the 13 is 3.3GB, and the discrete graphics adapter memory capacities range from 2GB to 8GB. With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 2 gigabytes, 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.

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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 most laptops of this age and spec. Most gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

An Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family is actually the worst processor family amongst all laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 13.

An Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family is the best processor family across similar types of laptop.

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Only Four Battery Cells

The Alienware 13 is a four battery cell count laptop.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The Alienware 13 has a fairly small battery capacity (only 52 watt-hours) compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for more than a year. The smallest battery capacity of gaming laptops that were released one year ago is 47Wh and the biggest is 92Wh.

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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The average discrete graphics adapter memory of laptops that were launched more than a year ago is 3.4GB. With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 2,048 megabytes, the Alienware 13 has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other gaming laptops that have been around for around the same time as the 13.

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Only Four Processor Threads

Most comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as 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 notebook PCs of this type and age the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB. The Alienware 13 has one of the smaller processor caches (only 4 megabytes) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of only 2.4 gigahertz, the Alienware 13 has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec. Gaming laptops that are a similar age to the 13 have processor clock speeds of between 1.7GHz and 3GHz.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to consider the MSI GT72 2QD (2.7GHz and cheaper).

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware 13 has a very slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the 13. Laptops that were released one year ago have maximum turbo frequencies of between 2.7GHz and 4GHz.

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1 Other reason to consider the Alienware 13

Released Over a Year Ago

This Alienware laptop has been on the market for over a year.

Specification

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Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
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Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
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Memory Clock Speed
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Solid-State Drive Interface
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Display
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Touchscreen
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Full HD
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Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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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
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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
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
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Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
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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
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Battery
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
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Power
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Manual
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Non-Operating Vibration
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Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
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Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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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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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