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Alienware 13 (2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 reviews of Alienware 13 (2014). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and battery. The design and screen are also appreciated, but there are some mixed comments about the performance. The reliability and usability get negative views.

portability, screen, design, battery, durability

image quality, touchpad, usability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Alienware 13 (2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Alastair Stevenson (

Alienware 13


The Alienware 13 is the latest portable laptop from Dell's premium gaming brand. Like the Razer Blade and Gigabyte Aero 14, it aims to offer buyers a compact gaming system that's powerful enough to play AAA games at 1080p, but small and light enough to...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Alienware 13: Gaming laptop meets desktop when paired with Graphics Amplifier (hands-on) - Pocket-lint


Which to go for - the desktop mega rig for graphically intense sessions, or a hardcore laptop for on-the-go gaming? How about a solution combining the

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Cameron Faulkner (

Alienware 13 review


A future-proofed gaming laptop, but not how you'd think

Cohesive design ; Fantastic QHD screen ; Packs a GTX 960M to start ; "Future-proof"

Games chug at native resolution ; Graphics Amplifier feels required ; Stuck with a dual-core processor

Alienware's 13-inch laptop is a well-built machine and a good performer for light to moderate gamers. However, the optional Graphics Amplifier accessory feels almost mandatory if you expect anywhere near enthusiast-level graphics.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Alienware 13 review: Close to the perfect gaming laptop


The revamped Alienware 13 is one USB port away from hitting every item on my wish list.

The OLED touchscreen is stunning to watch, and the new Nvidia graphics card can handle VR headsets and the latest games with ease.

With only two full-size USB ports, hooking up VR gear plus a game controller is a hassle. The physical redesign isn't as extensive as it could be, and this OLED version is very expensive.

With an OLED touch display, VR-ready graphics, and a reasonably portable 13-inch body, the new Alienware 13 hits almost every item on my gaming laptop wish list.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Alienware 13 OLED review: A brilliant-looking gaming laptop


This high-end gaming laptop adds a stunning OLED screen, for less than you might expect.

The OLED screen on this 13-inch gaming laptop looks amazing. Gaming performance is very good for a mainstream gaming laptop, and there's even an (expensive) option for adding VR-ready desktop graphics.

The display is not as finely tuned as high-end OLED televisions, the graphics options don't go past mainstream, and battery life while gaming is short.

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.

Jul, 2016

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Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (

Alienware 13 review: A premium yet portable beast of a gaming laptop


Gaming culture borrows heavily from science-fiction and fantasy themes. So why not own a laptop that looks like it dropped out of the future? Alienware set the trend for gaming notebooks that look like sci-fi film props, and in the Alienware 13 has...

The Alienware 13 is a compact yet very powerful laptop, suited to playing all modern Windows games. It’s chunky thick but relatively light in weight, and has been well designed and equipped to be a premium yet still portable powerhouse.

May, 2015

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (

Alienware 13 with Graphics Amplifier review


A well-built, thin and light gaming laptop with great battery life, while the optional Graphics Amplifier is a fascinating addition

May, 2015

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (

Alienware 13 review


A well-built, thin and light gaming laptop with great battery life, but the specification does not match the Alienware 13's high price

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Alienware 13 adds a graphics amplifier for desktop-like power


Plug your favorite PCIe graphics card into this sold-separately breakout box for a performance boost.

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Alienware 13 review


The Alienware 13 is the latest and one of the smallest fully-fledged gaming laptops from the PC maker, and what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in grunt - and it's future proof too. Starting from £899, is this Dell and Alienware's best...

Alienware is known for its bright lights and futuristic, alien-inspired hardware, and the Alienware 13 follows in the same suit as its larger, heavier siblings. It's the smallest and lightest laptop in the company's line-up, but it still packs in...

Unfortunately, away from a plug socket, you won't get much game time with the Alienware 13, as its battery life is rather woeful. Even with its low-voltage Intel processor, we only managed to squeak out around five hours of average use out of it,...

Alienware and Dell have created their best portable laptop to date, which manages to squeeze in plenty of power into a relatively small frame. It's chunkier than many other laptops on the market, but it's practically future proof too for all your...

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio chip:Realtek ALC3234 / Realtek ALC3266
Audio system:Creative Sound Blaster / Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in subwoofer:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:2 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Klipsch


Battery capacity (Watt hours):51 / 52 / 62 / 76
Battery life (max):8.5
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.8 / 15.2
Number of battery cells:4


Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera HD type:Full HD
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1
Front camera signal format:1080p
Video capturing speed:30


Colour name:Epic Silver
Colour of product:Black, grey / Black, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black, grey / Black, Silver
Product Type:Netbook / Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200 / 220 / 300 / 350 / 400
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440 / 3200 x 1800
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD / No / QHD+ / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TN
Pixel pitch:0.115 x 0.115 / 0.153 x 0.153 / 0.215 x 0.215
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


CUDA:Y / Yes
CUDA cores:640
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16 / 64
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / No
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1616 / 0x591B / 0xA16 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):2560 x 1600
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 5500 / Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel® HD Graphics 520 / Intel® HD Graphics 5500
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:English / US English
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes


Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 32
Memory clock speed:1600 / 2400
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):867
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac
WLAN controller model:Killer Wireless-AC 1535

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Non-operating shock:105 / 160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.30 / 1.37
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating shock:110 / 40
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40 / 5 - 35
Operating vibration:0.26 / 0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60 / -40 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
On/off button:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
AC adapters quantity:1
Cables included:AC
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port:Y
CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4 / 1.4a / 2.0
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


AC adapter frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:6.7
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:130


Bus type:DMI2 / DMI3 / OPI
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600 / 800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM170
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x4,4x1 / 2x4, 4x1 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Haswell / Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i7-5xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 2.2 / 2.4 / 2.5
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I5-4210U / I5-5200U / i5-7300HQ / I7-5500U / I7-6500U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-5200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-5500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1168 / LGA 1356 (Socket B2)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D0 / D1 / F0
System bus rate:4 / 5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology:No / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology version:9.5
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):No / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:No / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:81016 / 85212 / 85214 / 88194 / 97456
Processor code:SR1EF / SR23W / SR23Y / SR2EZ
Processor package size:40 / 42 / 42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y


Cable lock slot:N / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Noble
Password protection:Y / Yes


Bundled software:McAfee Live Safe 1YR
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / Windows 7 Enterprise / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:ENG / English / KOR / Multilingual
Trial software:Microsoft Office


Card reader integrated:N / No
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
HDD Capacity:1000
HDD interface:SATA III / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
HDD Size:2.5
HDD Speed:5400
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Hybrid-HDD cache memory:8
Hybrid-HDD cache type:SSD
Hybrid-HDD capacity:500
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:180 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / PCI Express / Serial ATA III
SSD capacity:180 / 256 / 512
SSD form factor:M.2
SSD interface:M.2 / PCI Express / Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 180 / 256 / 384 / 500 / 512 / 640

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.5 / 235 / 269
Height :24
Height (front):2.48 / 2.53 / 2.63 / 2.64
Height (rear):2.79 / 2.89
Weight:2 / 2.06 / 2.07 / 2.1 / 2.63
Width:32.8 / 328 / 330