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Dell announces Alienware 13 gaming laptop

by Mark Tyson on 11 August 2014, 09:15

Tags: Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), Alienware (NASDAQ:DELL), PC

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Dell has announced a new Alienware gaming laptop. This one slots in right at the bottom of the range, as far as screen size is concerned – until this Alienware 13 gaming laptop is released the Alienware 14 will remain the firm's most compact offering. The Alienware 13 has, of course, a 13-inch screen, weighs 4.5lbs (2.04Kg) and is less than an inch thick. To earn its gaming stripes it will utilise Intel i5 or i7 ULV processors combined with (up to) an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU.

This smaller, lighter and more slender gaming laptop is Alienware's reaction to products like the Razer Blade, suggests PCMag. Dropping an inch in screen size from the Alienware 14 also drops around 900g off the weight and 19mm off its thickness – so it will be much more portable than that slightly larger screened stable mate.

However this gaming laptop still looks very much an Alienware product, with the characteristic design language you will all be familiar with.

Alienware 13 specifications (preliminary)

  • Screen: 13-inch IPS, choice of 1366 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, 3200 x 1800, touch panel options
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 and i7 'U' processors, launched with Haswell but Broadwell intentions have been signalled
  • GPU: (up to) an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M
  • Storage: HDD and SSD options, no built-in ODD
  • Speakers: Klipsch stereo speakers
  • Battery: (up to) 8 hours
  • Physical properties: weighs 4.5lbs (2.04Kg) and is less than an inch thick
  • Frills: LED-lit cooling fans, various LED lighting zones around the laptop chassis
  • OS: Windows 7 or 8.1

Although this laptop has had brief 'hands on' sessions with both Engadget and PCMag it won't be launched until November. Also we will have to wait for nearer that time before finding out the full specs, custom build options and the range of pricing.



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Super !
Would rather it had an AMD gfx card in it.
3200x1800 in a 13" screen?! That's some serious DPI. Wouldn't be able to play any games at native res though!
Finally, they're offering decent display panels in the higher end laptops! WP Dell.
As bad as it sounds, I genuinely like that the monitor has an option for 1366x768. Although I get that there are people who want higher resolution on small screens, when it comes to Windows, due to its poor DPI scaling, I'm much more a fan of lower resolutions on small screens. Furthermore, that resolution much better matches the mobile graphics card it's to be powered by.

In an ideal world, I think that somewhere in between 136x768 and 1920x1080 would be the best combination of resolution and functionality, but nonetheless I do like their options there. I might have a look at those when they're released. I imagine they'll be overpriced though, alas. Anything over £700 would be far too much for the lowest-end specs.