Alienware Reveals 13" Laptop: One-Inch Thick and More Powerful Than Its 14"

Light up laptops.

The big messaging push for this upcoming system is that the form factor doesn't sacrifice performance for size. While not naming specific competitors, an Alienware representative said, "There are slimmer notebooks out there, but they'll rely on some tactics that might actually compromise performance just to reach a more significant level of thinness. We decided we're going to maintain a system that gives the graphics card and the CPU the greatest amount of power possible without throttling performance."

Regarding the system's "full-throttle design," he clarified, "You can tax the CPU and the graphics card both completely. There's two fans, there's two thermal solutions, and they all run independently from one another."

On the accessories front, Alienware will also begin bundling Klipsch wireless headset options with their notebooks. And while talking about the 13, Alienware reps mentioned that even more peripheral mice and keyboard peripherals from Roccat will feature compatibility with Alienware FX, the company's integrated lighting system.

Full tech specs for the Alienware 13 follow:

  • Nvidia 860 GTX GPU
  • Intel Core i Processors
  • Up to 16GB DDR3
  • Supports up to two SSD (or one regular hard drive)
  • Wireless 802.11ac tech from Killer
  • Audio powered by Klipsch
  • Supports Windows 8.1, 8.1 Pro, and 7 Pro
  • Battery life: "Targeting 7-8 hours while streaming with wi-fi and an SSD drive."
  • 1-inch thin
  • Just under 4.5 lbs

And options for the 13" LCD screen will include:

  • HD 1366 x 768
    • 200 nits, TN-panel, 45% color gamut
  • FHD 1920 x 1080
    • 350 nits, IPS-panel, 72% color gamut
  • QHD w/touch, 2560 x 1440
    • 400 nits, IPS-panel, 72% color gamut

The system is set to launch this November, and while the official price point isn't decided yet, a rep said regarding the 13's cost: "To give you some idea, our 14-inch sells for $1099."

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73 comments
Tranula
Tranula

Its not the size that counts.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Alienware laptops are kinda worth it for people who prefer gaming on the go. I wouldn't say the same of their desktops though.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I know that gaming laptops aren't everyone's cup of tea, but it's good to see a company trying to balance size and performance.  I like being able to play games on the go, but I don't want to lug around a seven-pounder with a 17-inch screen to make it happen.  This system may not represent the ultimate in gaming performance, but it may be an acceptable trade-off.

Now if there were only a way to get one without bright neon lights and an alien head on it, this laptop might even find its way into the workplace...

aleny2k
aleny2k

hmmmm.... the GPU is Nvidia 860 GTX or Nvidia 860M GTX?

NTM23
NTM23

Eh. I doubt the price is impressive.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

15 inch in my limit. When playing a game using keyboard and mouse on a 15 inch I find the screen is a tad too small to be comfortable. Much better when using a console though. 13 would be pretty unbearable.

supercakefish
supercakefish

I really get annoyed by the desktop master race. Constantly ridiculing us laptop users. PC gamers should be united but they treat us like dirt. Sad world.

vadagar1
vadagar1

don't give a SH!T how good it looks what about cooling issues?

Halloll
Halloll

their most common options are " ef your wallet" and "break the day the warranty expire"

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Bring the M11X back... but yeah not really into alienware that much anymore.

bigrod69
bigrod69

Nvidia 860 GTX does not equal "gaming" laptop, unless you plan on playing everything at 768p. That graphics chip is not strong enough to game at 1080p and certainly not at 1440p. The biggest disappoint since Dell bought Alienware are the weak GPUs. The GPU is a great one for a normal laptop, but a weak one for a gaming laptop.

dbunn001
dbunn001

I keep seeing build our own! build your own! "Desktop", Alienware is an over priced desktop!, The article was a 13 inch laptop and if under a $1,000.00 is not a bad deal for a good gaming "LAPTOP", add a 3 year onsite warranty by Dell and in the long run you have a repariable laptop that you won't have to spend a dime on and just enjoy. Hardware even gaming hardware tends to have a 3 year life cycle, seems like a good deal in the long run for a proven performer.  

keeper262
keeper262

I prefer my self built desktop for gaming and my ultra-book with Intel 5000 graphics for portable games and battery life balance. But I guess if you need a gaming laptop Alienware is a good but expensive brand. I have not seen many good or worthwhile self built laptops lol. So go Alienware if that's what you need.

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

Premium brands are a bit silly if you try to justify them.  It's better to be spontaneous and spend to make yourself feel good because you deserve the best!  It also helps to think of all those starving wretches in coach class envying your little alien head logo.  Notice the logo is upside down to the user when the notebook is closed.  The logo is for others to see and envy.  Dell got that from the Apple.


I knew a girl once who paid $500 for a pair of plastic Gucci sunglasses. She said she was a fashionable person.  I had a different interpretation but didn't say anything because I noticed she was a very hot person and I wanted to get laid. 

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Alienware: Yea....you just paid 300% of what you should have paid.


They are great machines, but I've never seen one priced well enough to justify what you get. Buying Alienware is buying a good computer and then paying an extra $1k for a sweet sticker on the side that glows in the dark.

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

2560 x 1440 on a 13 inch screen... tadsy bit overkill.

GIF
GIF

Alienware builds good computers. I have had my desktop computer for 10 years now but the problem is and always will be that they are overpriced. I just custom built my desktop computer with a Titan Black card for under 3k and it screams. This system would have cost me 5k if I bought it from Alienware so kids, custom build yours. Its easy and cheaper

charlesswann
charlesswann

xbox already proved size and performance need not go hand and hand.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Gaming laptops have always been a bad idea. Non-upgradable, more expensive than desktops and with underclocked components

im_jiggypoo
im_jiggypoo

Yeah I love my 14 inch Alienware. I only pull it out on trips. Gaming on the go people.

Jkouw
Jkouw

@aleny2k Obviously an 860M. A full size card is thicker the the laptop.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@NTM23 Depends on how you use the word "impressive". 

ninja-jason51
ninja-jason51

@bigrod69  The 860m isn't all that bad, it can play most games at high settings at 1080p your not going to be maxing games out but that's to be expected with a laptop. Unless of course that laptop as sli 860m then it be a beast.

chaos-06
chaos-06

@dbunn001 lol This will not be $1000. Maybe for the lowest spec model with a Core i3, 4GB RAM, a spinning HDD, and that terrible 768p display. Up the specs to something that may actually be capable of playing games and I see this going over $2000 easy.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

@nazgoroth It depends. I have a netbook that does 3200x1800 resolution. It works well for reading as everything is very sharp. The downside comes from certain things being too small such as if you're watching YouTube where the bar you use to manipulate where the video's at and what not is pretty darn small.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

@GIF Kind of pointless when it comes to this article though. Laptops aren't as accessible to build from a pile of parts as desktops are.

cashmere007
cashmere007

@GIF I'm jealous of those who have the time to build out their own pc.  I on the other hand just find it to be a chore and perhaps wouldn't feel so encumbered by it if it weren't for my twin boys=)  gaming laptops work perfectly for my lifestyle and this one looks impressive.

Triton
Triton

@GIF  I have had a Falcon and on my 3rd Alienware desktops. This last was was the worst, nothing but problems with it, but then again Dell took them over. There first two were before Dell. 

As far as building your own, guess if you know how and have the time go for it. Pretty much with everything, it always cheaper if you can do it your self and know how - you can save lots of money.

justinhaywald
justinhaywald moderator staff

@GIF Yeah. And you feel a lot more ownership when you build your own machine.

blackace
blackace

@charlesswann It hasn't proved anything yet, as it's performance keeps improving. It's just getting started.

blackace
blackace

@Spartan_418 My laptop has a I7 processor and I only paid $470 for it. I don't remember what GPU is in it. It's not really a gaming laptop, but I have been able to play Planetside 2 and Diablo 3 on it with no problems.

yngsten
yngsten

@Spartan_418

Not to mention they get so hot they'd serve their purpose better at scrambling eggs.

bigrod69
bigrod69

@ninja-jason51 @bigrod69 You might be right, I was looking at the benchmarks for games like FC3 and BF4 at 1080 and high settings (not ultra or anything) it's in the mid-40s. That's playable, and if you go down to medium settings you can probably get to right around 60. But without looking at the benchmarks I'll agree with you about the 860m in SLI, that should be a beast.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@XIntoTheBlue @nazgoroth I've had similar problems.  All software doesn't scale appropriately for small high-resolution screens.  Inevitably you end up with something being too small to be usable. :-(

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

@justinhaywald @GIF Agreed, there's not a lot of things more glorious than building your own system and watching it succesfully boot the first time.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@blackace Neither of those are particularly demanding games.

Your laptop probably just has Intel integrated graphics, not a real GPU.

A real gaming laptop that's capable of playing newer games will be a lot more expensive. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@PJDSouza For that I'd recommend a PS Vita or a controller attachment for your smartphone. 

im_jiggypoo
im_jiggypoo

@Random_Matt @im_jiggypoo I'm not a hardcore PC gamer. The machine runs just fine for me.  Call me crazy, but I really only bought it because I thought the light setup was pretty cool.

PJDSouza
PJDSouza

@im_jiggypoo @Random_Matt Hahahahaha! I never wanted an Alienware but I didn't have an option. I must say the useless lighting stuff is pretty epic. I feel like a dumb kid attracted to flashy shiny things but it is pretty.

PJDSouza
PJDSouza

@Random_Matt @PJDSouza @im_jiggypoo I would have saved a ton of cash buying a Toshiba but all said and done, the Alienware is pretty damn cool. All that useless lighting tech is kinda flashy and show-off-y is a neat way.