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Alienware 13 (2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 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 Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and durability. The design and screen also get good reviews. Many are less positive about the reliability and touchpad, while there are some mixed reviews about the usability.

portability, screen, design, durability, battery

performance, touchpad, reliability

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

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Alienware 13 (2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Alienware 13 (2014) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware 13 HID36-AUK4 i7-5500U 2.4-3.0GHz GTX 960M (QHD Glossy Touchscreen / 16GB RAM / 500GB SSD)Alienware 13 HID36-AUK4 i7-5500U 2.4-3.0GHz GTX 960M (QHD Glossy Touchscreen / 16GB RAM / 500GB SSD)

May, 2018

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Alienware 13 (GTX 960M) Notebook Review

 

Power Spike. Dell offers updated components for the Alienware 13. Let us find out if the Core i7-5500U and the GeForce GTX 960M are worth the investment.

Bright FHD IPS panel, Optional Graphics Booster, Latest hardware, Recovery USB stick, Relatively power conservative, Backlit keyboard, Compact chassis, Modest weight, Good battery life, Nice looks

High temperature and noise emissions in 3D mode, CPU is quite weak for gaming, Rubber surfaces are sensitive to smudges, The SSD write speeds are a little slow, Speakers could be better, Throttling at full load, A mere 2 GB of VRAM, Only one storage...

Overdue, yet not game-changing: the hardware upgrade for the Alienware 13 is sadly not what we were hoping for. Although the Core i7-5500U is superior to the Core i5-4210U in most cases, it cannot compete with gaming notebooks equipped with a quad-core...

May, 2015

Expert review by : Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Dell Alienware 13 Notebook Review

 

Small chassis, big performance? After products with 11 and 14-inches, the gaming experts from Alienware now offer a 13-inch product. Our article tries to focus on the question of whether a dual-core is sufficient for the GeForce GTX 860M and the...

Sophisticated port layout, Low power consumption, Display with IPS technology, Very good build quality, Transportable chassis, Comfortable keyboard, Nice illumination, Noble appearance, Moderate weight, Great battery runtimes

Core i5-4210U limits the performance of the GTX 860M, Speakers distort heavily at higher volumes, Only one storage drive, Very rough touchpad

Apart from the processor, which is debatable, Dell offers an excellent 13-inch notebook with the Alienware 13. Besides the build quality and the nice design the display in particular is a highlight. It is rare that we review such a high-contrast IPS...

Feb, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Victoria Song (pcmag.com)

Alienware 13

 

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 touch screen.

Excellent performance. Good battery life. Compact size and sleek design. Light for a gaming laptop. Premium build quality. Vibrant QHD touch screen. Plenty of ports, including USB-C with Thunderbolt 3.

13-inch screen may not appeal to all gamers. Fans get loud when gaming.

Conclusion If you're not put off by its screen size, Alienware 13 packs a lot into its small frame: VR capability, a beautiful QHD touch-screen display, ample ports, good battery life, smooth gameplay, and high build quality. It's heavier and less...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware 13 (OLED) review

 

There are thinner gaming laptops out there. There are more powerful gaming laptops out there. But, this updated version of the Alienware 13 has something almost no one else has, at least not yet.

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

Expert review by : Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

Alienware 13 Review

 

The Alienware 13 takes PC gaming in a bold new direction, giving you a stunning display on the go and a powerful graphics accelerator for your abode.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Alienware 13 Review Tim Schiesser

 

If you want a reasonably small and portable gaming laptop, the Alienware 13 is one of the leading options on the market. With its 13.3-inch display, the footprint of this laptop is smaller than a typical 15-inch laptop, and if you're willing to put up...

The GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1060 models pack decent hardware at affordable prices. RGB lighting offers good customizability. Great keyboard and trackpad. Supports Windows Hello and Tobii eye-tracking.

A smaller form factor gaming laptop that’s not particularly portable, at least compared to its competitors. We wish it wasn't this heavy.

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : Sean Hollister (gizmodo.com)

Alienware 13 Review: The First Futureproof Gaming Laptop

 

I've owned a grand total of two gaming laptops. It was depressing how quickly they aged. But the new Alienware 13 may not suffer the same fate. It's the first gaming laptop that lets you connect a external desktop graphics card for freaking awesome,...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Cameron Faulkner (techradar.com)

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 : Elias Plastiras (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Alienware 13 gaming laptop

 

A highly mobile laptop that's possible to use as a main gaming system

Has enough power for gaming ; Strong and attractive design ; Small and not overly heavy

Poor touchpad ; SSD write speed relatively slow

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Alienware 13 gaming laptop

 

A highly mobile laptop that's possible to use as a main gaming system

Has enough power for gaming ; Strong and attractive design ; Small and not overly heavy

Poor touchpad ; SSD write speed relatively slow

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Creative Sound Blaster / Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2
Speakers manufacturer:Klipsch

Battery

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

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1
Video capturing speed:30

Design

Color of product:Black, Grey / Black, Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product type:Netbook / Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200 / 300 / 350 / 400
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440 / 3200 x 1800
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / Not supported / QHD+ / Wide Quad HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TN
Pixel Pitch:0.00453 x 0.00453 / 0.00602 x 0.00602 / 0.00846 x 0.00846
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

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

Graphics

CUDA: Yes
CUDA cores:640
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 2048
Discrete graphics adapter model: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
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1616 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 5500 / Intel® HD Graphics 5500
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

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

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.30
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:110
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35 / 0 - 40
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60 / -40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60 / -40 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

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

Packaging Data

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

Ports & interfaces

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

Power

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

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:2x4, 4x1 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:i5-4210U / i5-5200U / i7-5500U
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell / Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 2.2 / 2.4
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:i5-4210U / i5-5200U / i7-5500U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-5500 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D0 / F0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

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

Security

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

Software

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

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA III / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2
Storage media:HDD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 384 / 500 / 512 / 640

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.25
Height (front):0.976 / 0.996 / 1.04
Height (rear):1.1 / 1.14
Weight:4.41 / 4.54 / 4.56 / 4.63
Width:12.9