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Alienware 14

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 reviews of Alienware 14. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the price and screen are generally positive. The durability and design are also appreciated. The battery and portability get negative opinions, and there are some mixed opinions about the size.

performance, design, durability, screen, price

portability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware 14 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Alienware 14

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 user reviews of Alienware 14 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and screen. The usability and durability are also appreciated, whereas opinions are divided on the price. The reliability and portability get critical views.

performance, durability, usability, screen, design

portability, reliability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware 14 ALW14-2814sLV 14-Inch Gaming Laptop [Discontinued By Manufacturer]Alienware 14 ALW14-2814sLV 14-Inch Gaming Laptop [Discontinued By Manufacturer]

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Alienware 14 Notebook

 

Tempting. New case, new name and new components: Alienware risks a lot to offer the best gaming notebooks in 2013. The integrated features won't be easy to beat for the competition. Despite its 14-inch form factor the notebook can be equipped with a...

Non-glare display with high contrast, Respectable performance, High-quality materials, Excellent build quality, Convenient keyboard, Nice illumination, Large touchpad, Flat PSU, Configurable, Matte finish, mSATA-SSD, 3x USB 3.0, We really appreciate...

Not all the components are accessible, Enormous noise development, No CPU-turbo under full load, GPU throttling under full load, Meager box content, Bad battery runtimes, Idle temperatures, Bulky case, High weight, A thinner and lighter case with...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Alienware 14 and 17 review: Dell's new gaming laptops are fast, powerful and well-lit

 

Alienware's 2013 laptop refresh provides a great experience with few sacrifices. Battery life may not be best in class, but that won't stop you from enjoying the company's latest gaming rigs.

Superb gaming performance ; Great keyboard and trackpad ; Excellent build quality ; Attractive new design

Relatively short battery life ; GPU switching can be finicky

Surprise: Dell's legacy as an OEM and Alienware's gaming cred still make for an awesome combination -- both the Alienware 14 and 17 rank among the best gaming laptops we've reviewed this year. Excellent build quality, killer components and excellent...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Charles P. Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

Alienware 14 Review

 

Alienware's newest 14" gaming notebook is well equipped with a 1080p IPS display, 4th-gen Intel quad-core processor and Nvidia graphics. See why we like this gaming machine.

Excellent performance ; Beautiful 1080p IPS display ; Superb build quality and exterior design ; Respectable battery life ; Good keyboard and touchpad

A little thick and heavy ; Expensive as configured

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware 14 review

 

Some laptops have loud fans that kick in when performing high-end tasks that drive the CPU or GPU. Other laptops, such as the new Alienware 14, have fans so distractingly loud that you practically have to put on headphones (and crank them up) to escape...

Dell's new Alienware 14 offers great performance, competitive prices, and quirky features such as a backlit touch pad.

The new design still feels dated, and it's as thick as a few slim laptops stacked together. The fan is insanely loud.

Dell has revamped its gaming line, including the new Alienware 14. The design changes don't go nearly far enough, but no complaints about the performance.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (theverge.com)

Alienware 14 review

 

"There's a thousand thin notebooks out there. If you want one, there's plenty of options," says Alienware's Frank Azor. Here at E3, the company's announcing the first new industrial design for its...

Fantastically fast for a 14-incher ; Killer optional 1080p IPS screen ; Great build quality

Thick slab-like design ; Sub-par battery life ; Software quirks

Alienware knows its audience well... but is this possible in a thinner shell?

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Alienware 14

 

So you're looking for a serious gaming laptop, but don't want to have to lug around an 18-inch, 10-pound monster. Alienware may have what you're looking for in its new Alienware 14. Packing a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and one of...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Howley (laptopmag.com)

Alienware 14 Review

 

The Alienware 14 is a powerful portable gaming laptop with serious graphics punch and a slick redesign, but it gets toasty.

Slick design with customizable lighting; Powerful Intel Haswell processor; Outstanding graphics performance; Comfortable keyboard; Great audio quality

Relatively dim display; Runs hot while gaming

The Alienware 14 is a portable gaming notebook with a slick redesign and graphics might, but it runs hot under pressure.

Jun, 2013

Techradar Recommended 2013

Expert review by: Dan Grabham (techradar.com)

Alienware 14 review

 

A hefty slice of gaming goodness

1080p screen ; Good processor choice ; Strong graphics ; 16GB of RAM ; Blu-ray drive

No SSD ; Heavy

This gaming laptop packs a wallop with Haswell and Nvidia GTX chips powering a 1080p panel. Portable PC gaming doesn't much better than this. Performance and power are the real raison d'être here: serious specs that can be taken from one location to...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Alienware 14 gaming notebook (4th gen Core)

 

Get your game on with this beautiful 14in Alienware lappy

Sturdy construction ; Excellent performance ; Lovely lighting system

Its optical drive made some startling noises ; Graphics switching is a little cumbersome

Jul, 2013

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

Alienware 14 gaming notebook (4th gen Core)

 

Get your game on with this beautiful 14in Alienware lappy

Sturdy construction ; Excellent performance ; Lovely lighting system

Its optical drive made some startling noises ; Graphics switching is a little cumbersome

The Alienware 14 supplies plenty of speed in a relatively small frame. It's mainly aimed at gamers, but even professionals who want a fast laptop should consider it.

Jul, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3661-CG
Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD + Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD, Dolby Home Theater v4 / Klipsch
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Klipsch

Battery

Battery Capacity:69
Battery capacity (Watt hours):69
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.1
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Rear camera:N
Swivel webcam: No
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium, Black / Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium / Aluminium, Magnesium
Market positioning:Gaming
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel Pitch:0.00634 x 0.00634
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:7.7
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:150
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

CUDA: Yes
CUDA cores:768
Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
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:400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Keyboard

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

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / 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 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 6 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 6 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598 - 420000 / -598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:160
Non-operating vibration:1.3 / 1.30
Operating altitude:-598 - 120000 / -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
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Operating vibration:0.66
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:BD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW / CD, DVD / CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW / No

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD + Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD, Dolby Home Theater v4 / Klipsch
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 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
DisplayPorts quantity:1
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 / 2
HDMI version:1.4 / 1.4a
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
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
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:7.7
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:150
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel H87 / Intel HM87
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel H87 / Intel HM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-4200M / i5-4210M / i7-4700MQ / i7-4710MQ / i7-4800MQ / i7-4810MQ / i7-4900MQ / i7-4910MQ
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 3.7 / 3.8 / 3.9
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4200M / i5-4210M / i7-4700MQ / i7-4710MQ / i7-4800MQ / i7-4810MQ / i7-4900MQ / i7-4910MQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4800 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4900 Mobile series
Processor socket:PGA946
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37 / 47
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:No / Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
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 My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel QuickPath Interconnect: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No
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 / 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 / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75117 / 75128 / 75131 / 76348 / 78931 / 78937 / 78939 / 81012
Processor code:SR15H / SR15K / SR15L / SR1HA / SR1L4 / SR1PQ
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:BIOS / Y
Password protection type:BIOS

Software

Bundled software:35.4 - 519.7 / AlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline / Alienware Command Center\nAlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline w/ Accelerator / AlienwareCommand Center\nAlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline w/Accelerator / McAfee Live Safe 1Y / McAfee Live Safe 1Y\nAlienware Command Center\nAlienFX\nAlienTouch\nAlienFusion\nAlienAdrenaline
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Home Premium / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:English
Trial software:Microsoft Office

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, MMC+, MS PRO Duo, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8 / 80
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000 / 500
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2 / 3
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 64 / 80
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1006 / 1080 / 1256 / 500 / 750 / 768 / 814 / 830

Technical Details

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10 / 10.2
Height (front):1.52 / 1.58 / 2
Height (rear):1.64 / 2
Weight:6.11 / 7
Width:13 / 13.2