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Alienware 13 R3 (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews of Alienware 13 R3 (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and design. The screen and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the durability. The usability and size get negative views.

performance, portability, screen, design, battery

size, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Alienware 13 R3 (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Alienware 13 R3 Notebook Review

 

Compact gaming miracle. While our test model of the Alienware 15 R3 had some temperature problems, we are impressed by the 13-inch system. Besides the high performance in the small chassis, we are also convinced by the brilliant OLED screen.

pressure-resistant and high quality chassis ; palm rests are always cool ; a lot of performance in a small system ; useful Command Center ; illuminated input devices ; great OLED technology ; decent battery runtimes ; good connectivity ; good fan...

quite big and heavy for a 13-inch system ; only 12 months base warranty (can be expanded) ; blinking of the Eye Tracking LED is annoying ; very glossy QHD touch panel ; no card reader

Although the test model of the larger Alienware 15 R3 had problems with the cooling performance (fluctuating and very high CPU temperatures, unnecessary fan pulsating while idling, high noise development under load), the test sample of the more compact...

Feb, 2017

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

Alienware 13 R3 OLED

 

The tiniest terror returns -- this time, with a 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor. Now that Intel has finally launched the new chip for gaming laptops, the Alienware 13 (starting at $999; reviewed at $2,099) is that much more powerful. Paired...

Slim, sleek chassis; Gorgeous OLED display; Super-comfortable keyboard; Powerful graphics and overall performance; Lightning-fast transfer speeds; Great battery life;

Runs a bit hot; A tad pricey

The Alienware 13 R3 OLED offers VR-ready power in a leaner, redesigned chassis with a showstopping OLED display.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware 13 R3 (OLED) review

 

Every time I test a new gaming laptop, it reminds me of my long-standing hypothetical wish list for that category. The actual list changes over time as new technologies are introduced, but to date, no one has managed to put together what I'd think of...

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: Josh Norem (pcworld.com)

Alienware 13 (2016) review: The first OLED gaming laptop has landed

 

Alienware's 13-inch gaming laptop not only offers a stunning OLED screen, but also a redesigned chassis, solid construction, and superb performance. It's the whole package.

Stunning OLED display ; Superb all-around performance ; Small and compact

Keyboard gets warm under taxing worklaods ; A bit heavy for its size

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: (cnet.com)

Alienware 13 2016

 

The headline here is an OLED screen, which is the super-bright, super-clear display technology now found in only the highest-end big-screen televisions. Why is that important? As we said in our OLED TV explainer : "OLEDs work by putting electricity...

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 OLED Review

 

I have seen the future of laptops, and it is OLED. Alienware is the first gaming laptop manufacturer to embrace this truth, updating the company's small, but powerful 13-inch laptop with a jaw-dropping 2560 x 1440 panel. It truly has to be seen to be...

Supervivid OLED display; Great graphics performance for price; Excellent audio quality; Superb keyboard

CPU performance could be better; Bottom runs hot

The Alienware 13 puts the most dazzling laptop screen ever in a portable design with powerful graphics performance and excellent audio.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Sam Machkovech (arstechnica.com)

Alienware 13 R3: Powerful and pretty, if you don’t mind junk in the trunk

 

Latest GTX 1060 laptop is more portable than its big ol' butt might suggest.

While I love the Alienware 13 R3’s OLED multi-touch panel in some respects, I could just as easily see myself accepting a downgrade to the optional 1080p IPS non-touch panel. I might even drop further down to a GTX 1050Ti to get the price on this...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Stefan Etienne (techcrunch.com)

Alienware’s 13 R3 is testament to small and powerful VR-capable laptops

 

Alienware's latest offering is the smallest powerhouse laptop produced by the company. The 13 R3 is extremely compact for a VR-compatible system, but portability comes at a premium. Even so, the laptop has a lot to offer for gamers and everyday users...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Brian Westover (toptenreviews.com_old)

Alienware 13 R3 Review

 

The Alienware 13 is a fairly powerful high-end gaming laptop with a compact 13-inch design. While it's neither the lightest nor the fastest gaming laptop, it is one of the smallest. Because this compact system is a solid gamer and a VR-ready machine,...

With an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, the Alienware 13 has competent gaming and VR capability.

The laptop’s overall gaming performance is good but not great.

The Alienware 13 R3 OLED has a compact 13-inch design but still boasts VR-ready graphics, solid general performance and an enviable collection of features.

Dec, 2016
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3266
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Speaker Power:4

Battery

Battery Capacity:74
Battery capacity (Watt hours):74
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:15.2
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Design

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

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:300
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:9.23
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:180

Graphics

CUDA: Yes
CUDA cores:1280
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:6
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:Y
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

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

Networking

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

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-598.4 - 420000
Non-operating shock:105
Non-operating vibration:1.37
Operating altitude:-598.4 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating shock:40
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating vibration:0.26
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port:Y
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
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:2.0
Headphone outputs:1
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
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
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:9.23
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:180

Processor

Bus type:DMI3
Chipset:Intel HM170
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM170
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:I7-6700HQ
Processor boost frequency:3.5
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.6
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:I7-6700HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA 1440
Processor threads:8
Stepping:R0
System bus data transfer rate:8
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

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
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88967
Processor code:SR2FQ
Processor package size:42
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y

Security

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

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:180 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:PCI Express / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:180 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.6
Height:0.945
Weight:5.8
Width:13