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Alienware 13 R3 (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Alienware 13 R3 (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and sound. The screen and portability also get good comments, whereas there are some negative opinions about the durability and price.

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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 98/100 = 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: 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)

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

Expert review by: Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Alienware 13 (2016, GTX 1060) Review and Ratings

 

The redesigned Alienware 13 delivers a stunning OLED-screen option, capable graphics, and external-GPU support. It's a powerful, solid-feeling PC in a rare screen size for a gamer. Heft and fan noise are our only quibbles.

Great-looking OLED screen ; Comfy, sculpted keyboard ; Chassis resists fingerprints and smudges ; Good battery life for a compact gamer ; Graphics-upgradable, thanks to optional Graphics Amplifier

Big and heavy for a 13-inch laptop ; Fans get noisy under load ; Lacks per-key RGB backlighting

It's a little tough, at the moment, to judge the Alienware 13's value compared to its competition, because when we wrote this, there were no other 13-inch, GTX 1060-based gaming laptops available (at least that we could find on Newegg.com). There was a...

Nov, 2016
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3266

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Display

HD type:Full HD
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:6
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: Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

Alienware graphics amplifier port: Yes
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: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video 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): Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel TSX-NI: Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Processor ARK ID:88967
Processor package size:42
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot type:Noble
Password protection: Yes

Storage

SSD form factor:M.2