Alienware, Dell’s division of gaming hardware, has announced the launch of a new notebook which is more powerful than the 14″ generation, despite being smaller.
At the price point that most Alienware products are sold, it’s clear that this company targets a specific niche audience with its gaming notebooks and desktops: gamers with deep pockets. The premium prices is often justified by components and features we don’t get to see in an everyday laptop.
The new Alienware notebook is only one inch thick, so this isn’t exactly its strongest point. As one of the company’s representatives explained, “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.”
A powerful system tends to produce a lot of heat, especially when encased in such a small form factor. The representative pointed out that “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.”
The specs of the 13″ Alienware laptop are as follows:
- GPU: Nvidia 860 GTX GPU
- CPU: Intel Core i Processors
- RAM: Up to 16GB DDR3
- Internal storage: Up to two SSD drives (or one regular hard drive)
- Wi-Fi: Wireless 802.11ac tech from Killer
- Sound card: Klipsch
- OS: Supports Windows 8.1, 8.1 Pro, and 7 Pro
- Battery life: 7-8 hours if streaming over Wi-Fi and using an SSD drive for storage
- Thickness: 1-inch
- Weight: Less than 4.5 lbs
When it comes to the type of display, you have three different options:
- 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
A 13″ display may seem small, but it is in fact ideal when gaming on the go.
As per usual, this Alienware notebook comes with an illuminated keyboard that turns gaming nights into great experiences. Combined with the other pieces of hardware and an otherworldly design, every single detail of this laptop reveals how unique it really is.
Scheduled for a November launch, the 13″ laptop will be available at different price points, depending on the configuration. However, the company’s representative mentioned that “To give you some idea, our 14-inch sells for $1099.”