Dell was not fond of its smallest gaming notebook Alienware 11 which was discontinued in 2012. Since then we have seen numerous gaming laptops in 14″ and 13″ screen sizes becoming extremely popular. This has led to the announcement of Alienware 13, the company’s thinnest and lightest Alienware gaming notebook till date. Alienware 13 will make its debut in November featuring Intel’s 4th generation Core processors, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX graphics and a 1440p resolution.
Alienware 13; Dell’s thinnest gaming notebook and lightest gaming notebook
Alienware 13 will appeal to a majority of people including me who always dreamt of owning an Alienware notebook. It has the perfect size for portability and comes with impressive specifications. Alienware 13 will counter the flourishing Razer Blade which is an engineering marvel of its own.
In terms of specifications, users will have the option to customize the notebook according to their needs. Alienware 13 measures less than an inch (recall the marketing of Razer Blade) and it weighs just 4.5 pounds. Unfortunately, Dell decided it that will not provide a display with the same 3K resolution as the Razer Blade instead it will offer three options – a 1366 x 768 standard display, a 1080p display and a 2560 x 1440 touch-screen display. Obviously prices will vary according to the display configuration you choose.
Initially, Alienware 13 will feature 4th generation Intel Core processors but once the 5th generation Broadwell processors are launched, Dell will upgrade the specifications. Users will have the option to choose between a SSD or a traditional hard drive, sadly no dual drive option will be available. It is unclear but we think that Dell will give the option of a mSATA SSD along with a mechanical drive.
In terms of graphics, Alienware 13 will feature NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 860M graphics based on the highly power efficient Maxwell architecture. It features 640 CUDA cores clocked at 1029 MHz plus GPU Boost 2.0. It is equipped with 4 GB GDDR5 memory spread across a 128-bit memory interface clocked at 5000 MHz respectively. Alienware 13 will support NVIDIA’s Optimus, Battery Boost and G-Sync technologies.
The battery backup is rated at 8 hours of video playback which will eventually decrease once you are playing games with the charger unplugged.Pricing is not yet announced but Dell says more information will be revealed soon. Head over to Engadget to check out the hands-on photos of Alienware 13.