The Alienware 13 has been upgraded to give gamers the tools they need to be the best. An innovative hinge-forward design brings the thermal shelf to the rear, enabling a variety of improved benefits – like a thinner design, better ventilation, higher quality sound and external ports organization. Killer Double Shot™ Pro provides a wired and wireless networking setup that prioritizes internet traffic and data streams to the applications most important to you. Using 3DMark’s new Time spy benchmark, upgrading to an Intel Core i7 processor on the new Alienware 13 can deliver up to a 51% performance boost within a DirectX 12 gaming environment.Even though there is a trend towards more portable notebooks with small dimensions, the choice in the range of smaller than 15 inches is still limited – at least when you are looking for a powerful gaming notebook. There are only two 14-inch laptops in our mobile Top 10 ranking (as of February), the MSI GS43VR 6RE and the 2016 model of the Razer Blade. Alienware or its parent company Dell now uses the concept of a mobile gaming system and takes it to another level with the Alienware 13 R3, the third iteration of the 13-inch gaming laptop.
The technology has changed quite considerably compared to the pre-predecessor that we reviewed back in the mid-2015. The chassis no longer uses an efficient ULV processor with a TDP of 15 watts anymore, but a conventional quad-core CPU from Intel's Kaby Lake generation with a much higher consumption of 45 watts (Core i7-7700HQ or Core i5-7300HQ). The graphics performance has also improved. Instead of the Maxwell chip GeForce GTX 960M, the graphics are now handled by a brand-new Pascal chip. Depending on the SKU you will have a choice of the GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5), GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) or GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) in combination with 8-32 GB of DDR4 RAM. Games and other files can be stored on an SSD with a capacity between 180 and 1000 GB (SATA-III or PCIe/NVMe). A secondary storage device is also possible.