Laptops for gamers these days is a balance between power and portability – if you travel around – and still with to play next-generation games, or those who just want to look good while gaming. For looks and prestige it doesn’t get better than Alienware.
Alienware 13 (early 2015 model) specs:
- i7-5500u @ 2.4GHz
- 16GB RAM
- GTX 860M
- 1920 x 1080p
- 358.91 Geforce Driver
To play games the Alienware 13 (early 2015 model) relies on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, although the new generation comes with a GeForce GTX 960M which provides 10 to 20 % better performance.
The Alienware 13 is also accompanied by an SSD and Intel (Broadwell) processors, but you’re limited to dual core options only. The GTX 860M will provide with a “modest” gaming experience, but don’t expect to game at high or ultra graphics settings.
RAM is also not a problem, with 16GB DDR3. As for connectivity, you get WiFi 802.11ac support and USB 3.0 ports. The audio is delivered by the prestigious Klipsch, who has also been implemented in the Alienware 14 with great results. As for its design, its very elegant, with powerful and angular styles, with a very attractive backlit keys and housing areas. The keyboard uses Alienware TactX.
The Dell Alienware 13 starts at at $ 1,100 with the a 720p screen and expect to pay up to $1900 for the QHD version.
Here is our benchmark for BioShock Infinite using medium settings we ended up enjoying some very playable frame rates in this configuration.
Here is our benchmark for Star Wars Battlefront using medium settings, the Alienware 13 really started to heat up within 2 min of gaming something to keep in mind. Frame rates where decent as well.
In our benchmark test for Unigine Heaven our Alienware 13 managed to hit around 28 to 36 frames per second. We used default settings here.
Fallout 4 proved to be fairly smooth as our Alienware 13 managed over 24 frames per second using the default high settings, but the laptop started to really heat up.