Gaming laptops are something that I barely look at. Yes, I would like to game wherever I go, but I also know that the laptop experience, in terms of gaming, has never been up to standard of what I experience on my desktop.
Especially when it comes to screen size, I use a 24-inch monitor at home on my desktop, and most gaming laptops range from 13 to 17-inches, which I would say is still insufficient.
Also, gaming laptops at 17 inches weigh a tonne, and it’s not something that I enjoy lugging around, especially when I have to use the device for work.
Alienware believes otherwise. It just announced its latest Alienware 13, equipped with one of the best screens ever seen on any device.
This new mobile gaming station has an OLED screen, which is a bright, clear display technology used usually on highest-end televisions. OLEDs are organic light-emitting diodes, which emit light from electric currents, meaning you get light from individual pixels. In other words, a more defined contrast, and better image.
The panel is also a 1440p unit, not 1080p, so you’ll be gaming (or viewing) at a higher resolution, although only on a 13-incher.
Aside from the screen, the processor uses Intel’s low voltage series of i7 2.5 GHz processor, with a GeForce 965M graphics card, and 12GB of RAM. There’s also a 256GB solid state hard drive on board, which is pretty much standard these days.
As per other Alienware devices, there is also a programmable backlit keyboard, whereby you can customise different light and colour patterns to your own liking, much like a high-end mechanical keyboard. Although it won’t have any mechanical keyswitches, almost a must-have for most gamers, the laptop’s keyboard will not have it. However, it is still a very comfortable keyboard to type on with good tactile feedback.
Exterior design is much like Alienware, very Sci-Fi, with silver anodised aluminium, accompanied by carbon-fibre on its frames. On the right side, you get a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet port (of course being a device for gaming), and a USB-C port.
On the other side, there’s another USB 3.0 port, a security lock slot and a pair of microphone and headphone jacks along with the power adapter slot.
On the rear base there’s an HDMI port and Alienware’s port which allows for the Graphics Amp to set up. This sets your laptops graphics into overdrive through an external device.
The Alienware 13 OLED package is now 2.01 kilogrammes, lightest of the Alienware lineup, but it is still extremely thick compared to its competitors. Meanwhile, the Razer Blade is just under two kilogrammes and is just 0.7 inches in terms of thickness.
As mentioned earlier, gaming laptops are definitely not for me. At US$1,299 ($1,750), you could be getting a mid- to high-range desktop built especially with the latest Nvidia 1060 and AMD 480 graphics card now out in the market.
If mobility is your concern, then the Alienware 13 OLED suddenly becomes an ex- tremely good option. It is cheaper than the current Surface Pro 4 that I am using, and it’s faster, and has excellent graphics.
There are two major downsides, which is first, it uses the low-power consumption U-series i7 processors, and, it is just slightly heavier than two kilogrammes, so you’ll be pulling some weight with you when you’re travelling with this device.
The positives do outweigh the negatives though, especially with a 1440p OLED screen like this one has. So if you’re looking for performance on the go, this Alienware is definitely worth a shot.