Alienware 13 R3 is the latest addition to Alienware Virtual Reality (VR) ready lineup of gaming laptops. Its a 13-inch laptop sporting nvidia’s GTX 10 series graphics card and 6th generation intel skylake processor, making it one of the first VR ready notebook in such a form factor.
Recently the shift towards Virtual Reality (VR) has spurred a growth in VR ready machines. Thanks to nvidia’s pascal architecture based graphics card, laptops have taken a leap in terms of graphical capabilities. Nvidia’s 10 series graphics card have reduced the gap between desktop and laptop graphics performance to an extent where it is now finally possible to have desktop grade performance in laptops.
Alienware is a well known name amongst the PC gaming community. It offers plenty of customisable options when it comes to premium gaming laptops and desktops. Alienware 15 and 17 have already received the VR refresh and available for quite some time on the official website.
Processor: i5-6300 HQ (3.2 GHz w/ Turbo Boost) or i7-6700HQ (3.5 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
RAM: Up to 32 GB of DDR4
Graphics: Intel HD 530 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Display: 1366×768 TN, 1920×1080 IPS, or 2560×1440 OLED
Storage: Two M.2 SSD slots, up to 1 TB PCIe SSD storage each
Wireless: Killer 1435 or Killer 1535 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi with Bluetooth 4.1
Design & Features
The new device improves drastically over the predecessor. The chassis is based on the new “hinge forward” design as seen in recently launched Alienware 15 and 17 refresh. According to Alienware the new chassis is “upto 21 percent thinner” as well as allows for improvements in the cooling department.
The footprint is quite large (one pound heavier than previous generation) for a 13 inch gaming laptop. Considering the technical specifications pack a punch, the weight shouldn’t be a deal breaker. The logo, Alienware head and all caps “Alienware”, has undergone change and gives a more streamlined feel.
The most distinctive feature is the option of OLED display. The colours produced are rich and vivid. Watching 4K content on the screen appeals to eyes. The Alienware TactX keyboard has been optimised as well.
Price & Availability
Alienware 13 R3 is currently available in US for a base model price of $1,119. The most expensive version with all the options, however, will set you back $2,649. As part of Black Friday deals, discount of upto $200 is being offered at Alienware website.