Alienware 13 OLED Gaming Notebook: Full, in-depth review
- OLED display is gorgeous
- Built-in speakers are surprisingly good
- Performance doesn't quite live up to the price-tag
- Design as bulky as it is rugged
As incredible as the OLED display looks, the Alienware 13 doesn't quite deliver the performance needed to justify the premium price.
Price$ 3,385.00 (AUD)
Within the gaming-oriented wing of the broader PC market, Alienware are probably one of the more distinct brands out there. Even if you haven’t bought one of their (admittedly) expensive hardware before, you’ve almost certainly heard of them. And even then, if you somehow haven’t, it feels you have to have at-least felt their influence on the market.
Sure, no single company or brand is responsible for trapping the gaming tech market in an endless cycle of neon-lit glowy-metal-sci-fi-death-machine aesthetics. However, if there was a single culprit, it’d probably be Alienware.
Their success with the formula has bred plenty of pretenders and there are a scant few gaming brands who haven’t succumbed to Alienware’s take on what gamers want. If you can’t beat ‘em - join ‘em - and if they want glowy-metal-sci-fi-death-machines, give em glowy-metal-sci-fi-death-machines.
As with every Alienware laptop before it, the new Alienware 13 promises to combines stunningly-powerful performance and incredibly-mobile design. The takeaway isn’t just that it’s a portable PC capable of delivering good performance on the go but a slick-looking’ glowy-metal-sci-fi-death-machine that isn’t a pain to carry with you.
It’s the kind of gaming laptop you’ll want to show off. Especially since this time around the Alienware 13 comes touting a slick OLED screen that promises to make to leverage the next-generation display technology to tap into a world of visual fidelity still unavailable to most.
Summing things up, the sell isn’t just that this Alienware 13 is Alienware’s best and “most Alienware” A13 yet. It’s that this is the kind of gaming laptop that’s ready to set a new bar for the gaming laptops of the future to be measured against.
Knowing Alienware’s success with that approach in the past, that’s an exciting idea.
The new Alienware 13 comes in a number of configurations. However, the (almost) top-of-the-line model we reviewed boasted a 13.3- inch QHD (2560 x 1440) OLED Anti-Glare 400-nits touch-sensitive display and came powered by a Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
Under the hood, the new and improved A13 gaming notebook also boasts a hefty 512GB SSD and a noisy Nvidia 1060 graphics card. It also comes with a 76 Wh Lithium Ion battery and Windows 10 Home pre-installed.
When it comes to ports, it's packing an RJ-45 Killer Networks e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Port, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports (one with PowerShare), two USB-C slots (one with support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort), a HDMI 2.0 output, a Mini-Display 1.2 output, an Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port and a set of 3.5mm jacks (one for a headset, one for a microphone).
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Apple iPhone X
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Toys for Boys
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Xbox One X
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security issue allows admin access to your Mac—but there's a fix
- Acer attempts to woo Australian gamers with reveal of its new Predator range
- Lenovo ThinkPad celebrates 25 years of cutting edge technology
- Crowdfunding campaign to bring wireless charging to the Macbook
- Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home Mini & Max: Everything Announced At Today’s Google Event
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- PC World 2017 Editors' Choice Awards Nomineees Announced
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTRecords AnalystOther
- CCSenior Application SpecialistNSW
- FTRigger TechniciansOther
- FTOracle Financial Functional Oracle FinancialNSW
- CCTechnical Lead - BrisbaneNSW
- CCService Desk AnalystWA
- FTChange ManagerOther
- FTSoftware Engineer (Java)SA
- CCVirtualisation Network EngineerVIC
- FTLevel 1 Application Support (POS)QLD
- TPSystems Engineer - Dell EMCWA
- FTSenior Power BI Developer, AzureOther
- FTJunior-Mid Level Java DeveloperQLD
- TPProject Manager - Windows 10QLD
- FTServiceNow Solution SpecialistOther
- FTPronto Systems / Reporting AnalystVIC
- FTProject Coordinator / Project Support OfficerSA
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTSenior Field Services Telecommunication RiggerACT
- FTDevOps EngineerNSW
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectOther
- CCDesktop Support / Field TechnicianWA
- FTPEGA ArchitectOther
- FTBig Data EngineerOther
- FTJunior Manual Tester - Accounting & FinanceOther