Dell Alienware 13 R2 is a gaming laptop with good power efficiency. It’s powered by a Broadwell-based ultra-low voltage processor, instead of the more-powerful standard voltage processor, in order to provide extended battery life. The processor is either Intel Core i5-5200U or i7-5500U. The i5 is clocked at 2.2 GHz with maximum Turbo frequency of 2.7 GHz, while the i7 has a base frequency of 2.4 GHz with maximum frequency of 3.0 GHz when Turbo Boost is active. Both processors have two cores and integrate Intel HD Graphics 5500. The discrete-class GPU is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M equipped with 2GB GDDR5. It enables you to play any high-end games smoothly. One of the most interesting features is the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which allows you to add a discrete desktop GPU.
The display is sized at 13.3-inch and there are three options available. The basic option has HD 1366 x 768 pixels resolution, TN-Panel, and 200-nit brightness. The next options offers better picture details with FHD 1920 x 1080 pixels, better color and viewing angles with IPS technology, as well as increased brightness to 350-nit. The most advanced option offers touch input capability as well as incredible picture quality with QHD+ 3200 x 1800 pixels resolution, IGZO, IPS, and impressive 400-nit brightness.
In terms of storage, it comes with a 500GB Hybrid HDD (with 8GB of cache) or for better storage performance, it’s recommended to choose the one with a PCIe SSD, either 256GB or 512GB, and optional 128GB mSATA SSD. Equipped with two 2-SODIMMs, the device supports up to 16GB of system memory.
The new thing you won’t find on its predecessor is a USB Type-C, the latest generation USB that also supports Thunderbolt 3 and SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps. Other ports include an RJ-45 port, a DC-in jack, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a 1/8-inch headphone jack, and a 1/8-inch audio-output jack. However, there is no optical drive.
The cool Alienware keyboard has 4-zone, multi-color RGB backlight and you can adjust it with AlienFX Lighting controls. Behind each keys, there is a metal plate for better responsiveness. The gaming laptop also offers immersive audio output thanks to Klipsch and Creative X-Fi technologies. It also supports 7.1 digital audio out when using the HDMI port. Comes with Killer E2400 Ethernet and Killer 1535 802.11ac WiFi, it provides fast networking thanks to Killer DoubleShot Pro and Advanced Stream Detect. Plus, all models have built-in Bluetooth 4.1. The webcam is pretty good for video chatting with up to Full HD 1080p resolution.
To keep the system temperature cool, it uses advanced cooling system with copper heat pipes and plate on the CPU and GPU. For a high-performance system, a battery life of up to 8.5 hours is very impressive. At the thickest point, it measures at almost 1.1-inch, not bad for a laptop designed to run high-end games. On average, it weighs 4.537 lbs (2.058 kg). It may vary depends on configurations.
Dell Alienware 13 R2 Specifications
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Intel Core i5-5200U (2 cores, 2.2 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel Core i7-5500U (2 cores, 2.4 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
HD (1366 x 768 pixels) anti-glare, TN-Panel, 200-nit
FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) anti-glare, IPS, 350-nit
QHD+ (3200 x 1800 pixels) IGZO IPS, TrueLife, 400-nit (touchscreen)
Intel HD Graphics 5500
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB GDDR5
500GB Hybrid HDD with 8GB cache (SATA 6Gb/s)
256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
256GB PCIe SSD + 128GB mSATA SSD
512GB PCIe SSD + 128GB mSATA SSD
Up to 16GB dual channel DDR3L 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
2.0 Speaker configuration
HD Audio with Creative X-Fi Software
7.1 Digital Audio out (with HDMI)
Inputs & Controls
4-zone, multi-color RGB keyboard
1 x Alienware Graphics Amplifier
1 x RJ-45
1 x DC-in
2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0
1 x USB Type-C (supports Thunderbolt 3, SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 1/8-inch headphone
1 x 1/8-inch audio-output
Killer Networks e2400 Ethernet
Killer 1535 802.11ac WiFi (2×2)
Full HD 2 megapixels webcam with dual digital microphones
4-cell 51 WHr battery
Up to 8.5 hours of battery life
130W AC adapter
Dimensions and Weight
Width: 12.913-inch (328 mm)
Depth: 9.252-inch (235 mm)
Height: 1.04-inch (front) / 1.098-inch (rear) (26.34 mm (front) / 27.9 mm (rear))
Weight: 4.537 lbs (2.058 kg) (average)
AlienAdrenaline with Accelerator
AlienFX Lighting Zones