Alienware 13 R3 Review (GTX 1060) – They Finally Did It.
Dave2D review of the 2016 Alienware 13 R3 with the OLED display and GTX 1060. Quad-core CPU in a 13″ gaming laptop.
This is the Alienware 13 R3 it’s been updated for the end of 2016, it’s a complete redesign 21% thinner gtx 10 series cards and it’s finally running a quad-core CPU.
Alienware 13 R3 Review:
So it starts at $1200 the top and bottom panels have the same colors, before they’re now aluminum. but it still has the iconic alien head logo the screen hinges shifted forward a bit.
I didn’t love the design at first because it looks so different from most laptops these days but it’s grown a lot on me over the past couple of weeks and I like it the build quality and this is top notch display panel and the chassis or both rigid hinge is well made with good tension, it’s thinner than the previous generation. but it’s not light so anywhere focuses more on long-term durability even you steal the key part to reinforce that some heavy stuff. so i would legitimately feel comfortable dropping this thing from like six feet up you can easily access the internals the killer Wi-Fi card is upgradable.
But it’s really one of the better ones out there there’s two ram slots you can upgrade it to 32 gigs and you also have to em to drive bays the stock drive from toshiba has good speeds the 76 watt hour battery is underneath the shroud here, and you’ll get around four and a half hours of regular use the keyboard is nice. It feels different from the more common chiclet keys. but the typing experience is great. It’s got a cushy 2.2 millimeters of travel and it feels really responsive the keys use zone lighting and kinda wish that they were individually lid and the other thing are these page up and page down keys so it’s cool that included dedicated keys. but because of their positioning you’re going to accidentally hit them, when you’re trying to use arrow keys will get used to them but in the beginning you will make mistakes the trackpad uses synaptic drivers. It’s the same style of track pad as the 15 inch from last year light-up surface.
Alienware 13 R3 Display:
Which always loved millions of colors to choose from in the software it’s got a great surface texture accurate tracking and has nice physical buttons. I’m glad they brought this trackpad to 13 inch version going around the sides we have audio jacks to use be threes to use pcs the one in the back even supports available three and also display outputs ethernet and the alienware graphics and port so external GPU options work right out of the box you can use Thunderbolt three like a razor core or you can use the graphics and from alienware the webcam up here looks.
ok, it’s not the best image quality but it has infrared capabilities so it works with Windows hello to login with facial recognition and you can set up other stuff like sleep and security functions this unit has the OLED panel option its 2560 x 1440 it’s bright.
It has ridiculously high color gamut and it looks amazing now I tried to do some visual comparison, but you can’t really showcase how nice this looks over a video games movies any kind of media consumption looks awesome the images look so rich and vibrant and blacks are as black as they’re going to get imagine ink but the one thing to keep in mind if your content creator you want to run calibration software to tone down the saturation as for burnin on laptop oled displays, they supposedly have tech to prevent this.
But we’ll find out in time the speaker’s far out from the side and they sound pretty nice they stay clear up to around eighty percent volume base isn’t strong there’s no subwoofer. but most people will be happy with this audio system.
The performance is solid my biggest complaint about last year’s alienware 13 was their cpu choice they went with a dual-core ultrabook processor this year they went with a quad-core the sky like 6700 HQ and it also has the gtx 1060 the combination of these two can easily handle most of the current generation 3d titles at 1080p on a 13 inch screen, it’s pretty tough to see the resolution benefits of 1440p and games. so I benchmark everything at 1080p battlefield one runs around 85 frames per second on ultra graphics at 1080p and this has to be one of the best looking games 2016 shadow warrior two runs around 60 frames-per-second same deal for settings ultra graphics at 1080p and then Witcher 3 is still one of the most demanding titles out there.
And at max graphics settings were looking around 40 maybe 45 frames per second at 1080p and if you want more details about gaming performance stay till the end of the video porque video edits are breeze and fully they are capable it’s crazy it’s a 13 inch gaming laptop that crushes vr, I couldn’t detect any cpu throttling in games and even when running benchmark groups and 3dmark this thing kept, its clock speed up the fans spin when it’s idle.
But it’s very quiet you can’t really hear it and under load, it’s louder but it’s still a very tolerable sound heat output very comfortable to use even under load the thermal management.
Here is on point so with the new Alienware 13 R3 you’re getting a very well-built laptop in a relatively dense package.
The oled display option is bright and vibrant it’s like the best-looking laptop screen have played games on the keyboard is comfortable to use and feels really responsive. When gaming the trackpad lights up is also really good the sky like I seven and the gtx 960 deliver great performance and are very well cooled the ram and the drives are easy to access an upgrade and the 76 wat r battery will last year round four and a half hours of regular use.
I think aliens where did a fantastic job with this thing, it probably deserves to win the most improved laptop of 2016.
It still has limitations it’s a 13 inch device you’re going to get maxed-out big-screen gaming. but there’s very little i dislike about this laptop maybe, its weight.