Upcoming Alienware 13 to be Dell’s Thinnest Gaming Laptop

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Vesuvius

As a past owner of two alienware laptops I say dont do it!!!. Playing on a screen this small is not fun, so you will end up plugging it into a monitor anyways!! Get the X51 for your desktop and a tablet or really portable laptop for work, school instead. If you must get a laptop for gaming make sure you get a 3 or 4 year warranty as the cards will fail!! Alienware is good about fixing them and make sure you dust it out monthly... I have a great desktop system I paid around 1500 dollars for that will perform better then an Alienware 17 with a 780m which would cost more then 3000. Dont do it

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dgrmouse

I agree 100%. After my personal experiences with laptops, I'm inclined to say that there are two things which should never be in a laptop: a discrete graphics board and/or AMD chip. There's a reason Macbooks are so popular, folks.

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dgrmouse

I understand that there are folks who don't have room for a traditional desktop system, but it is otherwise hard to comprehend why anyone would be enthusiastic about a gaming laptop. At five pounds, plus a hefty power brick that you're going to need to have close by at all times, this thing is hardly light. And, why is it that we still allow misleading part names for laptops? A desktop i5/i7 always has four cores, so why don't we expect the same from a laptop? Why is an 760M far less than half as fast as a 760GTX and twice as expensive? Why are there no mainstream solutions for external graphics boards despite the technology being readily available? Short answer to all three questions: because people are stupid enough to keep swallowing the premise of "gaming laptops."

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LatiosXT

>And, why is it that we still allow misleading part names for laptops?
Because it's marketing and this is for a different market. You should be asking Intel why they name dual core processors Core i7s and such.

> A desktop i5/i7 always has four cores, so why don't we expect the same from a laptop?
As said before, no it doesn't. The ULV and lower end mobile models are dual core.

>Why is an 760M far less than half as fast as a 760GTX and twice as expensive?
Because it's specifically tuned for less TDP and higher performance per watt, two things that aren't really that easy to come by when you're basing the chip on a "f-all to power consumption and TDP" design.

>Why are there no mainstream solutions for external graphics boards despite the technology being readily available?
Because there's no external interface that uses PCI-Express x16 to get the most out of a video card. The most we have is Thunderbolt, which is only PCIe 2x. Plus they would be a lot more expensive than the desktop version anyway. You'd need a power supply to go along with it and an enclosure.

Those who are balking at such laptops don't understand how annoying it is to lug around a desktop, monitor, peripherals, and cables when you want to take your computer somewhere. Or when you can't take your desktop somewhere and you still want your gaming. I travel enough times where taking a gaming laptop to satiate my gaming needs is far more convenient than trying to figure out how to pack a desktop.

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dgrmouse

My very first statement was a concession that there are those who need the portability of a laptop; nothing in your remaining spiel truly addresses why it is permissible to label portable parts in a manner inconsistent with their performance. If I am writing hardware requirements as part of a specification contract, I would like "Intel Sandy Bridge i5-2400 or better, NVidia GTX660 or better" to be sufficient. If a mobile 860 offers 1/3 the power of a desktop 860, then the naming policy is intentionally misleading, full stop.

With regard to external graphics boards, I am going to disagree with you again. An external GPU or hybrid external graphics solution (eg, game console) could easily be fed by Thunderbolt and/or USB 3. The expense of the device, its housing and connectors could still be very competitive with conventional high-end mobile graphics boards and their obscene markups.

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praetor_alpha

It's not just the underpoweredness, but also the feel of a laptop that made me realize that gaming laptops just don't cut it for gaming. Then I built a real gaming desktop, and I would have sworn the performance I got out of it was illegal.

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dragonfang18

I thought their M11x was their thinnest gaming laptop.

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opulent_rigs

Indeed it was but we're talking about the current crop here.

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Eoraptor

yeah, because when I think ULV chips, I think egg fryers. If they really think the cooling system on a thin-n-lite ultra low voltage unit is the selling point, as opposed to the graphic chip, the storage, or even the specific proc model... I wouldn't bother with it. And at an inch thin, I don't care if it's got Bose wave guides, it's still not going to move much sound at all, so its got a fancy label on the speakers for all it's worth.