Alienware 13 R3 Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
Gaming laptop with full Nvidia, 1060 graphics inside so let's see what it can do in some gaming benchmarks and discuss if all the features are worth it for the price. Let'S start by checking out the specs of the hardware. There'S, an Intel i7 7700 HQ quad core CPU, which has a 2.8 gigahertz base clock and 3.8 gigahertz boost there's. Sixteen gig of ddr4 memory running at 2400 megahertz in dual channel. However, the two slots can support up to 32 gig for storage, there's, a 256 gig MDOT 2 nvme SSD for the graphics there's an nvidia 1060, and this one has a 13.3 inch. 1440P 60 hertz OLED panel. However, it's also available with a 1080p IPS panel for the network connectivity there's, a Gigabit Ethernet port killer 1550 Wi Fi, as well as Bluetooth, 5.0 overall it's got a premium, look and feel to it. The lid is self aluminium with the Alienware logo in the center. While the interior is a soft black rubber, which felt nice and smooth but will be interesting to see how this lasts long term, the physical dimensions of the laptop, a 33 centimeters in width 26 point nine centimeters in depth and 2.4 centimeters in height. So it seems to be on the largest site for a 13 inch laptop at least compared to my six year old 13 inch MacBook Pro granted. It does have much more powerful hardware. The total weight of the laptop is listed at around 2.
6 kilos, with the battery and mine weight a bit less than this at around 2.4 kilos, with the 180 watt power, brick and cable for charging, the total weight increases to 3.2 kilos. So it feels comparable to many larger 15 inch laptops, I've tested I'm guessing that there's a lot of cooling packed into the small space as mentioned. The screen here is a 13.3 inch, 60 Hertz 1440p oled glossy panel, no g sync available here. The viewing angles are excellent: the colors are still clear, even on sharp angles and at 13 inches. It probably would have looked just as good with the 1080p panel, but we'll see in the benchmarks how the 1060 does at gaming. This resolution it's also a touchscreen. Just keep in mind that as its glossy, it will easily show fingerprints. I don't generally use touchscreen laptops, but I didn't have any issues while testing it out. I'Ve also measured the colours produced by the screen using the spider 5 prayer and my results returned 100 of srgb, 98 of ntsc and 100 of Adobe RGB, making it the best laptop screen I've ever tested as we're dealing with an OLED screen here. There'S no need to perform a backlight bleed test as OLED screens work on an individual pixel level. So a fully black screen will just mean that all the pixels are off. This does give us really nice looking blacks compared to typical LCD screens that use backlight technology. As our LED screens generally have issues with screen burn due to the nature of the technology, it would be interesting to see how this goes long term, but as I've only got the laptop for a few weeks.
I can't really investigate that. Out of the box. The software does seem to do its best to limit the screen from staying on and fully lit, which should help reduce issues while moving the display. There was almost no screen flex. It was very solid, as it's all metal, with two large hinges: what's the middle, initially it's a little difficult to open with one finger as there seemed to be magnets keeping the lid closed. However, there does seem to be a fairly even distribution of weight once you can get it open as it doesn't move around there's a 720p camera above the display in the centre. The camera looks: ok still a bit blurry, even with decent lighting. The microphone sounds about average, not too bad, that you'll be able to judge both for yourself. The camera also supports Windows hello, so you can quickly unlock the laptop using your face once configured and I found it to work. Fine Toby eye tracking is also present, and the software will do things like dim the display when you're not looking at it, which I had to disabled for the review, so it would stay lit for the camera. The keyboard was alright to type with it's got two point: two millimeters of key travel, and I found the keys somewhere between clicky and mushy feeling here's how they sounded to try and give you an idea. The keyboard has RGB backlighting and is controlled through the included alien FX software it's controlled in four separate groups of keys, no individual key control here the software can also control the color of the Alienware text.
Underneath the screen, the power button on the right of the keyboard, which is the Alienware logo, the Alienware logo, on the back of the lid and the color of the touchpad, which also lights up when in use so there's a fair bit of customization possible. With about 20 different preset colors to choose for each of the eight zones and a couple of limited effects, it was basically no keyboard flex at all while pushing down hard on the keyboard, and I noticed on the website. It'S noted that there's a steel backplate which keeps the keyboard area nice and sturdy the touchpad. What well no problems here and, as shown previously, it lets up when in use it's got physically separate, left and right buttons, which were too noisy to click. Moving on to the io on the Left, there's, a noble, lock slot USB 3.0 type, a port and 3.5 millimeter headphone and mic jacks on the right, there's, a USB 3.0 type C port with no Thunderbolt support and USB 3.0 type, a port most of the important. I oh is found on the back, including the Gigabit Ethernet port mini DisplayPort, 1.2 output, HDMI 2.0 port type C, thunderbolt, port, Alienware, graphics, amplifier, port and the power input. I actually found this design quite useful as you don't have to worry about cables, sticking out from the sides and getting in the way, although you do have to deal with the back area sticking out like this.
As for the front there's, nothing there at all it's. Just completely smooth fingerprints, don't really show up on the lid. They show much easier on the rubberized interior, but were fairly easy to wipe away underneath this some air intakes towards the back to keep everything cool, as well as some rubber feet, which rise it up a bit to let cool air in and also do a good Job at stopping the laptop from easily moving around and the hot air is exhausted out the back, left and right corners. The speakers are found on both sides what's the front. They sound pretty good there's a little bass and they sound fairly clear even at higher volumes powering. The laptop is a 76 watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching YouTube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled. I was able to use it for five hours and 30 minutes. The laptop was using the Intel, integrated graphics thanks to NVIDIA optimists, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for 42 minutes. The battery life was fairly good, while watching YouTube. It lasted longer than many other larger 15 inch laptops that I've tested. However, the gaming results are about on par with laptops, with smaller batteries that I've looked at previously, but I always recommend being plugged in for best gaming performance anyway, during normal use with an ambient room temperature of 22 degrees Celsius, the CPU and GPU both idled in The low 40s – and here are the external temperatures of the laptop, where you'll actually be putting your hands getting to around 32 degrees.
I'Ve tested gaming by playing pub G at high settings with default, fan, speeds for half an hour and the temps for that is shown in green and no thermal throttling was observed. While gaming, the center of the keyboard reached 50 degrees for CPU and GPU load was tested with both a to 64 and the heaven benchmark running. At the same time, with the fans running at the default speeds, no thermal throttling was observed, which surprised me, as I expected it with this hardware in such a small unit. So, even in the stress test, it's doing quite well again, the keyboard area is similar to before a little warm at this time reaching 52 degrees, but it didn't actually feel too bad to meet while using it. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop I'll, let you have a listen to each of these tests at idle. I couldn't hear the fan at all. It was completely silent under full load. It doesn't get too loud compared to other 15 inch laptops with the same specs. I expected the fans would need to bring faster to keep a call, but as we saw there was no thermal throttling. So this wasn't needed I'll also note that there was no noticeable coil wound, while testing in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools in games. I'Ve tested all setting levels at birth, 1440p and 1080p, with all nvidia and Windows updates to date.
Applied fortnight is difficult to benchmark, as it depends on what's going on in the game. So take these results with a grain of salt at 1080p max settings. The 1 lows are close to the 60 Hertz refresh rate of the display. So to me, it felt very smooth, even maxed, out at 1440p you'll need to drop down to high settings or lower. If you want to keep averaging around 60 fps overwatch read great. I tested just playing with the butts and at 1080p, even in max settings. The 1 lows of well above the 60 Hertz refresh rate of the display moving on to 1440p doesn't, really change much either at max settings. Even the 1 lows are still higher than what the panel can output pump G was tested using the replay feature and, like Fortnight, you've got to take these results with the grain of salt, as they depend on what's, going on in the game and will vary. Personally. I thought it played well at 1080p, although the 1 lows do dip down quite a bit compared to the averages in my test. At 1440p, the frame rates drop down quite a bit with the minimum settings required to average around 60 fps in my tests. So I'd probably stick to 1080p for the best experience with this one in csgo, the average frame rates are well above the refresh rate of the panel. However, at 1080p at lowest settings, even the 1 lows are close to matching the refresh rate at 1440p.
It was definitely still playable, but if you're playing competitively you'll probably want to stick to 1080p dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay in an effort to demonstrate the worst case. To expect you'll probably get better results, while playing the knees and we're not seeing too much difference when moving to 1440p from 1080p still averaging above 60fps, 7 and max settings. I don't personally think watchdog, who needs an amazing framerate to enjoy at 1080p max settings to me it was definitely playable, although you can drop down a little to improve this further. At 1440p, Ultra and very high settings felt a little stutter e2e, but I found high or lower to play pretty well Ghost Recon was tested using the built in benchmark and is another fairly resource intensive game. This really shows when we moved to 1440p as we're, not really getting great frame rates except at minimum settings. Shadow of wall was also tested with the built in benchmark, and here are the 1080p results and the 1440p results see the average frame rates drop down. A bit rise of the Tomb Raider was again tested with the built in benchmark and a max settings were able to average above 60 fps, while we can get somewhat close to this using medium settings at 1440p. Overall, I thought the results were quite good. I'Ve said in the past that I find the Nvidia 1060 to be a great match for 60fps 1080p gaming at high settings, and we can see that here, even in more resource intensive games, while the eSports titles run very well live in at 1440p.
Realistically, with the 13 inch screen, I think playing at 1080p rather than 1440p is fine anyway, at least for me, it's, so small that it doesn't really make a noticeable difference. In most cases, 1440p just stresses the graphics more and gives you a lower frame rate. So I personally play games at 1080p. Here you do have the option of attaching an external graphics enclosure, so you could always do that and attach a higher refresh rate monitor 2, which is a great upgrade feature to have available now onto the benchmarking tools. I'Ve tested. Heaven Valley and super position from Unigine, as well as fire strike time spire and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at the results in Crystal disc mark, the 256 gig and VM a m2 SSD performed around sixteen hundred and thirty megabytes per second and sequential reads, and four hundred and thirty megabytes per second in sequential, writes so pretty well. For the breeds, but much lower in comparison for the writes about on par with the Saito based SSD, as for the price at the time of recording the model with the OLED screen, is the top end option, and here in Australia it comes with 32 gig of Ram and a 512 gigas, so double what I've tested with here and it comes in at 3500, Australian dollars in the US. It seems to be available with the same specs I've tested with here for 1900 US dollars.
However, the non OLED models are a fair bit cheaper. So what did you guys think of the Alienware 13 r 3 gaming laptop overall, I found it a little on the larger and heavier side for a 13 inch laptop. However, considering the specs inside it's not too bad and still quite a portable gaming unit to me, the build quality felt high end and premium and there are lots of extra features. You usually don't see especially the OLED screen, which looked amazing, but of course, premium features. Come in at a premium price, if you're just after raw gaming power, then there are cheaper options with the same specs available. But if you're after something else with all the bells and whistles of this size, then this might be what you're looking for. Let me know what you guys thought out in the comments and leave a like if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.