When it comes to gaming laptops, we’re used with seeing huge devices, with screens measuring even 17.3 inches. Still, the folks over Alienware managed to impress us once again, by stuffing a huge amount of power in a compact 13″ laptop, the R2 AW13R212222SLV. If in most cases, models this big have entry-level spec sheets, this one can easily run the latest games on the market and demanding apps.
It’s powered by a 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6500U mobile processor, one of the latest and most powerful models, clocked at 2.6 GHz. If you need even more power, you can use the Turbo Boost technology in order to increase the speed to 3.0 GHz.
The processor is aided by an impressive amount of RAM: 16 GB DDR3L, so you can run graphics heavy games and keep multiple browser tabs open at once. Also, speaking about games, in order to enjoy them to the max, you need a powerful graphics card. The Alienware R2 AW13R212222SLV is using a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, with 2 GB of dedicated memory.
Finally, the storage capacity counts 500 GB, provided by a solid state drive, with fast start-up times and enough space for all your music, games or high-quality movies. On the other side, you can always carry an external hard disk drive, which can be connected using one of the three USB 3.0 drives. The laptop doesn’t have a built-in DVD/CD drive.
In terms of connectivity, the laptop features next-gen wireless, three times faster than Wireless-N, and a Fast Ethernet LAN port. The Bluetooth 4.0 interface is missing.
Moving on to the display, the Alienware R2 AW13R212222SLV is using a 13″ touch screen panel, with a QHD+ resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, delivering a density almost three times bigger than on a regular full HD display. It’s using the IPS technology, offering wide viewing angles, while the antiglare finish allows you to use it in various lighting conditions.
Above the display there’s an integrated HD webcam, so you can keep in touch with your family and friends.
Moving on to the design, we’re looking at a pretty bulky and heavy device, measuring 1.09″ in thickness and weighing 4.53 lbs, for its size. Still, the extra weight is the result of the special built, with copper heat pipes and plates, in order to maintain a low temperature during gaming sessions. The reinforced backlit keyboard, with a metal plate, is great for gaming in darker or dim environments.
Finally, the Alienware R2 AW13R212222SLV is available for $1699.99, with a pre-installed copy of Microsoft Windows 10 and a basic software package, including titles like Microsoft Office and many more.
It’s not a cheap device, but it’s not expensive either, considering the specs. If you’re looking for a portable and compact gaming machine, this might be the one suitable for your needs.