Summary: "There's a thousand thin notebooks out there. If you want one, there's plenty of options," says Alienware's Frank Azor. Here at E3, the company's announcing the first new industrial design for its laptops in four years ... and yet where most firms are focusing their efforts on ever-thinner machines (see: the Razer Blade ), all of Alienware's latest products are actually thicker than their predecessors. They're slabs. They're tanks. Take the new Alienware 14, for example.
Pros: Fantastically fast for a 14-incher, Killer optional 1080p IPS screen, Great build quality
Alienware 14 and 17 review: Dell's new gaming laptops are fast, powerful and well-lit
15 September 2013
Summary: Surprise: Dell's legacy as an OEM and Alienware's gaming cred still make for an awesome combination -- both the Alienware 14 and 17 rank among the best gaming laptops we've reviewed this year. Excellent build quality, killer components and excellent performance have left us with little to complain about.
Pros: Superb gaming performance, Great keyboard and trackpad, Excellent build quality, Attractive new design
Cons: Relatively short battery life, GPU switching can be finicky
Excerpt: There was a time when an Alienware laptop was out of reach to many gamers simply on the prices of these cool looking machines! But now part of Dell, these laptops are more affordable than ever and the latest addition to the range the Alienware 14 is something very special indeed. There are five models in the range with prices starting from $1,200 to $2,700; the final price could even be higher because as ever, Dell will tempt the buyer with optional extras and upgrades,...
Excerpt: Alienware’s newly refreshed 14-, 17-, and 18-inch gaming laptops seem to exist in a unique bubble. For most laptop and Ultrabook makers, Apple sets the design standard, and the priority is to make everything thinner, lighter and sleeker. The new Razer Blade is a great example of that. But as far as Alienware is concerned, that whole aesthetic movement may as well have never occurred.
Pros: Impressive specs and performance, Distinctive design, great feel, Tons of configuration possibilities
Cons: Extremely bulky and heavy, Alienware 18 has no matte screen option, Alienware 14 has no macro keys
Summary: With its powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, combination mSATA SSD and HDD setup, and Nvidia GTX 765M GPU, the Alienware 14 is a powerful gaming notebook packed into a transportable package. This laptop's gaming performance is nothing short of impressive, and its design is otherworldly. However, the system runs hot while gaming, and its screen could be brighter. Overall, though, Alienware has made a very worthy successor to its 14-inch gaming notebook.
Pros: Slick design with customizable lighting, Powerful Intel Haswell processor, Outstanding graphics performance, Comfortable keyboard, Great audio quality
Cons: Relatively dim display, Runs hot while gaming
Excerpt: The Alienware brand dominates gaming laptops , but the latest addition to Dell's range isn't the huge, brash notebook you'd expect – it's got a 14in screen, and it looks fantastic. See: The 7 best gaming laptops of 2013 .
Summary: If you're after a small yet serious gaming laptop which you won't want to take too far then this may very well be a serious contender. The Alienware 14 is a serious gaming laptop with a sub-par battery life but otherwise an excellent all-round gaming laptop.
Great range of options including 1080p IPS screen,
Great build quality
Heavy and thick design,
Battery life is not great