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Alienware 18: Best Gaming Laptop 2013
Alienware 18: Best Gaming Laptop 2013

Out of many laptops built by different OEMs strictly for gaming, the Alienware stands out as the best of the pack and our choice as Best Gaming Laptop of 2013. Here’s why.

This is a true gaming machine, with built-in features to help you optimize power use and create custom experiences for different programs. With fourth generation core i7 processors, the latest NVIDIA Geoforce GTX 780Ms graphics and a minimum of 8GB RAM (upgradeable to 32GB though) and more than a terabyte of storage, this laptop packs the best in everything gaming.

Beware though, it is bulky and heavy, and it is highly power consuming.

Summary of Specs

Alienware 18 basic specs
Alienware 18 basic specs (source: Alienware.com)

Specs (source: TheVerge)


Laptop type Desktop replacement, Gaming PC
Width 17.97 inches
Depth 12.91 inches
Thickness 2.26 inches
Weight 12.06 pounds


Operating system Windows 7, Windows 8

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 18.4 inches
Technology Other
Backlight WLED
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px


Type Standard
Backlit Yes
Number pad Yes


Type(s) Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Haswell
Model Core i7-4700MQ
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.4 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.4 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Haswell
Model Core i7-4930MX
Cores 4
Turbo clockspeed 4.3 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Discrete
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model GeForce GTX 765M
Dedicated VRAM size 2 GB
SLI / Crossfire Yes

GPU (max)

Discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model GeForce GTX 780M
Dedicated VRAM size 4 GB
SLI / Crossfire Yes


Base RAM size 8 GB
Max. config RAM size 32 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz
RAM slots 4


Options HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD), Hybrid Drive, RAID 0 (HDD), RAID 0 (SSD)
Base drive type HDD (7200RPM)
Base drive capacity 750 GB
Max. config HDD 1.5 TB
Max. config SSD 768 GB
Max. config Hybrid 814 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD

Optical Drive

Optical drive type Slot-loading
Compatible media DVD Super Multi, BD-ROM


Speakers 2
Subwoofer Yes
Surround sound Yes
Audio brand Dolby Home Theater v4, Klipsch


Effective pixels 2 megapixels
Video resolution 1080p


Accelerometer Yes

Port options

USB 3.0 4
Ethernet 1
Ethernet type 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
Mini DisplayPort 1
HDMI input(s) 1
3.5mm headphone 1
3.5mm line-in / microphone 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0


Size 8 cell, 86 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)


For more geeky specifications, head over to Notebook Check’s website

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