• CPU: Intel Core i7-6500U
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 13.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 500GB HDD
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3
  • Weight: 2.00 kg (4.4 lbs)

Pros

  • Impeccable design and build quality
  • Good keyboard and touchpad experience with customizable LED illumination
  • Relatively portable considering the powerful hardware inside
  • Extraordinary battery life
  • Two M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slots avaialble
  • No PWM across all brightness levels

Cons

  • Low sRGB gamut coverage and low maximum brightness
  • The CPU appears to be a bottleneck in terms of gaming performance
  • Only two full-sized USB ports

Alienware 13 R2 - Specs

CPU Performance #23
  • Intel Core i9-8950HK 52.2%
  • Intel Core i7-6500U
  • Intel Core i7-8750H 46.6%
GPU Performance #69
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q (40W) 3.4%
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5) 4.6%
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA Quadro M1200 (4GB GDDR5) 0.6%
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX350 0.1%
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (4GB GDDR5)
Display
13.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
panel 1
Samsung PVFF5-133HL
Color accuracy 5.37 -> 3.47
HDD/SSD
500GB SSHD (8GB SSD), 5400 rpm
M.2 Slot
2x 2280 PCIe NVMe (B key)
RAM
16GB DDR3
OS
Windows 10 Home
Battery
51Wh, Li-Ion, 4-cell
Body material
Aluminum (Aluminum)
Dimensions
328 x 235 x 26-29 mm (12.91" x 9.25" x 1.02")
Weight
2.00 kg (4.4 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort
  • HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0
  • VGA
  • DVI
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Audio jack 2x 3.5 mm jacks for headset and external microphone
  • External graphics port for Alienware Graphics Amplifier.
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera 1080p Full HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Digital array microphones
  • Speakers Stereo 2x 2W
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

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DISPLAY: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS

Name Samsung PVFF5-133HL
Diagonal 13.3"
Pixel density 165.63 ppi
Brightness 248 cd/m2
sRGB 59%
Panel Type IPS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Becomes "Retina" from 21 inches (53 cm)
Contrast 980:1
dE Color Checker 5.37 3.47
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The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body.

Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

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The second profile type is Office Work and Web Design. Business tasks are various, most often related to a set of office-targeted applications. Sometimes, working outside is necessary. In such cases color accuracy is paramount, but so is image clarity, brightness, contrast etc. A piece of text must be legible, graphics and histograms must be clear. All of this is precisely what this profile is for. If you’re doing office work, web design, or simply value color accuracy when browsing the Internet, this is the profile to use!

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Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

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Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i7-6500U

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GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)

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