Alienware 13 OLED Performance Summary And Final Analysis
The Alienware 13 OLED delivered performance admirably at every turn, especially when you consider its weight class. The AW 13 is a smaller, well under 5 pound machine that is designed for portability as well as gaming on the go. As such, its component configuration has to be dialed down some, versus a 10 pound boat anchor desktop replacement machine. So, relatively speaking, pound-for-pound performance with this machine was impressive. In short, you can think of 1080p gaming at High image quality settings as achievable even with the most current, cutting-edge game engines. 1440p native res gaming is a bit more of a stretch for its GTX 965M GPU, but if you dial things back a touch, or with less demanding titles, the AW 13 OLED should deliver solid punch there as well. And as we noted earlier, scaling with the AW 13's OLED panel is excellent, so dropping back to 1080p doesn't feel like much of a compromise.Finally, in more general purpose use, the Alienware 13 OLED feels great, looks great and offers responsive performance for power users and the mainstream alike. For content creation or other work-related high image fidelity requirements, the color reproduction, contrast and pop of this machine's OLED panel is second to none currently. Once you see it in person you will be completely spoiled.
Dell's new Alienware 13 notebook with OLED display is an excellent laptop for anyone that doesn't mind a touch more bulk, but wants a lot more horsepower in a 13-inch machine, along with a display that will knock your socks off. That's not to say the Alienware 13 OLED still couldn't use some additional refinement, however. The folks at Alienware have been content in sticking with the their notebook design signature for yet another round of product refreshes. However, it does feel like the skins are due for a buffing-out at this point, though we can't fault their mechanicals and thermal solution, which let the machine's CPU and GPU engines breath easy.
It's a pricey configuration as we tested it ($1949) but, in short, the sum total of our analysis of the Alienware 13 OLED is about equal to the sum total of its parts. When you combine a snappy Intel Skylake dual-core CPU, with a fast NVMe SSD, a potent mobile NVIDIA GeForce GPU and a beauty of a 13.3-inch OLED display, you're in for a real treat and the Alienware 13 OLED is just that. Unfortunately, now we can't unsee its OLED display and going back to anything else on a laptop is a total buzzkill.