3-Month Review: Alienware 13 R3 - Pros, Cons, Gameplay Tests, Thoughts

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Feb 8, 2019 at 11:12 AM
I’ve been using my Alienware 13 R3 for approximately three months now, and it is time for me to give my thoughts and opinions on what is an incredibly well-built gaming laptop, as well as show you what this little beast is capable of when put to the test.

Price as configured: AUD $2,298.99 (Normally AUD $2,798.99)
You can find out more about the Alienware 13 R3: https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/cty/pdp/spd/alienware-13-laptop?~ck=mn

Unboxing video:

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
DISPLAY: 13.3 inch FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 at 2400MHz
SSD: 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
BATTERY: Lithium Ion 76 Wh Battery
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 OC with 6GB GDDR5
WIRELESS: Killer 1550 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0
OS: Windows 10 Home (64bit)

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01:24 - Keyboard/Trackpad Quality
02:29 - Battery Life
03:17 - Fan Noise
06:36 - GPU Driver Compatibility
09:14 - Gameplay Performance
12:14 - Fingerprint Resistance
13:58 - Software Issues
22:41 - Heat Buildup
23:18 - Gameplay Test - Dawn of War II - Retribution
35:11 - Gameplay Test - Space Hulk Deathwing - Enhanced Edition
45:34 - Gameplay Test - Kingdom Come Deliverance
52:39 - Final Verdict

Dawn of War II - Retribution: https://store.steampowered.com/app/56437/Warhammer_40000_Dawn_of_War_II_Retribution/
Space Hulk Deathwing - Enhanced Edition: https://store.steampowered.com/app/816090/Space_Hulk_Deathwing__Enhanced_Edition/
Mortal Online: https://store.steampowered.com/app/287920/Mortal_Online/
Kingdom Come Deliverance: https://store.steampowered.com/app/379430/Kingdom_Come_Deliverance/

Vengeance of the Blood Ravens: https://www.moddb.com/mods/vengeance-of-the-blood-ravens

Bandicam (Screen recording software): https://www.bandicam.com/
MSI Afterburner (Hardware monitoring and graphics card overclocking utility): https://www.msi.com/page/afterburner

Alienware Services on YouTube:
How to install official Nvidia drivers:
How to upgrade/replace RAM on the Alienware 13 R3:
How to upgrade/replace M.2 SSD on the Alienware 13 R3:

Killer Wireless 1550 (9269NGW) preventing gmail from loading: https://www.dell.com/community/Alie...GW-preventing-gmail-from-loading/td-p/6068360
Alienware 15 R3 120hz - Can't Download Latest NVidia Drivers: http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...z-cant-download-latest-nvidia-drivers.797553/
Stupid question - Why do I have both SupportAssist AND Alienware Update apps installed on my 17R4 laptop: https://www.reddit.com/r/Alienware/comments/8s938g/stupid_question_why_do_i_have_both_supportassist/
Alienware Update does not work: https://www.dell.com/community/Alie...y/Alienware-Update-does-not-work/td-p/5595550

Glowing Vitality 1 - Johannes Bornlöf: https://player.epidemicsound.com/#/search/?search_query=glowing+vitality+1
Magnificent Perfection 1 - Johannes Bornlöf: https://player.epidemicsound.com/#/search/?search_query=magnificent+perfection+1
Warped Energy 4 - Johannes Bornlöf: https://player.epidemicsound.com/#/search/?search_query=warped+energy+4
Magnificent Perfection 2 - Johannes Bornlöf: https://player.epidemicsound.com/#/search/?search_query=magnificent+perfection+2

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