CNET First Look
The Alienware 13 adds a stunning OLED displayWith the same screen tech as the highest-end TVs, this is a a brilliant-looking gaming laptop.
[MUSIC] There are thinner gaming laptops out there. There are more powerful gaming laptops out there. But this updated version of the Alienware 13 is something almost no one else has yet. An OLED screen using the super bright, super clear display technology now found in only the highest end big screen televisions Just like on big OLED TVs, the effect here is pretty stunning, as OLED gives you bright colors and deep nearly invisible black. If I were buying a new TV today, there's no way I wouldn't make the extra investment in an OLED model. For a laptop, even a gaming one, it's not as clear-cut, but it's still a nice extra feature to have. The NVIDIA GeForce 965M [UNKNOWN], fine for mainstream gaming, but it won't do virtual reality. For that you can actually add the sold-separately Alienware graphics amplifier. Which attaches a desktop graphics card to a proprietary port in the back. Playing games on this OLED display look great, it's hard to go back a regular old LCD after this and it's also not as finally tuned as the best OLED TV's which could cause many thousands of dollars. It lacks the fine tuning controls of a high-end tv's and the screen itself is very glossy and picks up a good amount of glare. The bottom also gets pretty hot when lap gaming, which is something you're only likely to do with a smaller 13 inch laptop. And while battery life in general is decent, when gaming off the battery, we didn't hit 90 minutes. [UNKNOWN] But for an eye catching technology that's hard to find, Samsung, HP, Lenovo each offers single OLED pc product right now, and none for gaming, the price is surprisingly modest starting at 12.99 in the U.S. This is the first OLED gaming laptop we've seen, but hopefully, it won't be the last. [MUSIC]