Alienware 13 R2 Laptop, Intel Core i7 6500U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 960m 13.3", Epic Silver + 3 YEAR WARRANTY £899.95 @ John Lewis
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Alienware 13 R2 Laptop, Intel Core i7 6500U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 960m 13.3", Epic Silver + 3 YEAR WARRANTY £899.95 @ John Lewis

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Found 8th Jun 2016
Great price for this little laptop. I know it's Alienware and they are overpriced but the closest spec to this one on their site is around £1160 so a decent saving here considering the free 3 year warranty too.
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may be able to get a better spec xps 9550 machine for around same money if there are codes still flying about. this is quite a heavy machine at over 2kg.

still a hot deal.
Edited by: "simba2585" 9th Jun 2016
Nice spec...would have been all over it if it wasn't for the 13" screen...

Nice spec...would have been all over it if it wasn't for the 13" screen...



Perfect size IMO. A little bigger than A4 so great for packing into a bag with paperwork and more portable than 15.6 inch devices with the same screen resolution.

Perfect size IMO. A little bigger than A4 so great for packing into a … Perfect size IMO. A little bigger than A4 so great for packing into a bag with paperwork and more portable than 15.6 inch devices with the same screen resolution.



This sort of spec says 'Gaming Laptop', but I personally don't think a screen so small suits gaming. Other people might disagree, but it's not for me...

not the best processor
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-6500U+%40+2.50GHz

you want a quad core processor for gaming laptop like a i7-6700HQ, has double the processing power.
cpubenchmark.net/cpu…GHz
heres a nice spec 17 inch machine. i7-6700hq & gtx-960 gpu
scan.co.uk/pro…HAQ
here's the badboy I have, has 4k screen which i hardly ever use. its mostly on 1080p mode

amazon.co.uk/Zen…32G
Its a very niche confused little laptop, its trying to be a gaming laptop but falls short as its under powered for the res, and its trying to be a portable but falls short as will eat the battery and has to be quite thick to dissipate the heat. Oh and do laptops even game properly on the battery? i know my gaming laptop stutters if i try game on the battery.
Edited by: "danielUK84" 9th Jun 2016
Got the following from Dell outlet
Inspiron 7550
Uhd screen
I7 6700hq
Gtx 960
128gb ssd
9%tcb
700.00
Think the outlet offers far better value
Also easy to upgrade, one screw and the whole back comes off
There are some nice alternatives above but people are missing the point that this is a much more portable form factor. The CPU and gpu should mean you get an ok battery life and is more than powerful enough for the res screen

heres a nice spec 17 inch machine. i7-6700hq & gtx-960 … heres a nice spec 17 inch machine. i7-6700hq & gtx-960 gpuhttps://www.scan.co.uk/products/173-scan-3xs-lg17-performance-gtx-gtx-960m-core-i7-6700hq-8gb-ddr3-250gb-ssd-1tb-hdd-win-10?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=Cj0KEQjwhN-6BRCJsePgxru9iIwBEiQAI8rq88ww4xW_Rw_Jr01NxoQwsQNMprPEyejip80xsuqWItcaApKU8P8HAQ



Look's good for the money. No reviews around though or what I can find....

here's the badboy I have, has 4k screen which i hardly ever use. its … here's the badboy I have, has 4k screen which i hardly ever use. its mostly on 1080p modehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Zenbook-UX501VW-DS71T-HID1-i7-6700HQ-2-6-3-5GHz-Touchscreen/dp/B0190DG32G



Nice machine indeed, but another £300+ on the deal posted and alternatives. Lot's of others drop into this price range , but what you have is very nice. I wish I could afford.
when I dealt with dell on the phone or online chat they also offered discount

not the best … not the best processorhttps://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-6500U+%40+2.50GHzyou want a quad core processor for gaming laptop like a i7-6700HQ, has double the processing power.https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-6700HQ+%40+2.60GHz



Well, the 6700U isn't likely to bottleneck a 960m, and it's a lot more power efficient than the HQ series, so I don't think it's a terrible choice. If we were talking about a real gaming laptop it would start to matter much more.
Great little machine. For those looking for something larger, faster and cheaper you might consider this.

Processor is better. It is a wee bit cheaper. Guarantee not as long, but credit is offered if needed too.

Just an alternative for those wanting a bigger screen. My personal choices is for around 13-14 inch screen, but I can't afford either!
13", too big to play games in the street
Genuine question, does anybody actually game on a laptop? I mighty have played some C&C on my workhorse back in the day, but other than RTS games I really just see them as a huge compromise.

Not trying to troll.

Its a very niche confused little laptop, its trying to be a gaming laptop … Its a very niche confused little laptop, its trying to be a gaming laptop but falls short as its under powered for the res, and its trying to be a portable but falls short as will eat the battery and has to be quite thick to dissipate the heat. Oh and do laptops even game properly on the battery? i know my gaming laptop stutters if i try game on the battery.



Not underpowered at all for the res. It's a 1080p panel. A 960m will manage just fine.

Not underpowered at all for the res. It's a 1080p panel. A 960m will … Not underpowered at all for the res. It's a 1080p panel. A 960m will manage just fine.


I had a Lenovo with a 960m and it really struggled. I mainly plain strategy games as well which aren't exactly graphically intensive. My recommended settings in Attila total war were 'Low' at 1280x800.
Ended up with a refurbed Alienware R2 15 with a 980m and although it cost me twice as much but its more than twice as good.
I'd try and push your budget to a 970m if your looking for 1080p

Genuine question, does anybody actually game on a laptop? I mighty have … Genuine question, does anybody actually game on a laptop? I mighty have played some C&C on my workhorse back in the day, but other than RTS games I really just see them as a huge compromise.Not trying to troll.


I mainly play strategy games and its perfect for me. That said I rarely used my 960m laptop as it just wasn't as good an experience as my desktop. If my laptop felt underpowered in anyway I'd always end up back on my P.C
Just noticed on the John Lewis site that they seem to have the same spec laptop listed for £1,149.00 as well as this one at £899. Could be an error of some sort?
I sort of want a gaming laptop but could really just use one for my part time study. Not sure whether to go all out for power or just get something under 500. Got a decent desktop PC for my games but would be so tempted to use my steam library .. Can't make my mind up. Maybe I should keep it cheap and just use it for indie games and Magic the gathering lol

Its a very niche confused little laptop, its trying to be a gaming laptop … Its a very niche confused little laptop, its trying to be a gaming laptop but falls short as its under powered for the res, and its trying to be a portable but falls short as will eat the battery and has to be quite thick to dissipate the heat. Oh and do laptops even game properly on the battery? i know my gaming laptop stutters if i try game on the battery.



should be able to set the power profile to match performance as when its plugged in.

one thing however is that I cannot recommend gaming on the xps (9550 in my case) since the thing gets extremely hot without some sort of decent cooling pad underneath. I suppose that's a major benefit of the alienware .
Edited by: "simba2585" 9th Jun 2016

Genuine question, does anybody actually game on a laptop? I mighty have … Genuine question, does anybody actually game on a laptop? I mighty have played some C&C on my workhorse back in the day, but other than RTS games I really just see them as a huge compromise.Not trying to troll.


I've been playing games solely in laptop for 6 years. All kind of games. Maybe you won't have highest fps/details but some people prefer only having 1pc than 2 (laptop to move around and desktop for games). Of course you compromise, a gaming laptop is not as portable, not as powerful and more expensive.
Now I have 2pcs again (laptop+gaming desktop) and sometimes I regret it. It's a real hassle (you spend half time moving files around, you need duplicate licences for programs, duplicate back-ups if you do them). It's much more time consuming.

Nice spec...would have been all over it if it wasn't for the 13" screen...



Buy an HDMI Cable...
never really seen the point of gaming laptops. playing games with touchpad and sub-par screens really isn't the best experience for gaming.
Powerful laptops have other uses than gaming too.
I use an Asus 17.3 laptop with i7 HQ and 960M for simulation. It drives 4 external screens through a port-rep to give 2x 3840x2160 resolution total. Screens allocated as control/parameters , main output and selective zooms. Fans are super-quiet.

The OP's deal has quite a narrow use case. Would I sacrifice a larger screen and 2 cores for the portability? Think I'd prefer my laptop plus a cheap lower power ultraportable, but YMMV. Nice machine anyway.
Edited by: "Hootwo" 9th Jun 2016

I sort of want a gaming laptop but could really just use one for my part … I sort of want a gaming laptop but could really just use one for my part time study. Not sure whether to go all out for power or just get something under 500. Got a decent desktop PC for my games but would be so tempted to use my steam library .. Can't make my mind up. Maybe I should keep it cheap and just use it for indie games and Magic the gathering lol



you can snag up a nice inspiron with a dedicated graphics card from the dell outlet.
I have a dell laptop E7230? cant remember model. but it is i7, 8GBram, 256G SSD. But I absoluately hate the fan noise. it is constantly on.........
buy a good desktop with a gtx 970 for the same price if you really want a gaming rig
Very nice laptop, my only concern would be the weight - over 2kg for a 13.3" seems fairly ridiculous but it depends what you want it for. Hot.

Genuine question, does anybody actually game on a laptop? I mighty have … Genuine question, does anybody actually game on a laptop? I mighty have played some C&C on my workhorse back in the day, but other than RTS games I really just see them as a huge compromise.Not trying to troll.


Sure, I find it much easier to take to LAN parties than my desktop.

To be honest, since I got my alienware laptop my desktop sees very little use unless it's a game that requires proper keyboard+mouse skills at a desk. If it's a casual game I'll definitely sit on the sofa and use the laptop. If it's a controller game I'll either use the desktop or the laptop depending on whether my wife wants to watch the TV.

Gaming laptops have come a long way and are no longer the joke that they once were.

This sort of spec says 'Gaming Laptop', but I personally don't think a … This sort of spec says 'Gaming Laptop', but I personally don't think a screen so small suits gaming. Other people might disagree, but it's not for me...


Connect to a monitor

This sort of spec says 'Gaming Laptop', but I personally don't think a … This sort of spec says 'Gaming Laptop', but I personally don't think a screen so small suits gaming. Other people might disagree, but it's not for me...



Personally in a world which TV's and Monitors are so big I have never been able to understand "gaming laptops"
Edited by: "snappyfish" 9th Jun 2016
Witcher 3 on this laptop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeTnvgLHnxg

Looks pretty decent I have to say. Only difference is the CPU. 5500U as opposed to 6500U
How well would this run Fallout 4?
used to have this before upgrading the th 17 with a 980m. It's a fantastic laptop for the price. will play most games at ps4ish quality. used to use it with my tv or monitor at home and take to work to play at lunchtime. If you don't need the portability then the 15 or 17 from the outlet can sometime be had for £1000-£1400 with a 970m or 980m which are true desktop replacements.
Just to make you guys aware when you do your comparisons and performance ratings, there is a 960M 2GB GDDR5 and a 960M 4GB GDDR5. The Asus Zenbook linked in post number #8 for example and the laptop for this deal both have the 2GB version . The laptop linked in post number #32 and the Acer Vn7-792G-79LX Black Edition (laptop I own) have the 4GB version. Could make a difference in newer games and some other none gaming applications. Get 4GB+ graphics memory really if you can.

I play Metal Gear Revengeance on High at 1080p on mine and Rise of Tomb Raider also plays on High at 1080p according to Steam forums. Once a game runs at 30fps+ I rate that as good, that's a little higher than what most video content is by the way.
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