- Editor's Rating
- Great performance
- Excellent 1080p IPS display
- Quality build and design
- Gets expensive with configurations
- Chassis is somewhat bulky
Quick TakeThere isn't much negative to say about the Alienware 14 with its stellar performance, beautiful display, and quality build. But users will have to be prepared for the high price point, once its configured.
The Alienware 14 is a high-end gaming notebook with a customizable LED lighting system and 1080p display with unlimited viewing angles. The notebook also includes high-end internal components that make gaming a breeze. The notebook is priced at $1,099 at the time of the review and NotebookReview noted there isn’t much not to like about the Alienware 14, giving the notebook the Editor’s Choice aware for all around excellence.
The Alienware 14 features a new design aesthetic for Alienware. The notebook is 1.6 inches thick but looks stylish with aircraft-inspired lines and the customizable lighting system, which has ten different customizable zones. The notebook also has a rubberized finish, which as NBR noted, hides fingerprints well. Reviewers also found the chassis to be strong and stated that it didn’t flex, even when extreme pressure was applied. The aluminum backing also helps to further protect the display. The Alienware 14 is also user upgradeable, as the entire bottom of the chassis can be removed by just taking out two screws. In terms of ports, the Alienware 14 offers users a Kensington Lock Slot, DisplayPort, HDMI, slot-loaded optical drive, three USB 3.0 ports, two headphone jacks, a card reader and an Ethernet port.
The unit reviewed by NBR had a 14-inch 157 dpi resolution display with IPS technology. NBR called the screen a “treasure” and noted the viewing angles are unlimited. NBR also appreciated the anti-glare screen and noted contrast is excellent and color reproduction is “just right.” Reviewers also said the upgrade to the 1080p display is well worth it. The notebook has two speakers, which NBR noted produce “impressively loud sound,” and it also features a subwoofer that adds depth to the sound.
The full-size backlit keyboard boasts customizable lighting and the keyboard keys have positive feedback with plenty of travel. NBR was impressed with the rubbery feel of the keys and noted they are quiet, while the keyboard gives into zero flex. The Alienware 14 also has an oversized touchpad, which again features customizable lighting. NBR was pleased the touchpad has dedicated right and left mouse keys with a smooth rubberized surface.
The Alienware 14 runs on an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM, a 256mSTATA SSD and 750GB 7200RAM. It also features a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5. NBR noted the Alienware 14 “packs a crazy amount of power that beats out most notebooks.” Reviewers found the overall gaming performance to be “outstanding.” The fan remains off most of the time and is barely audible when it is running. The chassis does get warm, but NBR noted the bottom remains relatively cool. The battery lasted two hours and 25 minutes in stringent NBR testing which translates to about six or more hours of real time use.
Overall, NBR found a lot to love about the Alienware 14 including the overall high-end performance, beautiful display, build quality and design, keyboard and overall battery life. However, NBR did note the notebook could stand to be a bit thinner and comes in at a high price for the top-notch configuration. In the end, NBR gave the Alienware 14 the Editor’s Choice aware for “all around excellence.”
Head over to NotebookReview for the full Alienware 14 review and to learn more about its specs, performance, and design.