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Use a 13in laptop as a dedicated gaming system with Alienware's Graphics Amplifier

Elias Plastiras | Nov. 13, 2014
Alienware's answer to the question "can I use my laptop for all my gaming needs?" lies in a dedicated external box called a Graphics Amplifier, which can allow the new Alienware 13 laptop to tap into high-end desktop graphics cards.

Of course, since the laptop's 256GB SSD isn't all that much space, if you have a large library of games, you will need to sort out storage for all your games. This is something that can be done much easier on a dedicated gaming PC with plentiful internal hard drive space. You'll want to install your favourite, most demanding games on the laptop's SSD. The Graphics Amplifier has a four-port, USB 3.0 hub on its rear, so external storage could be tapped into for games that don't require too much drive access apart from loading screens.

The specs of the Alienware 13 can be seen on Alienware's site. There are three models to choose from, which vary in price depending on the storage size, RAM, and screen resolution. The current Alienware 14 and Alienware 17 models do not support the Graphics Amplifier. To see if future models support the Graphics Amplifier, look in the specifications to see if they include an Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port.

However, you probably won't want to use a much bigger laptop with this type of solution. The reason the Graphics Amplifier makes sense in this instance is that it allows you to carry a relatively small and light 13-inch laptop (which has its own NVIDIA GeForce 860M graphics adapter for when you are not at home near the Amplifier), rather than having to settle for a more cumbersome 15- or 17-incher.

Both the new version of the Alienware 13 laptop and the Alienware Graphics Amplifier will be on sale from 21 November.

 

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