The Alienware 13 laptop is slimmer than a rookie’s chance of hitting a sectoid

The Alienware Steam Machine has the potential to reach more Steam users than any other.

Whether Alienware’s existing laptops really are portable is a matter of perspective and upper-body strength. The weaker-limbed among us will be grateful for the option of the new Alienware 13, which couples bag-friendly width and weight with the respectable computational power the brand is built on.

The company is working on a line of slimline laptops, constructed around an Nvidia GTX 860M GPU, up to 16GB DDR3 memory, and a new Intel CPU – to be replaced at a later date by Intel’s Broadwell processors.

Less than an inch thick and totalling 4.5 pounds, the Alienware 13 will come with a 13.3 inch display and 1366 x 768 resolution – though it can be stretched to 1920 x 1080 for a price.

That makes it a clear competitor to the Razer Blade. The Blade still has the edge in raw power with a GTX 870M GPU and 3200 x 1800 touchscreen, but costs £2,400 – leaving plenty of room for Alienware to charge a bit less.

The laptop will incorporate a TACTX keyboard, Klipsch audio, and either Windows 7 or 8.1 depending on your stomach for tiles. Its eight hours of video playback will equate to far less gaming time, as is the way with these things.

Will the Alienware 13 become a Christmas contender for you once it arrives in November? Or are you holding out for that ever-morphing Alienware Steam Machine?

Thanks, Shacknews.