Win a Super-Slim Alienware x14 Gaming Laptop, Worth $3,998
One of the best things about being a PC gamer is the vast amount of choice you have about how your PC runs and what it looks like. You can build a modest PC that runs every game you throw at it but doesn't stand out, or you can go all in on a PC that looks the part. This kind of gaming PC normally has clear side panels that reveal the high-end parts on the inside, all adorned with RGB lighting, of course.
If this is the route you want to go down, it's hard to look past the Alienware Aurora R13. Alienware's most advanced gaming desktop PC comes pre-built with a premium graphics card, processor and everything else you'll need to make your favourite games look and run as well as they possibly can. It's customisable, so you can scale it (and the price tag) to match your needs — but even at the budget end you're getting a powerful machine, with an RTX 3060 and 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12400F. On the more expensive end of the scale, the Aurora R13 comes with an RTX 3090 Ti, the very best graphics card you can buy right now, capable of 4K and ray tracing.
The Aurora R13 looks as good as it performs, too, with a clear side panel that shows off sleek Alienware branding and customisable RGB lighting. The front features a honeycomb design inset with the Alienware logo, with a headphone port, three USB ports and a USB-C port.
To help you get a better idea of how the Aurora R13 can empower you to get the most from your games, we've asked some of our favourite streamers and content creators what they love about this gaming PC. Liddles and Fangetta have been using the Aurora R13 for a while now, so they know all the ins and outs, from how well it runs their favourite games to how easy the setup process is.
What do you like most about the aesthetic of the Aurora R13?
Fangetta: I love all the aesthetics of the Aurora! It’s got the classic Alienware designs of the hexagon and hive shapes on the front, and I love the RGB. I love how clean the inside of the PC is, too, it’s so organised and tidy. All the visual elements come together really beautifully. Even the Alienware logo on the cooling is fantastic.
Liddles: I also appreciate the thoughtfulness put into the design: I designed my livestreaming room around the R13 to ensure it was the centrepiece of the room and displayed in the background of my livestream, which meant I had to run over 3m of cables. The cable management plate on the back of the R13 really helped.
"I designed my livestreaming room around the R13"
Fangetta: The performance is incredible. I can stream and play games from the same computer, which make my life so much easier as a streamer. Additionally, I can play the latest games on the highest graphics settings and crank the frame rate all the way up. I love the jump in performance that I noticed as soon as I started using my Aurora R13. It’s great to be able to turn on a game and be able to play it without spending huge amounts of time in the settings trying to find how high I can run the graphics before I notice it drop in performance.
Liddles: It's nice to know I'm able to play any game on the best settings without having to be on a dual PC streaming setup.
What’s the performance of the Aurora R13 like?
Fangetta: I play a lot of Apex Legends, which definitely benefits from being played on a high frame rate (I personally cap it at 190fps as that's plenty!) but I can also play it on the highest graphics settings — which looks amazing for my audience when I'm streaming it! I am a bit snobby when it comes to watching games on low graphics so I'm so glad I can play Apex on the visually pleasing settings without sacrificing the crucial frame rate and smooth run of the game.
Liddles: At the moment it's Elden Ring. It's an action role-playing game that really leans into open world exploration with stunning, diverse landscapes and fast paced battles — which really benefit from a high-end graphics card like the 3090 my R13 has.
What’s your favourite game to play on the Aurora R13?
Liddles: Gosh, considering Elden Ring has taken up the majority of my gaming time lately there's been a lot of neglected installed games. Maybe 30 games at the moment as an estimate? I know my 1TB SSD card alone has plenty of room left on it so I don't need to think about how many I have or worry about storage issues. I'll get to them all eventually!
Fangetta: At the moment I have a pile of big and beefy games on my Aurora. I have, of course, Apex Legends; multiple Call Of Duty games (with their massive storage requirements); Fortnite; and Final Fantasy XIV. I've been playing a lot of vampire games lately because that seems to be the trend — so I have Vampire Masquerade: Bloodhunt and V Rising installed. I also do all my own editing and store a lot of VOD content from streams that I can turn into YouTube videos or TikToks, and I keep all of that on my Aurora.
How many games do you have installed on the Aurora R13 right now?
Fangetta: Part of my ritual before a stream is heading into my stream room, turning on all my lighting from the apps on my phone and then starting up my Aurora. It really helps me get in the “streaming zone” and also brings me so much happiness to see my stream room totally transformed into a pink RGB sanctuary.
Liddles: It still makes me giddy each morning when I turn on the PC and watch all the different lights go on as it powers up. I also feel relieved that I don't have to worry if my PC meets the requirements to play an upcoming game, which is important as a livestreamer as I need to keep up with gaming trends.
How does it make you feel to turn on the Aurora R13 every day?
"Part of my ritual before a stream is heading into my stream room, turning on all my lighting and then starting up my Aurora"
Liddles: It was super convenient actually. It was good to go out of the box, which was quite a relief as I didn't want too much downtime since I livestream full time. I think I spent more time just messing around with cable management!
Fangetta: The setup was super easy! I personally swapped out the HDD with a larger one, and plan to add a second NVME at some stage, but I haven't even come close to needing more storage yet. It was super straight forward — I put the Aurora on my desk and plugged all my cables in and it was ready to go. I streamed on day one without any time needed for setting up and changing anything.
How convenient was it to set up the Aurora R13?
“I put the Aurora on my desk and plugged all my cables in and it was ready to go.”
Elden Ring. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Pupperazzi. The games that have come out this year have been big, bold and beautiful. That’s why we’re giving away an Alienware x14 gaming laptop — because you deserve to play your favourite games on the highest settings, the way the developers intended.
Released in Australia in February 2022, the x14 is Alienware’s thinnest gaming laptop yet. Measuring just over 14mm high when closed, the x14 is none-the-less packed with premium features and tech specs that will make your games better than ever.
Specifically, the x14 comes with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H, which is ideal for high-end gaming, content development and multi-tasking. It’s also got an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 32GB of DDR5 memory and a 1TB solid state drive.
And that’s just what’s on the inside: what makes the x14 shine on the outside is a 14-inch Full HD display. With a resolution of 1920x1080, a 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC, the display on the x14 will make your games look as good as possible. A real treat for your eyes, as it were!
The x14 also has the customisable lighting effects that are one of Alienware’s signature features. You can change the colour of the keyboard backlighting with the AlienFX software, and the amount of customisation that’s possible is amazing. Seriously, the lighting options on the x14 are programmable with up to 16.8 million distinct colours.
Keen to get your hands on one? Just tell us, in 25 words or less, what game you’re most looking forward to playing on the x14 and why. Terms and conditions apply.