Alienware is celebrating its 20th b-day this year, and the company brought the party to PAX West in Seattle. The new line of notebooks that were introduced this week offer the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series family of GPUs; bringing near desktop-class graphics performance to portable gaming.
“Gaming is in a time of renaissance right now; awesome games and development, amazing resolutions and technology, plus the pure excitement around VR experiences – it’s an incredible driving force and it feels similar to the energy that started Alienware 20 years ago,” said Frank Azor, general manager of Alienware and XPS, Dell. “These new notebooks are a product of that history and approach, but also of the demands and expectations of gamers today. Being true to both is what Alienware is about and we’re proud to bring these notebooks to gamers.”
The new system puts the focus on high resolutions, virtual reality, heat-control and design. New materials used in the construction include anodized aluminum, magnesium alloy, steel reinforcement and copper. The company stated that adding copper to the thermal solution improves cooling capabilities across both CPU and GPU; combined with the new hinge-forward design, notebook ventilation can increase performance as most thermal dissipation flows up and out the rear.
The all-new Alienware TactX keyboard introduces a new RGB LED, offering better key lighting, and there are anti-smudge finishes and improved audio output. The audio is improved thanks to a new speaker design that includes internal smart-amps that monitor audio waveforms, enabling the use of the entire thermal margin of the speaker for stronger sound. T
The new models come in three sizes, 17″, 15″ and 13″ and are described below by the company:
The new Alienware 17 is the ultimate gaming notebook with an emphasis on screen size, gaming performance and overall immersion. This flagship notebook gains more power with overclocked Intel Core i7 k-series processors and DDR4 memory running up to 2667 Mhz. Newly added support for optional IR Tobii eye-tracking technology adds great accessibility features based on where you’re looking. It allows gamers to fine tune their skills with a new Overwolf app that can replay your gaze pattern so gamers can track where they were looking during gameplay; gamers can then learn from their mistakes and be sure to focus their attention on the best opportunities to crush the competition. Tobii partnered with Alienware to add exclusive features including enhanced presence detection tied to our iconic AlienFX lighting zones; the full LED system illuminates and changes based on where you look. Only on Alienware will your Tobii camera detect your gaze and allow you to record and export your gaze pattern as a coaching tool to help improve your gameplay. It can also sense your presence and attention to understand when you engage with various elements of the device or lock your system when you walk away; these unique features help optimize power, performance, and can improve security.
Balancing superior gaming performance with portability, the new mid-size Alienware 15 is for gamers that want the best of both. With more power in a thinner frame, it comes with great graphics options from AMD and NVIDIA, including the stunning, VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. Coming standard with a 15.6” FHD, IPS Anti-Glare, 300-nits display, additional options include FHD 120Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync for incredibly smooth, synchronized frame rates and UHD IGZO for 4k resolutions. Built so gamers can be on the go, its exceptional battery life keeps it going with a 68 watt-hour lithium ion battery and an optional 99 watt-hour battery to enable extended gameplay when away from a plug.2
The new Alienware 13 may be the brand’s smallest notebook, but with some big improvements. Configurable with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics, this aggressive design will offer one of the most compact VR-ready devices ever. Whether gaming at high resolutions or in your own virtual world, trillions of LED lighting combinations through eight unique programmable lighting zones with up to 20 distinct colors deliver truly dazzling gameplay.
The company is also still promoting the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which is a plug-in companion to Alienware notebooks. Users can also check out the new Dell 24 Gaming Monitor (S2417DG), which offers QHD graphics, and a 1 ms panel response time. There is also a Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor (U3417W), which offers a curved, ultra-wide screen.
The new Alienware 15 and 17 systems will be configurable and orders start on September 30, 2016. The Alienware 13 will come in November and the company promises more details over the next few weeks.