Dell debuted several new devices at CES 2017 this week, including the launch of new Alienware and Inspiron gaming systems. Available starting January 5, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada, Dell will add an Inspiron gaming line built for price-conscious gamers. The new Inspiron line will be priced lower than the company’s premiere Alienware hardware, offering gaming-options for customers shied away from Alienware’s higher price-points in the past. The new models will be good for anyone that likes to pick up previous models on the cheap, you can expect that older models from Dell will get a price-cut on sites like Newegg and Amazon.com.
“The popularity of PC gaming is at an all-time high, with hardware alone forecasted to exceed $35 billion by the end of 2018, thanks to the introduction of VR and excitement created by esports and gaming tournaments,” said Bryan deZayas, Director, Dell Gaming. “We are very proud to continue investing in gamers around the world by introducing a new Inspiron gaming line and partnering with ELEAGUE to power and support the esports community, which is projected to reach 145 million fans in 2017.”
The newest Inspiron 15 Gaming laptop, launching today, is just the first introduction gamers can expect to see from Dell’s Inspiron gaming line. The company said in a statement, “Dell is committed to investing in and growing its gaming portfolio for price-conscious players.”
The Inspiron 15 Gaming offers dedicated forward and rearward thermal outlets; dual fans, oversized pipes and heat exchangers. The model will be available with 7th Gen Intel Quad Core processors and NVIDIA’s Pascal graphics, which includes the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050Ti options. The screen offers an anti-glare ultra-high definition display and the device comes with Waves MaxxAudio Pro for controls and tuning.
The new Alienware line puts an emphasis on 4K gaming and virtual reality. The Alienware lineup includes VR and 12k-capable rigs, plus new VR-ready notebooks. The new models also offer 7th Gen Intel Core processors, has multiple NVIDIA graphic-card options, and are all outfitted with SSDs. Customers will find more options when building their own Alienware 13, 15 and 17 laptops on the company’s site, including an option to add a 99WHr battery on the Alienware 15 and 17.
The Alienware Aurora midsize desktop will offer the new Intel processors; giving players up to 10% performance increase in Cinebench R15 CPU and +18% in 3DMark’s Time Spy CPU.
Dell also announced a new partnership with ELEAGUE to support their vision of producing high-quality, innovative eSports tournaments that reach audiences both via television and online streaming platforms. With Dell an official partner and exclusive PC hardware provider for ELEAGUE, the company also confirmed that all 2017 ELEAGUE tournaments will be televised live across a combination of TBS and Twitch, beginning with the ELEAGUE Major – featuring Valve’s popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. ELEAGUE will use the Alienware Aurora with Dell 24-inch 144Hz gaming monitor as their competition system.
“The world’s best gamers demand bleeding edge hardware that keep them at their best,” said Seth Ladetsky, senior vice president of Sales, Turner Sports. “ELEAGUE is proud to welcome Dell as a key partner, supporting the passionate esports community and delivering the high-performance hardware needed to fuel ELEAGUE’s thrilling competition all year long.”
Pricing and availability
The Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming notebook will be available exclusively at Best Buy and Dell.com beginning Jan. 5 in the U.S., starting at $799 USD. The updated Alienware 13, 15, and 17 notebooks will be available as of Jan. 5 with an entry price of $999.
Alienware 15 and 17 will feature new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics beginning Jan. 12 starting at $1199 and $1299 USD respectively.
The updated Alienware Aurora will be available Jan. 12 in the U.S. and Europe, starting at $799 USD, with China and Japan availability in February.