Today computer maker Dell has launched new redesigned gaming laptops for their gaming-specific brand Alienware at this years E3 gaming convention. The new Intel Haswell and Nvidia GeForce based gaming laptops start at $1,199 for a 14-inch model, $1,499 for a 17-inch and $2,099 for the 18-inch model.
With these new gaming laptops Alienware has decided to offer slightly different product names. The new Alienware models include a 14-inch Alienware 14, a 17.3-inch Alienware 17 and a 18.4-inch Alienware 18. For the past few years Alienware has included an “m” before and an “x” after the numbers in the model names for Alienware’s gaming laptop family (e.g. Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x).
The new names are subtle changes from the last gen. Alienware gaming laptops, but the change in design is a little more abrupt. Dell has gone all-metal for the new Alienware family of gaming laptops with magnesium alloy chassis and aluminum lids.
Styling for the new Alienware gaming laptops includes two LED lights that run along the side of the laptop to wrap around the front. The lid on the new models feature three distinct lines; one coming from the top center and two coming from the lower corners; the three lines converge at the lower middle of the lid; the two lower corner lines are shorter and feature two LED lights as a part of their design. The track pad also has LED lights this time around.
New Alienware 14, 17 and 18 gallery:
Looks aren’t near as important as performance when talking about gaming specific laptops like the new Alienware gaming laptops. The entire line is pretty bulky and on the lower end (14) you get a notebook that weighs 6 pounds and on the highest-end (18) you get a 12 pound machine. Dell and Alienware’s product designers weren’t trying to compete directly with Razer’s Blade series gaming laptops which put an emphasis on portability with starting weights of 4 pounds (14-inch Razer Blade) and 6 pounds (17-inch Razer Blade Pro).
The new Alienware gaming laptops come standard with quad-core processors from Intel’s recently launched Haswell 4th gen. family. All three models get the 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost) a quad-core processor with eight processing threads and the Intel HD Graphics 4600 integrated graphics processor.
You’ll be able play the latest games using Nvidia’s latest GT and GTX 700 series discrete mobile graphics cards. The Alienware 14 will have the Nvidia GeForce GT 750M with 1GB GDDR5 standard in the $1,099 base model with the option to upgrade to a faster GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5. The Alienware 17 comes with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5 in its base $1,499 model, the GTX 770M with 3GB GDDR5, and the GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5 with be the upgrade options. The maximum performance is offered by the Alienware 18 which comes standard with a dual Nvidia SLI config. that includes two GTX 765M’s with 2GB of GDDR5 for $2,099, dual GTX 770M’s with 3GB GDDR5, and dual GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5.
The amount of graphics options is made to look small when compared to all the available storage configurations options. Storage options available for the new Alienware gaming laptops includes a lot of hybrid HDD+SSD setups that cost more than the standard 750GB 7200RPM HDD. The Alienware 14 has the least extreme max. combo which still includes a total of three 256GB SSDs, including two 256GB in RAID 0 and one standalone 256GB SSD. The Alienware 17 and 18 can have up to three 256GB SSDs in RAID 0 with a lone 256GB SSD which makes a total of four storage drives.
Other features are also included and we’ll get into those now. All the new Alienware gaming laptops include 8GB of DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz standard with the option for up to 16GB (14-inch) and up to 32GB (17- and 18-inch) of DDR3 RAM each at 1600MHz.
The very new Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard is supported on these new Alienware laptops thanks to the Broadcom 4352 wireless radio which is optional on the 14 but comes standard on the 17 and 18. The current Bluetooth 4.0 standard is supported with every one of these new models.
For USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports you get three with the Alienware 14 and the 17 and 18 will have four each. You have HDMI output (HDMI 1.4) and input for turning your laptop into a display screen (HDMI 1.3). Other I/O features shared across all the new Alienware models include Ethernet (RJ-45), Mini DisplayPort, 9-in-1 Media Card Reader, two 1/8-inch audio-out jacks (one compatible with inline mic headset), one 1/8-inch line-in microphone jack, Kensington lock, and power/dc-in jack.
Battery life isn’t really a feature for any of these new Alienware gaming laptops even though they have 8-cell (86 wHr) batteries due to their high-end hardware. Therefore Dell and Alienware aren’t even posting estimates on battery life for any of these new laptops on their website.
The base display for the Alienware 14 is a 14-inch anti-glare, 200-nit TN display (1,366 x 768), the Alienware 17 starts with a 17.3-inch anti-glare, 220-nit TN display (1,600 x 900), and every Alienware 18 has a 18.4-inch TrueLife PLS, 400-nit display (1920 X 1080).
Dell and Alienware have launched the new redesigned Alienware gaming laptops on the Alienware.com online store. The new models include the Alienware 14 which starts at $1,199, the Alienware 17 which starts at $1,499 and the Alienware 18 that starts at $2,099. At this time Dell and Alienware have announced a cheaper Alienware 14 with a Core i5 processor will be released soon at the $1,099 price point.