Dell powers up three new Alienware gaming laptops
Up for sale as of Tuesday, the lastest editions to the Alienware lineup offer Intel's Core i7 "Haswell" chip, up to 32GB of memory, and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Dell has beefed up its Alienware series with three new laptops equipped with some seriously high-end specs.
Starting at $1,199, the Alienware 14 offers a 14-inch screen (1,366x768 or 1,920x1,080 resolution), as much as 16GB of RAM, and up to a 512GB solid-state hard drive. Starting at $1,499, the Alienware 17 is equipped with a 17.3-inch screen with a resolution as high as 1,920x1,080, up to 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. And starting at $2,099, the Alienware 18 sports an 18.4-inch screen with a 1,920x1,080 resolution, up to 32GB of RAM, and a hard drive as hefty as 1.5TB.
The 14-inch model can hold up to three hard drives, while its bigger brothers can store up to four drives. The Alienware 17 also offers a 3D screen as an option, while the Alienware 18 includes a full HD display with a wide-angle viewing feature.
All three laptops are powered by Intel's fourth-generation Core i7 processor, include Nvidia GeForce 700 series graphics adapters, and can combine a solid-state drive with a conventional hard drive for large storage and faster performance. The latest Wi-Fi standard -- 802.11ac -- is part of the mix. And buyers can choose between Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Dell is also touting the design and durability of the laptops, highlighting their anodized aluminum shells and magnesium alloy bodies. More then 60 percent of their core mechanical parts are made of metal. The keyboard is also secured by a reinforced plate to allow for more solid typing.
For gamers who prefer to play on a desktop, Dell also recently enhanced its Alienware X51. The desktop can now be outfitted with an Intel fourth-generation Core i5 or i7 chip, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics adapter, and a 1TB hard drive and 256GB solid-state drive combo.