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Dell Unveils New Alienware Product Line-up

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Dell and Alienware have effectively dropped a bomb today, announcing a massive range of new laptops, PCs and peripherals to match. All of which will be sold via Dell's own website, thus extinguishing any semblance of separation the brand may once have had.

Kicking things off is the M15x, a 15.6in gaming laptop that's similar in design to the M17x that was released earlier in the year and that replaces the similarly named Area-51 m15x. Of course, this being Alienware, the M15x is nothing short of a gaming behemoth, though one that will cost you a fair penny. Prices start at £1,199 for the base spec, but you'll want to spend a lot more than that to get best from this machine. This is one of the first machines to feature Intel's new mobile Core i7 processor, with all three of the current range available - for more info on those, see Intel Core i7 Mobile Arrives.
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Other key options include 512MB nVidia GT240M or 1GB nVidia GTX260M graphics cards, a 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD display (currently a £20 option over the 1,600 x 900 HD+ display), up to 8GB DDR3 1,333MHz RAN, and a slot-loading Blu-ray drive. More pictures can be found on the following pages.
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Also on the agenda are new PCs, the ATX based Area-51 {above} and the micro-ATX based Aurora {below}, both of which will come in top-end 'ALX' variants. Being the larger system it's no surprise to discover the Area-51 can support two nVidia GTX 295 in SLI. Both will feature factory overclocked, liquid cooled Core i7 processors as well, while the Aurora's top of range GPU option will be dual ATI Radeon HD 5870s.
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Their outstanding feature, according to Dell at least, is their 'Active Venting' systems. Available in the Aurora ALX and on the Area-51 as standard, 'Active Venting' is a system of motorised flaps on the top of the case that will open when the PC reaches a temperature limit set by the user. This should supposedly aid cooling, though quite why a liquid cooled system should require such venting is beyond us. Colour us extremely sceptical!

While the Area-51 is as yet not on sale on Dell's website, you can order the Aurora and Aurora ALX systems, with prices starting at £1,099 and £1,899 respectively.

To be sold alongside these new desktops is a new selection of accessories. You can find out about the TactX mouse, keyboard and headset on the pages that follow.
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Pictured is the Optx AW2210, a 21.5in monitor with a 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution. Fancy design aside it's your standard 16:9 aspect, TN-panel based affair, with a 300cd/m2 brightness rating, claimed 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 2ms grey-to-grey response time. Connectivity comprises two HDMIs, a DVI, audio in and out and four USB ports.

Link: Alienware

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