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Dell Unveils New Alienware Product Line-up

Andy Vandervell


Dell Unveils New Alienware Product Line-up

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


September 24, 2009, 3:45 pm

Cool (looks at desktop), their pc's come with gills to breathe now? A whole new meaning to Alienware.


September 24, 2009, 4:24 pm

did the laptop have to be chunkier than the outgoing model?


September 24, 2009, 5:36 pm

The Alienware laptop looks hideous as always...


September 24, 2009, 7:15 pm

I don't know about the usefulness of those scales/blades but they look pretty darned cool (haha).


September 24, 2009, 8:07 pm

I see Alienware are continuing their tradition of bundling average accessories with high-end machines.

Lord Comben III

September 24, 2009, 8:08 pm

I like the look of the keyboard. I believe the kids would say it looks rather fly (if they were geeks and from the 90's)


September 24, 2009, 10:18 pm

Kudos to the mouse though - if it is based on the G9 then it's £60-odd worth of mouse. I've never seen a mouse like that bundled with any PC, but then maybe it'll be an optional extra for £90...


September 24, 2009, 10:28 pm

really like the look of both the cases esp the large ATX one, hope they bring out a UK version of the keyboard


September 24, 2009, 11:20 pm

Alienware products forever remind me of Kryten from Red Dwarf


September 25, 2009, 2:40 am

i'm more and more getting tempted by the aurora... pretty little micro atx machine :p


September 27, 2009, 1:21 am

if you spec the Aurora and Aurora ATX to the same spec, even at the most powerful spec (i7 Extreme 3.33GHz and dual ATI 5870) apart from slightly slower RAM (1333 instead of 1600MHz) and no raid (1TB drive instead of two 500GBs) you save between £300 and over £500 so you pay a lot for the active vents system and two strips of LEDs


September 27, 2009, 2:25 am

Do you remember back in the 80's, going into Dixons and looking at the mini hi-fi systems - the more garish, LED's, flashing lights and cheap silver plastic the better to appeal to the adolecent with 50 quid burning a hole in his pocket. Looks like Dell Alienware have hired the same designer .... unfortunately they aren't 50 quid :(

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