Announcing the new batch of Alienware laptops today, Dell said that all good things come in threes – and if you’re a portable PC gaming fan with a hankering for Sandy Bridge, then I guess it’s right.
Dell has officially announced all-new Alienware M18x and M14x laptops as well as a revamped M11x R3 bringing with them the all-new Sandy Bridge chips, latency-free wireless HD streaming and HDMI-input. The M18x is as you would imagine the top-of-the-range machine surpassing the previous big cheese, the M17x but it won’t be available until some time in May. However the other two laptops are now available on the Dell US website though we’re waiting to hear when they will be available in the UK. The M11x R3 starts out at $999 while the all-new M14x will set you back from $1,199.
Looking first at the M18x, this desktop replacement machine offers dual-graphics technology from both ATI and nVidia, and also offers an Intel Core i7 Extreme CPU option, factory-overclocked to 4GHz. The tough-looking M18x is encased in anodized aluminum chassis, with a 18.4in FHD (1920x1200 pixel resolution) screen. Moving on to the mid-range M14x, it combines the power of the high-end models but with more portability. Weighing in at less than 3kg, the M14x features Intel’s second-generation overclockable Intel Core i7 CPUs, discrete graphics and an optical disk drive. The M14x offers updated graphics featuring the nVidia GeForce GT 555M with up to 3GB of graphics memory.
Calling the 11in M11x R3 cute may be doing it an injustice, but being the baby of the Alienware family it is all about portability - though combined with some serious grunt. It is customisable with either Core i5 or i7 Sandy Bridge processors, aided by Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and updated graphics featuring the nVidia GeForce GT 540M. All three laptops also offer HDMI 1.4 for connection to 3D-capable HDTVs for 3D gaming as well as USB 3.0 ports. The M18x and M14x (as well as the M17x, which was launched in January) offer optional wireless HD audio and video for latency-free streaming to larger screens.
These machines mark the biggest expansion of the Alienware portfolio in several years and arrive as it celebrates its five-year anniversary as part of the Dell family. No doubt the Alienware community will be licking their lips at the prospect of getting their hands on these machines, and we’ll bring you UK prices and release dates as we get them.