Dell's first VR-ready notebooks under the Alienware brand boast the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series family of GPUs for realistic gameplay. The integration of new materials such as anodized aluminum, magnesium alloy, steel reinforcement and copper add form and function to the new designs. Adding copper to the thermal solution improves cooling capabilities across both CPU and GPU; combined with the new hinge-forward design, notebook ventilation can increase performance as most thermal dissipation flows up and out the rear. The all-new Alienware TactX keyboard introduces an optimized RGB LED for better key lighting, plus a full 2.2mm of gaming-grade travel, steel-reinforced for durability. Aluminum and magnesium alloy improve design quality and rigidity, while anti-smudge finishes add great utility to the aggressive new look of these notebooks. To improve audio output, a new speaker design includes internal smart-amps that monitor audio waveforms, enabling the use of the entire thermal margin of the speaker for stronger sound.
The new Alienware 17 is a high-end gaming notebook with an emphasis on screen size and gaming performance. This flagship notebook gains more power with overclocked Intel Core i7 k-series processors and DDR4 memory running up to 2667 Mhz. Newly added support for optional IR Tobii eye-tracking technology adds accessibility features based on where you’re looking. It allows gamers to fine tune their skills with a new Overwolf app that can replay your gaze pattern so gamers can track where they were looking during gameplay. Tobii partnered with Alienware to add features including enhanced presence detection tied to the AlienFX lighting zones; the full LED system illuminates and changes based on where you look. Only on Alienware will your Tobii camera detect your gaze and allow you to record and export your gaze pattern as a coaching tool to help improve your gameplay. It can also sense your presence and attention to understand when you engage with various elements of the device or lock your system when you walk away.
Balancing gaming performance with portability, the new mid-size Alienware 15 comes with graphics options from AMD and NVIDIA, including the VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. Coming standard with a 15.6" FHD, IPS Anti-Glare, 300-nits display, additional options include FHD 120Hz display with NVIDIA G-Sync and UHD IGZO for 4k resolutions. Built so gamers can be on the go, its battery life keeps it going with a 68 watt-hour lithium ion battery and an optional 99 watt-hour battery to enable extended gameplay when away from a plug.
The new Alienware 13 may be the brand’s smallest notebook, but with some big improvements. Configurable with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics, this design will offer one of the most compact VR-ready devices ever. Trillions of LED lighting combinations through eight programmable lighting zones with up to 20 distinct colors deliver dazzling gameplay.
The new Alienware 15 and 17 systems will be configurable to your needs and available to order starting on September 30, 2016. The Alienware 13 will come in November.