E3 : New Line-Up Of Alienware Gaming Notebooks Showcased
This week, Alienwar is taking the wraps off of its overhauled gaming laptops, codenamed “Epic.”
Alienware is launching three new laptops (14″, 17″ and 18″) along with a refresh of the Alienware X51 compact gaming PC.
The company has completely overhauled its portable machines with new, magnesium alloy and aluminum casing in a charcoal finish and sleek, angled and rounded edges. Each includes a HD matte display with a reimagined keyboard and LED illuminated trackpad.
While manufacturers like Razer and Gigabyte are slimming down their hardware, Alienware is content to keep the chassis beefy at 1.6-inches up to 2.2-inches depending on the model.
For all models, the displays can optionally be upgraded 1080p at order-time if that’s not already the default option. While this is not surprising on the 17? and 18?, the 14? also gets the full HD option, with a little bonus in the form of an IPS panel which should provide wide view angle and great color rendering for that form-factor.
Inside, the laptops are powered by various versions of Intel’s latest Core i7 processor backed by 8GB to 32GB of RAM, depending on the model. The differences between those CPU options are frequency (3.4GHz to 4.0GHz and cache size which go from 6MB to 8MB). This time, Alienware has selected the NVIDIA 700-Series graphics processors and options vary from the GT 750M to the dual-GPU GTX 780 (dual-gpu is only available on the 18?). This type of graphics performance blows away your average $900 Ultrabook by miles.
In terms of storage, Alienware has showed us that for the first time, they are supporting up to 3 drives on all three laptops, and the high-end configuration would be something like 512GB of SSD and 2X750GB of HDD (+ optical drive), which is kind of crazy for a laptop.