The dudes at Geek Culture had a chance to check out the newest lineup of Alienware laptops last Friday and the main takeaway was – “Man, that 18″ was huge!”
Jokes aside, the latest lineup is impressive in terms of both performance and form. I have a good feeling however that the everyday person would gravitate towards either the Alienware 18 as a full desktop replacement or the Alienware 14 for the road warrior.
All three laptops feature a new, iconic, angular design that takes its cues from jet engines and stealth bombers with an anodized aluminum shell and magnesium alloy body. The keyboard is protected by a reinforced plate to ensure a solid typing experience, while the travel and responsiveness is specifically designed with gamers’ needs in mind. Based on customer feedback, the new Alienware 14 now features an anti-glare LCD display with wide viewing angles for reflection-free gaming in nearly any lighting condition, including a premium Full HD panel option with IPS. For 3D gaming enthusiasts, the Alienware 17 has an optional 3D panel for an immersive visual experience, while the Alienware 18 will feature a Full HD display with PLS wide viewing-angle technology.
Along with the new design, the laptops also feature a number of components that when combined create a superb PC gaming experience. The laptops sport full voltage, quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics. DDR3L memory provides exceptional bandwidth with lower voltage requirements designed for increased battery life, and the laptops now provide support for up to three storage drives on the Alienware 14, and up to four storage drives on the Alienware 17 and 18. For the first time ever, the Alienware 18 will feature NVIDIA SLI dual graphics technology as standard, and the laptop will offer an overclocked CPU option with a maximum speed of 4.3GHz. The laptops all feature Ethernet technology by Qualcomm’s Killer networks, Klipsch speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio.
Looking the the above list of specs, Alienware looks to have taken into consideration to pack as much features to tackle ANY PC title that is thrown at it for the next year. My guess is that if you need to Photoshop or edit videos on the go, you can’t go wrong with this range either.
We’re gonna try our luck and see if we could grab one for a more comprehensive review in the future.
The Alienware 14 and Alienware 17 laptops, and Alienware X51 desktop are available at the following starting prices:
- Alienware 14 starts at S$2,299
- Alienware 17 starts at S$3,099
- The Alienware 18 laptop will be available in the coming weeks.
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!