Launched under Dell's Alienware brand, the gaming notebooks pack powerful features and Intel's 3rd-Generation Ivy Bridge chips.
Alienware, Dells high-performance
PC gaming brand, launched an enhanced gaming laptop portfolio, which will be
powered by Intels 3rd-Generation Core processors, known as Ivy Bridge.
portfolio includes the M14x, a 14-inch laptop for the gamer who requires a
balance between mobility and performance; the 3D-capable M17x, which offers a
high-definition, surround-sound experience; and the M18x, an 18-inch notebook,
which is designed for gamers whose priority is performance above all else but
who also require the option to occasionally go mobile.
The M14x, M17x and M18x
are available now via Dell and Alienwares Websites, with standard
configurations starting at $1,099 for the M14x, $1,499 for the M17x and $1,999
for the M18x.
The M14x, M17x and M18x
laptops also offer the latest Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon high-definition
(HD) graphics cards and the Creative Sound Blaster audio chipset with THX 7.1
digital surround sound and Klipsch-branded speakers. The M14x features optional
dual-drive configurations, up to 16GB of memory for multitasking, a Blu-ray
combo optical drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics engine with GDDR5
graphics memory the first time Alienware is offering GDDR5 graphics on a
laptop this size.
The M17x delivers the latest
Nvidia and AMD graphics card options, up to 32GB of memory, optional 17.3-inch
120Hz WideFHD WLED 3D display and THX 3D surround sound. It is one of the first
laptops to offer the AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics card and the latest GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GT 660M and 675M graphics solutions.
Alienwares flagship gaming
laptop, the M18x, is equipped with technology capable of matching
high-performance gaming desktops. The M18x delivers up to 200w of mobile
graphics power when configured with the optional Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M
graphics enabling an Nvidia SLI experience and up to 4GB of GDDR5 graphics
memory. A configuration featuring dual AMD Radeon HD 7970m with CrossFire will
be available in the coming weeks. An 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p WLED backlit LCD,
up to 750GB 7,200 rpm Serial ATA hard drives, support for a triple solid-state-drive
option768GB SSD (3 x 256GB SSD), and an anodized aluminum shell round out the
All three laptops feature
Intels Turbo Boost 2.0 technologies, HDMI 1.4 (High-Definition Multimedia
Interface 1.4), USB 3.0 for fast data transfer, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3D HD
gaming capability, optional Blu-ray disk-drive and surround-sound quality from
Klipsch speakers. In addition, the Alienware notebooks feature AlienAdrenaline,
which enables users to create shortcuts associated with games, or applications
capable of triggering a chain of commands meant to improve system performance
or to customize the experience.
Our customers want the most
immersive gaming experience possible, and weve taken the all-powerful M14x,
M17x, and M18x laptops and made them even better, delivering the latest
technologies for almost every need, said Frank Azor, general manager,
Alienware. Weve always offered the latest technology for the best gaming
experience possible, and our enhanced lineup will let you pwn any competitor
and provide the sensory experience that we know you crave.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.