Alienware 13 OLED Gaming Notebook And Three New Gaming Desktops Cap Off Alienware's 20th Anniversary
The most high-profile launch is of course the new Alienware 13 OLED, which is available with a 13-inch OLED panel and a display resolution of 2560x1440. The panel, which was developed in conjunction with Samsung, features a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and offers response times as low as 1ms, with a max of 2ms. Dell claims that these are the lowest response times for any notebook currently on the market.
If the OLED display panel option is too rich for your blood, there are three other more traditional options available. You can select from 13-inch panels in HD, FHD, and QHD resolutions. The HD display has a TN panel, while the other two display options use IPS panels.
As for the hardware inside the Alienware 13 OLED, a Skylake-based dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U processor comes standard, while a Core i7-6500U is optional. Base systems come with 8GB of DDR3L memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. You can also option it with up to 16GB of memory and a GeForce GTX 965M with 4GB of GDDR5. Storage options are plentiful with HDDs available in sizes up to 500GB and PCIe SSDs topping out at 512GB. You can even option up a multi-drive storage solution with a 128GB mSATA SSD and a 512GB PCIe SSD.
Other features include Klipsch certified and tuned speakers, a 4-cell 52-watt-hour battery, two USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port (USB-C connector), Killer Networks GbE, Killer Networks 1525 802.11ac 2x2 Wireless and Bluetooth 4.1. The Alienware 13 OLED is also compatible with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier.
The Alienware 13 with OLED display starts at $1,299.
Moving on, we have the new Alienware Aurora, which is the world’s smallest desktop with dual-graphics capabilities. In addition to featuring tool-less access to graphics and expansions cards, the Alienware Aurora also incorporates AlienFX customizable lighting.
The Alienware Aurora can support up to two 300W graphics cards, with another 120W dedicated to factory overclocked and liquid-cooled Intel processors (up to a Core i7 Extreme Edition). Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 graphics cards can be supported by the standard 460W power supply, but an optional 850W power supply can handle even more demanding graphics processors to help future-proof your system. NVIDIA’s kickass GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphic cards are of course supported.
The gaming desktop supports up to 64GB of DDR4 2133MHz memory and has 5 storage bays available (supporting 7200RPM hard drives up to 2TB and PCIe SSDs up to 1TB). You’ll also find Killer e2400 GbE and Intel wireless solutions, along with a plethora of USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 ports.
The Oculus Ready and HTC Vive certified Alienware Aurora starts at $799.
Even the top-of-the-line Alienware Area-51 didn’t escape Dell’s watchful eye, as it has been upgraded with support for Broadwell-E — yes, Intel’s 10-core monster gaming processor. Featuring a gaming motherboard with the Intel X99 Express chipset, the Alienware Area-51 supports up to 64GB of 2133MHz memory and NVIDIA SLI or AMD Crossfire graphics cards in dual- and even triple-card configurations.
The Aurora Area-51 is meant for uncompromising gamers, and it has a price tag to match, with a starting price of $1,699.
Last but not least, we have the Alienware Alpha, which is designed to fit nicely in your living room entertainment center. The small form factor (SFF) PC now features 60 percent greater graphics performance thanks to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 GPU, and there are sixth generation Intel Skylake processors onboard (up to an Intel Core i7 6700T). Up to 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz memory is supported and you can configure 2.5-inch HDDs and M.2 PCIe SSDs up to 1TB in size.
The Alienware Alpha starts at $599.
All four new Alienware products will be available to purchase starting tomorrow and will be coming soon nationwide to Best Buy brick-and-mortar locations and from BestBuy.com.