On Thursday night, Alienware took over a space in Sydney to present to a selected group of Australian media their new range of gaming laptops called the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18. The event had multiple versions of each for people to go hands on with, and I can say that they are very well made and extremely capable machines.
Each of the laptops has a unique look to it, and it’s one that you won’t find on any other laptop from any other maker, and that’s a great thing. Because while most companies are going for the MacBook style “Ultrabook” Alienware have done the opposite and built a laptop for gaming that not only defies that sterile look but also destroys previous notions of what a laptop had to be.
The 14, being the smallest of the 3 will suit most gamers, with its overall size and power, but its lack of a traditional numerical pad on board might throw people off.
The 17 and 18 are only really separated by the extra screen space, with both machines sporting some very nice specs and a numerical pad.
Now you might be asking yourself, well just how powerful are these laptops, well I can assure you that they are very powerful. Ubisoft were kind enough to bring Splinter Cell: Blacklist for the event, and the game ran beautifully on all 3 models of the laptops. Check back for more details about that game soon.
All the machines are using the all new haswell based i7’s from Intel and graphics from Nvidia in the form of the 700 series. The 14 series has 3 expansion slots for more storage space, and the 17 and 18 models have 4 slots. So as a desktop replacement, there is plenty of room to grow.But if you want the best, then the 18 is the model for you, as it will come with Nvidia SLI graphics as standard, and the CPU is overclocked to 4.3GHz
To see what went into the design and creation of these impressive machines, check out this video here.
These laptops will be available online at dell.com.au with JB Hi-Fi being the retail partner for them as well.
If you are interested in these machines, the prices start at $1499 for the 14, $2499 for the 17 model and $3299 for the 18 model.
Alienware will be at PAX Australia in July, so if you’re going, check them out there and you will see just how good these laptops are. Check out some photos of the event below, you might even see me in them.