Dell has announced a range of new laptops, targeting both highly demanding and highly budget-conscious gamers.
Three of the new models fall under Dell's Alienware gaming brand. Several more-affordable models are launching under the Dell G Series brand. Dell has also made refinements to its associated software, and expanded its participation in the growing e-sports world.
"We're excited to come to this year's CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry," said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager, Alienware, G Series and XPS.
The new Alienware Area-51m is billed as "the world's most powerful gaming laptop." It's the first with a 9th Gen 8-core desktop processor, 64GB of memory, 2.5Gbps Ethernet, upgradeable graphics and desktop processors (CPU and GPU), and a 17-inch narrow-bezel display operating at up to 144Hz refresh rate. Cooling technology is appropriately leading-edge, said to offer 50% more performance with 32% less volume than its predecessor.
The Alienware Area-51m is also the first product to embody Dell's new Legend brand identity. This includes improved AlienFX lighting, ultra-thin screen borders, and a new "three-knuckle hinge" that provides strength while reducing overall dimensions. Legend also introduces two optional finishes: Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon.
"The Legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community," said Azor, "and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate."
The Alienware Area-51m with Legend design will be available from January 29, starting at US$2,549.
Alienware m15 and m17
The recently-announced Alienware m15 and new Alienware m17 emphasize portability. The Alienware m17 is described as the thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop in the lineup. The Alienware m17 starts at 2.63Kg, and the m15 at 2.16Kg. Both laptops offer a choice of 8th Gen Core i5 and i7 processors, with Cryo-Tech Cooling technology, and backed up by Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs. They're available in a choice of Epic Silver and Nebula Red.
The Alienware m15 laptop is available now, starting at US$1,379.99. The Alienware m15 with Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 Series GPU will be available January 29, starting at US$1,579.00. The Alienware m17 will also be available January 29, starting at US$1,649.99.
Dell G Series
The Dell G Series offers more-affordable alternatives. The Dell G5 15 and G7 15 are 15-inch models, and the Dell G7 17 is a 17-inc. They're available with a choice of 8th Gen Intel CFL-H quad- and hex-core processors, with the latest Nvidia graphics processors, 144Hz displays with G-Sync variable refresh rate, 4-zone RGB keyboard lighting and customizable backlighting. The Dell G5 15 Special Edition comes in Alpine White, with a clear panel on the bottom to show off its blue cooling fans.
The Dell G5 15, G7 15 and G7 17 will be available starting January 29, starting at US$999.99, US$1,099 and US$1,380, respectively.
Software and eSports
Dell has also announced more than 30 community-driven improvements to its Alienware Command Center. The software controls things like peripheral lighting, power management, thermal settings and CPU overclocking, and now adds GPU overclocking and underclocking,
Dell's Alienware Arena App, available for iOS and Android, offers push notification alerts for access to limited-quantity full-game codes, beta codes and downloadable content (DLC).
Finally, Alienware has a new multi-year partnership with Riot Games, publisher of one of the world's most popular e-sports titles, League of Legends. Alienware will become the Official Competition PC and display partner for the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS, the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) and four international competitions: NA vs EU Rift Rivals, the Mid-Season Invitational, the World Championship and the All-Star Event.
Powering two premier League of Legends leagues, as well as four international tournaments, will be a fleet of Alienware Aurora R8 desktops, equipped with top-of-the-line AW2518H 240Hz G-sync gaming monitors. For fans watching online or attending events in person, Alienware will be collaborating with Riot Games to introduce various "broadcast innovations."
Image: Alienware m17.