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2-in-1s Usher in A New World of Productivity and Entertainment

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Professional

  
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The XPS and Inspiron 2-in-1 models can be upgraded to Intel® Core™ i7 processor and 8GB RAM for quickly tackling your presentations, spreadsheets, and documents on the go. Intel® Rapid Start Technology wakes your system up in a flash so you can get more accomplished in meetings and throughout your day.

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Student

  
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The Dell Venue 11 Pro is ready to carry you throughout your day. With a battery life of 8-10 hours, you can champion through your classes, taking notes without plugging in. Prolong your time between charges by adding the Mobility keyboard with an embedded battery that makes writing papers an easily accomplished task.

When it’s time to put the books away, the Dell Venue 11 Pro with Intel® Atom™ processor can switch into tablet mode, allowing you to kick back and watch movies, play games, or read digital books with powerful and efficient application performance.

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Introduction

There are many factors that contribute to the performance of a PC or device. Hardware and software are two elements that can affect performance. The information below will give you a brief overview of the important hardware choices that are usually available when you purchase a PC or device. This will help you when picking the device that’s right for you and your needs. The hardware components we will cover are processor, graphics, hard drive, and memory. All of these components work together and affect the experience you have with your PC.

Processor 

Processor

The overall speed of the computer and how fast it is capable of processing data is managed by the computer processor (CPU). The more data that the can be processed in a given amount of time, that faster the computer will get things done. There are several things to look for in a processor that affect processing data. Frequency (clock speed), number of cores (like more lanes of traffic to process data), cache size, and any other special technologies that may be built into the processor affect overall performance. Dell uses Intel® processors in most of their PCs. Intel offers a wide variety of processors for various types of computers and devices. Laptops, desktop, tablets, 2-in-1s, servers, etc can all feature a different processor. Some names you may have heard are Intel® Core™, Pentium™, and Atom™. Typically Intel® Core™ processors are the highest performing out of those three. Pentium processors are generally found in mid to lower priced PCs and Atom processors are found in PCs and tablets that requireMakes good performance with low power consumption giving you longer battery life in a smaller size. Each of these processors has different specifications for frequency, number of cores, cache size, and special features. The higher frequency, more cores (dual or quad), larger cache size (built in memory) and special features like Intel Turbo Boost (extra boost of performance when you need it) and hyper-threading can improve the speed of your PC or device.

 
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Memory

The memory (called RAM - random access memory) in a computer stores information that you use on a regular basis so it can be accessed more quickly than pulling it from the hard drive. RAM is located closer to the processor and also has no moving parts allowing for faster speed and performance. The information stored in memory is constantly changing based on the way you use your PC and what you regularly do with your PC. A computer with more memory will be capable of storing more data that you need to access quickly. Overall speed will generally be improved with more memory. Typical sizes of memory are 2GB, 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB. Be sure to identify how much memory comes with the PC you are selecting

 
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Hard Drive Hard Drive 

There are two primary types of hard drives available on most PCs for storing information. There are traditional hard drives with internal moving parts and SSDs or solid state drives which have no moving parts. Tablets typically only feature flash memory and do not offer hard drive options. The speed at which your PC can read or write information to your hard drive, influences the performance.

  • An SSD has no moving part which makes it faster, more power efficient, and more durable than a standard hard drive.
  • Opening programs and files, powering up, and moving data can all be improved significantly with an SSD.
  • SSDs typically have smaller storage space than standard hard drives, but having better performance and lower power consumption may be the better tradeoff. With that benefit, SSDs can be more expensive than standard hard drives as well.

 When selecting your PC, be sure to understand what hard drive options may be available.

    Superior Gaming with Alienware
    Immerse yourself in the game with higher performance:
   Playing video games is all about stepping into a different world. In order to be fully immersed in another dimension the player needs images as realistic as possible with crisp details and smooth transitions.
 
However, to achieve such high degrees of realism your system requires high-performance components to produce desirable frame rates, higher resolution picture. Alienware are equipped with the some of the most powerful CPUs and GPUs available in the market.
    Alienware Area-51
    Alienware Area-51
    Area 51 pushes the limits of performance with the latest Intel Extreme Edition Haswell-E that supports 6 and 8 core options. This insane power will increase your frame rate and give you an unprecedented advantage over console gaming.

The Area-51 also includes the onboard Creative Technology Sound Core3D (A multi-core advanced audio DSP processor), which besides providing more flexibility with gaming audio by off-loading workload from the CPU, will provide drastically superior audio and voice quality.

    Alienware 13 with Graphics Amplifier
   Alienware 13 with Graphics Amplifier
   

Alienware 13 along with its sidekick, the new Alienware Graphics Amplifier, have conquered the everlasting tradeoff for gamers between power and mobility. Don’t sacrifice anymore: you can now choose to game on-the-go with the thinnest and lightest Alienware notebook or more than double your power by connecting your notebook with a desktop graphics card and experience up to 4K resolution, higher FPS and much crispier details.

The new Alienware 13 is outfitted with up to an Intel® Core™ i5 U processor for full-throttle action on its own, and is equipped for the most advanced situations and a seamless gaming experience. Creative Gaming Audio Technology gives Gamers the ultimate gaming experience by providing a new level of audio immersion & realistic surround sound when connected to any audio device during game play.


    Alienware Alpha
    Alienware Alpha
   

 

The Alienware Alpha comes with an exclusive Alienware-developed user interface, which allows you to navigate all of Alpha’s core functions without ever needing a keyboard and mouse. With the power of Steam Big Picture, up to Intel® Quad-Core™ i7 processor muscle, the global online community for downloading and playing games, you can have quick and easy access to all of the PC games, plus other entertainment, all on your big screen TV. Welcome to a new era of fun.

Because of the open nature of Alpha’s PC gaming pedigree and its backward compatibility, combined with the access to all Steam games, Alpha offers the possibility to play over 3,200 games.