E3 2013 set the stage for Alienware

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E3 2013 set the stage for Alienware to launch its new line up of powerful gaming laptops. The new designs mark a departure from the previous generation and take on a bold new form.

All three of the laptops share similar design characteristics, such as an anodized aluminum shell and magnesium alloy body. This makes for one tough exterior. They also have smooth, angular lines that will catch all the attention in the room. They also feature a new lighting design that highlights the base of each laptop and streaks of color on the back panels as well. All of the lighting zones are adjustable, including the alien head, based on customer feedback. One unique addition is the touch pad that lights up brightly and has its own timing system.

Alienware 14

First off, we will take a look at the new Alienware 14 laptop. One of the key tech callouts on this model is the customer inspired LCD. The idea was generated from our customer suggestion site Idea Storm. It features an anti-glare, Full HD panel with IPS. What this means for you is the ability to view the screen without glare in nearly any lighting condition. The new specs and weight of this laptop make it ideal for a gamer on the go.

Alienware 14 Tech Specs:

  • Quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors

  • NVIDIA GeForce 700 series Graphics

  • DDR3L Memory (Helps increase battery life)

  • Up to 3 storage drives (2 HDD/ 1 mSata)

Alienware 17

Next up is the Alienware 17. An interesting callout on this model is the increased storage options. The system now provides a total of up to 3 hard drive ports and an mSata port. The system also has a standard Full HD display and provides the optional upgrade to the 3D capable display. Another interesting addition to the 17 is the addition of programmable macro keys located above the number keypad.

Alienware 17 Tech Specs:

  • Quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors

  • NVIDIA GeForce 700 series Graphics

  • Up to 4 storage drives (3 HDD/ 1 mSata)

  • Full HD Screen/ Upgrade to 3D

Alienware 18

The third and most powerful of the new line up is the Alienware 18. Again, due to customer feedback, the system includes a new Full HD display with PLS wide viewing angle technology. The system also features NVIDIA SLI dual graphics as standard. The Alienware 18 has two sections of programmable macro keys to enhance the gaming experience.

Alienware 18 Tech Specs:

–          Quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors

–          SLI Dual NVIDIA GeForce 700 series Graphics

–          Up to 4 storage drives (3 HDD/ 1 mSata)

–          Full HD Screen with PLS

Alienware Vindicator Gear

In addition to the new line up of laptops, Alienware has released a new line of Vindicator bags in our gear shop. These bags were designed as an extension of the system using the same influences the engineering team looked at when designing the laptops. The lineup will include a backpack, messenger bag, slim carrying case, briefcase, and neoprene sleeve for each model.

Alienware Command Center

Our software team has made updates to the Alienware Command Center to accommodate the new lighting zones. The updates also include an update to AlienAdrenaline, which allows you to create unique gaming profiles. One of the big surprises came to me as I loaded up one of my new favorite titles on the Alienware 17, Metro Last Light. The lighting zones automatically started shifting and changing to the opening music. I realized that the game was now one of over 60 titles that have incorporated AlienFX. This feature gave me a new gaming experience for one of my favorite titles as the lighting alerts added a level of alertness and reflex that I had not experienced previously.

Overall, the new line up of Alienware laptops offer both design and power that will set them apart in the industry. I think this quote from Frank Azor, General Manager of Alienware really sums up the new line up well: “The new laptops and matching Vindicator bags are the latest culmination of listening and learning from our customers since we delivered our first gaming system back in 1996. We spent countless hours meticulously thinking through every detail of these new products to ensure they would be the most amazing line-up we’ve introduced yet.”

The systems and gear are available now at www.alienware.com

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