Alienware and Dell Are in it to Win it for PC Gamers

Dell and Alienware require no introduction to hardcore PC gamers. Alienware is known for high end gaming PCs and accessories while Dell is a little more affordable but also respectable when it comes to gaming PCs. The joint entities do have a lot of new items coming out in the not so distant future and shared some of their wares with Hardcore Gamer. This is just a brief synopsis of some of the highlights that are on the horizon or may currently be available, more details about their products and tech specs are available on their respective websites.

Alienware Monitors

Alienware has announced a couple new monitors, the AW2518HF and the AW2518H. These monitors have a high refresh rate that will allow games to run smoothly with higher frames per section and a shorter response time to minimize lag between key input and the action on screen. The specs for the two models are listed below.

 • LCD Panels: 24.5” TN, 3-sided narrow bezels
• Refresh Rate: 240Hz (Native)
• Resolution: 1920 x 1080
• Brightness: 400 nits (typ.)
• Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (typ.)
• Response Time: 1ms with overdrive
• Variable Sync:
     NVIDIA G-SYNC™ (AW2518H)
     AMDFreeSync™ (AW2518HF)
• Price (AW2518HF): $499.99
• Price (AW2518H): $699.99
Alienware Processors
Alienware has announced the new AMD processor called the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition. Scheduled availability is July 27, which is when price information will be revealed. This processor is geared to provide optimum performance for 4K, 8K, and VR applications. Through 2017, Dell will be the exclusive OEM launch partner to deliver AMD Ryzen Threadripper pre-built systems to the market and the high-end 16-core will be factory-overclocked across all 16-cores and 32 logical threads.
• Designed forMegatasking, game streaming and more, the new Area 51 Threadripper Edition is ready for today’s most demanding PC gaming enthusiast and supports high performance   configurations with a chip set that enables up to 64 PCIe Gen 3 lanes.
• All configuration come standard with unlocked, factory -overclocked across all cores and liquid cooled AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs with Alienware’s most powerful liquid cooling unit to date.
• Iconic triad high quality, uniquely engineered chassis built to deliver exceptional airflow, thermal management, and user ergonomics for daily use and future upgrades.
• Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire graphics technology, with dual and triple GPU options.
• Introduces M.2 storage options to Area-51.
• Built for gaming enthusiast wanting the absolute best gaming performance played with a VR, 4k or 8k display
• Alienware Command Center includes AlienFX, AlienAdrenaline, AlienFusion, Thermal and Overclocking Controls
The Alienware Area 51 is their flagship gaming desktop, and sometime late summer the Area 51 will be available with the Intel Core-X Series Processors. This processor brings new levels of Intel Core i9 options, and this new rig is powered for gamers running applications that prioritize clock with the 10-core option running at speeds of up to 4.5GHz using stock settings.
• Designed for the highest quality visual experiences in gaming and VR as well as extreme megatasking for gamers who create and creators who game. Users who prioritize high core count and high clock speeds would benefit greatly from an Intel Core i9 based Alienware Area-51.
• Iconic triad high quality, uniquely engineered chassis built to deliver exceptional airflow, thermal management, and user ergonomics for daily use and future upgrades.
• Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire graphics technology, with dual and triple GPU options
• Introduces Intel Optane Memory technology and M.2 SSD storage options to Area-51.
• Built for gaming enthusiast wanting the absolute best gaming performance played with a VR, 4k or 8k display
• Designed with power supplies that provide modular cabling and a 1500W option with 80 Plus Gold efficiency for clean and efficient power.
• Alienware Command Center includes AlienFX, Alien Adrenaline, Alien Fusion, Thermal and Overclocking Controls

Alienware Area-51

Alienware Mice
Two new announcements here, the Alienware Advanced Gaming Mouse–AW558 priced at $49.99 and the Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse – AW958 priced at $89.99. Both of these corded mice are high end but as the price difference and name would suggest the Elite model carries a few extra bells and whistles. These mice feature nine programmable buttons and adjustable DPI that can be adjusted on the fly while gaming, which is a measure of how sensitive the mouse is. The AW558 will have three configurable levels of DPI switching and the AW958 will have five. The mice will feature RGB customizable lighting, which is strictly for aesthetics but some people are into that. Both mice do have an ergonomic design to allow for maximum comfort during play sessions but the Elite model features a swappable side grip with a three position palm rest. The weight of the mouse will have an impact on how precise the cursor is, and the Elite will have four adjustable weight levels.

Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse – AW958

Alienware Keyboards
Alienware announced two new keyboards with their signature colorful light display, the Alienware Advanced Gaming Keyboard – AW568 priced at $89.99 and the Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard – AW768 priced at $119.99. The Pro Gaming Keyboard is essentially a souped up version of the Advanced Gaming Keyboard, and elevates the engineering a step further with dedicated volume roller, on board memory, and zone-based RGB backlit lighting (with 13 zones).
• Key Switches: Mechanical (spring loaded switch) keys are preferable for gamers because it provide a stronger feedback and more control.
• Backlighting (dark room): The backlighting on the keys is very important when the gamer is in a dark room in order to find the right keys faster. (Not featured on AW568)
• Multi lighting zones: More lighting zones help the gamer customize the aesthetics of the keyboard.
• Macro command: Macro commands allow the gamer to record a series of key strokes that will be used during a game in order to save time and be more successful.
• Ergonomics: Comfort is critical for gamers as they to focus on the game. Therefore a palm rest (sold separately), and multiple angles will allow the gamer to game comfortably for hours.
• Anti-ghosting: Imagine playing your favorite video game and not being able to, say, run diagonally and fire your weapon at the same time (say pressing a, w, and g simultaneously). While most existing keyboards encounter this problem, Alienware’s do not.
• N-key rollover: This means that each key is scanned completely independently by the keyboard hardware, so that each keypress is correctly detected regardless of how many other keys are being pressed at once.

Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard – AW768

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop

Alienware is just as famous for their sticker shock as they are with their high end quality. Everyone wants top of the line gaming PCs but not everyone has the gaming budget for a pimped out Alienware machine. Since Alienware is a subsidiary of Dell, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Dell is making some gaming PCs that attempt to bridge the gap between high end performance and affordability. With prices starting at $599 (though could probably climb very quickly if one chooses to upgrade), Dell has created a ready for VR gaming PC that doesn’t come with a pricetag that looks like it was thought up by De Beers ad execs. The system comes standard with the latest AMD multicore Ryzen processors featuring SenseMiXFR Technology, VR-ready graphics, liquid cooling options, Performance 7.1 Channel HD audio and Alienware accessories. The Ispiron features USB Type-C 3.1 port, up to (6) USB 3.0 ports, optional dual-drive, high-capacity hard drive, responsive SSD and up to 5 bays for future storage upgrades. The new Inspiron Gaming Desktop offers gamers the future ready technology and expandability so gamers can stave off obsolescence by doing some simple upgrades instead of having to buy a whole new system after a few years, so this PC is forever (damn you De Beers)*.

Dell Inspiron 15

Dell couldn’t create an affordable gaming desktop computer and ignore the portable market, which brings us to the Dell Inspiron 15, the travel sized version of the Inspiron except with completely different specs. This 15″ portable powerhouse features an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050T combined with Dell True Color for the highest level of crystal clear, realistic graphics. The pro-grade cooling system with dual fans and special blade pitch keeps everything cool and running at full power for better game play, and let’s be honest, if you are resting something on your lap you want things to stay cool. Not a fun area to get burned. Waves MaxxAudio Pro maximizes what the enclosed speakers and subwoofer can do on this system, creating a full and layered sound without having to resort to multiple giant speakers. With up to 16GB of memory and 1 TB hard drive (and available SSDs) this will make sure the player remembers laptops are forever**. The Dell Inspiron 15 is currently available and starts at $799.

Alienware 15

And we have Alienware trying to upstage everyone by creating a laptop that is VR ready with various VR certified configurations available. The Alienware 15 is slimmer and more powerful than its predecessor featuring superior construction and an infrared camera that supports Windows Hello and Tobii Aware technologies. Under the hood we can support NVIDIA’s 10-series GeForce graphics, Intel Core i7 K-series processors supporting dynamic overclocking, and up to 2667 MHz DDR4 memory. This model will include 7th generation Intel Core processors and introduces the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Pricing for the Alienware 15 starts at $1299.99.

• Featuring a vibrant display, the new Alienware laptop features the iconic design and reliable, top-of-the-line performance associated with Alienware, packed into a sleek and portable notebook.   • Our hinge-forward design has enabled more rear I/O, improved audio, larger internal fans with improved acoustic pitch and a 25% thinner Alienware 15
• Beautiful design includes anodized aluminum, magnesium alloy, steel-reinforcements and copper thermal management to ensure stiffness, rigidity, thinness and high-quality feel without sacrificing a bit of gaming performance
• Optional 120Hz TN+WVA 400-nits display designed for NVIDIA G-Sync experiences
• The new steel-reinforced Alienware TactXkeyboard is designed for uniform feedback while typing and introduces an optimized RGB LED lighting articulation designed for a better lighting than the predecessor and each key has a full 2.2mm of gaming-grade travel
• Gamers looking for more upgradability and functionality, will be able to connect the optional Alienware Graphics Amplifier which allows for the latest AMD and NVIDIA desktop graphics
• Powered by a 68 Watt-hour Lithium Ion battery with an optional 99 Watt-hour batter, the highest legal limit watt-hour battery –capable of producing up to 11 hours of battery life

*PC’s, no matter how good, are not guaranteed to last forever. Just like marriage.

**Laptops are not really forever. Nothing is forever. The sun will become a red giant in approximately five billion years and vaporize Earth and everything on it. Even if you attain immortality, nothing will stop the sun from ending you. Unless you destroy it. Destroying the sun is your only hope.