Since they were established in 1996 Alienware have become pretty much synonymous with ‘high-end gaming systems’ and as this niche has grown so has the company to the point where they were acquired by Dell back in 2006 and you could say that they have now eclipsed the Dell XPS desktop gaming PC range.
Focusing on both ‘enthusiast’ and ‘hardcore’ gamers the systems that Alienware create have gained a reputation for being of both high quality and price, as well as distinctive – the sci-fi theme implied by their name runs through to the design of the machines which are always undeniably sleek and futuristic.
So you can imagine that the interest in the eight new releases was pretty high when they were shown off at the Tokyo games show, and now we’d thought we’d have a look at the first three (don’t worry the rest will be coming soon!): the Alienware M15x, Alienware Aurora and Aurora ALX.
Alienware M15x Gaming Laptop
First things first: the M15x laptop. Following the success of the 17” Alienware M17x the M15x promises to be more than just a little brother – for a start it is the first Alienware laptop to feature a mobile Core i7 processor which should please both enthusiast and hardcore gamers alike.
Claiming to be “the most powerful 15 inch” gaming laptop in the universe” the M15x boasts the aforementioned Intel Core i7 XE processor, a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M GPU and up to 8GB of DDR3 memory (depending on the model) as well as a 500GB HDD (or 256GB SSD) and the option of a Full HD 1080p screen and Blu-Ray ROM, all of which can be yours from ‘just’ £1,199… Obviously that is probably out of most people’s budgets but for those that love their games fast, detailed and mobile this is for you!
Alienware Aurora Desktop Gaming PC
Moving onto the desktops and we’ve got the Alienware Aurora and Aurora ALX both of which are very similar (no prizes for guessing which has the extra bits) and both of which would look at home in any alien’s rig.
Starting with what’s inside the case we find a series of Core i7 processors for you to choose (most notably including the ‘Extreme Edition’ which is overclocked to 3.6GHz) which is more than you will use on 99% of the games around at the moment, up to a staggering 24GB DDR3 RAM and a whole series of Dual SLI graphics cards on option including dual NVIDIA GTX 295 liquid cooled 1.8GB NVIDIA GTX 295 (available post launch).
Add to that a HDD setup of up to 8TB (or a SSD up to 1TB), a Bigfoot™ KillerNIC™ gaming network card and optional Blu-ray and you have yourself a system that anyone would be proud of – and that’s not even including the case: it’s new, neatly organised, ‘tool-less’ (i.e. you don’t need tools to remove things like the HDD) chassis design is very impressive. However what will impress more than that is of course the external looks which are in keeping with Alienware’s high standards, and the four programmable ‘light zones’ which are simply there too look cool!
Obviously the price will vary dramatically depending on how much of the top end kit you include in your machine, but when you consider that they start at £1,099 you could easily see people spending thousands on either of the pair.
With regards to the Aurora ALX there are a few things that although make it that bit more special will also make a slightly larger hole in your pocket. On the specification side you get the option of some overclocked CPU’s but that’s really the only thing extra within the case – the rest include: Active venting on the chassis, more ‘lighting zones’ and internal theatre lighting, cable free HDD upgrades and the addition of the Alienware Tactx Gaming mouse and keyboard (more on these in the second part of our coverage).
So that’s those three and you cannot doubt the facts that they are of good quality, high spec and high price. Unfortunately they aren’t for everybody, but if you are lucky enough to have a budget that will accommodate one of these and you love gaming then these are definitely the machines for you!
‘Stay tuned’ for the rest of our coverage on these new Alienware releases including the Area-51 and Area-51 ALX Desktops, the Optx 21.5” monitor and Tactx Gaming mouse, headset and keyboard!