Alienware X51: Big things in a small package

There are some people to whom gaming is not just a game. You know who you are. And you know deep down that it’s *just* a game right? You can have a really engaging round of tiddlywinks if you have the right people. I know you’re shaking your head in disgust so I’ll tell what you want to hear. If you crave power, performance and dizzyingly high framerates from your gaming “rig” and are not fooled by the so called charms of the outside world then you will want an Alienware system atop your desk. But despite all the elxir, gamers are getting older and having to think about things like clutter in the living room. Whilst they might crave a “beast” compromises with the other half have to me made. And for these people Alienware are proud to present the Alienware X51 – a comparatively dinky high-end performance rig for PC gaming.

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The Alienware X51 is Dell smallest gaming desktop ever and crams 1080p high definition and 3D gaming into a new, smaller chassis so that at the flick of a switch, nearly any living space, from the living room to the dorm room, turns into an entertainment and gaming mecca.

The Alienware X51 allows us to bring the exciting nature of high-definition, immersive gaming within reach of more gamers than ever before. With the X51, we’ve expanded our gaming desktop offering to cater to all gamers in addition to our core enthusiast and competitive gamers. Now everyone can enjoy the latest games on a sleek, powerful, compact and customisable system. The X51 desktop delivers an incredible feature set for its size and price.
Arthur Lewis, vice-president, Alienware and Product Management for Consumer, Small and Medium Business.

So what’s inside? The Alienware X51 features powerful 2nd generation Intel Core i processors, NVIDIA GeForce GT or optional GTX class graphics cards for intense gaming performance, Wireless-N technology for easy Internet access, HDMI 1.4 for connecting to 3D TVs and watching 3D Blu-ray movies (optional extra obviously), two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer, High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio and GDDR5 graphics memory.

At its entry-level configuration with a Core i3 processor, 4GB memory , 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 graphics, and a 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive, the X51 clocks in qt at £699 including VAT and delivery.

Alienware M18x, M14x and M11x laptops

If there’s one high-profile name in high-power gaming systems, it’s Alienware. Even after being eaten by Dell, they’re still producing some of the toughest computers on the market. This year, it’s the M18x, M14x and the M11x laptops.

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M18x

The “most powerful 18-inch gaming laptop in the universe”, according to Dell. Well, according to its innards, too. The M18x offers dual GPU options in either AMD or NVIDIA incarnations – Crossfire X or SLI. It’s also got the fastest available graphics memory (GDDR5), meaning the visual performance is exceptional.

Pair that with the industry’s only Intel Core i7 Extreme CPU option that comes factory overclocked to 4GHz and you’ve got a laptop more powerful than 99.99% of desktops on the market.

Quite what black magic Alienware done to keep the processor cool is beyond us, but if its stable, it’ll be awesome.

It’s also got a huge 18.4-inch FHD WLED 1080p display for the best visuals possible, memory upgradeable to up to 32GB and a HDMI/Display Port output with 3D output, making it the perfect mobile accessory for home 3D displays.

There’s also HDMI-in to reuse that beautiful screen for other HD-inputs.

M14x

For a better balance between portability and power, the 14-inch M14x weighs in at less than 6.5lbs. The display comes in two options, standard 720p (1366 x 768) or the 14-inch WLED, 1600×900 option.

There’s also an overclockable Intel Core i7  CPU, with NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with up to 3GB of VRAM. You can then put in up to 8GB of 1600MHz RAM, with         HDMI 1.4 to support connectivity to HDTVs and 7.1 digital audio.

M11x

The baby-brother of the family is the 11.6-inch, 1366×768. Inside, there’s an Intel Core i CPU, with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M and up to 16GB of 1333MHz high-performance system memory.

It’s strange that they’ve allowed more RAM space in the 11″ than the 14 – although that makes it great for doing 3D design on the fly. You’ll also find the standard HDMI 1.4 output, for plugging in to a bigger screen.

The Alienware M14x and M11x are available now, today, starting at £1,099 (Incl. VAT and Delivery) for the M14x and £899 (incl. VAT and Delivery) for the M11x. For more details on the M18x, be a little patient for a few weeks, k?

Dell at CES: Streak 7, Venue Android phone, XPS laptops and Alienware

Dell outlined its plans for the year ahead at CES. Okay, stay with me – heads off desks at the back. Why? Because apart from being about as hip as a shoulder, there’s some exciting stuff coming out of the company in 2011. Its main focus? Build and expand on its most interesting brands, introducing the Streak 7 (the tablet), XPS with a 3D screen (high-powered laptop) and an updated Alienware line, the world’s most popular gaming systems.

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Dell Streak 7

The Dell Streak 7 runs Android 2.2 on a NVIDIA Tegra dual-core processor, fronted by a 7-inch multi-touchscreen with Gorilla Glass (which is tough enough to withstand some awfully cruel looking pen jabs, according to YouTube clips).

As an Android-tablet, there’ll be the full Flash experience, as well as thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and front- and rear-facing cameras allow for video chatting over 3G or Wi-Fi.

Venue Android Phone

Beauty is everything for the Venue –that’s why it has a huge 8-megapixel camera and a vibrant, high-contrast 4.1-inch AMOLED display. Not only will pictures look great (although the HTC 7 showed us that more megapixels doesn’t mean better pictures) but they’ll display perfectly on the colour-rich display.

It’s got more of that Gorilla Glass, although this time it’s been curved to help fit the contours of the face. There’s a 1GHz processor, too.

XPS Laptops with 3D

Leading Dell’s laptop line-up is the 17-inch XPS, featuring a 3D display (although you’ll need to buy the required NVIDIA NVision 3D glasses separately, misers). It’s also got all the high-end features from earlier XPS models, such as JBL speakers, an integrated subwoofer and a HD webcam.

Gaming fans will be pleased to know that the 3D is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics card, and paired with an Intel Core i7 processor, so it’s no slouch in the gaming stakes.

It’ll also double-up as a 3D Blu-Ray player, able to plug-in to a compatible 3D HDTV for 3D Blu-ray disc playback and PC gaming on a stereoscopic 3D TV.

Alienware

Alienware will have two main offerings in the coming months: the new M17x, Alienware’s first 3D-capable gaming laptop, and the world’s only MicroATX desktop with full 3D HD capability and liquid-cooled CPUs.

The Dull

Dell also launched its first-ever consumer marketing campaign: “You Can Tell It’s Dell.” What a difference a rhyme makes – apparently the campaign’s 14,000 ads have generated billions of impressions worldwide.

Origin EON17 gaming laptop – a beast of a machine

Origin have released the EON17 laptop which is has remarkable specifications with room to expand making it an absolute beast of a laptop. Origin are known for their gaming PCs and can build a PC the way you want it and personalize it for you. The most notable feature of the EON 17 is the ability to have an enormous 24GB RAM.

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To add to the RAM, the EON17 has a 17.3 Full HD screen to play your games in all their glory. You can have the top of the range Intel Core i7 980x desktop processor installed to give you amazing performance with can multitask and intelligent as it speeds up the processor when your laptop needs a little power. When gaming we all know graphics are paramount so you can add the Dual 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M, one of the world’s fastest graphics mobile processors. There is capacity for up to 3 hard drives allowing for up to 3TB of storage. For security, it has a fingerprint scanner allowing you to restrict access to specific files and logon without passwords. If you want to customise the EON17 the designs to choose from Origin are good.

The upgrade options ensure the EON17 blows the competition out of the water. The closest competitor is Alienware M17x although even the best upgrades on the M17x cannot compare.

The starting price is $2499 and that does not have most of the features listed here. If you want the RAM, processor and the 3TB I hope you have dosh to spend because if you have to ask how much it is then walk away. If you are after a monster of a computer and have the cash to spare, you can’t go wrong here. Available from Origin.