I told you something was coming.
It’s that time of year again, folks! North of the Tropic of Cancer the birds are building their nests, the flowers are blooming, and everywhere signs are appearing that nature is freshening up for summer. In keeping with the season, Alienware is “freshening up” its line of gaming laptops just in time for summer!
Some of you may have noticed recently some changes to our gaming notebooks recently on Dell.com. We know our friends at The Verge did, so I’m here to tell you exactly what’s coming with the new Alienware M14x, Alienware M17x, and Alienware M18x laptops.
At a glance, the M14x is the same attractive dimensions, weight, and design as before, but when you lift the hood you’ll find little that hasn’t been spruced up. At its core lies the new Intel HM77 Chipset – this not only includes the blazing fast USB 3.0, but is also fully forward compatible with future “Ivy Bridge” processors and up to 16GB of 1600MHz RAM. This chipset also enables PCI 3.0 for enhanced NVIDIA GeForce 6-series graphics, meaning your games benefit from amped up GRRD5 graphics in a 14-inch form factor. Another new graphics option included in the new M14x is WirelessHD – allowing you to untether your graphics performance for even more freedom.
Alienware M14x – Click on image to see a larger version
The first series of M14x laptops allowed dual hard drives, but at the expense of an optical drive. With this refresh, I’m happy to report this is no longer the case: not only can you configure your new Alienware M14x with dual solid-state drives in RAID 0 or RAID 1, but you can do it without sacrificing your optical drive option. Also with the refresh comes the highly-anticipated Blu-Ray drive option for the M14x!
Even the sound system in the M14x got a boost! The new line of Alienware laptops all include the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di High-Definition 5.1 Audio as the standard option, and included in the mix is THX TruStudio Pro Software, 2.1 surround with a subwoofer, 7.1 Digital Audio out using HDMI or S/PDIF optical port, in-line mic support, and of course audio powered by Klipsch. Never have any Alienware laptops sounded like this!
Not to be outdone by their little brother, both the Alienware M17x and the M18x benefit from the Intel HM77 Chipset upgrade, giving all three Alienware laptops are forward compatibility with “Ivy Bridge” 22nm processor technologies, and all three get a boost to graphics performance. Our M17x system is the first gaming laptop on the market to offer the blistering 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon 7970M, and both the M17x and M18 offer up to 32GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, giving you plenty of heft to lift those heavy gaming loads. With the M18x, you even have the option of getting 3 solid state drives in RAID 0, something never before seen in an Alienware laptop.
Alienware M17x notebook in Nebula Red – Click on the image to see a larger version
The larger laptops also include the upgraded audio package, and all three laptops include Alienadrenaline software to configure your games to quick-launch associated programs, giving you the power to completely customize you gaming experience. You may remember AlienAdrenaline from the X51 Launch post earlier this year. The feature is so popular on the X51 that it’s now making its first appearance on our line of gaming laptops.
While there’s a lot to be excited about with these new laptops, I’ve saved the best for last. Those who’ve ordered one of these three updated laptops and whose orders haven’t shipped yet, we’ll be upgrading your processors from second generation Intel Sandy Bridge processors to a comparably-priced third generation Ivy Bridge processor automatically!
Click here to see more images of all three laptops on Dell’s Google+ page. Feel free to let us know what you think. What I really want to know is when will you get yours?