Alienware RGB AW410K gaming keyboard set to invade your desks from USD$129.99

Having a good keyboard that you can rely on is half the battle won on a virtual battlefield and Alienware is looking to get in on the game, literally with their new Alienware RGB AW410K mechanical gaming keyboard that comes with the requisite RGB lighting and more.

Alienware RGB AW410K gaming keyboard

The Alienware RGB AW410K keyboard comes with Cherry MX Brown keys that blend tactile feedback and quiet-click keys with low actuation force. The keys are fully programmable for macros and the switches themselves are mounting directed on the metal top plate for easier cleaning.

Just to ensure that you’ll get your money’s worth, these switches are rated for a lifespan over 100 million keystrokes. That’s a lot of Modern Warfare: Warzone games, mind you.

Alienware RGB AW410K gaming keyboard  front

Other features of note include dedicated audio controls, an integrated USB passthrough to plug your mouse or charge your phone without having to fiddle with your PC, a braided 2-metre long cable to hook up to your PC along with 3 height adjustment settings so you can get your setup just right. And yes, it has per-key AlienFX RGB lighting so you can tweak your aesthetics to be as immersive or as loud as you want it to be from your choice of a staggering 16.8 million colours

Alienware RGB AW410K keyboard price

 

There’s no official pricing yet for the Alienware RGB AW410K mechanical gaming keyboard but it was stated to retail for USD$129.99 which is about RM556. What is certain is that it will be available from 4th August 2020. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates as we get them and the Alienware Malaysia site too.

Dell reveals a portable future vision of gaming with Alienware Concept UFO design at CES 2020

Amidst the reveal of all the cutting edge tech at the Dell Experience Live showcase at CES 2020, a remastered new Dell XPS 9300, the premium Latitude 9510 notebooks and Dell’s new vision of software with their Dell CInema Guide and Dell Mobile Connect, they also unveiled a trio of concept designs which give a vision of the future of where Dell is aiming to take computing – the Concept Duet, the Concept Ori and – surprise – a portable gaming rig from Alienware that they’ve dubbed as the Alienware Concept UFO.

Alienware Concept UFOSeasoned gamers will likely recognise the inspiration behind the Concept UFO as it is a homage to the Nintendo Switch with its detachable side controllers.

In keeping with the gradual move towards more portable form factors for mobile gaming, the Concept UFO comes with an 8-inch 1,900 x 1,200 resolution screen for gaming and will have 10th Generation Intel Core processors, WiFi, Bluetooth and Thunderbolt connectivity. Much like the Switch, the side controllers slide out and are detachable, so you can use it like a giant handheld, or prop it up with a kickstand and use the controllers separately from the display via the use of a bridging accessory.

Alienware Concept UFO

The proposed control setup has a design and form factor akin to an X-box style controller with shoulder buttons, D-pads and buttons in all the familiar spots. At the Dell Live Experience showcase, they also demo’ed an example of a dock which lets you plonk the main display in while the controllers can be held much in the fashion of a traditional console.

Alienware Concept UFO handheld

Under the hood, the Concept UFO runs Windows 10 which means you’ll get to play games from your Steam, Epic and Ubisoft library on top of the other usual platforms. You’ll also be able to use it to enjoy video streaming services though Dell did not elaborate on any specifics that would make video watching a better experience like HDR or HDR10+ support.

Concept UFO controllers

According to Dell, they’ve invested hundreds of hours in refining the controller design features and ergonomics with countless hours spent to get the buttons, the weight, performance and battery life of the Concept UFO right.  At present, they have no firm details as to when it will be released, what final specs it will have or what price it will retail at. It’s certainly promising and is a herald of things to come.

alienware concept ufo

[Source Dell]

Alienware M17 R2 review – There’s light on the dark side (of the moon)

Alienware M17 R2 front

First glimpsed at the Dell and Alienware showcase that took place in Taiwan amidst Computex 2019, the Alienware M17 R2 is an interesting design as gaming notebooks go as it forgoes the usual emphasis on either form or function to the exclusion of the other, and instead has a wonderful balance of both to create what is arguably one of the best looking (and powerful) gaming rigs that we’ve ever laid eyes on in aeons.

Alienware M17 R2 angled

 

Alienware M17 R2 Variants for Malaysia

In terms of configuration, the Alienware M17 R2 comes in several variants with the entry level one clocking in at RM10,199 for a 17.3-inch Full HD display with Tobii Eyetracking tech, a 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H CPU, 16GB DDR4 2,666MHz RAM, 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD and an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060 with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM.

A midtier model exists that has similar specifications but upguns the GPU to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 with 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q design for RM800 more for a grand total of RM10,999.

We managed to score the highest end variant with everything maxed out and dialled to eleven. The highest end variant has prices starting from RM12,799 with a similar 17.3-inch FHD display with Tobii Eyetracking tech, a 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, 16GB DDR4 2,666MHz RAM and a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD.

Our maxed out variant comes with a beefy Intel Core i9-9980HK octacore processor with the rest of the specifications remain the same for the princely sum of RM15,856.

Needless to say, the price tag for any configuration of the Alienware M17 R2 is daunting, even for the entry level configuration, but you’re not paying just for the hardware alone but a whole raft of other beneficial features which we’ll delve into shortly.

Alienware M17 R2 Build and Design

 

This new design language, appropriately dubbed by Alienware as the Legend industrial design, has resulted in a chassis that is just 19.5mm thin, making it one of the slimmest gaming notebooks of its size currently on the market.

Alienware M17 R2 side
It’s a rather strong hint but it’s somewhat obvious that the design team responsible for the Alienware M17 R2 are Pink Floyd fans on account of how they’ve named the colour schemes available for the notebook.

In Malaysia, the Alienware M17 R2 only comes in a dark shade of matte black aptly called – wait for it – the Dark Side of the Moon though other regions have a niftier looking Lunar Light white finish. Fortunately, the matte finish repels fingerprints nicely which makes it all the more pleasing to the eye.

Alienware M17 R2 honeycomb design

The Legend Industrial design features a combination of sharp angular lines, gentle curves at key points and a honeycomb motif around the ventilation grilles, making it highly distinctive and is visually unmistakable when plonked next to the usual chunky array of gaming notebooks out there.

Rather than cramming in a psychedelic array of blinking LED backlighting willy nilly all over the notebook, the Alienware M17 R2 tastefully limits the bling to the extent of six-zone RGB backlighting on the keyboard, an LED backlit Alienware logo on the top lid as well as the stylised power button and in a narrow LED strip along the rear housing.

As far as ports are concerned, Alienware has strategically spaced them out across the rear as well as the left and right sides of the notebook with ports seeing less use thoughtfully emplaced on the back.

The impressive part is that Alienware managed to accomplish this feat without any compromise on cooling or performance as you can max it out with an NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU with Max-Q design  and 8GB GDDR6 VRAM and an overclockable Intel Core i7-9980HK processor though this is at the expense of a much wider footprint on your desktop than usual with the rear housing jutting out somewhat from where it would usually be flush with the hinges on account of Alienware’s robust Cryo Tech V3.0 cooling systems to keep the heat under control.

Less commonly used ports are emplaced on the rear along with a strip of RGB lighting

Our test unit had maxed out specifications including the above Intel Core i7-9980HK CPU and an NVIDIA RTX 2080 with Max-Q graphics card paired with a 512GB SSD and 16GB DDR4 RAM. The maxed out specifications are pleasingly powerful – assuming you have sufficiently deep pockets – but the biggest downside here  is that the RAM is permanently soldered in so there’s no option for adding more regardless of whichever configuration you purchase for the Alienware M17 R2.

Even so, what you have is more than enough to tackle any game currently in the market including Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the Division 2 and almost everything else you can name for quite a few years down the road at maximum settings.

The right side of the notebook comes with a pair of USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports while the left comes with a Killer Networks E2600 Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port with Powershare tech that lets you charge other kit like phones off the notebook’s internal battery and an inline audio jack for headsets. The rear comes with a HDMI 2.0b port, a mini display port 1.4, a Thunderbolt 3 port, the obligatory DC-In power port to keep it juiced and an Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port to allow for you to augment the notebook with an external GPU.

The top lid itself is a swath of matte black broken up by an RGB backlit Alienware logo in the centre along with a faint motif of what looks like an I and a 7 stylistically emblazoned in the corner.

Flip the lid open and you’re greeted with an impressive full-sized keyboard that has per-key customisable RGB backlighting with a dedicated numeric keypad. The keyboard also sports a quartet of customisable shortcut keys for macros and the like. Much in the vein of many gaming notebooks, the touchpad is emplaced slightly left of centre and is generously sized for ease of use. Each of the keys on the keyboard have enhanced key travel this time around versus the previous M17 at 1.7mm along with the usual N-key rollover and anti-ghosting tech.

Perched just beneath the 17.3-inch FHD panel is a Tobii Eye Tracking array for use in selected games like the Division while up top is a webcam for video calls and the like. The display itself is impressively equipped and optimised for gaming with a 144Hz refresh rate, 9ms response time, a brightness of 300nits and also has Eyesafe Display Tech to ensure its easier on the eyes by reducing blue light emissions from the display.

Overall build quality is excellent with no wobble in the hinges with the whole affair feeling extremely sturdy. The only quibble here is the size of the Alienware M17 R2 as it’s just too wide to fit into most conventional backpacks. The provided power brick is also immensely heavy and unwieldy as well which further adds to its portability issues.

Alienware M17 R2 Performance

High specifications and slick design are just one part of the equation to what makes a great gaming notebook. One of the key concerns with a portable gaming solution is how it tackles heat and it’s often a compromise in terms of specifications to keep the heat under control, or the implementation of a more robust cooling solution; the Alienware’s M17 R2 goes for the latter option and ensures its beefy ensemble of kit stays cool even under heavy workloads via their Cryo Tech V3.0 cooling array.

Essentially, the Cryo Tech V3.0 cooling array features a dual-intake, dual-exhaust airflow design that pulls in cool air from the top and bottom vents and shunts it out through the rear and side vents.

This works in conjunction with four heat pipes and a liquid-crystal polymer fan blade  also act to vent heat away from the GPU and CPU. In terms of improvements over the older Cryo Tech V2.0 array, the new array has a 32% increase in diameter for the CPU cooling fan blades, a 10% increase in diameter for the GPU fan blades and 25% obstructions and thus better air flow. The end result, theoretically speaking is that it’s able to sustain better performance without thermal throttling for longer periods of time.

Cinebench R20 Alienware M17 R2

In terms of synthetic benchmarks, the Alienware M17 R2 performed favourably across the board. In Cinebench R20, it got an excellent score of 2,804 points. In 3DMark’s Time Spy Extreme benchmark, it got a respectable score of 3,477 points while the less demanding TimeSpy test got 7,374 points. In the Port Royal benchmark which tests a notebook’s capability to handle real time ray tracing (RTRT), it got a solid score of 4,370 points.

Alienware M17 R2 timespy
3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark

 

Alienware M17 R2 Time Spy Extreme
3DMark TimeSpy Extreme benchmark
Alienware M17 R2 Port Royal
3DMark Port Royal

In the SuperPosition Unigine benchmark on the 4K Optimised settings yielded a score of 6,672 points. In PCMark 10, it got a great score of 5,064 points.

 

Alienware M17 R2 superposition benchmark

Alienware M17 R2 pcmark

Across the board, the Alienware M17 R2 performed with flying colours. The notebook ran whisper silent with the built-in CryoTech V3.0 fans and heat pipes ensuring that the temperature remained manageable with the fan blades even at heavy loads being just slightly louder than a whisper even under intensive gaming in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Borderlands 3. In Borderlands 3, we managed an impressive 80fps on high settings with almost everything dialled to maximum.

In more mundane tasks, the notebook was sheer overkill. Over two dozen opened browser windows in Chrome as well as a 1080P YouTube video were handled without any discernible lag and heavy multi-page spreadsheets as well as 1080P video editing were tackled without issue.

 

Even after several hours of intensive gameplay, the Alienware M17 R2 only proved to be slightly warm to the touch in critical areas like the keyboard and palm rests with the vast majority of the heat shunted to the side and rear vents.

The provided display did not disappoint with exceptional detail and colour rendition with beautifully deep blacks and brilliant whites onscreen, making it ideal for both gaming and movies alike.

The fast 144Hz refresh rate and 9ms response time. The Eyesafe Display tech worked like a charm, allowing us to use it for hours at a time in stretches of six hour shifts without encountering undue eyestrain. The speakers themselves were top notch, serving up excellent audio quality with a fair amount of detail and the ability to kick out distortion free audio when dialled to maximum.

Alienware M17 R2 rear

The provided full-sized keyboard proved to offer an excellent typing experience with the ability to customise the lighting via the Alienware Command Center all the way down to lighting for specific games. The keys were highly responsive, allowing for us to hit 110WPM without undue trouble.

Alienware M17 R2 Price, Battery Life and Conclusion

Under an average workload of productivity apps, several open browser windows and streaming video, the Alienware M17 R2 managed a very middling four and a half hours of usage before needing a recharge. It’s not the best in terms of endurance nor is it remarkable but it’s certainly enough for you to nip out for a short business meeting or work at a coffee shop before heading back to the office. Anything more intensive or gaming related means you’ll have to tote the rather huge power brick and cable along with you.

As it stands, the Alienware M17 R2 is an immensely powerful gaming rig with its impressive Intel Core i9-9980HK and NVIDIA RTX 2080 with Max-Q graphics card, all of which are wrapped in an exceptionally slim and distinctive looking chassis. If you’re looking for one of the slimmest and most powerful gaming rigs currently available, the Alienware M17 R2 is way ahead of the pack.

What we liked Excellent keyboard, beautiful and slim design, superb performance, great cooling performance
What we didn’t Not cheap, only has 1080P FHD as screen option, RAM soldered in
We say Powerfully built and beautifully designed, the Alienware M17 R2 is a show stopper of a gaming rig that doesn’t come cheap and has a few minor quirks of its own, but proves to be one of the most powerful and good looking gaming notebooks that money can buy.

Specifications
Price RM15,856
Display 17.3-inch FHD with 144Hz, 9ms and Tobii Eye Tracking
Processor 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9980HK 2.4 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design
OS Windows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR4 2,666MHz RAM / 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Battery 76WHr Lithium Ion
Size/Weight 399.8 x 295.5 x 18.6mm / 2.63kg
Review unit courtesy of Dell Malaysia. Check out the official product page here.

Alienware lights things up with new wireless headset and gaming mouse at E3 2018

Every big wig in the world of gaming is making a beeline to Los Angeles for E3 2018 and Alienware as well as Dell Gaming are there to show their latest hardware including two new additions to their extensive gaming ecosystem of notebooks, desktops and more in the form of their Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset and the Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse.

 

 

Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset


The Alienware Wireless Gaming headset is an over-ear pair of cans that are built from the ground up to offer an unsurpassed gaming experience with rich audio, visceral sound staging and exceptional comfort for hours of comfortable gaming. In keeping with gaming gear of recent vintage, the Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset has two-zone programmable RGB lighting, wireless connectivity via a 2.4GHz USB dongle as well as a 3.5mm combo jack with a set of in-line controls and a plush pair of ear cups.

Each can sports 40mm neodymium drivers, both working in tandem to offer 7.1 virtual surround sound whilst a noise-cancelling mic allows for instant efficient comms to teammates. On a full charge, the headsets offer 15 hours of battery life. There’s no word on when it will arrive in Malaysia or how much it will cost but we’ll keep you posted.

 

Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse

Considered as a surgical (and highly customisable) scalpel compared to the sledgehammer mass produced approach when it comes to the vast majority of gaming mice out there, Alienware’s Elite Gaming Mouse earns its moniker on account of exceptional customisability. The side panels can be swapped out to ensure a proper fit for your hand whilst four thumb buttons allow for a host of macros and shortcuts on demand.

The Elite Gaming Mouse has also been extensively tweaked to offer a comfortable grip as it has a three-position palm rest and more ergonomically optimised curves. The whole affair also integrates their AlienFX lighting to give it the customary neon hued bling beloved by gamers. Like the aforementioned headset, there’s no word yet on launch or availability in Malaysia as yet.

Alienware 17 R4 – Out of this World

The Alienware brand name has an impressive pedigree behind it and their refreshed Alienware 17 R4 has a lot to live up to though it fortunately justifies its reputation and then some as an outstanding gaming rig.

Externally, the Alienware 17 R4 is a massive obsidian behemoth hewn of matte black plastic that dials the bling up to 11 by including customisable LED lighting on the left and right edges as well as the Alienware logo inset into the top lid and the lower flanks of the notebook. This LED backlighting extends to the touchpad and the backlit keyboard too which creates an unearthly glow if you turn it on at night.

The design is all about aggressive angles with angular edges on the corners all around. While it makes for an eye catching stylistic choice, the sharp angles at the bottom edges of the notebook make for an uncomfortable typing experience over long durations of time as they tend to poke at your wrists. This may vary depending on your typing style of course though a modest adjustment by placing the notebook slightly lower than our normal waist height resolved the problem handily.

The right side of the notebook comes with a Type-A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port and extensive heat ventilation grilles. The left side of the notebook comes with more ports than the left including a USB Type-C port, a Type-A USB 3.0 port, a headphone port and an audio out for attached headsets.

The rear of the Alienware 17 R4 comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port, a mini-display port 1.2 output, a HDMI 2.0 output, a Thunderbolt 3 port and the obligatory power port to jeep it juiced with the rest of the space taken up by extensive grilles that allow the notebook to efficiently vent heat.

Of note is the inclusion of an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port that effectively future proofs it as it allows you, sometime down the line, to augment the notebook with external graphics.

Popping the lid open reveals the massive 17.3-inch Full HD display. If you have cash to spare, you can upgrade this panel to UHD resolution though our review unit was the stock configuration which consists of a 1080P resolution panel that has a matte finish with somewhat chunky bezels surrounding it and the LED-backlit Alienware logo as well as Tobii eye tracking hardware at the base of the display. The top comes with a webcam.

Interestingly enough, the hinge for the display is set not at the every edge of the notebook, which is the norm, but slightly forward of the edge. According to their boffins, this was a conscious design decision for better ventilation even under heavy loads and for better organisation of the notebooks extensive array of ports which are mostly plonked on the rear. The hinge mechanism itself is built like a tank and is exceptionally sturdy without any perceivable wobble. It is also surprisingly smooth as well, allowing you to actually open it one-handed. The top-lid itself has similar build quality and while thick and somewhat chunky, exhibited no play or flex.

The full sized LED-backlit keyboard comes with the works including a numeric keypad on the right as well as a customisable array of keys set in a vertical row to the left of the keyboard and the upper right. The keyboard itself also supports n-key rollover and integrates a reinforced steel backplate that ensures structural integrity over the long term. Inset at the base of the notebook facing forward are a pair of stereo speakers.

Bar the somewhat uncomfortable edges on the palm rests, the Alienware 17 R4 is a proven design with an otherwise soundly designed gaming rig that has a fingerprint resistant finish and a well considered, relatively ergonomic layout with most of the ports and ventilation arrayed around the back to keep it neatly out of sight. The external LED backlighting combined with its aggressive angular aesthetic lends it a distinctive look that will appeal to those looking for a unique looking rig.

Alienware 17 R4 performance

In terms of hardware, the Alienware 17 R4 is loaded for bear with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card and a combination of a 256GB PCie SSD paired with a 1TB 7200rpm hard disk for storage. Granted, it’s not the latest eighth generation Intel Coffee Lake processor but the i7-7700HQ remains one of the more potent options from the existing Kaby Lake generation of processors.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divideds internal benchmarks
Deus Ex: Mankind Divideds internal benchmarks

When subjected to synthetic benchmarks, the notebook yielded a score of 5265 on 3D Mark’s TimeSpy benchmark and a score of 4,071 on 3D Mark’s Fire Strike Ultra. In PCMark 10, the notebook got a score of 4,312 while in PCMark 8’s Creative Accelerated test it got a score of 4,717. In CineBench R15, the Alienware 17 got an OpenGL score of 84.34fps and a CPU score of 725cb. In the Far Cry 5 benchmark, the notebook got an immensely pleasing average 86fps, dipping down to a minimum 71fps under heavy loads and maxing out at 103fps on High graphics quality settings. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, it yielded a respectable 59.8fps on average and maxes out at 60.7fps.

Far Cry 5s internal benchmarks
Far Cry 5’s internal benchmarks

The benchmarks aren’t a definitive indicator of overall performance though they paint a very positive picture of it as an immensely capable gaming rig that can handle the latest games today without faltering and serious paperwork up to and including a decent amount of enthusiast video rendering too.

When put to the test, the Alienware 17 R4 capably handled the likes of Far Cry 5 at Full HD with most of the settings on high without a hitch with exquisitely beautiful textures and smooth framerates without lagging even with heavy firefights involving multiple combatants happening onscreen. Other games including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided were handled without issue with equally smooth frame rates and nary a pause to the action onscreen.

The Alienware 17 lets you tweak the lighting and the shortcuts to your personal specifications
The Alienware 17 R4 lets you tweak the lighting and the shortcuts to your personal specifications

The Tobii Eye Tracking feature tracks where your eyeballs are pointing at and helps add another level of interactivity when gaming but it only works with certain games such as Tom Clancy’s The Division and the aforementioned Far Cry 5. Alas, it proved to be a novelty more than a compelling enhancement to gameplay during our time tinkering with it.

The matte display proved a treat for watching movies and gaming alike with beautifully vibrant hues and pin sharp detail under all the usual indoor scenarios including under direct overhead neon lighting. The notebook’s front-firing stereo speakers proved rather capable and had enough breadth and depth to handle Ramin Djawadi’s varied work in the Westworld soundtrack which spans everything from his robust rework of Paint it Black to subtle tracks like Dr. Ford.

Naturally, it excels at its primary task of rendering gaming audio and was a dab hand with all of Far Cry 5’s diverse array of explosions and gunfire. Should the default settings not appeal, you can open up the Alienware Sound Center and tweak the treble, bass and other minutiae to your exact specifications.

The Alienware Sound Centre on the Alienware 17 lets you tweak the sound profile to your personal tastes
The Alienware Sound Centre on the Alienware 17 R4 lets you tweak the sound profile to your personal tastes

When tackling paperwork, the Alienware 17 R4 is sheer overkill with the ability to open a dozen browser windows in Chrome simultaneously, run iFlix in a window on the side and also render a short video too.


All this would be for naught though if the notebook had a naff keyboard. Fortunately, the Alienware 17 R4 was up to the task and it’s full sized TactX keyboard was a delight to type on as it had a short 2.2mm of key travel and excellent tactility that allowed for a fairly robust typing speed to crunch through reams of text.

We initially thought the shortcut keys were placed in a somewhat quaint position, being as it is plonked on the extreme left row on the keyboard in a vertical row but after several weeks of field testing, found them to be in exactly the right place. It’s close enough that the majority of the shortcut keys can be reached with a pinky finger if needed and just far enough away to prevent an accidental misfire. The touchpad itself proved equally swift and responsive as well though you still need a decent gaming mouse if you aim to play competitively.

Alienware 17 R4 Price and Battery Life

The Alienware 17 R4 has a number of power settings on a slider that let you choose between performance or power efficiency. The test unit was set at just a notch below maximum performance levels and managed to eke out a decent 4 hours of battery life on a heavy albeit non-gaming workload that included streaming videos on iFlix and a spot of writing too. Heavy gaming however drained the battery in under a couple of hours. Naturally, your mileage may vary on your own usage settings. Like many gaming rigs, you still oughtn’t wander far from the mains with this.

As it stands, the Alienware 17 R4 is a solid gaming rig that ticks all the boxes that a gamer would want – a good display, solid hardware than can tackle any game currently available, a great keyboard and solid speakers too.

While your individual tastes towards bling can vary, the fact that the Alienware 17 R4 has the option to light things up with LED strips on its chassis is a welcome one. All this clocks in at a fairly pretty penny though and the Alienware 17 R4 doesn’t come cheap. What you do pay for though is solid build quality and Dell’s usual impeccable after sales service. If you have the cash to spare and are in need of a solid (and blinged up) gaming rig, the Alienware 17 R4 is well worth your consideration.

Specifications
Price RM10,699
Display 17.3-inch, Full HD with Tobii Eye-tracking
Processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz
OS Windows 10 Home
Storage 16GB DDR4 RAM / 256GB PCie SSD + 1TB 7200rpm hard disk
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
Battery 68Whr
Size/Weight 424 x 332 x 29.9mm / 4.42kg

What we liked Powerful hardware, great performance, responsive keyboard, good display
What we didn’t Middling battery life, immensely heavy, some ergonomic niggles with the palm rests
We say The Alienware 17 R4 is an immensely powerful and weighty gaming rig that proves to be exceptionally capable at tackling some of the most demanding games in the market today.

Inspiron 15 7000 gaming notebook and Alienware Aurora desktop land in Malaysia

Gamers in Malaysia are enjoying two additional options to invest their hard-earned cash in as Dell and Alienware today have just taken the wraps off their Inspiron 15 7000 gaming notebook and the Alienware Aurora desktop.

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is the latest refresh of their gaming notebook that comes in a variety of configurations though they all look externally similar. More prolific gamers will appreciate the Inspiron 15 7000’s fast charge ability that gets you from dead zero to 80% in under an hour of charging on its 56Whr battery, NVIDIA’s Max Q Design tech and Thunderbolt 3 ports for faster data transfers across all variants. The entry level model comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD display, a 7th generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Kaby Lake processor paired with 4GB RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 GPU and a 1TB hard disk for RM3,899.

The top of the line configuration comes armed for bear with a vastly upgunned 15.6-inch UHD LED-backlit panel, a beefy Intel Core i7-7700HQ 3.8GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 6GB GDDR5 GPU and a 128GB SSD with 1TB hard disk combo for RM1500 more at RM,6899.

The new Alienware Aurora is a massive behemoth of a desktop that comes with cutting edge hardware and manages to blend surprisingly fetching external aesthetics with practical design as the chassis offers tool-less access and is relatively modular as well to possessing the ability for easier upgrades. In terms of hardware, the Aurora is relatively configurable and integrates Intel’s latest 8th generation six-core CPUs as well as their tweakable Alien FX lighting that adapts itself based on cues from compatible games. For Malaysia, the Aurora can be rigged with up to an Intel Core i7-7700 4.2GHz processor, up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 256GB PCie SSD and 1TB hard disk combo and a beefy NVIDIA GeForce GTX1080 8GB GDDR5X graphics card with prices starting from RM4,999 for an Intel Core i5 Coffee Lake model.

The Inspiron 15 7000 is available online at Dell’s official site and their authorised retailers nationwide with the Alienware Aurora appearing via the same channels though it launches on 3 November tomorrow.

 

Alienware’s new VR-ready gaming rigs have landed

Alienware has just officially launched their latest array of gaming hardware that comes with NVIDIA’s latest GTX-10 series GPUs that enable them to support VR gaming out of the box with the the likes of HTC’s Vive or the Oculus Rift. The new line-up consists of a trio of gaming rigs and a gaming desktop : the Alienware 17, the Alienware 15 and the Alienware 13 gaming notebook along with the Aurora gaming desktop.

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The new range integrate a combination of different metals in the construction of the chassis to optimise heat dispersion, enhance structural integrity and retain aesthetics. Copper alloy has been integrated into the thermal dispersion setup while ventilation has been improved with better vent design up and out through the rear of the notebook.

Alienware 17
Leading the pack is the Alienware 17, a massive gaming rig that sports a 17-inch 1080p, 300 nit display, runs Windows 10 Pro on an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.67GHz processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard disk with Nvidia GeForce GTX1060M graphics to crunch pixels with a price tag starting from RM8,299. Specs aside, the Alienware 17 along with its siblings all come with a host of refinements over its predecessors.

20161004_133533 The Alienware 17 itself also adds Tobii eye-tracking tech that lets you unlock the rig with your peepers alone, and also act, with  selected games, as an alternative form of control to supplement the keyboard and mouse such as for Tom Clancy’s : the Division. The keyboard also offers gaming-grade travel to the tune of 2.2mm and has been steel-reinforced for greater durability. The new rigs also come with internal smart-amps to offer better, louder sound.

 

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Alienware 15
The Alienware 15 comes with a 15.6-inch, 200 nit 1080p display and specs starting from an Intel 6th generation i7-6820HK 2.7GHz processor running Windows 10 Pro, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 512GB PCie SSD paired with a 1TB hard disk for RM9,999 and up. A slightly more affordable RM8,699 variant swaps storage down to a 256GB PCIe SSD for boot-up while the processor gets swapped to an i7-6700HQ with the rest of the specs essentially unchanged. A variant packing an Intel Core i5 processor exists for RM6,999.

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The Alienware 13 comes with a 13-inch 1080p display along with GTX 10-series graphics though it wasn’t on display today nor was the pricing announced though official word has it arriving, along with its final specifications and pricing for the Malaysia market by the end of November.

Last but not least, Alienware’s Aurora desktop also made an appearance. It’s more compact than the gargantuan three-GPU-bay-toting Area 51 that appeared last year but punches above its weight class as its compact mid-tower casing is able to pack not one but two GPUs in a flip-out bay for easy maintenance and access. Other mod-cons with the Aurora desktop include it packing liquid cooling, overclockable memory and Intel’s latest CPUs with the entry level model packing a 6th gen Intel Core i3 for RM3,999 and up.

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You can also opt to kit it out with a 24-inch Dell S2417DG QHD gaming monitor with 1ms response time and a refresh rate of 165Hz for RM2,339. If you’re looking for something more affordable, you can optionally snag the 27-inch 1080P SE2717H display for RM1,269.

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The Alienware 15, 17 and Aurora Desktop are available for sale at all Dell authorised partners and online via Dell starting from now.