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Today at CES, Dell has unveiled new models in its XPS 13- and 15-inch options, along with its Alienware line. The new XPS 13 is billed as the "smallest" 13-inch laptop, based on an internal analysis from June of last year. The Alienware 15 and 17 are also 20 percent thinner than previous models for gaming on the go. The XPS 13 offers (in addition to a smaller overall size) a reported battery life of up to 15 hours, while the 15-inch model offers an optional 4K display. Likewise, the Alienware models have lost some weight and gained 4K display options.
The Dell Alienware Alpha is a micro-PC gaming console that has only just gone on sale recently. It was supposed to launch with Valve's Linux-based SteamOS, and is designed specifically as a gaming operating system to power "Steam Machines." However, the final release of the SteamOS has been delayed into 2015, and thus Dell has chosen to forge ahead with the release of its planned Steam Machine, running Windows 8.1 in the interim. As a micro-PC with console-style gaming in mind first and foremost, the system now ships an Xbox 360 controller rather than a Steam controller, and offers a makeshift Alien UI so that it doesn't require a keyboard and mouse to set up. Was it the right move to launch the Alienware Alpha without the vaunted SteamOS?
Alienware has started to ship its attempt at creating a Steam Machine. Pre-orders for the Alienware Alpha will be heading to customers today, and the computer designed based on Valve Software's concept for console-style PC gaming will also be available to buy from various online retailers, with some configurations able to be picked up from some retail outlets.
On top of the new Area-51 desktop gaming PC, Alienware is taking care of mobile gamers with its new Alienware 13 notebook. While the Alienware 13 isn't as powerful as its desktop counterpart, the company hopes to solve that with an add-on device called the Alienware Graphics Amplifier that brings the power of a discrete GPU to the notebook.
Alienware announced the availability of the new Area-51, the company's flagship gaming PC that Electronista took a first-hand look at during PAX Prime 2014. The customizable PC will be available starting October 28 with Intel's gaming-focused Haswell-E processors and X99 motherboards also unveiled during the gaming convention in August.
Alienware shocked the computer industry this week, when it announced the latest version of the flagship Area-51 computer. During the Intel panel on the future of PC gaming, General Manager Frank Azor unveiled the new computer on stage as one of the first gaming machines built with Intel's Haswell Extreme Edition processor and X99 chipset.
Dell is jumping on the trend for high-resolution curved displays, with the manufacturer's first curved monitor. The UltraSharp 34-inch monitor, model U3415W, has a high 3440x1440 resolution as well as a 21:9 cinema-style aspect ratio, with Dell said to be aiming the screen towards gamers and typical purchasers of its Alienware desktop systems.
Dell's Alienware division has launched preorders for its "Steam Machine," absent Valve's operating system. Dubbed the Alienware Alpha, an i3-4130T 2.9GHz-based version of the device retails for $599 and will ship with Windows 8.1, with the ability to install the SteamOS should it see the light of day in a timely fashion.
Computer producer Origin PC has issued a few announcements about its gaming computer lines, including the launch of a trade-in program. The company is offering systems it's billing as capable of playing games at a 4K resolution from under $4,000, as well as the commencement of its Trade Up program, where customers can receive credit towards an Origin PC notebook or computer after trading in an Alienware-branded Dell notebook.
Dell has unveiled another gaming notebook under the Alienware brand, with a smaller display compared to others in the range. The Alienware 13 has a selection of 13-inch displays to fit it out with, including a touch-enabled 2560x1440 IPS panel with 400 nits of brightness, a 1080p 350-nit version, and at the low-end, a 720p-resolution screen with 200 nits of brightness.