Asus branching out into Alienware territory?
Asus has taken the wraps off its first ‘hardcore’ gaming mouse, the Republic of Gamers GX1000. The new mouse is clad in aluminum and incorporates a wide range of programmable functions to help ensure optimal gaming control, while its shape is also designed to reduce fatigue during long sessions. Users can customize dpi switching and indication on the fly, while also being able to program six different macros.
Dell to upgrade notebooks for free with similarly-priced Ivy Bridge
With Dell recently revealing that its three Alienware gaming notebooks were upgraded to Intel Ivy Bridge processors, those who ordered the PCs before the announcement may have felt slightly cheated. Dell has some good news, however, as it will upgrade the ordered notebooks to similarly-priced Ivy Bridge processors for free. This includes the M14x, M17x, and M18x.
Pending M14x, M17x, M18x laptop orders upgraded to Ivy Bridge
Boutique gaming PC manufacturer Alienware users with outstanding laptop orders were informed by email today that the placed order is being upgraded to Ivy Bridge processors at no extra cost. No further delay in the placed order is expected. The Ivy Bridge upgrade is exclusive to Alienware orders, and will not apply to parent company Dell's orders placed before the Ivy Bridge announcement.
Alienware updates gaming notebook range
Alienware has officially revealed that it has updated its gaming notebook range with Intel's Ivy Bridge processors. This includes the M14x, M17x, and M18x, with the last one rumored to have received the update earlier. The leaked roadmap from earlier this year didn't mention the Ivy Bridge updates, however, though the new chips are finding their way into PCs from most other makers as well.
Alienware refreshes notebooks, drops 11-inch model
Alienware has refreshed its gaming notebook lineup with a range of internal upgrades, although an upgrade to Intel’s next-gen Ivy Bridge processors have not been included on this occasion. The M14x, M17x and the M18x now include an mSATA slot for giving users a range of storage options, while graphics performance has also been boosted with the addition of support for PCI Express 3.0. This is said to boost throughput over the old PCI Express by 200 percent taking maximum advantage of either the NVIDIA GeForce 600 or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs.
Alienware M18X R2 gets processor options and SSD
Further leaks have surfaced about the Alienware M18X R2, with more information on the new notebook from the computer builder. Details from Dell-Lab this time cover processor, hard drive, and RAM options, along with a commentary on the screen quality.
Valve Steam Box would consolize PC gaming
Valve Software is entering the console race by developing its own hardware platform, new rumors brought up early Saturday. The approach outlined by The Verge would have typical PC hardware with a Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and NVIDIA graphics, but it would serve as a fixed platform for three to four years. Developers would then target their games to the system, which as expected would use Steam as its primary way to get games.
Alienware M18X R2 gets more graphics option
More leaks have surfacesd around the upcoming Alienware M18X R2 that have outlined its potential graphics power. The two higher-end graphics cores, the as-yet unannounced Radeon HD 7970M and GeForce GTX 675M, will both be available in twin-chip setups for very high-end systems if Dell-Lab's historically accurate tips are right. A GeForce GTX 660M would occupy the bottom and might be the only graphics without a dual-chip option in the 18-inch gaming notebook.
New M17x, M14x, M18x variants
Details surrounding Alienware's 2012 notebook lineup may have surfaced ahead of an official announcement. Leaked details posted on Dell-Lab, a source pf previous accurate tips, suggest the company is set to refresh its existing M14x, M17x and M18x notebook models with a number of new features.
Alienware X51 biled as smallest gaming PC ever
Dell's Alienware badge ventured into small form factor desktops for the first time late Tuesday. The X51 is billed as the smallest gaming PC desktop ever at no more than 13.5 inches at its largest dimension. Even with a 3.7-inch thick width, it can not only fit up to a GeForce GTX 555 desktop graphics card but replace this, the hard drive, and the RAM as new technology comes through.
Four memory slots enable 32GB DDR3 expansion
MSI has introduced its latest flagship gaming notebook, the GT783. The notebook features a 17.3-inch 1080p display paired with NVIDIA's 2GB GeForce GTX 580M discrete graphics components, which first debuted earlier this year in the Alienware M18x, along with Intel's quad-core i7-2670QM processor.
Alienware Aurora gets faster thanks to new chips
Dell has updated its Alienware Aurora gaming desktops introduced at the past CES show. The new PC is being touted as the most advanced Alienware desktop created thus far, sporting a choice of second-generation, six-core Core i7 chips ranging in a factory-overclocked clock speed between 3.9GHz and 4.2GHz, along with the X79 Express chipset and as much as 16GB of quad-channel DDR3 RAM. Active vents and a liquid-cooling system are present to keep the system running quietly.
Global effort to fix problem first seen in January
Dell has formally announced a global program to replace broken or squeaky hinges on its Alienware M11x gaming laptops. Dell first acknowledged the problem in January and promised to begin fixing affected systems in March. The company has carefully explained that it is not recalling the laptops, just fixing those experiencing problems.
Alienware notebooks get Killer 802.11n Wi-Fi
Alienware on Monday gave its M11x, M14x, M17x, and M18x a new option to optimize their Wi-Fi for gaming. Each of them will now have the option of a Killer Wireless-N 1103 chipset that potentially gives them the speed and quality needed for smooth play. The chip uses MIMO (multiple in, multiple out) antennas to hit 450Mbps but also has automatic traffic detection to prioritizes games and other time-sensitive content when on a busy network.
NVIDIA makes GeForce GTX 580M official
NVIDIA on Tuesday morning officially took the wraps from its new flagship notebook graphics, the GeForce GTX 580M and GTX 570M. Both promise about 20 percent faster performance for the power draw than the 470M/480M models they replace. The GTX 580M is fast enough to smoothly play Crysis 2 at full detail in DirectX 11, Black Ops at 100 frames per second, and even some games at 1080p in 3D, although both ideally in a twin-chip SLI mode.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M hits mid-range
NVIDIA was the first to start off its Computex unveilings in earnest late Sunday by launching two notebook graphics chipsets and 3D glasses. The GeForce GTX 560M headlines the group and is designed to bring high-end gaming to moderately sized notebooks without hurting battery life. Its 192 processing cores, 192-bit memory bus, and 775MHz core clock speed give it enough speed to play games at 1080p, but as the first design with Optimus live graphics switching from major PC builders, it should still provide reasonable battery life by dropping to Intel video with less demanding tasks.
Dell puts Alienware M15x out to pasture
Dell's Alienware gaming notebook line-up just got smaller, as the company retired its M15x, Engadget learned. The 15-inch notebook sported a standard-issue 2.13GHz Core i3 chip along with 3GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and GeForce GT 240M graphics. Options included Core i5 and i7 chips including the quad-core 2GHz Core i7 Extreme Edition.
Alienware talks tablets and Thunderbolt at event
Alienware during the same event that brought the M14x and M18x opened the prospects of a branded tablet. During a question and answer session, division GM Frank Azor was careful not to commit to a design but was considering "all form factors" for the future. Parent company Dell already has the Streak and Streak 7 on the market, but Alienware has so far been limited to PCs.
Alienware M14x and new M11x official
Alienware as it teased last week has brought out three new gaming notebooks, including its first 14-inch model. The M14x has the special lighting and customization in a smaller if 6.45-pound frame. Every version comes with very high-end performance for the size with a quad Core i7 and a GeForce GT 555M with either 1.5GB or 3GB of memory.
Alienware M14x, M18x show briefly at Dell Canada
Dell Canada's website has put up product pages for the company's recently-leaked Alienware gaming notebooks, notably the new, large 18-inch M18x and the 14-inch M14x. The notebooks aren't yet ready for prime time, however, as the product pages have been pulled. Engadget managed to get specs for the M18x before the page was taken down, however. The inclusion of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460M is confirmed, and the basic M18x will also get 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a 2.8GHz Core i7 CPU, all for $2,000 CAD (about $2,090).
Alienware M14x manual shows configuration spread
Dell has unintentionally spoiled many of the details of the Alienware M14x by posting manuals before it's been announced. The hard copy shows the known GeForce GT 555M but also that the 14-inch display will have a 1600x900 option. Along with the top-flight Core i7, the system will have Core i5 chips to choose from, and it will have extras such as 3G or 4G cellular data as well as Wireless HD.
Alienware M14x gaming notebook gets pics, specs
Thanks to Chinese tech site Zol, the previously leaked M14x gaming notebook from Alienware has been more fully uncovered. The specs also have been made more concrete, with a quad-core, 2.3GHz Core i7 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M both being present to give it relatively fast gaming. The notebook will also get Klipsch speakers and a stainless steel nameplate that can be engraved.
Sandy Bridge Core i5, i7 options said to be added
Dell is reportedly preparing to upgrade its M11X gaming ultraportable with a variety of new CPU options based on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. The R3 edition is said to integrate the same 11.6-inch 136x768 LCD as its predecessor, but with several new Core i5 and Core i7 processor options with base clock speeds ranging from 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz.
New Alienware M14X, M18X notebooks leaked
Dell will soon add two new gaming notebooks to its Alienware range with the M14X and M18X, according to images leaked on the dell.benyouhui forums. While specs are still thin, the 18-inch version is said to sport a 1080p screen and graphics courtesy of two AMD Radeon HD 6870M chips in CrossFire mode or two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M GPUs set up in SLI. The new 14-inch Alienware is the most portable gaming system and sports the same design cues.
Alienware M17x 3D notebook gets Klipsch speakers
The latest version of the Alienware M17x 3D notebook introduced at CES by Dell has now been changed up in a small but key way. Gamers will now get sound delivered courtesy of Klipsch speakers and MaxxAudio 3 software from Waves. Klipsch was acquired by Audiovox earlier this year. Klipsch is based in Indianapolis and makes premium speakers for home theater systems and computer desks, along with headphones.
Acer and MSI US continue recalls
Acer and MSI's North American division on Thursday joined in on the recalls and updates following Intel's Sandy Bridge chip flaw. Both have stopped shipping new PCs and mainboards using the H67 and P67 chipsets and are recalling systems and parts that are already on shelves. Each is offering a different strategy for recalls.
Faulty Sandy Bridge mainboards halt PC sales
Alienware, HP and MSI have stopped selling computers powered by Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors due to a design flaw in the chips. Intel said performance of the SATA2 ports on the mainboard can degrade over time. HP and MSI will hold back products with the chips, and Alienware removed the buy page for its m17x gaming notebook. HP, apart from pulling some of its models, will also delay a business product demo scheduled for February 10 in San Francisco.
Dell Alienware M11x hinge fix due in March or so
A Dell employee, via the comapany's community forums, has announced it will begin the hinge repair program for Alienware M11x gaming notebooks this spring. A definitive date for the start of the program isn't available, however, as forum liaison Chris Mixon said it's dependant on a third party vendor. Owners of the notebook with broken or creaky hinges will get it fixed under the program regardless of whether their notebooks are still covered under the warranty period.
Dell brings out Streak 7 tablet, teases 10-incher
The expected Dell Streak 7 tablet has been officially revealed by Dell on Thursday. Nearly at the same time as the Dell Streak 7 was confirmed by T-Mobile, Dell held its own off-site press conference in Las Vegas at CES. It will be the first 4G tablet in the US, the company announced.
Hybrid Audio sues Apple, Dell and HTC
Hybrid Audio LLC late Tuesday joined in a spate of recent lawsuits by suing Apple, Dell and HTC. The Tyler, Texas-based complaint accuses all three of violating a patent for processing MP3 songs using a tree-structured array. The lawsuit claimed that Apple's iPad, iPhone 4, iPod nano, iTunes and MacBook Pro all violate the patent; Dell's Adamo, Alienware, Inspiron, Studio and XPS systems have been similarly named, as have its Aero smartphone, the Streak tablet and HTC's Evo 4G.
Upcoming gaming rig scores 20155 on 3DMarks
Benchmarks for the forthcoming R3 (Revision 3) Alienware M17x have been leaked ahead of its release. Confirming earlier rumors, the gaming rig will feature the AMD Radeon 6900M as well as an alternative option for the GeForce GTX 460M. The benchmarks show the R3 M17x scoring 20155 on the 3DMarks test with the AMD Radeon 6900M option fitted.
Black Friday sees cheap Roku XD, Alienware M11x
Black Friday deals today have included a handful of steep discounts. The Roku XD is dropping 20 percent from its usual price to $64, giving the 1080p playback and 802.11n Wi-Fi of the mid-range at roughly the same price as the base Amazon- and Netflix-capable Roku players. The discount lasts from today through to the end of Monday Pacific time.
Microsoft Black Friday gives netbook with Office
Not normally known for its Black Friday deals, Microsoft today launched a promo that promises major giveaways, including for Mac users. The highlight is a free Dell Mini 1018 netbook with a copy of Office Home and Business 2010; the deal is an effectively half-off deal that gives both the 1.66GHz Atom notebook and the software for the price of one, at $280. Those just interested in a PC can also get an HP dm3 ultraportable for $399, or $250 off its usual asking price.
Alienware M17x R3 to use new Radeon HD 6000 video
A handful of leaks discovered over the course of the past several days have revealed details of the third generation of the Alienware M17x. Known as R3 (Revision 3), the new 17-inch notebook should be one of the first with the as yet unannounced Mobility Radeon HD 6000 graphics line. Users should have the option of the 6870 or 6970 on removable cards; what their differences would be weren't known, but NVIDIA would also be available with a GeForce GTX 460M as a pick, Dell-Lab said.
Dell to focus on three brands, kills Adamo, more
With the premium Adamo XPS notebook discontinued and the more recent introduction of XPS notebooks, Dell has rebranded its lineup for greater simplicity. According to Engadget, there will be only three core brands, including Inspiron, XPS and Alienware. Each will be aimed at users who require different performance levels, with Alienware being the top-rung offering.
Upgrade options expected in other markets
Confirming earlier reports, Dell has begun updating its Alienware M11x ultraportable with Intel's ULV Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs. Malaysian customers can now purchase the device with a 1.2GHz i3-330UM, 1.06/1.86GHz Core i5-520UM, or 1.20/2.26GHz Core i7 CPU.
Alienware M11x and Studio 14 get new Intel chips
Dell staked out its claim in high-speed PCs in the past few days with at least two of its systems getting brand new processors. In an overview of the Alienware M11x, the company's Pearce Clune revealed that the 11-inch gaming ultraportable will replace its Core 2 Duo with Intel's new ULV i3, i5 and i7 processors next month. All three should be significantly faster than the existing options and may help with battery life.
Intel tackles CULV, MacBook Air class
Intel rounded out its mobile processors today with its first ULV Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. The chips share the same 32 nanometer process as their full size siblings but consume much less power, at 18W for both the CPU and chipset versus 25W or more for regular chips. They should be as much as a third faster than the ULV Core 2 Duos they replace but can be as much as 15 percent more power-efficient.
Dell to soon out six-core i7-powered gaming PC
Alienware has quietly proved that a six-core version of the Area-51 ALX is going into production. The high-end computer, which gets the recently-previewed 3.33GHz Core i7-908X, is currently undergoing testing at HotHardware despite the lack of an official statement. Like many ALX systems
EON18 gaming notebook officially launched
Origin's EON18 gaming notebook introduced in November is now on sale. The highly-customizable PC has an 18.4-inch display with a native 1080p resolution, while processor choices range from a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo to an Extreme Edition 2GHz Core i7. Video involves either one or two GeForce GTX 280M or 285M chipsets, each with 1GB of RAM. Buyers can also specify up to 8GB of system RAM.
Alienware M11x to ship March 1st
Quickly dampening leaks, Alienware this afternoon started taking orders for its M11x ultraportable. The stock $799 trim is modest and comes with a 1.3GHz Pentium, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive and the system's all-important GeForce GT 335M video. A 1.3-megapixel webcam is its only other major hardware extra built-in.
Alienware M11x gets Japan date, $100 price bump
More complete specs, a different price tag and a ship date for Japan have all been leaked for the 11.6-inch Alienware M11x gaming notebook on Monday. A leaked page and rumblings on Dell Japan's forums reveal the PC will ship to Japan at least earlier than expected, with a target of February 5th. Malaysia is also expected to get the notebook sometime this month.
Alienware gives flagship notebooks speed upgrade
Alienware today became the last of Dell's PC brands to formally make the leap to Intel's 2010 processors as it began selling faster versions of the M15x and M17x. The smaller, 15-inch M15x now starts out with a 2.13GHz Core i3 but still has the 3GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive and GeForce GT 240M of the Core 2 Duo predecessor. It can use much of the remaining Core i5 and i7 line up to and including the quad-core 2GHz Core i7 Extreme Edition.
Device brings 15-inch graphics in 11-inch form
Dell's upcoming Alienware M11x netbook has finally received a price tag of $799 for the entry-level model. First introduced earlier this year at CES, the device features graphics components similar to many 15-inch notebooks. The GeForce GT 335M switchable GPU supports 720p playback on the netbook's 11.6-inch display, while HDMI output will enable users to attach an external monitor.
GeForce 300M uses 40nm, more shaders
Although it outlined some products at CES, NVIDIA has now formally detailed its GeForce 300M graphics line. The new series still uses a DirectX 10-level (OpenGL 2.1) architecture but is more efficient, in some cases using as many as 50 percent more shader (visual effect) cores. The series continues to provide full hardware video decoding and supports general-purpose computing like CUDA and OpenCL.
Five-inch "Slate" technology concept demoed
Dell on Thursday morning unveiled its ultra-mobile gaming laptop as well a 5-inch tablet concept and an Android-based smart phone for AT&T -- both of which are slated for launch in 2010. The new "Slate" concept shown the demo was very thin, multi-touch device with a 5-inch screen, but the company said that you could imagine larger versions -- up to 10-inches. In addition, Dell also refreshed its Inspiron, Studio and Alienware systems incorporating the new Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors and announced that AT&T will become the next mobile operator to offer the Mini 3 Android-based smart phone.
Live from Dell's press conference
Dell today is holding an event to launch new computers and handheld devices at CES; expected are Core i5 notebooks and the Streak, an Android tablet. Updates are available in reverse chronological order after the jump.
Intel Core i7 mobile now official
Intel at its second Developer Forum keynote officially unveiled its first Core i7 processors for notebooks. Once codenamed Clarksfield, the quad-core processors share the same Nehalem architecture and 45 nanometer process as the desktop part but are designed to consume much less power, although more at peak than the Core 2 Quad. The top-end Core i7 Extreme consumes 55W where regular quad Core i7 mobile chips will use 45W.
Alienware Core i7 notebook and new Area/Aurora
(Updated with more specs and links) Alienware this morning touted a symbolic milestone as the first company to ship a notebook with Intel's mobile Core i7 processor. The 15-inch m15x can be equipped with a 2GHz Core i7 920XM that not only gives it a quad-core processor but should support Hyperthreading for as many as eight effective cores. Despite the clock speed, the system should outrun the Core 2 Extreme and many higher clocked dual- and quad-core older systems.
Alienware revamping PCs tomorrow
Alienware announcements slated for Wednesday and teased in recent days should include sweeping updates to three of its core product lines, a last-minute leak today shows. The company plans to unveil a redone m15x gaming notebook and is said by Engadget to be reworking both the Area-51 and Aurora gaming towers as well as their high-end ALX variants. Actual specs are unknown but are likely to involve revamped AMD, Intel and NVIDIA hardware, such as Intel's mobile Core i7 quad-core and new Radeon HD 5800 graphics.