Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Announced at E3
This week at E3 Alienware announced the first new industrial design for their laptops in four years. "There's a thousand thin notebooks out there,” says Alienware's Frank Azor. While most companies are focusing efforts on thin models like the Razer Blade, Alienware's latest products are actually built like tanks. The new Alienware 14, is 1.6 inches thick, and weighs a full six pounds. "We want our users to be physically fit,” said Azor.
Alienware's design has always been a world apart from other models on the market, with their computers that look like alien creatures with UFO-like lighting seeping out of their frame. The machine is not a seamless unibody of machined metal, it is crafted in a way that makes sense for us as gamers. The laptop surface has a smooth soft-touch rubber, meanwhile there is enough metal to catch the eye. When you open the lid you’ll be drawn to the sight of the glowing keyboard with customizable RGB backlighting. While the under carriage glows lighting up in anticipation of your commands, it feels like an alien artifact. But what's inside that 14-inch package is a gamer’s dream.
The base model Alienware 14 is priced at $1,199 and includes a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7-4700MQ processor fresh from Intel's latest Haswell batch, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, 8GB of memory, 750GB HD, and a standard 1366 x 768 resolution screen. Or choose the GeForce GTX 765M GPU (an additional $150) and 16GB of RAM to help drive games on that lovely 1080p display. It also has three USB 3.0 ports, three 3.5mm audio jacks, HDMI out, an SD card slot, a Gigabit Ethernet socket, a lock slot, and a slot-loading DVD (or optional Blu-ray drive) for movies and disc-based installation.
The company's choice of operating system is Windows 7, rather than Windows 8, however you have the option to choose Windows 8 from the company website when configuring your machine. Your machine will also include Steam and its own Alien apps for customization, and includes AlienFX that dynamically changes the laptop's lighting.
You’re also stuck (for the moment) with two different graphics modes, switchable and discreet. The "switchable" mode is where both Intel and Nvidia graphics are active, and the "discrete" mode only has Nvidia. You must restart the machine and hit Fn + F5 to swap between them. Alienware says the reason for this is that Microsoft requires this for Windows 8 (Nvidia is working on a patch for this issue). The Alienware 14 is a solid gaming laptop that will provide you with a finely crafted gaming experience.
Source : E3 / Dell.com