Dell beams down new Alienware machines

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Like them or hate them, you can't deny that Dell's Alienware line has a unique style all its own. We have to admit, however, that the latest line of Alienware machines are very much to our liking, sporting a mix of black and silver accents that has a slightly more understated style than previous Alienware machines.

In the gaming laptop line there's the Alienware 13, which is a 13-inch 1080p machine that comes with a 4th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB hard drive, nVidia GTX 860M 2GB graphics, 8GB of RAM and Windows 8.1.

Prices start at RM3,999 (S$1,533) with an option to upgrade the display to an even higher-resolution 13-inch 2560x1440-pixel display and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) for more money, of course.

To go with the Alienware 13, Dell has also launched a so-called Graphics Amplifier - yes, you read that right; not an audio amplifier but a graphics amplifier.

The Alienware Graphics Amplifier is essentially an external enclosure for you to plug in a full-length, double-wide desktop graphics card and have the Alienware 13 laptop utilise it for enhanced gaming performance.

The Graphics Amplifier has its own 460-watt power supply and accepts any PCI Express x16 graphics card - when plugged in to the Alienware 13 via a proprietary connector, the laptop will bypass its own built-in graphics and utilise the performance of the graphics card in the Graphics Amplifier.

Price for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier lists for RM1,009 but since this is simply a custom enclosure, you still need to supply your own external graphics card.

Finally, there's the Alienware Area-51, the latest in the company's line of desktop machines.

Again sporting a similar black and silver design as the current crop of Alienware machines, the Area-51 comes with everything you'd expect in a high-end gaming desktop - Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core processor overclocked to 4.0GHz, graphics options that include a triple AMD Radeon 290X or triple nVidia GeForce GTX980 (amongst other options), 32GB quad-channel DDR4 2133MHz SDRAM, 512GB SATA 6GB/s SSD with a 4TB hard disk drive for additional storage, 802.11ac dual-band wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 and Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.

Prices for the Area-51 starts at RM6,999.