Alienware notebooks' refresh has brought many major changes this year. The first batch relies on Haswell CPUs including dual and quad core versions. Soon there will be a refresh with the next generation processors.
For the first time the refreshed notebooks ship with Windows 10. You won't have to bother with an upgrade. All the new CPUs get the dynamic overclocking and feature new LCD screens on all platforms. Also, there is new PCIe based storage, USB Type-C with USB 3.1 and thunderbolt support. They also have a HDMI 2.0 port.
The new Alienware 13 has an upgraded battery to 62 Whr and a screen that supports QHD+. This small notebook, with a Core i5 5500U dual core at 3.1GHz, 16GB RAM, Geforce 960M and 256 + 128GB SSD is available for preorder at alienware.com for $1849.99.
This 13.3 inch QHD+ has a 3200 x 1800 resolution and comes with world class IGZO IPS TrueLife 400-nits Display with Touch Technology.
The new 17 inch version has support for IGZO Ultra HD 4K displays with 3840x2160 resolution. The basic version, however, starts with an IPS based full HD screen. The new 15 inch has a GPU upgrade with AMD Radeon HD R9 M395X with 4GB GDDR5 as an option. It has an optional 4K screen before the holiday season. You can preorder 13, 15 and 17 with all these new features right now and Alienware should be ready to ship them within 20 to 30 days, depending on the territory.
All of the notebooks feature a keyboard that sits on a reinforced steel plate to ensure better typing and protect the internals of your gaming notebooks.
The notebook lid can sustain being open and closed 20,000 times and the keyboard keys should survive 10 million keystrokes. The touch pad should handle a million touch pad strokes.
The power button can survive 40,000 pushes and the audio jack has been redesigned to stick out in order to ensure physical compatibility with most 1/8 inch devices. And yes, they all support graphics amplifying external GPU.