Dell’s XPS 13 laptops are a standout in the 13-inch laptop range, and now Dell have announced new, larger models with the XPS 15 and XPS 17 now available in Australia. Dell is also announcing new gaming-focused Alienware hardware including the Area-51m, m15/m17, and G3/G5 15 laptops, and the Aurora R11 gaming desktop with liquid cooled graphics.
The XPS 15 has been around for a while, but Dell is refreshing it with the laptops first re-design in five years.
The XPS 15 includes a machined aluminium lid which contains a 4-sided 15.6-inch InfinityEdge display that supports 100% Adobe RGB color gamut and will be offered in either FHD+ or UHD+ resolutions, driven by Intel UHD or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB graphics card.
The carbon fibre body is just 18mm thin, and light at just 2kg. Though light and compact, it’s still got options for loads of power with Dell offering a range of 10th Gen Intel Core i5 to i9 Processors, with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 2TB of on-board storage.
There’s a lot of power available and Dell will begin pricing the XPS 15 from AU$3,699 / NZ$3,999 when they launch ‘ mid-May’.
Fans of big laptops will be glad to see the return of the XPS 17 after a 10-year hiatus. Dell has come out swinging for the return creating what they claim is the smallest 17-inch laptop on the planet.
The virtually borderless, 4-sided 17-inch InfinityEdge display (available in FHD+ or UHD+ resolution) provides Dell with the ability to shrink the footprint of the laptop, though Dell still fit the tiny web cam they introduced on the XPS13 into the top of the display. The display will also support 100% Adobe RGB color gamut for creators who need colour accuracy.
To support that display, Dell will be offering options for graphics ranging from the Intel UHD graphics up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB cards.
Dell will also offer options for 10th Gen Intel Core i5 to i9 Processors, with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 2TB of on-board storage on the XPS 17.
At just XPS 17 at just 19mm thin Dell has thought about heat dissipation, incorporating a new, unique thermal design which they say offers ‘increased fan airflow to fuel demanding projects’.
The package and spec sheet look amazing and with prices starting from AU$3,299 / NZ$3,599 they’re sure to move a few when they launch mid-June.
Aurora R11 Desktop
After pioneering the first liquid-cooled desktop in 2004, Alienware is pushing the envelope again, this time with their first PCI-e liquid cooling graphics on the Aurora R11.
The PCI-e liquid cooling will be utilised in full with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics available in single and dual configurations. Using liquid cooling allowed them to achieve a 19.5% temperature reduction and up to a 69.2% noise reduction.
The Aurora is designed for tool-less upgrades, but with a base spec on offer including options up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, and up to 64GB of HyperX FURY XMP DDR4 memory at 2933 or 3200MHz, as well as up to 2TB SSD storage.
You can begin configuring an Aurora Gaming desktop now on the Dell website, with price starting from $2,799 AUD / $ 3,099 NZD.
Alienware’s latest gaming m15 and m17 gaming laptops are designed for a blend of performance and portability, with 15” and 17” screens, respectively.
Alienware will offer the m15/m17 laptops with 10th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors, including being unlocked for overclocking on the i9-10980HK processors. The laptops include options for Nvidia GTX and RTX graphics, and up to 32GB of RAM, with options for single 2TB storage, or up to 4TB RAID options.
Dell will bring the new m15 and m17 to market on the 22nd of May, with prices starting from $3,199 AUD / $3,499 NZD (15”) and $3,599 AUD / $3,899 NZD (17”).
Also announced is the new Area-51m laptop, which Alienware says is a ‘gaming laptop with upgradeable and overclockable desktop-processors and graphics cards for on-the-go gamers ‘ – a nice option.
Alienware will offer the Area-51m with 10th Gen Intel Core S-series processors, with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 4TB of storage in single, dual or RAID configs.
The Area-51m will come with a 17.3-inch display in FHD or UHD, and as well as Nvidia GTX and RTX graphics options, Alienware will also offer gamers an option for the AMD Radeon RX 5700M 8GB in the Area-51m.
The laptop includes a newly engineered Alienware keyboard which features ‘1.7mm of key travel, N-key rollover technology and per-key RGB LED lighting that’s fully customisable.’
The Area-51m will be available on the Dell website from the 23rd of June with a starting price of $3,999 AUD.
Dell has also announced two new 15-inch laptops, the G3 15 and G5 15.
The Dell G3 and G5 15 will come with the latest 10th Gen Intel Quad and HexCore processors with Nvidia GeForce graphics, while the G5 15 will also offer an SE edition with options for AMD Ryzen 4000 Series mobile processors with AMD Radeon RX 5600M graphics.
The 15-inch display will only be available in FHD resolution, though the high-end panel will offer a 144hz refresh (and up to 300Hz on the G5 15) with 300 nits brightness.
Dell will begin offering the G3 and G5 15 from May 22nd. The G3 15 will start at AU$1,599 / NZ$1,899, while the G5 15 will start from AU$2,299 / NZ$2,599.