At CES 2022 Dell and Alienware have announced multiple new products including updates to the Alienware x15 and x17 laptops, the m15 laptops and the x14 laptop. Also included is a new gaming display, gaming headset and mouse, the XPS 13 and a new Ultrasharp 4K monitor.
Alienware X Series Laptops
The new Alienware x17 R2 is Alienware’s thinnest 17-inch laptop to date and includes impressive specs including 12th Gen Intel Core processors, DDR5 memory, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series laptop graphics and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Cooling is completed by the quad-fan setup with smart-fan technology. The X series includes Alienware’s voltage regulation technology to help maintain high–performance over long gaming sessions.
As you’d expect in a gaming laptop, there is RGB AlienwareFX-controlled lighting zones that includes the Alien head, keyboard and power button lighting. Other features include a Windows Hello IR camera and CherryMX ultra-low profile mechanical keys. The Alienware x15 R23 includes all of the same features as the x17 R2 albeit with a smaller 15.6-inch display.
The Alienware x14 is the world’s thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop thanks to a new hinge that creates space within the system itself. It includes a lot of the same features as the x15 and x17 above including the smart fan technology, Dolby Atmos support, AlienFX RGB lighting, voltage regulation and a Windows Hello IR camera. It supports 12th Gen Intel processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and 3060 and DDR5 RAM.
Alienware 34 QD-OLED Gaming Display
The new curved 34-inch gaming display is an entirely new design for Alienware with a dual colour rear but includes the usual AlienFX RGB lighting. The monitor uses Quantum Dot Display technology resulting in a slim panel design with superior colour performance. It delivers 99.3% DCI-P3 colour reproduction, 1000 nits peak brightness and VESA DisplayHDR TrueBlack 400 certification.
Response time is an impressive 0.1ms GtG with the refresh capable of reaching 175Hz resulting in premium gaming conditions. This is all with an 1800R curvature and 3440 x 1400 pixel resolution. With two HDMI (v2.0) ports, one DP (v1.4), multiple SuperSpeed (5Gbps) USB ports, an audio line-out port and a headphone jack it has all the gaming connections you could need.
Alienware announced their new Tri-mode Wireless Gaming Headset (AW920H) over at CES 2022 which, as the name suggests, supports wireless connection using either Bluetooth 5.2 or the wireless dongle included and also a 3.5mm wired connection.
The earcups are a soft memory foam and on the outside offer touch controls with integrated microphones as well as a detachable boom mic and a soft head band. The 40mm drivers offer Dolby Atmos surround sound support along with ANC. The battery life is up to 30 hours on a single charge making them a great option for gamers who enjoy long sessions.
Alienware has also updated their gaming mouse with the new Tri-mode Wireless Gaming Mouse (AW720M). Once again it supports all the same connectivity as the headset above although the Bluetooth support is only Bluetooth 5.1. With up to 26,000 DPI with tracking of up to 650 IPS it is perfect for games who need the precision while maintaining high speeds.
Using the USB-C 2.4GHz wireless dongle you can get up to 140 hours of lag-free gaming or up to 420 hours using Bluetooth. The ambidextrous design includes eight programmable buttons and 3D-sculpted thumb grips and AlienFX RGB lighting.
Dell XPS 13 Plus
The XPS 13 Plus is Dell’s most powerful XPS 13 so far with support for Intel’s 12th processors at 28W. Other notable specs include DDR5 RAM support and the ability to config the laptop with a 13.4-inch 4K UHD+ InfinityEdge touch display – there is also a 3.5K OLED option.
With stereo speakers and two Thunderbolt 4 ports (with DisplayPort and PD) the laptop builds on the already successful XPS 13 lineage. Add in a Windows Hello fingerprint reader and IR camera and you have all the security you could need.
Crafted from CNC machined aluminium and glass it is available in light or dark (Platinum or Graphite) and is a stunning looking laptop. Available with Windows 11 it will land in Australia in the coming months as the usual XPS pricing.
Dell Ultrasharp 32 4K Video Conferencing Monitor
It seems all the companies are now releasing video conferencing monitors – and why wouldn’t they given the need we’ve had and continue to have for high end home office video conferencing capabilities. Dell has released their new 4K version with a 31.5-inch 4K IPS black panel technology display which has a wide colour gamut including 98% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1.
Integrated into the top of the display is an adjustable webcam with a 4K HDR Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor and is paired with dual array echo cancellation mics and two 14W speakers. The monitor includes a HDMI 2.0 port, a DisplayPort (v1.4), two USB-C upstream ports and a few USB downstream ports allowing for connection to multiple sources in multiple ways. Using the inbuilt KVM switch you can easily switch between sources with a single keyboard and mouse making it perfect for the home office.
Local pricing and availability on the above products can be seen in the table below:
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