Dell Targets Gamers with Inspiron 7000 & Refreshed Alienware Laptops


Much like Lenovo and others at CES, Dell is here with a focus on disrupting the gaming market with its new laptops. The prime focus will be the new Inspiron 7000, which at $799 is being positioned as a low-end gaming machine.

The new 7000 series laptop comes in either 14 or 15.6-inch configurations, with resolution options being either Full HD or 4K (only the 15.6” version, though).

Dell 7000 Series Specifications and Price

On the hardware side, this looks quite like a traditional laptop, with red accents and a backlit keyboard in the same hue.

Under the hood, you’ll get either a Kaby Lake i5-7300HQ or i7-7700HQ processor, 16 GB worth RAM and up to a 1 TB HDD/512 GB SSD on the Inspiron 15, or 128 GB SSD + 512 GB HDD on the 14.

The main centerpiece will be undoubtedly the new GTX 1050 GPU in the base model (can be configured to a 1050 Ti), which although doesn’t support VR is quite a respectable desktop-grade offering on its own.

There’s a 74 WHr battery. For connectivity, you have 3 USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, dual-band Wi-Fiac, media card reader and Gigabit Ethernet.

Pricing starts at $799 for the base model with GTX 1050, which still makes for a potent gaming portable, at least it’s much more powerful than last year’s GTX 960M.

Updates to Alienware 13, 15 and 17

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Dell has refreshed its Alienware line as well.

The new Alienware laptops will be coming with Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors, which extend all the way to the i7-7700 HQ and i7-7820HK.

Connectivity options are also being expanded with USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.2, Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi ac.

Specifications and Price

The Alienware 13 gets display options ranging from 720p to QHD. GPU options include GTX 1050 or 1060, while the CPU goes all the way to i5-7300 HQ or i7-7700HQ.

It starts at $999.

The Alienware 15 on the other hand gets a wide range of supported GPUs, with the GTX 1050 Ti, 1060, 1070 and Radeon RX 470 all being supported. CPU options include a quad-core i7-7820K, with display configurable to a 4K panel.

Pricing starts at $1199.

The top-end machine here, Alienware 17, can pretty much become the “mainstream” ultimate gaming portable, now that it’s getting updates with an optional GTX 1080 graphics card with 8 GB GDDR5X VRAM. Storage options go all the way to 2 TB SSD plus 1 TB HDD. Tobii’s eye-tracking technology also makes an appearance while CPU options include i7-7820K.

Pricing starts at $1399.


Dell Targets Gamers with Inspiron 7000 & Refreshed Alienware Laptops

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