TechSummit Rewind 139: Dell at CES 2017

This is a special edition of the TechSummit Rewind, focusing on Dell at CES 2017.

Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop

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Dell is bringing the design inspirations that came from Alienware to its more mainstream Inspiron brand, according to Dell product marketing manager Eduardo Goyanes, and the first fruits of that labor are in the Dell Inspiron 15 7000. The laptop aims to reach gamers that want a console-like experience at a price-sensitive cost.

Weighing in at less than an inch thick, the Inspiron 15 7000 starts at $799 and has a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card and a quad-core Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake processor. It has 4GB of RAM, up to a 1TB hard drive, and a 4K display. The 15-inch and 17-inch versions use Nvidia’s G-Sync display technology.

The 13-inch version has extra-capacity heat exchangers connected by oversized piping to dual cooling fans. There’s also a cheaper 14-inch version with an onboard subwoofer, tailored speaker enclosures, and Waves MaxxAudio Pro audio processing. Along with a 74-watt-hour battery, there’s 802.11ac wireless, a Gig-E networking port, a SD card slot, and USB 3.0 ports.

Alienware

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Dell claims that the Alienware 13 is the first VR-ready laptop with quad-core H-class 7th Generation Intel Core processors and dynamic overclocking technology. There’s an infrared camera with support for Windows Hello and Tobii’s Aware eye-tracking technology. It uses either Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1050 GPU and will go for $1,200 with a 15-inch display and $1,349 with a 17-inch display.

The housing is made from anodized aluminum with magnesium alloy, and cooper thermal modules with a new finishing process that reduces smudginess and fingerprint residue on the palm rest. It has a hinge-forward design that enables improved audio, and larger internal fans. It’s also 21 percent thinner than the previous Alienware 13 when using the OLED display.

For those looking for more upgradability, users can connect the optional Alienware Graphics Amplifer that allows you to use the latest processors from AMD and Nvidia with the machine.

The steel-reinforced Alienware TactX keyboard is designed for uniform feedback while typing with 2.2mm of key travel. There’s also an optimized RGB LED lighting articulation that’s designed for better lighting.

All configurations also include three USB 3.0 ports and a USB Type-C port.

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