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Alienware is an American subsidiary of Dell specifically designed for high-end gaming computers and laptops. It was founded in 1996 as an independent company before being purchased by Dell in 2006. The brand is most recognized by its alien logos and futuristic aesthetics. The laptops from Alienware come in several series ranging in screen diameter. From the 11.6” through 13”, 14”, 15” and 17”, to 18”. After Dell purchased Alienware they maintained their own XPS line of gaming computers and laptops, often with similar specifications but after 2008 Dell began scaled down the XPS range down to avoid marketing two competing products simultaneously.
Early Models, prior to acquisition by Dell in 2006. Area 51-M 2002. Alienware first laptop. 15-inch. It had an incredibly short battery life and was priced at over $2,700 which was very expensive, even by today’s standards. Area 51-m7700 was one of the first of Alienware’s laptops to feature the now widely recognizable Alien Motif and spaceship aesthetics that were introduced in 2003 with the Predator 1 series of desktop computers. In 2006, the M17 was introduced and was the first laptop to feature dual graphics. This 17-inch laptop. This year was also when Dell finally bought Alienware.
Mid Models, after acquisition by Dell in 2006. Alienware have released many models and revisions to those models over the years and here is a summary of the now discontinued models released since Dell purchased Alienware. Introduced in 2009, the M17x was the first laptop released by Alienware after the company was bought by Dell. The name and some of the design is based on the previous Alienware 17-inch laptop, the Alienware M17. During this time, Alienware also released a 15-inch laptop, the M15x. In 2010, Alienware introduced the M11x, the smallest-sized gaming laptop. It came equipped with two Penryn-core processors, a Pentium SU4100 at the entry-level and an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 at the high-end. Driving the 11.6-inch screen were two video processors, a GMA 4500MHD integrated and NVIDIA's discrete GeForce GT 335M with its own 1GB of DDR3 RAM. 2010 also saw a revised version of the M17x and M15x which both came with added support for the current generation of Intel i5 and i7 processors. A further revised model of the M11x was released at the end of 2010 which introduced Intel's ultra-low-voltage Arrandale Core i5 and i7 processors. The revision also added a rubberized "soft-touch" exterior to the laptop casing. In 2011, the M17x was re-released, called the M17x R3, and came with a plastic chassis rather than the original aluminium chassis. It also came 3D ready. The 2011 revision of the M11x, the M11x R3, added support for the second generation of Intel's Mobility Series Core i5 and i7 processors and was the first to include an i3 in its line-up. It also received a standardized 500GB 7200rpm HDD as well as the standard M11x series dual-GPU setup. By the end of 2011, a second revision of the motherboard design used on the R3 series was made available on a limited amount of laptops. The M18x was introduced in 2011, replacing the M17x series. It had a bigger chassis and a 18.4-inch screen. The M18x came with Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors. Also introduced in 2011 was the M14x which replaced the M15x line of laptops. The 2012 revisions of the M17x, the M17x R4, and the M14x, the M14x R2, were released. Both machines were updated with Windows 8 and Intel Ivy Bridge Processors. The M18x revised version was also released in 2012 but was originally shipped with Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors. Later however, they too were shipped with the Ivy Bridge Processors. In 2012, Alienware announced that the M11x model would be discontinued due to decreasing interest in small form factor gaming laptops. The company went on to offer refreshed models for the rest of their laptop range; The M14x, M17x, and M18x, as well as introducing a 13-inch model in 2014. The Alienware 13 was introduced to replace the M11x series and used Intel’s Haswell and Broadwell i5 or i7 processors. Also featured was a FHD or QHD Touch screen and was Alienware’s thinnest laptop to date. It was updated in 2015 to feature the latest Skylake processors.In 2013, Alienware re-released the M17x, now called the Alienware 17. It came updated with Intel Haswell Processors as well as a new facelift and body design. Despite being marketed as Alienware 17, some countries and orders listed this model as the M17x R5 ‘Ranger’. Furthermore, the M18x was released as Alienware 18 and the M14x was released as Alienware 14. They too had a new facelift and body design and were also, despite their marketing, were listed in some countries as the M18x R3 ‘Viking’ and the M14x R3 respectively. A further updated version of the Alienware 18 model was released in 2014. By mid-2015, Alienware had released the Alienware 17 R2, Alienware 18 and Alienware 15. The 17 R2 and 15 both came with FHD screens with an option for a Touch display. They also offered a port at the rear for a Graphics Amplifier. The Alienware 18 model was a limited re-release of the previous Alienware 18 model with updated graphics and RAM support and was the last 18-inch laptop to be released by Alienware, being subsequently discontinued by 2016. The Alienware 17 R2 model also introduced a mounted CPU and GPU, this improved the chips performance with added thermal resistance and the reduction of unwanted inductance and connection issues. However, this also removed the ability for the owner to replace the CPU or GPU separately or without having to change the entire motherboard. Late-2015 saw two further refreshes to the Alienware 17 and Alienware 15, adding options for Ultra HD displays, Windows 10 and Intel’s Skylake processors.
Latest models, bringing Alienware to the present day. The present line-up for Alienware are the 17-inch, 15-inch and 13-inch laptops. The 17-inch and 15-inch laptops are able to feature Ultra HD 4K displays as well as the latest Nvidia GeForce 1000 series Graphics cards and the latest GDDR5 RAM options. They both come standard with up to 8GB RAM whereas the 13-inch offers 6GB. The 13-inch laptop also offers either FHD Anti-Glare Display or a QHD OLED Anti-Glare display with Touch capabilities. It is also equipped with the latest Nvidia GeForce 1000 series graphics. This latest generation also saw the use of the latest H-series quad core CPUs as opposed to the ULV CPUs of previous models.