Alienware announces new VR ready gaming notebooks

Alienware has unveiled its latest gaming notebook offerings and they all have particularly imaginative names: The Alienware 13, Alienware 15 and Alienware 17.

Taking Nvidia’s recently announced 10-series graphics chips for notebooks, Alienware is putting each one inside an appropriately sized notebook. The new Alienware 13 will get the GTX 1060, while the Alienware 15 takes the GTX 1070, and the larger Alienware 17 has the top of the line GTX 1080.

By contrast to a lot of manufacturers who are putting the new Nvidia cards into older models, Alienware is one of the few to take advantage and make its notebooks at least 20 per cent each slimmer and lighter.

The 15.6-inch model shrinks to 25.4 mm thin (down from 34 mm last year), and the Alienware 13 is 22 mm thin (down from 28 mm last year). The Alienware 17 is 30 mm thin, with the GTX 1080 inside.

Alienware is also adding G-sync capable 120Hz displays on the 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch versions.

One of the biggest selling points for the notebooks is that they are all virtual reality (VR) ready – though that should be taken with a grain of salt for the low-end Alienware 13.

The big gimmick that the company is hoping will entice customers is the Tobii eye-tracking technoogy that will – like something out of a science fiction movie – wake the notebook up from sleep mode when users look directly at the Alienware logo. 

UK pricing and distribution is yet to be announced but Alienware’s latest range of gaming notebooks looks set to provide strong competition in a booming market.

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