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You can now get up to 42% off a wide range of desktops, notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1s, including many affordable options - and if you buy a PC for over $699, you'll also get a free 8-inch tablet.
Last night at the PAX West event in Seattle, Dell took the wraps off three new Alienware Windows 10 laptop configurations, coming in at 13, 15 and 17-inches and at a starting price of $899.
Microsoft is currently offering some big savings on a range of Windows 10 PCs - from affordable Dell notebooks, to an Alienware gaming flagship, and HP's ENVY Curved 34 all-in-one desktop.
Microsoft is offering free Docks with certain Surface models, $50 off the Lumia 650, £80 off a 1TB Xbox One, 50% off various accessories, and up to $1,000 off PCs, in a One Day Sale in the US and UK.
Microsoft has slashed hundreds of bucks off a wide range of desktops, all-in-ones, 2-in-1s, notebooks and more - including many with the latest Intel Skylake processors - from multiple manufacturers.
Discounts available include $200 off the newest XPS 13 and XPS 15 notebooks; $500 savings on an XPS 8900 tower PC, or an Alienware Echo 15 R2 notebook; and $400 off a 34-inch curved display.
Alienware sent us a pre-release Steam Machine to start running through the paces ahead of the release date. After using it for the past two weeks, we look at the strengths and weaknesses of the device
Dell has announced the official launch of its new Steam Machine in the UK, priced from £449. The device promises to "extend a traditional PC gaming environment into a console-like experience".
Dell will be releasing Steam Machine on November 10th, and they sent Neowin a unit to review ahead of the launch. Until then, enjoy some quick impressions and photos of the box.
Despite having an external graphics amplifier, Alienware laptops are to gain Thunderbolt 3 ports and improved displays. Despite the upgrades, these models do not include Skylake processors.
Valve is finally ready to launch its first Steam Machine. The gaming PC will be built by Alienware and will arrive in November. Those that pre-order will have the chance to get it on October 16th.
Designed for high-end gaming, the Alienware 15 packs powerful hardware rivalling decent gaming desktops, including flagship mobile GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. It's also highly customizable.
One of the main issues with gaming laptops is the limitations of the form factor. But the Alienware 13 paired with a Graphics Amplifier offers essentially the same power as a typical gaming desktop.
Steam Machines aren't here yet but that hasn't stopped some from crafting their own alternatives. One of the most promising of them , and the one I was most excited to check out, is the Alpha.
In a recent interview, Alienware's product manager, has expressed that Linux gaming would increase by as much as 30 fold with the introduction of Steam Machines which run on the Linux-based SteamOS.
Alienware will release its Steam Machine console, called Alpha, this year for $549 with Windows 8.1 instead of Valve's SteamOS. The console will feature a custom interface that integrates with Steam.
In a new article on plans to launch Steam Machine PCs based on Valve's SteamOS, an executive at Dell's Alienware unit claims its product will be the "least profitable system we ever sell."
Alienware has now said its upcoming Steam Machine PC can in fact be upgraded by their owners, but adds that it won't be as easy to do so, compared to its normal Windows desktops.
Alienware plans to launch new versions of its Steam Machine PC each year, but their model won't be able to be upgraded like most of the other third party Steam Machines.
Valve announced today that the number of accounts on Steam went up by 10 million in just three months to reach 75 million. Alienware also announced plans to launch its Steam Machine in September.
Valve has announced that 14 companies have plans to release Steam Machines in 2014, using SteamOS. However, many of these PCs will offer options for dual booting with a Windows OS.
Alienware revealed a new line of notebooks on Monday night at an E3 2013 press event, with a new design for its 14, 17 and 18 inch laptops, along with new gear and software.
Dell's Alienware division has started a countdown website and uploaded two teaser videos ahead of a planned product launch announcement that will be made on June 10th.
Dell's Alienware division has launched a new hardware version of its game console-like X51 PC desktop, adding in support for Intel's fourth generation Core (Haswell) processors and more.
Dell's Alienware division might have something to reveal for E3 2013, as the company has scheduled a press event in LA on June 10, the day before E3 2013 officially begins.
Dell has announced that its Alienware X51 gaming PC is now being sold with an option to have Ubuntu installed in place of a Windows operating system for the first time.
A Dell spokesperson has told Neowin that today's move to take the PC maker private will not affect its Alienware gaming PC division and that it will continue to sell PCs under the Alienware brand.
In our latest interview with the makers of high-end PC game systems, we chat with Frank Azor, the general manager of Dell's Alienware division, about their recent X51 PC and more.
A new rumor claims that Dell's Alienware division might be working on a new Ultrabook product that would perhaps take the place of the now discontinued M11x notebook.
Maingear plans to launch a 11-inch notebook called Pulse that should take the place of Alienware's M11X notebook, which was recently revealed as being discontinued.
Dell's Alienware unit has refreshed its lineup of laptops with new versions of its MX14, MX17 and MX18 models. However, the small MX11 laptop is due to be discontinued.
Dell's Alienware division has launched a new gaming desktop PC, the X51, that looks like a gaming console and has a price starting at just $699, along with a new Alienware Gaming Service.
Dell's gaming PC division Alienware has launched a new version of its high end Aurora desktop. However, the company has apparently retired its other desktop design, the Area 51.
More Cyber Monday 2011 sales have been spotted including price reductions on four Xbox Live Arcade games, discounts at PC makers Alienware and OriginPC and more.
Jumping around in front of your TV? That's not cool. Alienware is claiming that only real PC gaming is cool, and that they're the only ones that can save you from a depressing life of casual gaming.
Dell has announced it will repair faulty hinges for the first two versions of its Alienware M11x gaming PC laptop for free for any owners regardless of the user's current warranty status.
Dell's latest financial results for the quarter that ended on June 30 showed a slight increase in revenue that wasn't enough to impress Wall Street analysts.
Alienware was showing off a new concept in PC gaming networking called Teleport which lets gamers play from the same PC via thin clients.
Just a couple of weeks ago, graphics chip maker Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 580M graphics chip for PC laptops. At the time, the company said that the chip was the fastest graphics processor made...
Nvidia has officially announced its latest graphics chip product, the PC laptop based GeForce GTX 580M graphics processor. Nvidia claims that it is the fastest graphics chip ever made for notebook. Nvidia also revealed that...
Dell's Alienware gaming PC division has just put it's latest product on sale. It's the massive "desktop replacement" m18x gaming PC laptop. While it's not exactly made for extensive travel the M18x is designed to...
AMD and Alienware have joined forces to produce the first AMD CrossfireX Multi-GPU laptop. Alienware, famous for its extreme laptop and desktops has produced another first the M17 laptop. Not only does it have an...
For years Alienware has been producing machines that cater to gamers and enthusiasts desires, coupling some of the industry's most radical designs with top of the line PC hardware. So when Alienware introduced the Area-51...
Alienware unveiled a high-definition media server this week, targeting homes with terabytes of digital content to store. Systems integrators, distributors and even home builders can now join the Alienware Digital Home Channel Program to become...
The Alienware Aurora m9700 is a serious gaming notebook and is the first of its kind to utilize NVIDIA's SLI technology. It achieves this by using two GeForce 7900GS (256MB) graphics cards smartly positioned inside...
Alienware's 19-inch Aurora mALX and 17-inch Aurora m9700 notebooks are equipped with the Airgo's Gen3 True MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), the companies are expected to announce during the E3 Expo, a massive conference in...
Vista has been delayed! The team discusses what a disaster this could be for Microsoft, as well as Bill Gates speaking on the delays in IE7. Firefox is taking up the slack with their 2.0...
Thanks to bangbang023 and C-Squarez from the forums for the heads up on this one: Dell just announced that it is indeed acquiring Alienware:...
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