Alienware Opens Sales For New Alienware 13 Gaming Laptop And Area-51 Desktop, Introduces Laptop 'Graphics Amplifier'

By Connor Sears , Updated Oct 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
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The next generation of Alienware's gaming rigs are now up for sale, but they're not alone. Also on the market is the company's "Graphics Amplifier" for laptops, a device that's meant to give your gaming laptop access to desktop-level graphics.

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Alienware's latest gaming desktop is a revamp of the Area-51 model. The rig's distinctive triangular case allows tinkerers to easily access the desktops innards while allowing the machine's cooling system to more effectively get rid of hot air without trapping it against a wall like rectangular towers are wont to do. The Area-51 comes with a factory-overclocked Intel i7 processor with either six or eight cores, and it features support for up to three graphics cards.

The Alienware 13 gaming laptop looks to put more powerful performance in a more manageable case. Standing at just an inch thick and weighing in at 4.5 pounds, the laptop sports an Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 860M, giving it enough power to stand up to many major upcoming game releases. If you're afraid that the laptop's graphics aren't up to snuff for your advanced tastes, though, Alienware has you covered.

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The company's new Graphics Amplifier is a way to reach high-quality graphics on a portable machine. Just plug an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card into the device, then plug the whole thing into the Alienware 13 through a dedicated port. The laptop is now ready to run top-of-the-line graphics while still, you know, being a laptop.

All three machines are now up for purchase with shipments rolling out next month, Engadget reported. The Area-51 desktop starts at $1,699, the Alienware 13 laptop starts at $999 and the Graphics Amplifier will run you $299.

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