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Alienware, the pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, introduced its latest and most powerful gaming laptops with the unveiling of the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 at E3 in Los Angeles.  The systems feature a bold new design and extraordinary performance, uniquely engineered to deliver the ultimate gaming experience.

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The new laptops include the Alienware 14 for the enthusiast gamer who requires a laptop that provides enough performance for any task, yet is mobile enough to fit into a backpack; the Alienware 17 for an immersive, graphics-intensive experience with the latest technologies for desktop-grade performance; and the Alienware 18, the ultimate gaming laptop that commands respect among top gamers for its unparalleled performance and construction.

All three laptops feature a new, iconic, angular design that takes its cues from jet engines and stealth bombers with an anodised aluminium shell and magnesium alloy body. The latest laptops are exceptionally durable, with over 60 percent of the main mechanical components made of various metals. The keyboard is protected by a reinforced plate to ensure a solid typing experience, while the travel and responsiveness is specifically designed with gamers’ needs in mind. Based on customer feedback, the new Alienware 14 now features an anti-glare LCD display with wide viewing angles for reflection-free gaming in nearly any lighting condition, including a premium Full HD panel option with IPS. For 3D gaming enthusiasts, the Alienware 17 has an optional 3D panel for an immersive visual experience, while the Alienware 18 will feature a Full HD display with PLS wide viewing-angle technology.

Along with the new design, the laptops also feature a number of components that when combined create a superb PC gaming experience. The laptops sport full voltage, quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics. DDR3L memory provides exceptional bandwidth with lower voltage requirements designed for increased battery life, and the laptops now provide support for up to three storage drives on the Alienware 14, and up to four storage drives on the Alienware 17 and 18. For the first time ever, the Alienware 18 will feature NVIDIA SLI dual graphics technology as standard, and the laptop will offer an overclocked CPU option with a maximum speed of 4.3GHz. The laptops all feature Ethernet technology by Qualcomm’s Killer networks, Klipsch speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio.

The updated Alienware Command Center software provides intuitive, user-friendly access to Alienware-exclusive applications and controls in one centralised hub.  Command Center includes the exclusive AlienFX lighting control system which allows users to create their own custom lighting themes and special effects. The new laptops have up to 20 colors to choose from across 10 different lighting zones, totaling to over 10 trillion lighting combinations. Alienware has worked closely with game developers to incorporate AlienFX in over 60 game titles, including cross-platform titles like Anomaly2, to PC-exclusive titles like SMITE and Neverwinter, for an immersive experience that can only be found on an Alienware. Whether healing, taking damage, or completing missions, AlienFX lights are an extension of the game play. Alienware Command Center also features AlienAdrenaline, a custom configurable game and application automation tool, the new Accelerator dynamic performance optimiser, and a new performance monitoring tool.

The Alienware 14 is available to order in UK June 11th starting from £1,099 excl. VAT + Shipping.

Here are some more images of the new Alienware 14:

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Specifications and options

Intel HM87 Express Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-4700MQ (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/Turbo Boost)
  • Intel Core i7-4800MQ (6MB Cache, up to 3.7GHz w/Turbo Boost)
  • Intel Core i7-4900MQ (8MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/Turbo Boost)
Graphic Options
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750M with 1GB GDDR5
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5
Memory Options
  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
  • 16GB Dual Channel DDR3L at 1600MHz
Memory Slots
  • 2x 204-Pin DDR3L SO-DIMM SDRAM Slots
Single Drive Options
  • 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s (Standard)
  • 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s + 64GB mSATA SSD Caching
  • 512GB Solid State Drive SATA 3Gb/s
Multi Drive Options
  • 512GB RAID 0 (2x256GB SSD) + 256GB mSATA SSD
  • 256GB mSATA SSD Boot + 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s
Optical Drive
  • Slot-Loading 8x SuperMulti Drive (DVD +/- R/RW)
  • Slot-Loading Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BD-ROM, DVD+/- RW, CD-RW)
Audio Details
  • Internal High-Definition 5.1 Performance Audio
  • 2.1 Speaker configuration with Subwoofer
  • Audio powered by Klipsch
  • 7.1 Digital Audio Out using HDMI out connection or S/PDIF Optical Port
Networking and Wi-Fi Options
  • Killer Networks Gigabit Ethernet NIC (Standard)
  • Killer NIC 1202 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3G WiFi Broadcom 4352 802.11n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 (Standard)
Display Details
  • 14.0 inch WLED HD (1366×768) Anti-Glare Display
  • 14.0 inch WLED FHD (1920×1080) Anti-Glare Display
Exterior Chassis Materials
  • Anodised Aluminium
  • Magnesium Alloy
System Dimensions
  • Front Height:  40.12mm (1.579 in.)
  • Rear Height: 41.70mm (1.642 in.)
  • Depth: 258.35mm (10.171 in.)
  • Width: 334.98mm (13.188 in.)
  • Starting at weight with optional SSD: 2.774 kg (6.116 lbs)
Battery Details
  • 8-cell Lithium Ion (69 wHr)
Integrated Camera Details
  • FullHD 2MP Camera with dual digital microphones
  • AlienFX Lighting Zones
  • 10 unique programmable zones with up to 20 distinct colours providing over 10 trillion lighting combinations
Keyboard
  • Reinforced and set on an aluminium foundation for a rigid and sturdy feel
  • 4-Zone, multi-colour RGB, keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls
Touchpad
  • Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)
Laser-Engraved Nameplate
  • Displays “Deployed Date”, System Name and the installed CPU & GPU
A/C Adapters
  • 150W

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Yesterday we told you about HP’s new Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook. We had a private session with HP yesterday afternoon where we got all hands-on with the new ultrabook.

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The Spectre, at first glance, may not look as thin as Samsung’s Series 9 ultrabook, but it really packs a punch in the look and feel department.

The packaging and power supply are cool looking (HP want you to feel proud walking around with it).

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The power supply is quite small, and light weight, and also has a USB port for connecting another device to for charging purposes. That’s a nice move on the part of HP, because you are bound to have something that needs charging via USB – we all do!

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The audio is provided by Beats Audio and there are dedicated audio controls on the right hand side of the ultrabook.

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For volume controls, there is actually a dial you can use – which feels strange when using, but only because you are not used to using a dial on a laptop! There is also a mute button for quick access!

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There is also quite detailed and in-depth software for controlling the audio. The sound was really good – and that was without really adjusting it much from the default settings, so audiophile out there will like it.

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You can even beam your music to a compatible device using an adaptor, very nice!

The ultrabook has three separate glass panels that make it up. This gives a very cool looking bit of kit, however as you can see, it really picks up fingerprints, so you may want to carry a cloth with you! It’s actually Gorilla Glass to make sure it’s nice and tough, and doesn’t scratch. There is nothing worse that the feeling you get when you see your beloved kit scratched.

Unfortunately HP wouldn’t let me drop it to test out how tough it was, but I think it will be fine!

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HP today announced a new Ultrabook – the HP ENVY 14 Spectre.

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This January, design aficionados should prepare to be haunted by the beauty of the HP ENVY 14 Spectre Ultrabook experience – with new jaw-dropping unparalleled use of glass and stunning performance.

Designed for those that expect the extraordinary, this statement in quality blends together materials on an Ultrabook and captures today’s emerging spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration and strong visual identity.

“Sleek, midnight black glass on the outside and stark contrast silver on the inside make Spectre extraordinary, defying conventional notebook design,” said Louis Perrin, director, consumer products, Personal Systems Group, HP EMEA. “We chose the name for our first ENVY Ultrabook to evoke mystery and to satisfy those who expect the unexpected.”
Breathtaking engineering and design

One of HP’s most advanced notebooks, the HP ENVY 14 Spectre is 20 millimeters thin and weighs in at just 1.8kg(1). Beautiful yet tough it features lightweight, scratch resistant glass on the lid, display, palmrest and HP ImagePad, a material largely recognised for its use on the screens of smartphones, portable media players and LCD displays.

Featuring the latest advances in display engineering and chassis design, the HP Spectre fits a full 35.56 cm (14”) screen inside a 33.78cm (13.3”) body. It sounds impossible, but looks incredible, allowing to stretch content across a phenomenal high-definition (HD) (2) HP Radiance display producing higher resolution, richer colour, better brightness and wider viewing angles than traditional notebook displays.

An intelligent HP Radiance Backlit keyboard, using individual LEDs dedicated to each keycap, senses a person’s presence, lighting up when they’re near and dimming down when they’re not – a bright and brilliant idea only from HP that adds greatly to the aesthetic experience.

Astonishing Sound

The HP ENVY 14 Spectre creates a sound heaven thanks to the matching audio-grade speaker mesh and Beats Audio™, an exclusive, high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre. Its front-positioned speaker system provides pure, unrestrained sound. Whilst the Ultrabook boasts an aluminum analog volume dial, giving the Spectre an interesting retro twist, and external sound on/off button, providing precise volume control, even with the lid closed.

Built-in HP Wireless Audio turns any home into a stage by streaming music to multiple speakers. Uncompressed audio can be streamed to up to four external devices or directly to any KleerNet-compatible device.

Uncompromising performance

Blazingly fast, the HP ENVY 14 Spectre is powered by the latest Intel® Core™ processors(3) featuring Intel Rapid Start Technology, 128 gigabyte (GB) of Solid State Drive (SSD) (4) storage and 9 hours of battery life.(5) Eliminating the need for external dongles, the HP Spectre features an array of input and output options, including Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and Mini Displayport. In addition, the HP ImagePad provides precise multifinger touch navigation and the HP TrueVision HD(1) Webcam provides brighter, cleaner HD images.

It offers a performance-tuned software image, full versions of Adobe Photoshop® and Premiere Element and two years of preinstalled Norton™ Internet Security. A world-class design also deserves world-class service, so the notebook comes with a premium phone line for technical support that is dedicated exclusively to HP ENVY users.

Pricing and availability

The HP ENVY 14 Spectre notebook PC is expected to be available end of March with a starting price of €1,299.-(6)  thru limited distribution in UK, Germany, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.

We got hands-on with the Spectre earlier today, so expect our review shortly.

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