Dell Unveils Inspiron 15 Gaming Notebook And Premium Alienware Hardware For VR

by David Jagneaux • January 4th, 2017

CES is a time for announcements and new technology for consumers of all types. Fans of smart home devices and accessories will be excited to learn about their trashcans can level up, while gamers will be excited to learn of new desktop and notebook options, such as the latest mid-range offering in Dell’s Inspiron 15 Gaming notebook.

The long-time computer manufacturer has been vocal about their support of VR for some time, even hinting at the future of second generation headsets the last time we spoke with company representatives.

Somehow, Dell managed to cram an entire GTX 1050 into their latest notebook along with a 7th generation Intel quad-core processor. On the dedicated rig front with an eye towards VR, new premium Alienware rigs were detailed as well. The upcoming lineup will include not just 4k or 8k, but even 12k-capable rigs and enhanced VR support, as well as new VR-ready notebooks to take your virtual worlds on the go. There will also be new options for Alienware 13, 15, and 17 laptops to increase performance and battery life further.

“The popularity of PC gaming is at an all-time high, with hardware alone forecasted to exceed $35 billion by the end of 2018, thanks to the introduction of VR and excitement created by Esports and gaming tournaments,” said Bryan deZayas, Director of Dell Gaming in a prepared statement. “We are very proud to continue investing in gamers around the world by introducing a new Inspiron gaming line and partnering with ELEAGUE to power and support the Esports community, which is projected to reach 145 million fans in 2017.”

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The Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming notebook will be available exclusively at Best Buy and Dell.com beginning Jan. 5 in the U.S., starting at $799 USD. Updated Alienware 13, 15, and 17 notebooks will be available as of Jan. 5 with an entry price of $999. Alienware 15 and 17 will feature new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics beginning Jan. 12 starting at $1199 and $1299 USD respectively. The updated Alienware Aurora will be available Jan. 12 in the U.S. and Europe, starting at $799 USD, with China and Japan availability in February.

We’ll keep an eye on CES and let you know about any new announcements from Dell, Alienware, and other manufacturers announcing new options for gamers in the desktop and notebook scene alike.

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