Dell launches Haswell Alienware laptops – but sticks with Windows 7

alienwareSigns that not everyone is enamoured with Microsoft’s latest operating system have come from an unusual source.

PC giant Dell has upgraded its popular Alienware gaming laptops with new Intel Haswell-class Core-series processors – but according to Digital Trends, it’s decided to stick with Windows 7 operating system. Windows 8 is an upgrade option but all three models are pre-loaded with previous-generation variant. While speculation is that it’s a move to ensure game compatibility, it’s certainly an unusual move not to include the latest Microsoft operating system on a new-generation notebook.

The refresh was shown at the current E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles with three new models – the Alienware 14, 17 and 18 variants – being displayed.

The smallest of the three is the Alienware 14 with a 14-inch screen and 1366×768-pixel resolution. That screen is driven by a new Nvidia GeForce GT 750 graphics chip and all three variants are powered by the new Core i7 4700MQ hitting 3.6GHz.

The Alienware 17 packs in a sizeable 17.3-inch screen with 1600×900-pixel resolution, driven by Nvidia GeForce GT 765M graphics.

The top-of-the-range Alienware 18 gets a massive 18.4-inch panel with 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution and a rare addition – two Nvidia GeForce GT 765M chips operating in SLI mode, making it about the most potent gaming notebook on the planet.

While its claimed the notebooks are available from Dell right now, they weren’t visible on the Dell US website or the Australian version.

Probably the most disappointing feature of these notebooks is that Dell hasn’t really gone deep in for image quality – a 17.3-inch screen cries out for more than 1600×900-pixel resolution. For that matter, so does the 14-inch model with the hardware available. Still, the notebooks appear to be designed to deliver game-worthy performance at their native resolutions, even if they’re not at the resolution levels you you’d expect or hope for.


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