CES 2011: Alienware Adds 3D Vision to Gaming Capabilities
By John Gaudiosi
LAS VEGAS – Dell showcased new products featuring a variety of NVIDIA technology at The Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas off the convention center floor. Dell introduced an expanded consumer portfolio featuring next-generation 4G capable devices and high-definition 3D-capable laptops that deliver the ultimate in mobility, entertainment and gaming experiences for just about everyone.
Dell used the annual trade show to let consumers know that it’s extending its Dell Stage software interface across its entire consumer product portfolio. The move provides a unified experience across Dell’s consumer PC mobile devices and makes it easier to access and share music, movies and photos. Dell also announced it is significantly expanding its popular Mobility Hub on Dell.com, which lets people find the perfect mobile product for their lifestyle.
Dell debuted its latest XPS 17-inch laptop featuring an eye-popping, adrenaline-producing, high-definition 3D display. The XPS 17 (starts at $1,449) laptop features NVIDIA NVision 3D technology, although the glasses are sold separately. A first for Dell laptops, the XPS system with 3D display comes equipped with the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics card to deliver another dimension to entertainment. Aimed at PC gamers, this new laptop will work with over 400 PC games in stereo 3D and also play any of the new Blu-ray 3D movies that Hollywood has been slowly releasing at home. In addition to its 3D screen, the XPS 17 3D laptop also comes equipped with NVIDIA 3DTV Play software. Movie buffs and hardcore gamers can connect their XPS laptop to a compatible 3D HDTV and enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc playback or play popular PC games in stereoscopic 3D. The new 3D capable XPS 17 joins Dell’s recently introduced line of XPS laptops featuring booming JBL sound, an integrated subwoofer and crystal clear high-definition screens and HD video streaming with Skype. Serious PC gamers and enthusiasts who want an immersive, 3D and high-definition sound experience have found their universe,” said Sam Burd, Vice President of Dell’s Consumer, Small, and Medium Business group.
Those looking for a more intense 3D gaming experience can get the first Alienware 3D gaming laptop. Dell’s premium high-performance PC gaming brand has the new M17x (starts at $1,499), which offers a realistic, lifelike, mobile gaming experience in a 17-inch display. 3D capability requires optional 120Hz w/3D Bundle WideFHD WLED LCD display and NVIDIA graphics card. With its available full HD 120Hz 3D display, the new M17x offers eye-popping stereoscopic viewing for today’s most realistic gaming and mind-blowing 3D Blu-ray movie experiences.
Alienware also introduced new models of its Aurora system, Alienware’s first MicroATX desktop with full 3D HD capability and liquid-cooled CPUs (3D-capability requires an optional 120Hz 3D capable LCD display, NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit and a NVIDIA graphics card). Both 3D-capable, designed-for-gaming systems feature new, second-generation Intel quad-core processors with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and hyper-threading technology.
With NVIDIA TEGRA 2 technology everywhere at CES 2011, Dell jumped on the tablet bandwagon with its new Dell Streak 7. The new tablet with Android 2.2 is Dell’s first 4G tablet to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G network, the nation’s largest. With T-Mobile’s 4G connectivity and the Dell Stage user experience, the Streak 7 offers a social-networking and entertainment hub for families with kids and students. The new Streak 7 enables immediate and instant access to great content like movies, television shows, home videos and, of course, video games.
Featuring a NVIDIA Tegra dual-core processor superchip, a brilliant 7-inch multi-touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and full Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support, the Android-based tablet is ideal for experiencing thousands of Android Market widgets, games and applications. The Streak 7’s built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth capability and innovative front- and rear-facing cameras make chatting face-to-face with friends over 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connections effortless both at home and on the go. A high-resolution rear-facing camera and seamless social-networking integration allows you to capture and share life’s moments with friends near and far.
“With its dual-core processor, 7-inch multi-touch screen and dual cameras, the new Dell Streak 7 tablet takes full advantage of the unrivaled power of T-Mobile’s 4G network,” said John Thode, Vice President of Dell’s Mobility Product Group. “Once you have it in your hands, you won’t be able to put it down, and it will quickly become the ultimate device for the socially connected who want to do everything from watching great content, to chatting with friends, to taking high-resolution pictures and immediately sharing them with their friends and family.”
In order to keep up with today’s connected world, Dell has extended its Dell Stage software to work across all of its products. Consumers can now share movies, music, games and TV shows across PCs, tablets and smartphones seamlessly. The move gives people simpler, faster access to their favorite content – from music, to movies to TV shows. Dell Stage also makes it easier to access and share photos, home movies and more across social communities like Flickr and Facebook.
Dell Stage was first introduced late last year on touch-screen models of the Inspiron One all-in-one desktop and the Inspiron duo convertible tablet with features like MusicStage which allows you to stream and download music from Napster; or listen to streaming radio stations from across the globe via RadioTime.
Now, the colorful tile-based interface is being installed on both touch- and non-touch systems, including the new XPS laptops and the Inspiron Zino HD, the perfect companion to high-def televisions. Later this year, Dell plans to add sync capability to Dell Stage-equipped devices designed to allow so photos, videos, music, documents and other personal content to be quickly and easily synchronized across Dell PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Dell Stage will enable Dell mobile devices to remotely control PCs on your network, so people can access entertainment, control and stream it to other Dell PCs (for instance, the Inspiron Zino HD connected to HDTVs). Families and students would be able to call up movies on their mobile devices and, with the flick of a finger, transfer it to the Zino HD for viewing on the big screen.
Dell Stage-equipped devices will also include Dell SyncUP powered by Nero, allowing you to sync both over a network and through the cloud, keeping all your devices synchronized on the go and giving you access to your multimedia and data files anywhere.
“Students, parents, mobile professionals and everyone else view their laptops, desktops and mobile device as gateways to the entertainment they love,” said Tatelman. “Stage revolutionizes the way in which you organize, access and share all your favorite content across the portfolio of Dell Consumer products – and it’s uniquely Dell.