Dell Targets Gamers with Inspiron 7000 & Refreshed Alienware Laptops

Much like Lenovo and others at CES, Dell is here with a focus on disrupting the gaming market with its new laptops. The prime focus will be the new Inspiron 7000, which at $799 is being positioned as a low-end gaming machine.

The new 7000 series laptop comes in either 14 or 15.6-inch configurations, with resolution options being either Full HD or 4K (only the 15.6” version, though).

Dell 7000 Series Specifications and Price

On the hardware side, this looks quite like a traditional laptop, with red accents and a backlit keyboard in the same hue.

Under the hood, you’ll get either a Kaby Lake i5-7300HQ or i7-7700HQ processor, 16 GB worth RAM and up to a 1 TB HDD/512 GB SSD on the Inspiron 15, or 128 GB SSD + 512 GB HDD on the 14.

The main centerpiece will be undoubtedly the new GTX 1050 GPU in the base model (can be configured to a 1050 Ti), which although doesn’t support VR is quite a respectable desktop-grade offering on its own.

There’s a 74 WHr battery. For connectivity, you have 3 USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, dual-band Wi-Fiac, media card reader and Gigabit Ethernet.

Pricing starts at $799 for the base model with GTX 1050, which still makes for a potent gaming portable, at least it’s much more powerful than last year’s GTX 960M.

Updates to Alienware 13, 15 and 17

Dell has refreshed its Alienware line as well.

The new Alienware laptops will be coming with Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors, which extend all the way to the i7-7700 HQ and i7-7820HK.

Connectivity options are also being expanded with USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.2, Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi ac.

Specifications and Price

The Alienware 13 gets display options ranging from 720p to QHD. GPU options include GTX 1050 or 1060, while the CPU goes all the way to i5-7300 HQ or i7-7700HQ.

It starts at $999.

The Alienware 15 on the other hand gets a wide range of supported GPUs, with the GTX 1050 Ti, 1060, 1070 and Radeon RX 470 all being supported. CPU options include a quad-core i7-7820K, with display configurable to a 4K panel.

Pricing starts at $1199.

The top-end machine here, Alienware 17, can pretty much become the “mainstream” ultimate gaming portable, now that it’s getting updates with an optional GTX 1080 graphics card with 8 GB GDDR5X VRAM. Storage options go all the way to 2 TB SSD plus 1 TB HDD. Tobii’s eye-tracking technology also makes an appearance while CPU options include i7-7820K.

Pricing starts at $1399.

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