G Series gaming laptops lead Dell’s gaming portfolio revitalization

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The new Dell G (for gaming) Series laptops are aimed at gamers who are looking for performance without breaking the bank.

In addition to a number of refreshes to their consumer PC lineup, Dell has also announced six new Windows 10 gaming laptops today, including four in the new Dell G Series debut, leading off a revitalization of the Dell Gaming portfolio.

Some of the highlights of the new Dell Gaming news include:

  • Alienware 15 and 17 introduce 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5, i7, and i9 high-performance processors, new Alienware Command Center, upgraded cooling technology, and color option
  • Dell introduces new wallet-friendly G Series gaming laptops with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ high-performance processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 Series graphics processing units (GPUs)
  • NBA 2K League, Miami HEAT, Misfits Gaming, and Team Liquid select Alienware as their exclusive technology partner
  • Alienware Arena Rewards offers gamers a way to earn points earning discounts and rewards through gamification and community engagement
  • Dell launches HTC VIVE Pro on Dell.com, available April 5 in the U.S.

The new Dell G (for gaming) Series laptops are aimed at gamers who are looking for performance without breaking the bank and start at $749USD, offering entry-level gaming laptops with decent performance.

“We are ambassadors to the PC gaming world,” says Frank Azor, vice president and general manager, Alienware and Dell Gaming. “From pushing the boundaries of innovation in our Alienware line and creating systems for today’s top competitive gamers and leagues, to our new affordable G Series line-up, we’re enabling gamers of all levels to game at their best.”

Dell G Series

The Dell G Series debuts with four systems, the Dell G3 15 and 17, the Dell G5 15, and the Dell G7 15. The G Series gaming laptops are game-ready, equipped with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs, Coffee Lake 8th Gen Intel Core processors, anti-glare IPS panels, thermal management solutions, intelligent content prioritization software, and more.

The G Series takes over from the Inspiron Gaming notebooks and are available in a number of colors, depending on the model, including Black, Recon Blue, Alpine White, or Beijing Red. Interestingly enough, Dell has foregone the typical red LED lighting for their G Series and instead chosen blue as their gaming LED of choice.

Dell G3 15 and 17

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The Dell G3 17.

Key features of the Dell G3 15 and 17 include:

  • Coming in 15 and 17-inch sizes, Dell G3 15 and 17 laptops are powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 up to 1060 Max-Q discrete GPUs, up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 CPUs, dual fans and dual drives with SSD options
  • The laptops 2×2 WiFi antenna design provides great wireless performance, while the SmartByte software prioritizes gaming and video content keeping them smooth, even during large file downloads
  • All encased in a refined performance inspired design and a silky matte exterior finish, the laptops boast a sleek 22.7mm (15) / 25mm (17) profile encouraging gaming-on-the-go
  • G3 15 is Dell’s thinnest gaming laptop to date
  • Dell G3 15 will offer three color options (Black, Recon Blue, Alpine White) and Dell G3 17 will offer two color options (Black, Recon Blue)

Specifications of the G3 15 include:

  • Powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with Max-Q design technology allows for crystal-clear detail and smooth, realistic gameplay and a more immersive on-screen experience.
  • 8th Gen Intel® processors provide responsive, powerful performance whether you’re gaming, streaming videos, or working on CPU-intensive projects.
  • Gameplay appears sharp from virtually every angle on the 15″ screen with a wide-viewing angle with in-plane switching, and an FHD anti-glare display.
  • Immerse yourself in your games with seamless streaming using SmartBytetechnology to prioritize visual content, and superior sound with two front-firing speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro.
  • Located on the sides of each laptop are a 2-in-1 SD/MicroMediacard, USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, optional Thunderbolt™ 3 with Type-C™, HDMI 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port.
  • At just 22.7mm, the slimline design is the thinnest of the G Series gaming laptops, making it even easier to game on the go.
  • Dual fans keep the system cool and running efficiently.
  • Dual drives with SSD options including NVMePCIeensure faster performance and better reliability, and a new Ethernet port supports full 100/1000 Gigabit connections for quick performance.
  • A backlit, WASD resistant keyboard lets you game in dim light without needing to search for keys.

Specifications of the G3 17 include:

  • Powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with Max-Q design technology allows for crystal-clear detail and smooth, realistic gameplay and a more immersive on-screen experience.
  • 8th Gen Intel® processors provide responsive, powerful performance whether you’re gaming, streaming videos, or working on CPU-intensive projects.
  • Gameplay appears sharp from virtually every angle on the 17″ screen with a wide-viewing angle with in-plane switching, and an FHD anti-glare display.
  • Immerse yourself in your games with seamless streaming using SmartBytetechnology to prioritize visual content, and superior sound with two front-firing speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro.
  • Located on the sides of each laptop are a 2-in-1 SD/MicroMediacard, USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, optional Thunderbolt™ 3 with Type-C™, HDMI 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port.
  • At just 25mm, the slimline design is the thinnest of the G Series gaming laptops, making it even easier to game on the go.
  • Dual fans keep the system cool and running efficiently.
  • Dual drives with SSD options including NVMePCIeensure faster performance and better reliability, and a new Ethernet port supports full 100/1000 Gigabit connections for quick performance.
  • A backlit, WASD resistant keyboard lets you game in dim light without needing to search for keys.

The Dell G3 15 and 17 will be available April 16 globally on Dell.com at $749.99USD/$1,099.99CAD and $1,099.99USD/$1,199.99CAD with additional configurations starting at $799.99USD (Dell G3 17) soon.

Dell G5 and G7 15

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The Dell G7 15.

Key features of the Dell G5 and G7 15 include:

  • For those seeking a step-up in performance from the G3 systems, the Dell G5 and G7 15 come in a sleek 25mm thin 15-inch chassis, with powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPUs with Max-Q design technology
  • The systems feature 6GB GDDR5 dedicated memory5, up to 6-core performance with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors (with up to Core i7 on the G5 and i9 on the G7), dual fans, and dual drives with SSD options
  • G7 15 will offer optional 8thGen Intel® Core™ i9 CPU and UHD display (3840×2160) configurations, available in late April
  • Killer 1×1 networking optimization (supporting up to 2×2) or SmartByte software responsively prioritize content downloads for liquid smooth gaming and streaming
  • Designed to push heat and noise away from the user, Dell equipped a front air intake and rear exhaust vent to the laptops’ frames to keep players cool, and able to game longer
  • Immersing players deeper into the game, Dell G5 and G7 15 will also offer an optional IPS UHD 4k panel to summon a premium on-screen experience
  • Dell G5 15 is available in either Standard Black or Beijing Red flavors, and Dell G7 15 is available in either Standard Black or Alpine White

Specifications of the G5 15 include:

  • Powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with Max-Q design technology allows for crystal-clear detail and smooth, realistic gameplay and a more immersive on-screen experience.
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ quad-and hex-core processors provide responsive, powerful performance whether you’re gaming, streaming videos, or working on CPU-intensive projects.
  • Game with stunning clarity and superior color richness thanks to IPS FHD or 4K UHD display options with HDMI 2.0 for 60Hz 4K output. Equipped with anti-glare panels for gaming in a wide range of environments.
  • Elevate your gaming, viewing and mega-tasking with seamless streaming using Killer Networking technology to prioritize gaming content, and superior sound with two front-firing speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro.
  • Located on the sides of each laptop are a 2-in-1 SD/MicroMediacard, USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, Thunderbolt™ 3 with Type-C™, SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port.
  • Huge cooling vents and dual-fan cooling technology keep the system cool and running efficiently.
  • Dual drives with SSD options including NVMePCIe ensure faster performance and better reliability, and a new Ethernet port supports full 100/1000 Gigabit connections for quick performance.
  • Make every click count on a keyboard built with multiple layers of reinforcement, 1.4mm keystroke travel and optional blue backlighting with WASD keys.
  • Easy, single-screw bay door access means you can service your system or tinker with your components any time you want.

Finally, specifications of the G7 15 include:

  • Powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with Max-Q design technology allows for crystal-clear detail and smooth, realistic gameplay and a more immersive on-screen experience.
  • 8th Gen Intel® Core™ quad-and hex-core processors provide responsive, powerful performance whether you’re gaming, streaming videos, or working on CPU-intensive projects.
  • Witness everything on screen with stunning clarity and superior color richness thanks to IPS FHD or 4K UHD display options with HDMI 2.0 for 60Hz 4K output. Equipped with anti-glare panels for gaming in a wide range of environments.
  • Elevate your gaming, viewing, and mega-tasking with seamless streaming using Killer Networking technology to prioritize gaming content, and superior sound with two front-firing speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro.
  • Located on the sides of each laptop are a 2-in-1 SD/MicroMediacard, USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, Thunderbolt™ 3 with Type-C™, SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port.
  • Huge cooling vents and dual-fan cooling technology keep the system cool and running efficiently.
  • Dual drives with SSD options including NVMePCIeensure faster performance and better reliability, and a new Ethernet port supports full 100/1000 Gigabit connections for quick performance.
  • Make every click count on a keyboard built with multiple layers of reinforcement, 1.4mm keystroke travel and optional blue backlighting with WASD keys.
  • Easy, single-screw bay door access means you can service your system or tinker with your components any time you want.

The Dell G7 15 is available on Dell.com today starting at $1,099.99USD and on April 10 on Dell.ca starting at $1,199.99CAD with additional configurations starting at $849.99USD on April 10. It will also available on BestBuy.com and in select Best Buy Stores. The Dell G5 15 will be available April 16 globally on Dell.com and select retailers starting at $949.99USD/$1,199.99CAD with additional configurations starting at $849.99 soon.

Alienware

Dell’s signature Alienware line-up continues to be their premium gaming brand and the new Alienware 15 and 17 gaming laps will offer new Coffee Lake 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5, i7, and i9 processors with up to 6-cores, enabling overclocking up to 5.0GHZ. To achieve this, Alienware is using improved cooling technology dubbed Alienware Cryo-Tech v2.0 which feature 50% thinner fan blades and a vapor chamber on the CPU. In addition to the Alienware Space Grey colour, the new systems will be available in a new Epic Black colour option as well.

Alienware-17

The Alienware 17 in Space Grey and Epic Black.

Key features of the Alienware 15 and 17 gaming laptops include:

  • Introducing premium materials such as anodized aluminum, magnesium alloy, steel-reinforcements, and copper thermal management to ensure a level of stiffness, rigidity, thinness, and high-quality feel all without sacrificing gaming performance.
  • Accessibility to internal components has been simplified with new bottom door mechanism and is also constructed using aluminum for high rigidity without impacting thinness.
  • Support for desktop graphics cards from NVIDIA or AMD with the optional Alienware Graphics Amplifier
  • The highest performance available AMD or NVIDIA based graphics cards using GDDR5 video memory
  • With an upgraded Alienware TactXkeyboard, n-key rollover is now supported, enabling over 108-key commands for maximum actions per minute. It’s the only keyboard on a laptop with 2.2mm of key travel allowing for rapid response for any keystroke. Reinforced with a steel back plate for rigidity and uniform feedback with a guarantee to stay functional for up to 10 million keystrokes.
  • Optional 120Hz TN+WVA 400-nits display designed for NVIDIA G-Sync experiences
  • Over 80 quadrillion lighting combinations via 13 unique programmable lighting zones with up to 20 distinct colors
  • Audio output has improved with a new speaker design that includes internal smart-amps used to monitor the audio waveforms enabling the use of the entire thermal margin of the speaker enabling louder sound.
  • All configurations include Killer Networks e2500 Gigabit Ethernet and Killer 1550 Networks 802.11ac 2×2 Wireless with Bluetooth 5.0 technology
  • Includes 3 USB 3.0 ports, one of which includes PowerShare technology, another of which uses a Type-C connector for Type-C compatible devices.
  • Includes 1 Thunderbolt™ 3 Port (USB Type-C™ with support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort)

The Alienware 15 and 17 are available on Dell.com starting today at $2,399.99USD and $3,699.99USD with additional configurations starting at $1,449.99USD and $1,599.99USD coming April 10. In Canada, the new Alienware laptops will be availabe on APril 10 starting at $1,899.99CAD and $2,099.99CAD respectively. They will also be available on BestBuy.com and in select Best Buy Stores.

Alienware Arena Awards

Dell is also launching a new gamification and engagement discount program to all gamers. The Alienware Arena Awards program allows fans to win Arena Rewards Points and Dell Advantage Rewards — with no purchase necessary. By gaming or participating in community events, gamers can earn Arena Rewards Points which help them level up through the aptly named ranks: noob, casual, enthusiast, veteran, hard core, and elite. Once leveled up, they secure new perks, prizes, or Dell Advantage Rewards. The Dell Advantage Rewards can then be redeemed for discounts on various Dell and Alienware products.

The Alienware Arena Game Vault mobile app is also launching today and allows gamers to earn more points at gaming events starting with PAX East in Boston. To get started, gamers can text ARENA to 41411 to download the iOS or Android app to start winning Arena Reward Points.

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The Alienware Arena Game Vault iOS and Android app is available starting today.

Note: You need to sign up for both Arena and Dell Advantage to opt into the program.

eSports

Alienware remains committed to its 11-year eSports legacy and Alienware and Dell hardware will be used during NBA 2K league competition and live studio experiences. Additionally, Misfits Gaming announced that their eSports teams will start training and using Alienware hardware including Alienware Aurora desktops, Alienware 15 laptops, AW2518H 240Hz monitors and mixture of Alienware keyboards and mice.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce this foundational partnership with Alienware,” said Misfits Gaming CEO Ben Spoont. “Alienware will power and enable all our Misfits athletes across the world with high-performance PCs and equipment. We look forward to a long-standing relationship with Alienware.”

Alienware and Team Liquid also recently unveiled an 8,000 square foot dedicated eSports training facility that will serve as Team Liquid’s North American headquarters.

HTC VIVE Pro

As the first and only PC provider to initially sell the consumer version of the HTC VIVE VR headset, Dell will also be among the first to sell the HTC VIVE Pro on Dell.com. Starting at $799 (for the headset only), the VIVE Pro will be available April 5 in the U.S. on Dell.com, with plans to expand globally later this year.

What do you think of Dell’s new G Series gaming laptops, the Alienware Arena Awards, and today’s other announcements? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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