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At CES, Dell and Alienware show off new and improved PC, software and gaming innovations

Written By published January 8, 2019

Building on more than 30 years of purposeful innovation, Dell unveiled at CES 2019 a host of new and improved products and software experiences across its award-winning Latitude, XPS and Inspiron portfolios.

Latitude 7400 2-in-1
Latitude 7400 2-in-1

Because everyone can use more time, the new Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has the ability to wake itself and be ready to go before you even touch it. The world’s first PC to use a proximity sensor enabled by Intel Context Sensing Technology, it includes ExpressSign-in. It detects your presence, wakes the system and immediately scans for facial recognition to log you in with Windows Hello. Just sit down with your device and start working without a touch, without a password. And when you step away for a break, it will know you’re gone and lock itself to preserve battery life and maintain security.

A CES 2019 Innovation Honoree, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is the world’s smallest commercial 14-inch 2-in-1. It will also be the first Latitude to use Dell’s ocean-bound plastics packaging. This Latitude is also expected to deliver the longest battery life in its class. It’s designed for 24 hours of run time [1] on a single charge, and Dell’s ExpressCharge gets the battery back up to 80 percent in just an hour.

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 will be available in early March, starting at $1,599.

XPS 13
XPS 13

Also announced at CES, Dell has added a new top-mounted innovative webcam and a new frost color option to the XPS 13, the highest performance 13-inch laptop in its class and now even more powerful with the latest quad-core 8th Generation Intel processors. Another CES 2019 Innovation Honoree and Dell’s most award-winning product ever, the XPS 13 is sought-after by professionals and consumers alike. At just 2.25mm, Dell’s smallest HD webcam ever enables the XPS to maintain its trend-defining Infinity Edge display despite moving the camera to the top of the display for a better video experience. The XPS 13 is also the first laptop in Dell’s portfolio to launch Dolby Vision, unleashing the potential of HDR to deliver ultra-vivid picture quality.

The Dell XPS 13 is available on starting at $899.99 and and in limited quantities in select Microsoft stores.

13-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1
13-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1

In other news, the new 13-inch and 15-inch Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 devices now include a first-of-a-kind Active Pen garage that provides storage for the included full-size Active Pen [2]. The new keyboard combines the power button and fingerprint reader into a new power key, simplifying the look and making way for a number pad, available now for the first time on a narrow-border 15-inch 2-in-1.

The devices also include innovative Adaptive Thermal technology that enables each system to adjust its performance profile based on usage, generating less heat when you’re watching movies on your lap and ramping up to maximum power for productivity on a desk. Hot air is directed out of hidden vents through the hinge, removing hot-spots and preventing accidental blockage from a pillow or couch cushion.

Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 is expected be available mid-2019.

Dell Cinema, the most immersive content experience on a PC (available on XPS and Inspiron 7000 laptops), continues to advance with new features and updates. Sit back and enjoy richer, deeper colors with CinemaColor 2.0, enhanced by Dolby Vision on the XPS and select Inspiron PCs. Dolby Vison content can deliver highlights up to 40 times brighter, and blacks up to 10 times darker. CinemaSound 2.0 enhances volume, bass and dialogue. Sound Optimization on Dell’s 2-in-1s automatically adjusts equalization for the best experience, no matter the position of the device. Waves MaxxAudio NX tracks head movements via the device’s webcam to provide 360 audio enhancement, keeping the sound oriented with the user’s position.

Additionally, CinemaStream 2.0 enhances the video streaming experience with up to 10 times less buffering and up to six times improvement in video quality [3]. It automatically detects and prioritizes the most critical network traffic to maximize bandwidth for live-streaming and video chats for a seamless, stutter-free experience.

Since its launch at CES 2018, Dell Mobile Connect has facilitated more than 30 million phone calls and text messages, helping users avoid having to split their attention between their PC and smartphone. Dell has strengthened this offering with the additional functionality of wireless file transfer capability, allowing Android users to drag and drop any file from their phone to their PC and vice versa, even without an internet connection.

Dell is also revealing a cutting-edge future capability of integrating the smartphone into the VR experience, allowing VR gamers to receive notifications, conduct phone calls, reply to text messages and even access all their mobile applications by pulling up a virtual 3D model of their phone and operating it with touch inside the VR experience.

Dell Mobile Connect is available on XPS, Inspiron, Vostro, Alienware and Dell G Series devices.

Also at CES, Dell and Alienware are bringing innovation front and center to satisfy the growing PC gaming market, with high-end, thin, light and affordable machines for amateur and professional gamers. They’re also partnering with esports brands like Team Liquid and Riot Games to make the gaming experience more competitive, personalized and accessible.

Alienware marks CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a totally new design identity, Alienware Legend, which sets a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look and the sea of sameness in the industry.

Alienware Legend stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimized with cutting-edge thermal and cooling technology to achieve and sustain unparalleled power, improved AlienFX lighting, ultra-thin screen borders, and a new “three-knuckle hinge” design which reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield the ultimate gaming experience.

Alienware Area-51m
Alienware Area-51m

Alienware Area-51m, the world’s most powerful 17-inch gaming laptop [4], is the first product to reflect the new Legend brand identity, almost 20 years after Alienware launched the first gaming laptop with upgradeable graphics, praised for its performance and expect to garner multiple CES awards.

This second flagship notebook with upgradeable graphics and processors is the first and only laptop with a 9th Generation 8-core desktop processor, 64 GB [5] of memory, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet technology, upgradeable graphics [6] and desktop processors, and a 17-inch laptop with a narrow-bezel display with 144 Hz. The Area-51m also has cutting-edge thermal and cooling technology, with 50 percent more performance and 32 percent less volume than its predecessor.

It’s also packed with an array of gaming must-haves, including the latest Tobii eye-tracking technology and the latest Alienware Command Center.

Alienware Area-51m with Legend design will start to ship on Jan. 29, starting at $2,549.

Alienware m17
Alienware m17

Alienware also introduced its thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming notebook, the new Alienware m17, adding to the recently announced Alienware m15, for gamers on-the-go who prioritize weight and thinness for mobility. Powerful enough to handle high-graphic games, yet portable enough to take with you from destination to destination, the m15 weighs only 4.76 pounds [7], while the m17 is just 5.79 pounds.

Alienware m15
Alienware m15

Available now: Alienware m15, starting at $1,379.99.

Available on Jan. 29: Alienware m15 with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series GPU, starting at $1,579.99; Alienware m17, starting at $1,649.99.

Dell G7 17
Dell G7 17

For those looking for an affordable yet powerful gaming system (or buying their first gaming system), check out the new G Series. The G5 15 and G7 (in both 15-inch and 17-inch models) are redesigned to deliver enhanced performance with upscale features in a sleek chassis.

The thinnest G series to date with beautiful narrow borders, the G5 and G7 incorporate 8th Generation Intel CFL-H 6-core CPUs and the latest NVIDIA RTX graphics up to 2080, optimized for demanding AAA game titles and versatility for everyday use. They also come with the option of a blazing 144 Hz refresh rate, G-Sync display panels, a 4-zone RGB keyboard with customizable backlighting, and will now ship for the with Alienware Command Center for the first time. The Dell G5 15 Special Edition is also available in alpine white, with a clear panel on the bottom of the system to show off the blue fans of the cooling system.

Available Jan. 29: Dell G5 15, starting at $999.99; Dell G7 17, starting at $1,380; and Dell G7 15, starting at $1,099.

Alienware made more than 30 updates to its proprietary Alienware Command Center, the central hub where users can customize all aspects of their experience including system and peripheral lighting, power management, thermal control, overclocking, audio and content organization.

Alienware Command Center now offers GPU overclocking (and underclocking), an Alienware first, allowing changes to take effect at the system level and work in conjunction with CPU and RAM overclocking as well as thermals; and user interface improvements to make Alienware Command Center easier to use.

Alienware doubles down on esports through continued Team Liquid expansion in 2019, with the opening of their second training facility in Utrecht, Netherlands, the future European headquarters and additional training hub for Team Liquid athletes competing across the world. Team Liquid athletes will now stream, train and even help in the development across the full portfolio of Alienware desktops, laptops, premium displays, gaming headsets and peripherals.

Nurturing further innovation in the multibillion-dollar esports industry, Alienware has forged a new multi-year partnership with Riot Games. A year in the making, this new partnership is designed to help gamers become esports players and help professionals compete at a higher level.

For professionals, Alienware Aurora desktops and AW2518H monitors will facilitate the NA LCS (North America League Championship Series), EU LCS (Europe League Championship Series) and a mix of global competitions such as MSI (Mid-Season Invitational), ASE (All-Star Event) and WC (World Championship). For fans, Alienware will introduce a special VIP seating section at the playoffs and finals of LoL tournaments, offering select fans the opportunity to play while they watch.

Visit the Dell CES 2019 press site for product information, images, releases and more.

 [1] 24-hour run time based on MobileMark 2014 tests using optional 78WHr battery
[2] The first 2-in-1 with a full-size pen garage in the hinge. Based on Dell internal analysis, November 2018.
[3] Based on Dell internal analysis, November 2018.
When equipped with Intel Core 19-9900K processor, 64GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory and NVIDIA GeForce RTX (8GB) graphics. Based on internal analysis of competitive gaming laptops as of Dec 2018.
[5] System memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.
[6] Limited to same generation of NVIDIA RTX 20 Series
[7] Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.