In addition to new XPS laptops for 2020, Dell today revealed a complete refresh of its mainstream Dell Gaming and elite-level Alienware lineups.
The Alienware announcements comprise refreshed R3 versions of the Alienware m15 and m17; an updated R2 version of the powerhouse Area-51m; the R11 version of the Aurora gaming desktop; and the Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor. On the Dell Gaming side, the Dell G3 and G5 laptops get spruced up, too.
Not-So-Alien Looks: Updates for Your Favorite Alienware Laptops
Starting with Alienware, it’s mostly a component-driven refresh for the flagship laptops. The m15 and m17 will be updated to their third revisions (hence the R3), while the behemoth Area-51m will be seeing its second version. All of these laptops are being refreshed with Intel’s 10th Generation Core processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX Super mobile GPUs. For the first time, they will also receive the option for AMD Radeon RX graphics chips.
Alienware m17 R3
As a true desktop replacement, the Area-51m R2, impressively, will take up to the desktop-grade Core i9-10900K CPU in its peak configurations, as well as lesser Core i7 options. Each of these laptops is very highly configurable, with GPU, RAM, and storage choices that work for a wide range of budgets.
Alienware m15 R3
Their exterior designs are all the same as the previous editions, but the innards have some unseen, easy-to-miss changes beyond the core components. These systems will be upgraded to 12-phase voltage, allowing the GPU to maintain its redline performance for longer stretches of time, while higher-end configs will now use vapor-chamber cooling.
Alienware Area-51m R2
Additionally, each laptop will be getting the option for a 300Hz-refresh display, while the Area-51m R2 will have a new 4K screen option. Each machine also now includes a flash-card reader. To see our thoughts on the previous editions, which employ the same designs used here, read our reviews of the Alienware m15 R2 and the first-generation Alienware Area-51m.
The Alienware m15 R3 and Alienware m17 R3 will be available on May 21, starting at $1,499.99 and $1,549.99, respectively. The Area-51m R2 will launch on June 9 at a starting price of $3,049.99.
Aurora R11: The Alienware Desktop Expands Its Horizons
As for the lone desktop launch, the Alienware Aurora R11 also features Intel’s 10th Generation (here, “Comet Lake-S”) processors, as well as the top Nvidia GeForce RTX and AMD Radeon RX GPU options (including Nvidia’s desktop RTX Super cards).
Alienware Aurora R11
The range of configuration options across all components is pretty huge, spanning Core i5 to Core i9 CPUs, virtually every modern Nvidia and AMD graphics option from the bottom of the stack to the top, and any storage combination you could want.
One of the marquee upgrades on the Aurora R11 is a liquid-cooling solution for both the CPU and the GPU. This should make the system run more quietly, as well as allow for higher overclocking. Dual-card graphics options are also available, with a 1,000-watt power supply. Finally, the chassis’ Lunar Light color scheme will include a new front-panel lighting zone.
Alienware Aurora R11 interior, showing liquid cooling gear
To learn more about the Alienware Aurora tower itself, see our review of its Aurora R10 predecessor. The Alienware Aurora R11 is available today starting at $1,129.99.
New Budget-Friendly Gaming Options
Moving on to the more affordable Dell Gaming lineup, two more laptops we’ve reviewed in the past are getting updates. The Dell G3 and G5 will also be receiving Intel’s 10th Generation processors.
Dell G5 15
Both have options for Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs, with the G3 the more modest of the two in terms of component choices. The G3 maxes out at the GeForce RTX 2060, while the G5 can be equipped with up to a Max-Q-enabled GeForce RTX 2070.
As with all Dell machines, you get myriad configuration options for memory and storage, as well. In terms of the display, base versions of the G3 and G5 come with 60Hz 1080p screens, while the G3 has a 144Hz upgrade option, and the G5 can go up to a whopping 300Hz.
Dell G3 15
Both laptops will be available on May 21. The Dell G3 starts at $779.99, while the G5 starts at $829.99.
Finally, an Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor is coming this fall, but we’re only getting an early hint at it here so far, with the exact date and price still to be determined. The biggest deal about it: This IPS-based G-Sync panel will boast a 360Hz top refresh rate.
Check back for full PCMag reviews of each product as samples become available.