Dell unleashes new Inspiron and updated Alienware laptops

Dell has been pretty busy at CES. Amidst a whole bunch of other announcements, it would have been easy to miss this one: Dell is launching its first gaming machine in the mainstream Inspiron line, the obviously-named Inspiron 15 Gaming. The company's Alienware catalog is also getting a Kaby Lake makeover. Finally, Dell is partnering with ELeague to supply hardware for the competitors.

The company says that "there is an unmet need for more affordable performance gaming systems." To that end, the new machine is a 15" laptop packing a Kaby Lake CPU and GeForce 10-series graphics cards, with price tags starting at $799. That amount gets you a Core i5-7300HQ, 8GB of DDR4 memory at 2400 MT/s, and a GeForce GTX 1050.

Those are pretty legitimate gaming chops, but if you're willing to pay out, the top-end model includes a Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB of memory, and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. The top-end model also trades the baseline's 1TB SSHD for a 512GB NVMe SSD, and swaps the 1920x1080 display for a 3840x2160 IPS screen. That model is priced at $1,299.

On the other hand, Alienware's machines are already pretty serious gaming hardware, but Dell is nevertheless updating them with the latest gear from Nvidia and Intel. The Alienware 15 and 17 laptops are getting GeForce GTX 1050 Ti cards as a baseline, along with an optional 99-WHr battery (which incidentally is the largest battery capacity that can be taken on a plane in the US.) Dell says the updated portables can run for 10 hours on that massive battery.

As if to prove its commitment to gaming is serious, Dell is partnering up with Turner and WME's ELeague professional e-sports league. The ELeague Majors Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament starts January 22, and Dell will be equipping the competitors with Alienware Aurora desktops and 144-Hz gaming monitors.

All of the updated hardware is available now at Dell's website, so check it out there if you're curious.

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