When will Dell Precision Workstations have the option for the newer 10 and 12 core Xeon chips (e.g. E5-2690 v2 10 core at 3 GHz or E5-2697 v2 12 core at 2.7 GHz)? Your competitors (@Xi, Titanus, Digital Storm, Velocity Micro and HP) all offer these Intel processors as an option today.Thanks,3D-Pangel
you should make a charging station for spare batteries for the dell venue 11 tablets. My company likes the tablets and would buy several of them if there was a way to charge the batteries outside of the tablet. The reason is the tablets would be used almost constantly for 8-10 hours a day, we would buy spare batteries for the tablets so when one battery dies the employee could return and change out the battery really quick and return to work. If the batteries only charge in the machine then there would be no way to charge the spare battery and the employee cannot work all day.
It seems that we'll leave 2013 and enter 2014. So many new technologies were being developed in early 2013 and are going to be released in 2014. So, here are my ideas for 2014 Alienware laptops:1. SATA Express: Instead of using too many SSD for the 1 Tb option, why don't Dell use a single 1 TB SSD or 2 500 Gb SSDs with SATA Express interface? Using too many SSDs on a RAID 0 array can give you a big surprise as RAID 0 has got no fault tolerance. Why don't Dell fit Samsung's 1 TB 840 EVO SSD?2. HDMI 2.0: I like HDMI a lot more than standard VGA connector as HDMI delivers both audio and graphic in a single cable. HDMI 2.0 was released on the 4th of Sepetember and offers more feature.3. PCI-Express 4.0: This interfaces has got 16 GT/s bandwith. A 100% increase from the previous PCI-Express. Games and other GPU-depenedent apps will work faster.4. DDR4: Many sources say that DDR4 would be released in the middle 2014 (hopefully). If it's true, then why don't Dell fit DDR4 into their Alienware laptops? Even though it'll initially be a premium RAM module, Dell can at least make it as an optional upgrade.5. Premium 3rd Party soundcards: I really hope that 2014 Alienware will use a premium 3rd party soundcard (for example: Creative's Sound Blaster ZxR). The fact that 2013 Alienware uses Realtek soundcard surprised me.6. nVidia Maxwell: If Dell continues to use nVidia-based GPUs, I think they should fit future nVidia Maxwell which is going to be released in 2014. nVidia has got an interesting pattern: new architecture - refresh -new architecture - refresh.7. Dell's Privacy Display: So far, Dell has got 2 choices: TrueLife and Anti Glare. Why don't Dell add a 3rd option: Priavacy Display? A privacy display will be a good feature in public and we can install a 3rd party screen protector instead of privacy filter.8. SIM-card based Modem: This'll be a good idea if we can't find any wi-fi access points. I know the fact that we can use our smartphones as modem, but won't be very convenient if we can connect to internet directly from our Alienware without additonal modem? Perhaps Apple's SIM-card tray will be a good feature. Aslo, should Dell add an optional SIM-card modem, they need to create their own modem program (Name suggestion: Alien Telephaty).9. Water-resisitant keyboard (optional): This might not be an important feature, but this kind of accident can always happen. Water will short your laptop out once it seeps even though water's conductivity is only 0.055 µS/cm at 25 °C.10. Dell's GPS tracking feature: Installing a GPS-based locator module will be a good idea. So, if we can't find our Alienware laptop, we just need to use a program to track our Alienware laptop provided that it still has got access to internet. Also, if our laptop is out-of-reach, at least we can lock or wipe its data remotely and command it to show a message. Dell should create their own program (similar to "Find My iPhone) from Apple ; name suggestion: Alien Locate-and-rescue).11. Built-in Surge Protector: I haven't seen a laptop which has got its own integrated surge protector. Installing a built-in surge proector will be practical. We don't need to use a separate surge protector.12. Exotic Casing: I like Aluminium's character: inert, light and resistant to chemical attack. However, I'd be very grateful if Dell provide exotic choices choices such as Titanium, Scandium-Alumium or even an Iridium-plated casing.13. Upgraded battery : I hope Dell can fit a battery which has got a bigger capacity and more cells. I really hope Alienware will be the first lithium–sulfur battery-equipped laptop instead of normal Li-ion battery.13 ideas are enough, I think. I hope Alienware will still be the best gaming laptop.Good luck Dell!
In Dell Data protection encryption options (from Wave) it was possible to set a default domain or allow the domain to be selected as a dropdown list during preboot authenticatoin. In the new Credent based Dell Security Tools 1.2 it is not possible, so a user must enter domain\username each time they boot the computer instead of just username. This is confusing for many users.preboot authentication pre-boot authentication
I don't mean to be hypocritical of what seems to be an overall nice piece of equipment but I passed up a purchase on the AW 18 laptop for something as minute as a keyboard design..I do like the whole back light idea but the keyboard to me seems to be set up for WASD fans..now maybe there are people who still use this keyboard stroke set, but I myself don't and won't....WASD is something i thought I had left back in the 90's only to have it forceably shoved back down my throat...I think DELL's design team can learn a thing or 2 from Failhard northwest's(Falcon Northwest) design team. I do consider myself a hardcore gamer and I think it's pretty sad that i would have to purchase/carry a keyboard just because a $5,200.00 piece of equipment couldn't accomodate my personal preference. p.s ^ < > fans unite!!!! v
I've been using the XPS 15 for work for several months now and have not been able to get used to these design quirks:1) Page Up, Page Down, Home and End should be their own key and not require a Function key pairing with the arrow keys. I'm a software developer and use these keys extensively. If I want to highlight a line of code, I have to hit Shift+Fn+Left Arrow. If I want to skip to the end of my document, I have to press Ctrl+Fn+Right Arrow. If I want to highlight from my cursor to the end of the document, I have to press Shift+Ctrl+Fn+Right Arrow. This is ridiculous and has seriously impacted my development speed as not only do I have to use these 3- and 4-finger chords, but it interupts my thought process as I have to hunt and peck for the proper keys (it's too easy to hit the Ctrl key instead of the Fn key). A last gripe on this is that the Fn key and arrow keys are on opposite sides of the keyboard - so there's no paging down through a document while getting a sip of coffee or scratching your head, for example. 2) The touchpad movement surface extends over the touchpad buttons. It looks pretty, I guess, but it renders the touchpad buttons useless. When I go to click a button, the mouse jumps. Every time. It's infuriating.If I'd been able to try the laptop out before buying it, I would have never purchased it and now I'm stuck with it for at least three years as it was purchased through work. There's nothing to do about the keyboard, but the driver for the touchpad should be modified so that the bottom 25% of the surface can be turned off for mouse movement. That way when I go to press a button the mouse doesn't jump on me.
As the title indicates, 1200p screen on older AW m17x were IMHO great and I really miss an option to choose this one. It is very useful to have aspect ratio of 16:10 not only for professionals, but for gamers too, e.g. in strategy games, where you won't have such narrow view across battlefield like on 16:9 display. It isn't a huge difference between 1080p and 1200p in terms of performance, but it will greatly help you not only in games, but also with just ordinary writing in MS Word, where you'll surely appreciate more rows on screen. I don't need 120 Hz 3D screen or retina-like pixel density, because of impact on performance - I'd rather play latest games like Crysis 3 or Metro last light with smooth 60 fps.
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I think the m11x should be brough back I have one and it's an amazing laptop the only problem I have is I can't play modern games because of the weak ultra low voltage processor. If you brought back the m11x with a powerful gpu (like the previous m11x's) but with the addition of a full voltage quad core laptop processor alienware would have the only portable gaming laptop (that doesn't weigh 12lb's or need a suitcase to travel) and a no brainer for lan parties. The previous gens of m11x were given a ulv processor for power constraints but the new haswell processors are much more power effecient than previous gen processors and you can even underclock them to be more power effecient and the buyers can change the clock to full power if they're near a power outlet. Also if you bring back the m11x I would suggest keeping the old m--x style versus an alienware 11, most people agree the new alienware 14/17/18 is hideous, making the color on on the wasd keys separtely adjust would be a nice feature as well but it isn't necessary.
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So I've been waiting for a long while now hoping to see a new XPS 17(z), or 18(z), but nothing as of yet. I currently have the L702X and am mostly quite pleased with it, but I think there a LOT of things that could/should be improved on. Keep in mind that I actually love my L702X - it's by far the best laptop I've owned to date - but if I were ever to upgrade, I don't want to upgrade for something that's only slightly better - or better in some ways, yet worse in others. So these are all the things I would be looking for in my next laptop...if I can get it all, I would be supremely happy: Keyboard: Needs a proper, full-sized keyboard - it's a desktop replacement! So no more tiny arrow keys (unlike the L702X) and not pushed down (unlike the Alienware 17/18). Also, please don't colour it like the Inspiron 7000…keep it the same dark gray as the L702X, it looks FAR better (or hey, give us some options for the keyboard/palm rest). Being a programmer, the keys suit me pretty well in terms of tactility and response. If you can actually make it better, be my guest, but please don't shorten the key stroke and all that "jazz" - I prefer having a bit of travel and click. This is a desktop replacement, so just don't cheap out on the keyboard, please!! Speakers: The speakers are incredible on the L702X…the best I've heard in a laptop. They do have one flaw though: placement. They need to be placed above the keyboard so that our wrists don't block the sound, and not on the front like some other laptops, which ends up making it sound muddy and distant, or sometimes super tinny. Whatever you do, maintain or improve the audio quality!! The L702X is the one to beat! Touchpad: For one, keep the buttons, and keep them separated. Do NOT make them touch spots, and don't join them together like some others. They could be a bit quieter, but don't sacrifice that clicky-ness. The touchpad itself could be a tad bigger as well. Software wise, can we PLEASE have an option for middle click by clicking both buttons at once? I really hate not having a proper middle click, and using a hot-corner on the touchpad isn't exactly intuitive or convenient. Otherwise, I have no complaints with the Synaptics driver/software. Power button/extra buttons: The power button needs to register instantly when clicked - I don't know if it's just mine, but I have to hold it for a half second or so for it to register, which is mildly annoying. As for the extra buttons (touch enabled ones), I like what's there, and I think there should be media buttons (play/pause, skip-forward/backward) as well. Having those as Fn extras wasn't very practical I found, especially when you have to use two hands to do it. Volume wheel: Seriously, am I the only one who misses these? It's just so much quicker and easier to change the volume exactly to where you want it. I don't understand why they ever got rid of them - I truly miss it from my old Toshiba. Battery: Definitely needs to keep the ability to remove the battery, as well as getting extended batteries. At the same time, can we get higher capacity batteries as a standard option? I have the 9-cell one for my L702X and it has saved me on so many occasions it's not even funny. Absolutely need to have backup batteries or extended options! Whether or not it has the charge indicator doesn't matter to me. Seeing a few of the newer models not having removable batteries really worries me… Lights: Put them on the front like a normal laptop…seriously, the ones on the L702X are completely useless…why were they placed behind the display..? Display: Minimum of 1920x1080 and an option for 3200x1800, like what's on that new Latitude. Anything lower than 1080p on a 17" screen is a waste, unless you're aiming for absolute budget…which I don't think the XPS line is targeting. Also, options for Glossy/Matte, and/or touchscreen. I know Lenovo makes a nice Matte touchscreen, maybe you guys should look into something similar? Also, try to cut down on your bezels a bit - the L702X had a tad too much, and a 17.5"-18" screen could likely have fit in the same area, if it had less bezel. The more screen real-estate, the better! One last thing - can we get a display that can go dimmer for at night, an brighter for in direct sunlight? Also, the standard panels seriously need better viewing angles - I bought my L702X with the 1600x900 panel and it was awful for this…I replaced it with a better 1920x1080 matte panel shortly afterwards an it's been a huge improvement. Cheap panels really ruin an entire laptop's experience, in my opinion, so please don't do it again with your XPS lineup. Display Hinge: I started with a Studio 1555 - after only a month or so, the hinge was extremely loose..it flapped and flopped like no other. Then I got the L702X: much, much better hinge - but still not perfect. When pushing it out towards 180 degrees it sort of hard to tell how far it's able to go. It has a very slight amount of play in it that just bothers me a tad - like if you move it a tiny amount, it doesn't stay, and instead you have to move it a bit extra for it to keep that position. I want a hinge that lets me adjust the display in the slightest amount, and have it actually stay at that position. I also think it would be quite handy to have a hinge that can fold out to 180 degrees - recommended, but not absolutely necessary. Internal access: No matter what, please keep providing us manuals and allowing us to take the machines apart ourselves. I've always loved Dell for this reason - plus the ability to customize before you buy. Options galore: On that note, we need more options like before…for everything! This is one of the things people used to LOVE about Dell - but today, it seems they're trying to be more like Apple by only offering only very specific loadouts, which is simply insane. Apple is not a good role model, Dell. Go back to your roots; go back to what people went to Dell for! Options when buying/building your machine, and reparability!! Wireless: Needs Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band AC WiFi, as an option. Hard drives: I only care about what it's capable of here - I want one mSATA and two 2.5" SATA 3.0 spaces. Options don't matter for me in this department since I have my own drives to begin with, but for other people, one 128-256Gb mSATA SSD + two optional HDD's (500Gb - 2Tb) would be perfect. Maybe even a cheaper version with just a hybrid 1-2Tb. Also, if possible - give an option for no hard drives at all, please!! I've always wanted this option… Weight and size: Honestly just don't make it like the Alienware machines. My L702X with the 9-cell battery is heavy enough - it would be nice if it was lighter, but that might be asking for a miracle. CPU: Haswell, or maybe Broadwell once it's out? Either way, needs to have plenty of options. As a programmer, I don't want a mid-end i7-4500U - I want at least an i7-4700MQ for it to be a nice upgrade over my current i7-2630QM. I know the U versions are better for more battery life, but I think the customer should have choice over power or battery, and Dell should make it more obvious for the people who don't know the difference. GPU: nVidia GTX 7XXM series - or the 8XXM series once they come out. Either way, I would like a nice upgrade over my GT 555M, which for my usage didn't quite cut it. The GTX 750M is nice and all, but I think we should at least have the 760M as an option. RAM: 6Gb should be the minimum - and up to 32Gb, if the CPU allows it of course. Personally, 16Gb would be perfect. Also, add the option for DDR4 once it's out. AC Power Adapter: This is the single biggest issue I have with ALL Dells, and is holding me back from getting another Dell at the moment - other than no new XPS 17. It's terrible in so many ways - and I can't believe Dell hasn't come up with something new by now. Seriously…every other laptop manufacturer has a better implementation from what I've seen. This one needs a list of its own: It slips out far too easily. I move my laptop a bit, and there goes the plug. Please make it fit snugly! Make it click in, make it magnetic, anything. Right now, it's like pushing a butter knife into dry, stale bread, hoping it doesn't fall out. The plug is WAY too big. Because it protrudes so much, it's always getting hit, and I've seen so many case where it ends up bending both the plug as well as the socket. My previous Dell, a Studio 1555, as well as a handful of Dell's at my work have basically stopped recognizing the power adapter and no longer charge properly because of this. To make matters worse, all this bending causes the connection to get even looser than it already was to start with - and of course it just keeps getting worse over time. Dell, please, make your plug small(er) - look at how ASUS, Apple, and probably all other manufacturers make theirs. I haven't seen any other laptop plug stick out so far. And if you're unable to make it smaller in volume, can you at least make it come out at a 90 degree angle so that it's not so ridiculously long? I've even had problems at school trying to sit in some enclosed desks because of this… The light ring - from all the bending and whatnot, the plugs end up splitting right where this ring sits. Can you just put in a tiny LED light, within the plug's molding, instead? Maybe even place 4 around the plug, since I assume the point of the ring is to see that it has powered from any angle. Also, in my opinion it's unnecessarily bright. Otherwise, the brick and cable are fine - provided they're long enough. Don't make short cables again, like the one that came with the Studio 1555! Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. On a side note, what's wrong with this text box? I had to write this in notepad because 33% of the buttons I press while focused on it are completely unregistered! So frustrating!!
Why would engineers design such a versatile piece of equipment, but drop the ball on the touchpad back light?
· Wow I just got the AW M14 and the only thing I don't like about it is the touchpad back light can't be turned off. I got the AW M14 to edit photos, videos, and run AutoCAD. Why would engineers design such a versatile piece of equipment, but drop the ball on the touchpad back light? This beacon is very distracting!!!!!!!!!!! how can you guys game with this light taking your attention off the field of play??