I was looking at what made alienware laptops more desirable than its competitors. If you had asked me that question 5 years ago, I would have said...unrivaled performance, super configurable/customisable, has cool lighting and looks amazing and is premium. Just a warning, this is half a discussion and half a left field idea. : ) Let's look at those USPs (unique selling points), it's what made Alienware unique. 1) Unrivaled performance: Now that the market for gaming laptops has grown, we've seen new entrants and level a of innovation and commitment by brands like lenovo and other mainstream manufacturers that was previously negligable. Alienware can no longer market themselves as the most powerful machines...cos they're not : ( 2) super configurable/customisable: Dell had been famed for allowing users to configure their own machines, with the specs the user wanted. And thankfully, that has translated into Alienware doing the same (good job alienware!) ...and it's great! However, they've lost the custamisablility. Previous itterations allowed users to change the color of their laptop and the engravement plate on the bottom. I'm sure there are logistical and design reasons for why this is the case and it's not too big of a deal..but it is a lost USP. 3) Has cool lighting:Let's be honest, lighting is a huge deal in Alienware laptops, its the pièce de résistance! It's what makes Alienware unmistakably Alienware. 5 years ago, no body built laptops that came close to the functionality and configurability of Alienware's lighting. That's changed. We see manufacturers like Razer, Msi, Origin and even lenovo joining the partyIn fact, Lenovo's new Y900 features a mechanical rgb backlit keyboard with even more customisability than Alienware! 4) Looks amazing: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yes. Alienware's notebooks do look good, no doubt about it. What I would like to know (if anyone is reading this)...what would you prefer...sleek and slim? or aggressive? I know those are extremes and the middle is a good place to be...I'm just curious to see what other people prefer : ) 5) Premium Alienware has never been an everyperson laptop. What I mean by that is that typically they've been acused of being over priced. And I think, currently they are doing a great job of being competitively priced. However, I've been reading a lot of articles on the current gen of Alienware notebooks and there's one word I find running thorugh all of them 'Plastic'. Asus's new lineup have mostly a metal construction with premium dust filtering technology and even anti ghosting on their keyboards, etc. I know Alienware have used premium material too, Aluminium and mangnesium (in the past) and currently a carbon fibre composite. But from what I've read, that premium feel is almost lost. Don't get me wrong, it's still a premium laptop....Maybe have a visible carbon fibre thread running on the outside...I know most of this has been relatively negative and I apologise for that. I really like this brand and I want to see it dominate its competition. Currently, other brands seem to be innovating and taking things to a whole new level...I'm sure alienware have their own skunkworks busy at work..but I just wanted to share this (if anyone's interested :P ) Now for the left field idea. Just thought I'd throw it out there... wait for it...active cooling vents : ) ....on a laptop. Basically having a ventilation hole (meshed up of course) that is covered by a small piece of aluminium, and when things get a little too hot...it slides open...it's a little impractical...but kinda cool : ) Love to hear what your thoughts are : ) Thanks for reading
Dust is a pretty big deal in a laptop...simply because, in most cases, the laptop moves. So why not implment a dust filtration system, or removable dust pad that can be cleaned. Basically to make cleaning alot easier and to increase the overall lifespan of components. And it's an additional feature to market ;P
The laptop market is evolving and the obviously the gap between desktop and laptop performance is getting narrower by the miniute. So I thought I'd pitch this idea for a, not so much, new lineup of gaming laptops. For Screen sizes: stick with the Alienware 13:- Focus on portability, batterlife, thermals and performanceAlienware 15: - Focus on performance, battery life and thermals and portabillity. Alienware 17 :- Focus on performance, thermals, battery life and portability. Alienware 18:- Focus on Performance, Thermals, potability and battery life. ---That's their existing line up and I think it works relatively well - we have the entry level 13...the more popular 15 and 17 and the desktop 18 However, I think some changes could be made in terms of what's inside these systems.These changes are mainly in the Alienware 17 and 18 Alienware 17:- For the 17, perhaps allow optional sli/crossfire configurations. Alienware were known to have the 'Most Powerful Notebooks in the Universe'. That changed, thanks to brands like aorus implementing dual GPU's into a 17 inch form factor.....that's not new...in the past Alienware have done that. By making it optional, you allow customers to prioritse....performance or portabillity (in the form of battery life). Alienware 18:- If dual GPU's are in the 17...where would that leave the 18? Glad you asked : ) Currently it seems like alienware are simply offloading excess inventory ie the 18...with outdated processors and hardware (albeit with the new 970M). Currently, theres this "thing" going on where manufacturers are starting to place desktop grade hardware into laptops....a prime example is Asus's new GX700. Ok this idea is not that new...but it's becoming more and more mainstream...so why not capitalise on this and use it to refresh your 18 ? fill the 18 with desktop grade hardware, the 18's size should allow for decent cooling...or adequate cooling at least. This allows for 4k or higher displays to be driven...and it allows games to be played at decent settings at that resolution. -------------------You still have your graphics amp...so your 13 and 15 will still combine portability with desktop grade performance. That's the idea....love to hear what you think : )
Hi, This is a fairly simple idea....and that is simply to create your own Audio equilizer/management software/suite or whatever you want to call it. Hopefully you could colaborate with klipsch... basically, instead of having a third party software, integrate your alienware audio experience into alienware's Command Center....that way you can control driver releases/updates and overall compatibility I know you currently have an application that controls certain features...but I'm reffering to a comprensive suite - Intelligent Eq/Profiles/Bass boost/etc That's the ideaLove to hear what you think Thanks : )
Ok, right of the bat let me just say that this idea is going to be controversial. I'm a huge fan of Alienware, largely because of the innovation they employ when it comes to both designing and implementing their machines. However In my opinion (and again it's just my opinion) the design of Alienware's laptops in particular seem to have taken a tamer more understated approach.Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they're horrible, I like them - I really do; but I think Alienware, whose reputation has been for the outrageous can do better.If you look at Asus's current offerings...they're not holding anything back when it comes to the weaponised look and feel of their products - premium materials, aggressive design and trademark Asus Looks : image credits : rog.asus.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/1-G752_21.jpgEven their graphics amp looks amazing:Image credits: www.asus.com/Microsite/rog/GR8_G20/Theme/Image/faq-G20.jpg- I'm sure Alienware are well aware of these offerings.Then we have Alienware's current offeringsImage Credits: http://img1.digitalversus.com/produits/470/30329/alienware-17-r3_5d848191ef4891a0_450x400.jpg------So, Alienware's offering still looks great, albeit a little underlit (as it's missing the side lighting) ;Pbut all in all, it looks sleek modern and sofisticated - great!but in my opinion it somewhat lacks the alienware aggresiveness...the weaponised, out-of-this-world, crazy, eye catching, alienware goodness of the older versions:Image Credits: http://lifestyle9.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/top-10-gaming-laptops-1.jpg----Now I'm not saying the answer's in the past, sure it helps to look there but I love the fact Alienware dared to revolutionise their portfolio of laptop machines. It's great.The use of metal instead of plastic is brilliant, the fact that they seem lighter is also great!Additional focus to everyday functionality like the matte screen and tougher keyboard are all great additions, but design wise...it just feels a little underequipped (if that's the right word).From the front - it looks a lot better than previous gens and it has the unmistakable alienware lights, alienhead and the current triagular lighting scheme...consistent throughout all their products..i like it!However, it's from the front that it gets a little iffy in the aggresive, coolness, amazingness department.- If you've read this long...thanks : )So what's my idea? Well...weaponise your designs, especially in the front...it's the side you look at most, and you want it to look and feel unmistakably aggressive.Now I get the sleek design look, razer really revolutionised the gaming laptop with their slim and light laptop, and gigabyte's Aorus has also followed suit (among others)and I get it. And if that's the route you want to take, I guess you could try the Lamborghini approach.Wow this is getting long!I've always compared Alienware to Lamborghini - both love to push the limits of what's possible desgin wise and both have the resource backing of a larger company.If you look at Lamborghini's current lineup of vehicles, they have 2 :1) the everyday, practical, relatively economical, comfortable Huracan2) the bonkers, eyecatching, performance focused AventadorSo split your line up into 2 branches if you will.The practical and the bonkers.The practical would still carry the aggressiveness and the coolness of the bonkers version...but slightly turned down (remember the m14x)- it's sleeker, slimmer, more power effecient, more presentable (if you're in school, uni, or at a business meeting).---That would be the 13 and the 15The bonkers would just be all out! performance focussed (remember the m17x)---the 17 and 18- Obviously you'd want to have a consitent look and feel accross all your machines and the m14 m17x did that well....I don't think all of them need to look exactly the same.There's alot more I'd like to say...but I think I'll leave it here for now....I'd love to hear what you think : )Thanks!
You know the the new LG G flex has a "self healing" property, I was wondering if you could apply that to the aluminium component of your machines That's the ideaLove to hear your thoughts : )
The idea is kind of in the title, and that is to add a Gsyc panel to Alienware's line up of laptops. I guess you could do this in 3 ways:1) Make Gsync panels standard and either lower your margins or raise the price2) Make Gsync panels optional accross all your systems 3) Make Gync optional on only your flagship models (maybe move the 120hz to the 18) Love to hear your thoughts : )
So I was using my alienware 17 in the dark, just to see the what it looked like gaming with nothing but the lights. I also remember trying to connect a mouse or a usb to one of the ports, and in pitch dark it was a little tricky, I use the word tricky lightly.... But since Alienware love to inject morsals of functionality encapsulated in what some would consider over-the-top fashion, I thought about adding luminescent lighting for certain areas on the laptop. I'm not talking about replacing the lights with luminescent lighting....not a good idea, but rather...you know the ports on the side, the usb, the hdmi, etc etc etc, how about making the text that said "HDMI OUT" or "USB 3.0" luminescent. What do I mean by luminescent? well ...glow in the dark.... like you find on watches... I was thinking about making those texts light up...but that's over kill, luminescent is probably the best way to go.Considering the new line up of Alienware laptops don't have light strips on the sides, I think this would come in handy. These texts aren't lit up all the time, because in daylight it's not necessary, but when things get a little too dark; you won't find it difficult to find/locate the port you want...cos they (the text) glow! perhaps maybe instead of just the lettering , you could have a luminescent ring around certain ports or make a glowing usb connector. it's not glaring like a light would be, but its functional...that's the idea....love to hear what you think : ) image credits: http://cdn2.expertreviews.co.uk/sites/expertreviews/files/1/23/alienware_13_d_0926_0.jpg?itok=kRpn-TCv
The new generations of upper top class of both AMD and Nvidia cards are coming and many of us, M18xR1 owners, would like easily and without stress upgrade our laptops with the newest GPUs without the necessity to either replace them with brand new R2 or worry and stress about aftermarket upgrades and matching extra parts.I am hence proposing the idea of M18x GPU upgrade kit.An M18xR1 kit like that could include:NVIDIA:2x GTX 680M card2x 680M heatsinks1x SLI cableAMD:2x 79702x 7970 heatsinks1x Crossfire cable+ necessary BIOS updatesIntroductory write up:A lot of M18xR1 users upgraded their machines using top notch hardware meaning not only the most powerful GPUs to date, e.g. AMD 6990 Crossfire or Nvidia 580M SLI, but also RAM, SSD drives, WLAN cards and so on just few months ago, and the vision of either replacing their R1 with R2 or not being able to upgrade selected components (i.e. GPUs) becomes quite dreadful. We don't want to re-order and wait for weeks for new laptops, at the same time trying to sell our current R1 on 2nd hand market. We are fine with our M18x. We just need new GPUs for them.This becomes especially interesting as M18xR2 offers pretty much nothing R1 didn't offer, yet what I would like to rock 680M SLI this summer. Hence, I came with the idea of "a GPU upgrade package" Dell could offer to its M18xR1 customers.A package like that could easily be ordered in the same way Alienware's optional hardware is (e.g. TactX mouse or AW2310 display) and thus, we don't have either to buy components from shady ebay shops or negotiated for hours the purchase of new cards with Dell representatives on Dell hotline (please note that most Dell reps don't know much about Alienware and customers are often given misleading or simply incorrect information).I hope the "upgrade package idea" can be discussed further, in any terms.Status Update: Please see the comment from Francisco_S for further details. We will be limited in what information we can share during this process. Thank you for posting!
The Alienware X51 is a brilliant and compact PC which provides a small form factor with a lot of power. This model can be built upon and become a new and progressing line of compact Alienware PCs. Here are some ideas to make the PC even better: CPUAdd intel Ivy Bridge CPUs when they arrive. They crave less power, produce less heat and have an improved performance. GPUOffer something more powerful than nVIDIA GTX 555. This is not a really powerful GPU and can barely handle new games at high settings. You advertise that it can handle Battlefield 3 @ 30FPS @ 1080p, but unless you're setting every general setting to low, this is not possible. As an avid gamer, I like to play at max settings on my lovely 24''. A step up to a nVIDIA GTX 570 with official modifications from a company like ASUS, Gainward, Zotac etc. (or a custom Alienware solutiuon) would provide a much better performance at a decent temperature. HDDI really miss SSD as an option. Less noise, heat and weight are three really positive features that comes along with a SSD - which is also faster and provides a nicer user experience than a HDD. PortsI was really disappointed when I learned that the X51 has only two USB 3.0 ports, and that they're on the front of the chassis where I rarely plug in anything, except a USB key now and then. Would it be too much to ask for USB 3.0 only or at least two ports on the back in addition to the ones on the front? SDHCI was surprised when I learned that there isn't a SD card slot to be found on the unit. One can buy addons for that, but that takes away from the overall impression of this gorgeous stationary PC. A simple SDHC slot near the USB slots on the front would be a lovely addition. Sound cardWhat disappointed me the most with the Alienware X51 was the lack of a dedicated soundcard or a built-in solution with high performance. When I play games, I use high-end headphones, and without a good soundcard the sound is rubbish. Creative have some solutions for buil-in soundcards which are really good. The newest addition is the Creative Sound Core 3D. If you add this, I can as good as guarantee that you will please more gamers and get free PR. Good sound is important for gamers.>>More about the Creative Sound Core 3D<< CoolingI saw the cooling solution of the X51, and while it looks decent, there is room for improvement. A more effective fan could be added and you could also add quality thermal compound or offer it for an added price. I would be willing to pay up to 20$ for added thermal compound because it can mean several degrees in difference when compared to a unit without the paste.>>Numbers don't lie - a big test of thermal compund<<Status Update: This idea has been partially implemented with the X51 R2. Please see the comment from Jeff_C for further details. Thank you for posting!