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Alienware revamps its sci-fi inspired gaming laptops with new m16 and m18 models

By Hoots the Owl - on 6 Jan 2023, 3:47pm

Alienware revamps its sci-fi inspired gaming laptops with new m16 and m18 models

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Alienware has unveiled four new gaming laptops at CES 2023, including the Alienware m16, m18, x14, and x16. The new roster debuts updated form factors and materials, performance upgrades, and various design and comfort improvements.

The new laptops represent the latest evolution of Alienware's Legend design framework, which takes inspiration from the pages of science fiction literature and visual media.

Adopting a more minimal approach, the laptops have been redesigned to be more comfortable to carry in hand, featuring an extruding thermal shelf at the rear to create a flatback design.

Alienware also wanted to make the laptops easier to open and close, and give the palm rest a more natural feel. This meant incorporating a V-Rail grip along the perimeter and the nose of the laptop where it opens. 

The company is bringing back its two-tone design as well for greater colour contrast. The X series laptops are clad in a new Lunar Silver colourway, while the M series features a Dark Metallic finish.

The 2023 lineup also marks Alienware's departure from 15- and 17-inch laptops, in favor of larger 16- and 18-inch screen sizes. This was made possible by improvements to its Cryo-tech thermal solution, Alienware says, enabling the use of larger displays without significantly increasing the device footprint.

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The m16 and m18 laptops come with taller 16:10 displays, Dolby Atmos spatial sound, and a new bottom foot design that improves airflow and allows cool air to flow into the chassis.

Both models are equipped with the latest 13th Gen Intel processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series GPUs. The m16, in particular, is being billed as a luxury option with a full-metal chassis, optional low-profile Cherry MX mechanical keys, and dual woofers for richer sound.

Similar to the m18, there is support for a 165Hz QHD or 480Hz FHD panel, with a third 240Hz QHD option.

Then there's the x14, which is the world's thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop, according to Alienware. It features a higher resolution 2,560 x 1,440-pixel 165Hz display and supports Type-C charging, complemented by a new dual-fan design for better cooling performance.

Local availability and pricing will be announced later. 

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