Dell Refresh 7000 Gaming Laptop And Introduce Alienware 34″ Curved Display

Another tech story that we wouldn’t typically cover, but we’ve been digging into Dell and Alienware’s variety of gaming hardware over the past few months. In fact, some of those reviews have yet to see the light of day, including for the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop, which is slightly redundant now that Dell have announced a revision of this exact laptop, with the version number now 7577, a revised chassis and more graphics card options.

The overall impression is of a rather similar machine, keeping the same slanted and rear grills, but doing away with the “Spider-man” red triangles. The keyboard and palm rest have a more premium metallic feel as well, and there’s a step  away from the soft-touch feel of the previous model. Along the side you’ll find a Thunderbolt 3 port, as well as a bunch of older connectors, including a nifty collapsible ethernet port, so it can still have rounded edges.

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Internally, you have the same choice of an Intel Core i5 7300HQ and Core i7  7700HQ, there’s the same options for RAM, storage and default 1080p display resolution on the 15″  screen – these are now all IPS, compared to TN panels from early in the 7567’s life.

However, the graphics cards now include an Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q in addition to the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050Ti that were previously offered. The 1050s are great at 1080p, but the 1060 will let you hit 60fps more reliably and offer more future proof performance. However, the Max-Q GPU drops power consumption from 80W to 60W, so performance may also not match expectations of that GPU model number. Either way, Dell are labelling this as VR Ready.

One potential step back is that the battery built in is now a  “quick charge” 56WHr battery, down from 74WHr in the previous model. Dell state that this will offer between 7 and 10 hours of use, depending on the model, but expect real world usage to be a bit lower. You should be able to  reach 80% capacity in just 60 minutes, though.

The 7000 Gaming  7677 will be available on 12th September starting at $999.

Alongside this, Alienware are releasing a new ultra-wide 21:9  34″ curved display with Nvidia G-Sync compatibility. The AW3418DW sports a 3,440 x 1,440 with a 120Hz refresh rate, though is also available as a flat panel 2,560 x 1,080 with 160Hz as the AW3418HW, and has tons of flexibility in terms of height and angle thanks to a rather effective stand. They will cost $1499 and $1199 respectively, though the flat display won’t be available until later this year. The curved model is gorgeous, when you get up close and personal to it.

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6 Comments

  1. I red the title & foolishly thought they had realised a 37″ curved laptop!

    • Not only can I not read, I can’t write either! – *Read *Released

      • I mean, there was a crazy triple screen laptop prototype from Razer a little while back, I think.

      • If they were curved screens too, you could roll the laptop around instead of carrying it.

      • Introducing the Dell Inspiron Gaming Burrito!

      • Tastes like chips.

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