We got a chance to gets some hands on time with the new Dell products yesterday. Likely the biggest announcement was the Dell XPS 13, with what Dell is calling an Infinity Display. The Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet also has the Infinity Display. It was a great looking piece. Also on display was the Alienware products, with the top of the line Area 51 showing prominently. The Alienware 13 was also on display, with the external graphics amplifier. New to the lineup is the slimmed down versions of the Alienware 15 and 17, both of which also support the external graphics amplifier.

The Area 51 is Alienware’s top gaming desktop, available with X99 based CPUs and multiple graphics cards. It was announced a couple of months ago, and the first thing anyone will notice is the distinct shape and styling of the case. The internals are mounted on an angle, which is said to enhance cooling.

Next we got to check out the laptops from Alienware. The 13 was previously announced but the new models are the 15 and 17, both of which share styling with the 13. They are much thinner than their predecessors. As seems to be the case with Alienware, almost everything has backlights including the trackpads. It is an interesting effect, and is fully customizable and owners can set the lighting to whatever color they like, or disable it if they prefer. On top of this, if someone wants more graphics power than their internal GPU can handle, the graphics amplifier allows pretty much any graphics card to be leveraged to power either the internal display or external monitor if you want more of a dock experience.

To me the most exciting thing from Dell was the new XPS 13. Dell basically managed to fit a 13” display into an 11” chassis, and the result is a super thin bezel which Dell calls Infinity Display. It was striking to look at, and according to Dell’s representative the display is IGZO, which should mean that it has the standard RGB stripe. Broadwell is the name of the game this CES, and the XPS 13 is powered by the new Intel CPU. Also on display was the updated XPS 15, which is now sporting a 4K display.

Also on the show floor was a couple of tablets from Dell. Dell’s Venue line is divided between Windows and Android with the “Pro” name. Dell’s recently launched Venue 11 Pro was available to see, and this 11” tablet is offered with either Atom or Core-M processors.

The Venue 8 7000 tablet was a striking to see in the dark room, with its 2560x1600 OLED display packing quite a punch and having the incredible blacks that OLED is known for. It is Intel powered, and performance was quite good. This will be Bay Trail of course, with Cherry Trail just now shipping to OEMs.

Dell has some great new products coming out, and I love to see how coordinated the styling is getting among the manufacturers. We look forward to getting some of these in for review to dig into them some more.

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  • Antronman - Sunday, January 11, 2015 - link

    Well according to Silverstone and their data, 90 degree mounted motherboards means significantly less strain on videocard and motherboard PCBs, so I suppose this would have a similar effect, and as stated it would allow exhaust to escape the computer quicker if the rear of the case was up against a wall.

    But yes, I doubt the temperatures are greatly improved if the rear isn't up against a wall.
  • Synomenon - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

    Nothing on their 34" curved monitor?
  • redmonkeyjunkie - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

    Does the XPS 15 include the Infinity Display as well?
  • arnavvdesai - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

    Hi Brett, can you confirm if the Dell XPS15 was actually updated or not? I looked at their website & I feel that they did not update 15 yet & it still contains old parts.
    I really wish they had updated the 15 as well cause I was hoping to pick it up when Win10 was launched later this year. Also, a 15" Infinity display would look really really good.
  • BMNify - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

    only the screen of XPS15 was updated to 4K, rest all its the same because XPS 15 and Alienware 15/17 uses full voltage intel CPU's which are not upgraded to Broadwell yet. All the laptop/ultrabooks upgrades you are seeing contain low power Broadwell U chips.

    Anyway you are going to buy it later this year, so just wait for the Broadwell H CPU plus Windows 10 which is your requirement.
  • rocktober13 - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

    I wish they had included the capability for the external graphics on the XPS line. The XPS 13 with that capability would be my ideal laptop.
  • TrackSmart - Friday, January 9, 2015 - link

    "Dell basically managed to fit a 13” display into an 11” chassis"

    I'm surprised that everyone finds this so shocking. The previous XPS 13 made the same claim and already had bezels that were smaller than all competing ultrabooks. The bezels are even smaller this time around, but the difference in footprint really isn't that dramatic (very small bezels --> even smaller bezels).

    So a huge difference compared to fat-bezeled competition (e.g. Macbook Air), but a relatively modest change in footprint compared to the previous XPS 13. The changes in mass (2.6 lbs on the non-touch model) and battery life (up to 15 hours for non-touch) are more significant in my book.

    I'm very glad they kept a 1080p, non-touch display option, which has better battery life and lower weight. Now if only Dell still allowed you to fully configure your system like they used to...
  • Impulses - Saturday, January 10, 2015 - link

    Any of those display options matte?
  • Brett Howse - Friday, January 9, 2015 - link

    No infinity on the 15 yet just the 4K panel update. We asked when it would be added but of course they couldn't say.

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