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    Alienware Aurora R7 – 2019

    Brand Name: Dell 

    Series: aurora

    Item model number: AWAUR7-7883SLV-PUS

    Hardware Platform: PC

    Operating System: Windows 10

    Item Weight: 32.7 pounds

     

    Today, you can not buy a more powerful gaming platform than a desktop PC. They are not cheap, but at least they offer great value for the money and are a semi-future test for game enthusiasts. One of these systems is the Alienware Aurora R7 (AWAUR7-7876SLV-PUS), a game system that is not so affordable, but Alienware assured that it has excellent speeds and premium components in a complexly designed. Enough muscles for soft 4K games, the Aurora R7 is a Top Pick for hardcore players and extreme multitaskers that need a general power to have excellence.

    The Design

    Alienware’s smooth-looking Aurora R7 is one of the most attractive desktops you can buy, sporting a gray and customizable three-way LED lights on either side. It was taken from where the fierce Area 51 stopped, with both vented middle panels and ergonomic angles and the Alienware logo on the front (which also serves as a power button).

    Measuring 18.6 by 8.35 by 14.19 inches (HWD) is not necessarily the most compact design around: But it is not that big either. However, it does get some grip with 37.67 pounds, but you can easily spin it thanks to a smooth top handle. The chassis is dotted with a large exhaust pipe and is further supplemented by massive air intakes on the sides and front, giving the system excellent airflow.

    The design is great, but access is another great thing about this system. The chassis called Alienware features a no less-than-ideal design, for easy upgrading. To bring out the right side of the lid, all you have to do is pull the lever back to reveal the power supply attached to a hinged panel.

    At first, it may seem complicated, but the only trick is to remove the two switches that hold the panel in place. After that, you can easily switch off the power supply unit to access other components, including processor, graphics card, motherboard, and memory. On the back, you have three expansion slot covers that you can easily slide down as needed.

    Upgradability / Ports

    The new Aurora R7 port layout remains unchanged from previous models, save for additional USB-C ports up front. With the new Type-C port, this system is available on machines such as the Dell XPS Tower and MSI Infinite, with the new possibility of easily charging or connecting any of your USB-C peripherals. The rest of the panel above includes three USB 3.1 ports and headphones and mic jacks.

    The back holds a set of USB ports for all your needs, possibly connecting to a VR headset or any other gadget, including six USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.1 ports, and one additional USB-C port. There is also a full suite of audio ports, and Ethernet ports, and an S / PDIF jack for your optical audio gadget. Also, on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, there is an HDMI port and a trio of DisplayPort connections for multiple connectivity displays.

    I like Alienware’s Aurora for the easy upgrades, and the same aspect is at play here. As mentioned, the desktop side panels have launched a fast grabbing dish, and once inside, you slide down the power supply and remove the graphics cards, storage drives, and RAM, all without using even a single tool. For those who enjoy the free tinkering tool, this should be the tool of choice.

    Performance

    Powerful processors, high-end GPUs, and tons of RAM get you into the business. As you might imagine, it looks like the Aurora R7 has no faults. As you work in clusters, the Intel Core i7-8700K is always ready to take on more. This Hexa-core CPU belongs to the latest eighth-generation of processors, a step up from the quad-core processors that powered the previous iterations of Alienware’s Aurora. 

    For day-to-day multitasking, this is the best that any professional can have because it allows you to open more than a dozen browser tabs, a couple of game downloads and a video encoding in the background without slowing down.

    Optane Memory

    Storage comes in the way of a 2TB hard drive and a 32GB Intel Optane, which is a solid, but affordable one. Configuration compared to powerful drives with a higher power. Optane memory is not a replacement for real SSD; it offers a way to boost traditional steering spinning drive and deliver SSD-national performance without costing too much. At first, Optane Memory may sound like RAM, but it’s a particular storage solution that connects to a PC motherboard’s M2 storage slot (PCI Gener 3.0 × 2). Available in the latest motherboard, the first designed for Intel Kabi Lake (Seventh Generation) processor in addition to the 212 Series Intel chipset.

    Whatever the attached storage drive does, it offers 16GB or 32GB of optical memory, and the result is fast cache burning and high overall performance. The Aurora R7 has 32GB of Intel Optane Memory with 16G DDR4 RAM (maximum 64GB), which gives 2TB 7200RPM hard drive storage. More of a place that similarly incorporates pricing systems and an opt-in memory module takes into account many things in this price range.

    Last Thoughts

    Alienware Aurora R7 is an excellent fusion of design, power, and upgradability that you can get for the money. Granted, it’s not the cheapest gaming desktop available, but it offers excellent value, and that’s what matters most. The chassis is as simple as upgrading the internals as a proof of the future of agile and technologically efficient players with customizable LED lights standing in your command center.

    For those who support Intel’s 8th Gen Core processor and Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card, we’ve been hard-pressed to detect an error for the apparent reason that nothing is perfect. In the case of the Alienware Aurora R7, it might be hard to find a mistake here. This gaming machine is adorable, gorgeous, not just for gamers but for power users. If you are in the market for an attractive, LED-backlit gaming PC in the future that you can expand into something bigger, Alienware Aurora R7 will be a great choice.

     

     

    Alienware Aurora R6 – Review 2019

    ALIENWARE AURORA R6 

    Brand Name: Alienware

    Series: Aurora

    Item model number: AWAUR6-7482SLV-PUS

    Hardware Platform: PC

    Operating System: Windows 10 Home

    Item Weight: 32.7 pounds

    PROS

    • Great design
    • Compact
    • Good price
    • Very good performance

    CONS

    • Design a bit too safe
    • Included mouse and keyboard (Could do better)

    Over the years, Alienware has consolidated the reputation of building high powerful and expensive gaming machines. Still, its range of Aurora game desktops has compact designs and more reasonable prices while maintaining the strong position of Alienware in the gaming community. Alienware Aurora R6 seems to continue with this tradition.
    Alienware Aurora R6 is among Alpha’s affordable and compact Alienware and Alienware Area 51 PCs. While this brings Aurora R6 to the mid-range of Alienware offers, it combines everything we expect from Alienware products, including powerful components and an attractive design, which culminates in one of the best gaming PCs you can buy today.

    Related: AREA 51M REVIEW

    PRICING / AVAILABILITY

    As usual, with Alienware gaming PCs, the Aurora R6 comes in a variety of settings. The lowest-priced version comes with a 7-generation Intel Core i5-7400 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 560 GPU, and costs $ 799.99 (£ 849).

    In Australia, the lower-end Aurora R6 is slightly different, with an Intel Core i7-7700 processor, 8GB RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti for $ 1,799.

    Meanwhile, at the top of the range is a model with Intel Core i7-7700K processor, 64GB of RAM, and two GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI. This model is the US only and costs $ 3,799.99.

    The highest-rated Alienware Aurora R6 in the UK comes with 16GB of RAM and a GTX Titan X graphics card for £ 2,599. In Australia, the tallest Aurora R6 has almost the same specs as the UK model, but with a GTX 1080 graphics card, for $ 2,999. All of those prices include delivery.

    Unfortunately, the Alienware Aurora R6 discontinued by Dell. However, you can still find it online. For example, you can pick it up at Amazon in the US for $ 1,366 (around £ 1,032, $ 1,846) with a Core i5-7400, GTX 1060, and 8GB of RAM.

    THE DESIGN

    Do you think gaming desktop PCs – especially those from Alienware – are huge black monoliths that stand out above you and dominate your desk? Think again – because the Aurora R6 comes in a specially made central tower, making it quite small when gaming desktops go, with a height of 18.6 inches (472.52 mm), a depth of 14.2 inches (360.5 mm) and a width of 8.3 inches (212 mm).

    The size is limited thanks to what Alienware describes as the ‘zero-fat design,’ which cleverly packages the components – including dual GPUs and water cooling if you choose those configurations – in a smart space-saving design that also ensures sufficient airflow around the parts to keep fresh. This airflow can go through vents and intake fans on the front and right sides of the housing, with an exhaust fan pushing hot air through vents on the top of the chassis.

    It also comes with a tool-free design that should theoretically make installing some components, such as graphics cards, more comfortable when you want to upgrade. It’s a careful thought. The inside of the Alienware Aurora R6 is unique, with the power supply mounted on a metal arm that swings out of the housing, giving you room to add components. Other design considerations, such as placing the hard drives at the bottom of the case, are good ideas that help the Aurora R6 maintain its small size.

    At the front of the case are four USB 3.0 ports, with four at the back, along with six USB 2.0 ports and a USB C port, which gives you a generous amount of connectivity. You also get an Ethernet port and a 3.5 mm connection and optical digital audio output. The video outputs vary depending on the graphics card that comes with the Alienware Aurora R6 model that you purchase.

    Although the case is quite modest in appearance compared to other gaming PCs, equipped with RGB LED lighting – a mainstay of gaming products nowadays, so you can choose the colors and patterns of lights in and around your PC. Alienware’s AlienFX technology powers the LEDs and can be adapted to respond to in-game events and to show solid colors or patterns. 

    Generally, it is a nice setup that adds an extra element of the visual pit without looking too flashy, and the amount of adjustment thanks to the AlienFX software makes it easy to get the desired look. In general, I was very impressed by the compact design of the Alienware Aurora R6, which manages to pack some potent components in a small and attractive package, while keeping everything nice and cool. It also gives you room to upgrade and replace parts in the future.

    Related: ALIENWARE M15 R2 REVIEW

    THE MOUSE AND KEYBOARD

    Unlike many other game desktops, the Alienware Aurora R6 comes with a keyboard and mouse, so there are two essential components you shouldn’t worry about buying separately – you need a monitor. When it comes to mouse and keyboards, those with the Aurora R6 do a great job of competing with mechanical keyboards and specially designed gaming mouse. Both branded with the Alienware logo, so they look next to your desktop.

    Related: THE BEST CURVED GAMING MONITORS 2019

    THE VERDICT

    The Alienware Aurora R6 is an excellent gaming PC with a compact body that delivers outstanding performance. Considering the power provided the price is quite good.

    Alienware m15 r2 review

    Alienware M15 R2 Review

    ALIENWARE M15 R2

    The famous Alienware large-screen laptops are well known, but it’s more portable and still feels new to the gaming scene. The original m15 was thin but no different; now the Alienware m15 R2 creates a massive redesign as well as the latest components and best features. Not everyone will love a bold new look. PU guarantees 60fps games in most settings and resolutions. The M15 R2 is much improved, but the advanced Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model remains the highest-end gaming laptop for top quality. Razer’s OLED Blade configuration costs money, so if you’re tuned to a shiny, dramatic OLED panel, Alienware’s m15 R2 OLED model might be a better option.

     

    Brand Name: M15      Alienware m15 r2 review

    Series: m15 r2

    Hardware Platform: PC

    Operating System: Windows

    Item Weight: 12 pounds

    Processor Brand: Intel

    Processor Count: 8

    Computer Memory Type: SRAM

    Hard Drive Interface: Solid State

    Where To Buy It: AMAZON.COM

     

    About the product:

    • 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9980HK (8-Core, 16MB Cache, up to 5.0Ghz w/Turbo Boost)
    • 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 240Hz 7ms 300-nits sRGB 100% color gamut + Tobii Eyetracking technology
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design
    • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz – 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
    • Premium Support with Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis, 1 Year

     

    PROS 

    Refreshing new visual design. Slim, solid-feeling chassis. Stunning 4K OLED display. Easily capable of 60fps gaming at resolutions below 4K. Plenty of ports and useful extra features.

    CONS

    Tobii eye-tracking hardware minimally useful for most users, but tied to certain display options. Underwhelming, keyboard and touchpad feel.

     

    ALIENWARE M15 R2

    Alienware m15 r2 review -1

     

    New m15 R2 Design:

     

    The redesign of the m15 is the main focal point of the R2, even more so than the OLED screen. Called it big? I could see the new look being divisive, I think it looks great. It signals that it’s a gaming laptop, but it does so more tastefully than most. Alienware is a premium gaming brand, so the design should stand out a little. As long as that’s done with a clear vision and some restraint, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Many gaming laptops simply equate “gaming” with “garish.”

     

    To that end, Alienware’s new design language is going for a clean look inspired by sci-fi and future tech. Our model is the white “Lunar Light” option, but Alienware also offers a grey “Dark Side of the Moon” scheme. The chassis on our sample is a greyish white, with a black rear portion that houses ports and thermal hardware. The black portion is also ringed with an LED, another calling card of this new aesthetic.

     

    The m15 R2 shares its look with the hulking Alienware Area 51-m but is the first slim laptop to adopt the look. The m15 R2 wouldn’t look out of place in Mass Effect or another sci-fi world. The previous-generation m15 was thin and relatively light, but it looked—in direct opposition to how I described the R2 above—safe, plain, and even a little boring. It’s worth noting that the previous m15 design did get an OLED-screen option added late in its lifecycle, but it felt like a holdover with a new design on the way.

     

    The R2, meanwhile, has premium parts inside. The lid and keyboard deck are magnesium alloy, with a smooth finish that feels nice to the touch. It’s not quite the pure milled-aluminum construction of the Razer Blade 15, but it doesn’t feel cheap. It measures 0.8 by 14.2 by 10.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.75 pounds, which is almost the same as the original m15 design. Despite the new look, the general footprint and heft haven’t changed much, so this is still a relatively portable gaming laptop.

     

    Related: Alienware Area 51M

    Let’s Talk About That Screen

     

    Of course, there is the screen. First, here is a brief introduction to what makes OLED screens special. LED-lit LCD screens use a white backlight that is guided through a fast filter so that the light is tinted for the right color. In short, OLED screens (the acronym stands for “organic light-emitting diode”) use a completely different display paradigm: a self-emitting organic compound, which allows each pixel in the panel to produce its light when power is applied to it.

     

    That’s the main difference with LCD screens, and what enables OLEDs to produce extra-brilliant colors and deep black. To display black, that part of the screen simply stops producing any light, so it doesn’t display anything, which in turn provides better contrast and “more real” blacks than blocking an ever-present LED backlight. All this also makes it possible for the panels to be more efficient and therefore thinner. That doesn’t play as dramatically with laptops as with TVs; many OLED TVs are almost paper-thin.

     

    As with the other laptops in this new range of OLED screens, the panel is produced by Samsung, so they all start from the same point. And, as we have seen with the others, the screen is beautiful. Thanks to the wonders of OLED, the colors seem to stand out and make them look incredibly vibrant and rich. The black areas, as they should be, look extra deep and dark, which forms a striking contrast with the colors. I can describe it, but OLED is something that you have to experience for yourself. Viewing images from an OLED panel through a non-OLED panel does not do justice. The screen is part of what you pay a premium for and it is a hit.

     

    It’s nice enough that creative professionals might want to use this panel for legitimate media work. This laptop has different, no-4K screen options, which Alienware assesses for a different color spectrum coverage than the OLED screen. Apart from the image quality, the panel has a native 4K resolution, which certainly contributes to the sharpness. The OLED screen option achieves a refresh rate of 60Hz, which is a disadvantage for a gambling system. The full HD (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) screen options are available in 60Hz, 144Hz, and 240Hz flavors, the latter two are better for gamers looking for super-high frame rates in competitive esports games. In this case, the 4K screen is a tradeoff in terms of refresh rate, but given the quality of the screen, it may be worth it for many.

    How Is The Keyboard?

    the keyboard has a great feeling from the competitors I’ve tried, the keyboard doesn’t have as much space, and the keys are Alienware m15 re review -2sometimes a little less than average. The M15 R2 doesn’t have an entry number, but it does it with a keyboard that doesn’t feel cramped. The keys feel a little silly, and there are not many answers, but the documentation is good. A sign, too, is nice, it pulls out well, though it’s easy to just click. As a design, it does not increase the height of the 15 head but is still better than most.

     

    The keyboard is fun to watch. The keys can be returned individually, and outside the box, our group is lit by a rainbow display. You can get it sounded with a personalized program. The left mount features a USB 3.1 port, an Ethernet jack, and a headphone jack. The right side also has only two USB 3.1 ports and the other connectors on the right-hand side of the laptop. There, you’ll find a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, an HDMI port, a Mini DisplayPort connector, and an electrical connector. There is also another large, delicate port, which impresses some. This is the Alienware Graphics Amplifier site, in conjunction with the company’s GPU repository. It is sold separately.

     

    Related: Best Gaming Laptop for Under $1500

     

    Configurations/Extras

     

    Alienware Command Center was updated a few years ago to be the standard control panel for all Alienware PC products. It covers all common software games – game-specific profiles, lighting options, sound settings, component tuning, system monitoring, and even the game library and program launcher – into one program. Most useful for gaming, you can switch the laptop’s heat profile between several presets (five choices, ranging from quiet to full speed) and set overclocking profiles to enhance your GPU.

     

    The Command Center does all this with a level of polish not typically seen in these free deals. You want to use it trust me. This brings us to our core main trait, a somewhat facultative extra. The M15 R2 is the first 15-inch laptop to include Tobii’s eye-tracking, which is standard with both 240Hz and OLED displays. If you are unfamiliar with Tobii, it is an independent company that has developed eye-tracking technology found on laptops and other devices, such as the HTC Vive Pro virtual reality headset. Tracking hardware is a thin, translucent black bar that stands beneath the display.

     

    Tobii has several features designed for general laptop use. Most useful is its ability to turn off screen dimming when Tobi’s sensors detect that you have looked at the screen. But it also has a more specific use while playing. Tobii is cost-related, so I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to be able to cut it out to save money. If you don’t want eye-tracking, the bottom two screen options (full-HD 60Hz and 144Hz) don’t come with Tobii. If you still want an OLED screen, you also have to pay for Tobii.

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    The Alienware m15 R2 is an excellent reworking of the company’s more compact gamer. It signals “gaming laptop” without being overbearing; it works as a premium machine; that includes the types of legitimately useful features that should be exclusive to advanced systems. It is only slightly more expensive than the Acer Predator Triton 500 for equal or better strength while offering a far superior display.

     

    Related: Asus Rog Zephyrus S GX701

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