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The Alienware Graphics Amplifier lets you add a desktop video card to a laptop

Michael Brown | Oct. 29, 2014
One of the painful realities of buying a gaming laptop is that no matter how close to the bleeding edge you get, its graphics processor will be practically obsolete in a year or two. That's great for laptop manufacturers, but it sucks for gamers. Alienware has a solution: The Alienware Graphics Amplifier.

The Alienware Graphics Amplifier can be ordered now, as can the previously announced Alienware 13 laptop and Area 51 desktop gaming machines. 

Alienware 13 and Area 51

Measuring just one inch thick and weighing less than 4.5 pounds, the Alienware 13 is the thinnest laptop Alienware has ever built. It will be available with your choice of three 13.3-inch displays: The base model will have a 1366x768 TN panel with 45-percent color gamut. You can step up from there to a 1920x1080 IPS panel with 72-percent color gamut, and the top-shelf model will be outfitted with a 2560x1440 touchscreen IPS panel (also with 72-percent color gamut).

All three models will have Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, support for up to two SSDs, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapters from Qualcomm's Killer Technology.

All Area 51 configurations include Intel Haswell-E processors, liquid cooling, and your choice of AMD or Nvidia video cards. Prices for the desktop gaming rigs start at $1699.


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