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Alienware: Can the Big Bulky Aliens Still Cope Up?

February 3, 2013 by Meryll divider image

Recently, ultra-portability seems to be the top buying decision factor for any mobile computing device—including high performance laptops. This is the reason almost all computer components have changed. Instead of the traditional hard disk drive, solid state drives are now being used despite its inability to hold as much data. The traditional hardware storage has also been replaced by the cloud storage technology. With this, it is inevitable that a lot of gaming laptop manufacturers have also decided to come up with more portable editions.

Among the bestselling gaming laptops in the market these days is the Alienware. It comes in different editions but all of them are quite heavy and bulky. The Alienware line of gaming laptop still uses the traditional storage devices and other computer components. Does it mean that the Alienware is becoming outdated? Will it soon leave the spotlight for the top gaming laptops in the market?

Let us look into some newer and better gaming laptop components that meet user demands these days and see how the Alienware gaming laptop series is coping up with them.


The standard gaming laptop storage capacity these days ranges from 750GB to 1000GB which could originally just be provided with a traditional hard disk drive running at 7200rpm. The storage capacity is indeed remarkable but the downside is that the users would have to bear with the weight of having a big and bulky gaming laptop. The bulk is of course besides being a little noisy when reading data, excessive power consumption and producing heat issues. If gamers would like their laptop to have more storage capacity than what they already have, they have the option to upgrade which would most likely mean adding another hard disk drive if the gaming laptop can accommodate it or it could also mean connecting an external hard drive. Doing that would of course mean double the inconvenience.

The newer storage technology which is the solid state drive features light weight, quiet and faster data processing, lesser heat and lesser power consumption. A lot of gaming laptops in the market these days now make use of this technology. Initially, some manufacturers decided to make use of solid state drive or SSD as their primary storage for a faster boot up and an HDD as a secondary storage for a much bigger capacity. But after sometime, SSDs have been made capable of having a bigger storage capacity that could beat HDD. This is the reason more and more laptop manufacturers have come up with ultra-portable gaming laptops.

What is best about the Alienware series of gaming laptops is that they provide gamers the option to upgrade to the more convenient SSD from their traditional HDD. With this, it is easy to say that Alienware is indeed very much capable of coping up with the newer gaming laptops in the market these days that primarily feature ultra-portability—and of course, bigger storage.

It is also very interesting to note that Alienware primarily make use of NVIDIA GPUs which also recently came out with a newer technology called NVIDIA GRID. It is a cloud storage or server technology that would eliminate the need for a bigger storage capacity even for gaming laptops. It is because games can already be stored and accessed on the internet with any portable computing device. Any portable computing device could mean a laptop, tablet PC, mobile smartphone and just anything we can think of that has compatible specifications.

Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

            If you are among those gamers who fancy one of those GeForce 6 series of graphics processor, you should also probably look back to the Alienware series of gaming laptops because. Alienware has updated its top-selling gaming laptops in the market with the latest GPUs from NVIDIA.

Among their most commonly used processors are the NVIDIA GTX 680M and the NVIDIA GT 650M. Both are great performing graphics processors. The NVIDIA GT 650M guarantee supercharged performance for excellent HD videos, 3D graphics and simple gaming. The NVIDIA GTX 680M is one of the ultimate performing GPUs for gamers. It provides fast performance that is almost realistic and it is up to date with the latest gaming technologies.

What is best with Alienware is that it is very easy to upgrade. If any new and better performing GPU comes out in the market, any Alienware user would definitely be able to upgrade. But as of the moment, the Alienware is still able to cope up because it uses the NVIDIA GTX 680M. Plus, with the NVIDIA GRID technology, any gaming laptop would probably be able to cope up to any new computer game.


            The Random Access Memory or RAM is one of the biggest factors that affect most gamers’ gaming laptop buying decision. Although 2GB of RAM is already adequate for most moderate gaming laptop users, bigger RAM can already be purchased for hard core gamers. Alienware gaming laptops now have RAM that are at 8GB which makes them very capable of processing the latest games that make use of heavy graphics. The top-selling gaming laptop series would still definitely be able to cope up with the latest gaming laptop developments.

Central Processing Unit (CPU)

            One of the biggest buying decision factors for hard core gamers is the Central Processing Unit or CPU. It is primarily responsible for processing everything a gamer would want to do on his gaming laptop. Because of this, it is very important for any gamer to look closely into the CPU of their gaming laptop. What is so great about Alienware gaming laptop series is that it utilizes the latest 3rd Generation processors from Intel. It is able to process almost anything that gamers could think of doing on their gaming laptop. With the CPU, Alienware is definitely able to cope up. Alienware gaming laptops usually have 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processors which make them capable of handling almost all data requiring the latest CPU technology.

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