At E3 2018, Dell and Alienware showcased and debut a collection of gaming products. They revisited their gaming mouse design from last year to bring forth an even more customizable Elite Gaming Mouse solution in the form of the AW959. Giving yet another approachable gaming desktop option for users that are not ready to make the technological or monetary plunge of an Alienware purchase, the new Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop with AMD Ryzen 2 aims to bring power in a cost conscious fashion. Lastly and definitely not least, Alienware debuted their very own top tier wireless gaming headset, the AW988.
Let’s dive into each.
Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse – AW959
The Alienware Elite Gaming mouse has swappable side wings, four 5-gram weight adjustments, and a three-position palm rest to support various grip styles. For the side wings, there is a 2-button option for FPS games and a 4-button one for MMO’s. Housing 512k of onboard memory, the AW959 has five configurable DPI levels and between 9 and 11 programmable buttons, depending on the side wings you are using. Also, just like with other Alienware hardware, the mouse’s lighting effects can be controlled through the customization software, AlienFX.
The Elite Gaming Mouse, AW959, will be available in the US on July 31, 2018, going for $89.99.
Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop – 5676
Concurrent with E3 2018, Dell announced and released a new approachable gaming desktop solution.
|Memory||16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 2400MHz
32GB DDR4 RAM
|Hard Drive||1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive|
|Video||AMD Radeon™ RX 580 with 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory|
|Wireless||802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1×1|
The goal with this Dell-branded tower is to provide a more affordable gaming desktop solution while not sacrificing too much on the performance side. During E3 2018, Dell released the new Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676 powered by the latest AMD Ryzen™ Pinnacle Ridge processors, topping out at 8-core, 16-thread. The desktop will have a dual-drive storage option which backs up that 1TB HDD with a responsive 512GB SDD, allowing for faster load times. Going even further in the storage department, the 5676 desktop includes five storage bays to allow for even more expandability.
The ports and slots for the version of this tower that is sans an optical disk drive, include:
1. Audio Combo Jack | 2. SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A | 3. SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A with Power | 4. USB 2.0 (x2) | 5. P/S 2 (x2) | 6. SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (x4) | 7. USB 2.0 (x2) | 8. 7.1ch and microphone port | 9. RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet Port | 10. HDMI out
The new Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676 with AMD Ryzen 2 is available now in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, and South Korea starting at $849.
Alienware Wireless Headset – AW988
The Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 is designed with the Alienware DNA you expect to see in all Alienware products. Logo aside, it uses lighting features customizable by AlienFX, Alienware’s own customization software. The headset has two lighting zones, which can be illuminated in 6.8 million different colors. The AW988’s body consist of a wide flexible headband with rotating ear cups that house sports mesh ear cushions. The ear cups house controls for power, master volume, game/chat balancing, mic muting, and EQ preset toggling. You also have a micro-USB port for charging as well as an aux-in 3.5mm jack.
Going deeper into features and performance, the AW988 uses High Fidelity 40mm neodymium drivers with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz across virtual 7.1 audio channels. The noise-canceling microphone can be swiveled up and stowed away to mute chat and is accompanied by a RED LED and audio queues to indicate when the user is muted. The optional preset EQ modes in the AW988 are gaming, music, movie, and EQ off. The headset can stay powered for up to 15 hours with AlienFX off, or up to 8.7 hours with AlienFX on.
The Alienware Wireless Headset, AW988, is available worldwide as of June 11, 2018, going for $229. You can check it out for yourself here.