Handson with Alienwares new line of VRready laptops

first_imgAlienware’s always had a reputation for being somewhat… opulent. Its ostentatious machines demand a certain kind of attention and a price premium to match. Even so, over the past few years Alienware has continually worked to bring prices down and tighten up its design scheme, shifting to a more refined, neo-industrial look.At PAX West, the Dell subsidiary announced their latest laptop line. These portable powerhouses are each running Nvidia’s 10-series GPUs. They’re all optimized for VR, high frame rate gaming, or 4K gaming. Plus, if the video card company is to be believed, its 10-series mobile GPUs should be just about on par with their beefy desktop counterparts.With those power-hungry and heat-vomiting cards running at their peak, Alienware claims that they’ve totally redesigned the cooling systems in its laptops to compensate. Batteries are now at the front of the machine — where your hands rest. This gives a bit more room at the back for the GPU and CPU to chill (literally).The hinge that supports the monitor has come forward a bit too, meaning that the sometimes painfully hot hunks of silicon that power the PC aren’t near the keyboard or trackpad, so even while gaming your hands and fingertips shouldn’t feel the heat.The larger of the two laptops, a 17-inch monster, also comes with eyetracking courtesy of some IR sensors from Tobii. In-game, you can use the tech to look around instead of relying on a mouse or analogue stick. Alienware’s partnered with the company to develop some additional software for competitive gamers to help you track where your eyes move during recorded replays, so you can see where your attention was (mis)directed when you died. I’m not sold on the utility of features like these, but surely someone finds them worthy inclusions.The 15-inch and 17-inch laptops start at around $1,200 and $1,500 (respectively). They are available for pre-order now and will start shipping at the end of September. There’s also a smaller 13-inch model planned for those who need a little bit more portability.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Guests can now book re

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterGuests can now book reservations for the newest on site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Built around a lush, tropical lagoon and cascading waterfall, the new 1000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway is the fifth hotel at Universal Orlando and will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms to 5200.Guests will be captivated by a vivid retreat that evokes a free-spirited, Caribbean sense of ease with a modern yet timeless feel. The unforgettable island escape will feature Universal Orlando’s largest on-site, zero-entry pool at 1486 square metres, with a white sand beach, a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit.The hotel’s unique dining experiences include:Amatista Cookhouse: a Caribbean-inspired restaurant with an open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining.Strong Water Tavern: a destination lobby lounge overlooking the hotel’s waterfall and offering a tapas-style menu and a one-of-a-kind cocktail journey.Drhum Club Kantine: a poolside bar and grill serving freshly-grilled fare and specialty cocktails.New Dutch Trading Co.: a quick-service marketplace.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more