Updating our Tools -- Part 2

We're still in the process of updating our creation tools, and to address telecommuting needs, we went with the Alienware 15" laptop.

Our aim is to have a mobile device capable of demonstrating the full extent of workstation-produced content, but also to be able to modify said works on the go. This will help keep productivity highly efficient and also help in communicating various complex, heavy content with clients during face-to-face meetings.

Similar to the Alienware Area 51 R2, the form design is innovative and extremely functional. The laptop is quite tall in comparison to other laptops (roughly 1.36" height). This height creates more air space for the internal cooling (more air flow = smart!). Being slightly taller and cumbersome than most laptops, the blunt corners on the outside help with mobile storage - it's easier to get the bag zippers around these blunted corners. The materials feel very sturdy and has some grip for safety (is not sleek/slippery metal) - the keyboard area is rubber-coated (for grip) and the shell is made of a carbon-fiber mix (for added strength and weight reduction). Similar to the desktops, the AlienFX illumination is a nice aesthetic touch, but is also helpful when working in dimly places.

To this date, this model is performing well. It multitasks multiple applications effortlessly when developing 2D/3D content and web development/coding. The fans are also pleasantly quiet. One issue we find is that fan control is not available. To resolve this issue, HWiNFO64 is used to control fan speed when the computer undertakes heavy processing tasks. Other than that, the battery life is more than adequate, and its recharge time is fantastic - taking roughly hour to fully recharge.

Sample images of Alienware 15:

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4210H Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
  • 16GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (2x8GB)
  • NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5
  • 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
  • Windows 10 (64Bit)
  • Killer 1525 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
  • 8 Cell 92W Hour Battery

  • 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Panel Anti-Glare 300-nits Display

  • ROCCAT PC Gaming Bundle - Includes Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard, Kone XTD Gaming Mouse, and Sense-Chrome High Prec

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