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Alienware 17 and 18 hands-on

Alienware 17 and 18 hands-on

Three years in the making, the new Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 notebooks arrive at a time when gaming is under the spotlight. Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 have thrown new attention on mainstream gaming, but the Dell-owned PC gaming specialist isn't willing to concede the power crown so readily. Alongside the new Alienware 14, a more portable option, come two gaming monsters that are perhaps more accurately described as "luggable". Still, big machines get meaty specifications, not to mention distinctive designs. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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Alienware 14 hands-on: PC gaming’s new portable powerhouse

Alienware 14 hands-on: PC gaming’s new portable powerhouse

Alienware has a new gaming notebook range, the result of three years of development, and the Alienware 14 may well be our favorite. "Significantly evolved" from the already eye-catching design of the old model, the new Alienware 14 - the "M14x" nomenclature has been retired, Alienware GM Frank Azor says, since nobody outside of the company knew what it stood for - wraps Intel's latest 4th-gen Core i7 Haswell processors in a new magnesium alloy and anodized aluminum chassis, with Tron-esque AlienFX lighting and no shortage of grunt. Read on for our first impressions.

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Dell refreshes XPS, Latitude and OptiPlex with jolt of Intel Haswell

Dell refreshes XPS, Latitude and OptiPlex with jolt of Intel Haswell

Dell has thrown Intel's new Haswell Core processors at its XPS, Latitude, and OptiPlex ranges, bringing numerous models up to date with the 4th-gen chips. The difference should be most noticeable in Dell's notebook lines, with the company claiming that the XPS 12 is now around 60-percent faster, running Haswell, than it was before, as well as lasting longer on a single change.

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Dell XPS 11 tackles Lenovo Yoga with bendy-flexy ultrabook

Dell XPS 11 tackles Lenovo Yoga with bendy-flexy ultrabook

Dell is taking a low-key approach to Computex this year, with a key product to cut through rivals' bloated ranges. This time around, it's the Dell XPS 11, an 11-inch hybrid that's fronted by a 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen, and which can fold around fully to make it a tablet. In case you hadn't spotted it already, it's something of a riff on Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 we played with last April.

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Dell Q1 2014 earnings show steep drop in income

Dell Q1 2014 earnings show steep drop in income

Dell has reported is Q1 2014 fiscal year earnings for the quarter, and things aren't looking to grand for the sliding PC company. They only had a slight drop in revenue compared to last year, but income and EPS took a nose dive in the deep end, with as much as an 81% drop with the company's EPS compared to the same time last year.

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Dell acquires Entratius for multi-cloud computing

Dell acquires Entratius for multi-cloud computing

This morning the teams at Dell and Enstratius (also known as enStretus pre-name-change) have announced that the former has acquired the latter in a bid to increase the power of the company's Cloud Computing sector. Enstratius is a company known as an "early cloud pioneer", working with cloud management for enterprise groups and delivering services for both single and multi-cloud setups for businesses. This company has made it clear that their "cloud agnostic" abilities make them unique - though how they'll be working inside Dell's fold is not yet crystal.

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Blackstone steps away from possible Dell buyout

Blackstone steps away from possible Dell buyout

The Blackstone Group LP has announced that it has officially backed away from any attempts to purchase Dell Inc. Blackstone had stepped up with an attempt to top a leveraged buyout attempt by Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell and a consortium of other companies that were attempting to take Dell Inc. private. Previously, Michael Dell had asked for guarantees that he could remain as CEO before he would consider the buyout offer from Blackstone.

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Dell unveils new Latitude 3330 notebook for schools and small businesses

Dell unveils new Latitude 3330 notebook for schools and small businesses

Dell has pulled the wraps off a new notebook computer called the Latitude 3330. This notebook is specifically designed to be an affordable, manageable, and secure solution for schools and small business users. Dell says the machine is appropriate for both educational use in the classroom and productivity for business users.

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Dell Exec: Windows RT response is “still pretty negative”

Dell Exec: Windows RT response is “still pretty negative”

It's not the system Microsoft thought it'd be - Windows RT, the alternate to Windows 8 for lower-powered systems. It's like the tablet version of Windows 8, but with many of the same bits and pieces of the full deal. This week Dell's head of tablet and high-end PC business Neil Hand spoke with CNET, saying that based on what they've seen thus far, the Windows RT wave of machines hasn't exactly been the success story they'd hoped it'd be.

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PC market tumbles as IDC points at Windows 8

PC market tumbles as IDC points at Windows 8

If reporting that the entirety of the PC market weren't enough of a punch in the gut for Microsoft from the analytical group IDC, the suggestion that their newest operating system is to blame really, really is. What you're about to witness is the continued downfall of the PC industry in the charts of the IDC, this most recent quarter's report being much worse for ware than we're sure any of the manufacturers listed would have liked. When your only job is to create PCs and you hoped Windows 8 was going to bring the industry into a shining light, you're probably not too happy right about now.

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Dell admits PC industry is going downhill

Dell admits PC industry is going downhill

We've all heard that the post-PC era is here, or at least it's quickly approaching. The demand for smartphones and tablets is outperforming traditional desktop PCs and even laptops. Dell certainly agrees, as the company has admitted that the PC industry is simply falling apart. Dell addressed these issues in a recent SEC filing.

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Michael Dell wants his job guaranteed to consider Blackstone Group offer

Michael Dell wants his job guaranteed to consider Blackstone Group offer

We have followed the story behind Michael Dell and partners trying to purchase Dell Inc. and take the computer company private. Some of the major stockholders and Dell, which is currently a publicly traded company, balked at the offer made for all outstanding shares of Dell Inc. by Michael Dell and Silver Lake among others. Michael Dell personally owns 15.6% of Dell Inc. making him the single largest shareholder.

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