Alienware crams eye tracking and GTX 10 series video cards into its latest laptops

At IFA 2016, Alienware is refreshing its lineup of gaming notebooks with the latest GTX 10 series video cards as well as Tobii's eye-tracking technology (in the 17-inch model). This isn't the first we've heard of a vendor rolling out eye-tracking tech into a notebook this week, as Acer has also incorporated Tobii's sensor in its monster 21-inch gaming laptop.

Alienware isn't going overboard with two GTX 1080, but this year's Alienware 17 will feature a single GTX 1080 (which should be more than enough). The Alienware 15 will offer the GTX 1070, and as you can imagine, the Alienware 13 will feature the GTX 1060.

Alienware will leverage the eye-tracking sensor to intelligently manage keyboard backlighting, stating that the backlit keyboard on the Alienware 17 will remain off when you're looking at the screen. As soon as you turn your gaze toward the keyboard, the backlight kicks in over that particular area of the keyboard. The LED lights around the chassis of the notebook are also "gaze-reactive."

You can also wake the device up just by looking at the Alienware logo. We're not kidding:

In order to wake the notebook up from sleep mode, the user looks directly at the Alienware logo and the device will power up. This ensures the notebook acts on the specific user intent of activating the device and avoids accidental power ups.

The Alienware 17 also supports Windows Hello. Specs include sixth-gen Core i7 CPUs, up to 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD, and 17-inch 4K screen options. The Alienware 15 also has similar configuration options, but you'll be limited to a GTX 1070. We're light on details for the Alienware 13, but with the brand showcasing its latest hardware at PAX West over the weekend, we should know more soon.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.

  • i would like to see more images from these devices.
  • XPS15 with GTX 1060 is coming soon
  • As a person who always used at max 4gb ram in his PCs, I always wonder how these beasts would perform.. Damn Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If you don't run out of ram the performance are the same even with 1TB
  • No. RAM is definitely not everything. These laptops have the best consumer graphics cards in the world packed in there and you need a high end graphics card to play the latest games (including VR) and for video editing.
  • Idk ... Gaming laptops still feel wrong to me
  • Tobii's eye tracking technology, seems like most of the PC's in 2017 will have this technology.
  • Pink color trackpad... Haha
  • As was often the case the color will most probably be customizable Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hope so
  • I just want to see how well these beasts handle thermals. Then i will pull the trigger. The only brand left to see is razer with their 17 blade refresh with a 1070m. And if they are feeling bold, a 21in blade sporting a 1080m. Curious to see how these machines perform, exciting times ahead.
  • I think they will no use the "m" anymore, they will put desktop version in laptop, and yes its a hell of a beast
  • Damn! The new refresh line is quite the overhaul. Conflicted as to whether I should just stick with QHD screen+ 1070GTX, or she'll out possibly 700 bucks more for 4k screen +1080GTX
  • That's insanely good
  • You can get a MUCH more powerful laptop for less from Sager.
  • they use same cooling like in auros x7 gaming laptops, the less than 1inch laptop with 970m sli.