Power regulations cut off select Dell PCs from certain U.S. states

Alienware Aurora R11
Alienware Aurora R11 (Image credit: Dell)

What you need to know

  • Certain Alienware machines consume a lot of energy.
  • A number of U.S. states no longer tolerate such intense degrees of power consumption.
  • As a result, Dell no longer ships certain products to select states.

Dell is no longer shipping certain PCs to a handful of U.S. states that have tightened their rules and regulations around computer power consumption. The headline and "what you need to know" box already summarize this, meaning you're 99% caught up on the current situation, but there are a few specific details to go over in the event you live in Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, California, or Colorado.

As reported by The Register, Dell is no longer shipping the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktop to select states in the U.S. If you attempt to place an order and ship the machines to any of the blacklisted zones, your order will be canceled.

In a statement to The Register, Dell clarified the situation. "[...] This was driven by the California Energy Commission (CEC) Tier 2 implementation that defined a mandatory energy efficiency standard for PCs – including desktops, AIOs and mobile gaming systems. This was put into effect on July 1, 2021. Select configurations of the Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 were the only impacted systems across Dell and Alienware."

At the time of the report, Acer commented that it was looking into the matter regarding its own products, and HP didn't provide a comment.

If you're looking for computers that aren't quite as power hungry, check out some of the other best gaming desktop PCs.

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