The Dell Inspiron series has had a reputation as a solid all-rounder for a while. And since everyone else is getting a refresh for 2017, Dell has followed suit by throwing NVIDIA's GeForce 10 series GPUs into their Alienware and gaming-branded variants of the Inspiron laptops.
Announced just ahead of CES, Dell has revealed that the Inspiron 15 mid-range notebook will be refresh with a 7th generation Intel CPU and a GTX 1050 from NVIDIA for 2017. There's also a variant with the GTX 1050 Ti, although the earlier would be sufficient for playing games like Overwatch at lower settings without any drop in frame rate.
Available in red (pictured below) or the classic black, the Inspiron 15 will go on sale at JB Hi-Fi and Dell's Australian online store from January 17. The starting price is $1899, or $NZ2099 for our cousins across the Tasman.
It's not just the Inspiron line that is getting a refresh, though. The 2017 models of the Alienware 13, 15 and 17 will all go on sale from January 6 with a starting price of $2099 ($NZ2399). The main changes there are the inclusion of the 7th-gen Intel CPUs and new NVIDIA GPUs, with Dell saying that the Alienware 13 is the "world's first VR capable laptop featuring an OLED screen".
That doesn't really tell us as much as a spec sheet, although NVIDIA has previously touted the GTX 1060 as a VR-ready graphics card. The Alienware 15 and 17 models also feature optional 99 WHr batteries, although we don't have specifics on how much those customisations will cost.
This story was originally published on Kotaku