E3 2018: Alienware announces first gaming headset in nine years, new mouse and more

June 7, 2018

As we enter the last few days leading up to E3 2018, Dell/Alienware have decided to beat the rest of the show to the punch by announcing their line-up in a pre-show briefing, including the first gaming headset the company has produced for nine years.

The Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset features 7.1 virtual surround sound, with high fidelity 40mm drivers, providing what the company calls an expansive soundscape with deep bass. The included microphone features active noise cancelling technology, and the headset also features two-zone animated LED lighting compatible with AlienFX. While we don’t have the Australian release details at this stage, in the USA the headset will retail for US $229.


A new version of the Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse was announced as well, revised from feedback given by customers and the wider Alienware community. Most notable are the swappable side wings, which change the number of programmable buttons on the mouse from 9 to 11, depending on how many you need and what feels comfortable for the game you’re playing. Four five-gram weight adjustments can also be added or removed, and the mouse also has LED lighting highlights compatible with AlienFX. While again we don’t have Australian release details at this stage, the mouse will find itself onto US store shelves in late July for US $89.


In addition, Dell’s new Inspiron Gaming Desktop was shown off, featuring 2nd gen AMD Ryzen Processors, as well as the option of fitting in an AMD Radeon 560, 570 or 580 graphics card. The all-AMD technology sounds impressive, and we’ll be keen to see the Australian pricing and release options once they come out.

Beyond that, Alienware had some other minor announcements, including a new mobile Alienware Arena app, that rewards customers with points that lead to offers on Dell and Alienware products. ‘Alienware Academy’ was also announced – a new online initiative where budding esports athletes can hone their skills and train to compete as part of a community, uploading their scores to share and compare with others. It’s been developed in partnership with Tobii and CS:GO.

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