A laptop computer, or simply laptop (also notebook computer or notebook), is a small mobile computer, which usually weighs 2-18 pounds (1-6 kilograms), depending on size, materials, and other factors.
A laptop computer is much smaller than a desktop. Laptops usually run on a single main battery or from an external AC/DC adapter which can charge the battery while also supplying power to the computer itself. Many computers also have a 3 volt cell to run the clock and other processes in the event of a power failure.
As personal computers, laptops are capable of the same tasks as a desktop computer, although they are typically less powerful for the same price. They contain components that are similar to their desktop counterparts and perform the same functions, but are miniaturized and optimized for mobile use and efficient power consumption. Laptops usually have liquid crystal displays and most of them use different memory modules for their random access memory (RAM), for instance, SO-DIMM in lieu of the larger DIMMs. In addition to a built-in keyboard, they may utilize a touchpad (also known as a trackpad) or a pointing stick for input, though an external keyboard or mouse can usually be attached.
A desktop computer is a computer made for use on a desk in an office or home and is distinguished from portable computers such as laptops or PDAs. Desktop computers are also known as microcomputers. There are four types of desktop computers: home computers, or personal computers; workstations, Internet servers, and special communications computers.
Desktops are currently the most affordable computers and ubiquitous in businesses, schools, and households; they are used for performing office tasks, organizing digital photos, video editing, and Internet access. Nearly all desktop computers are modular, with components that can easily be replaced or upgraded.
Desktop computers come in a variety of case styles ranging from large vertical towers to small form factor models that can be tucked behind an LCD monitor.
Desktop computers are commonly connected to a power strip.
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Alienware has rapidly developed into the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktops, notebooks, professional workstations, and media center systems. Consumers requiring the latest innovations, cutting-edge designs, and award-winning customer support turn to Alienware to meet their demands. Already a powerful force in the gaming industry, Alienware has emerged as a strong presence in a diverse set of markets including the home and home office, creative professional, home entertainment, business, and government industries.
Alienware Corporation is the leading manufacturer of high-performance computer desktops, notebooks, media center and professional systems. Alienware offers unique and award-winning products that incorporate state-of-the-art components, innovative engineering, and unprecedented customer service to deliver the ultimate in performance and style.
Alienware has earned an unparalleled reputation by creating best-of-breed products that offer superb, uncompromising quality. Widely recognized as faster, more powerful, and more innovative than competing machines, Alienware systems consistently win awards from publications such as the New York Times, Home Theater, PC Gamer, Computer Shopper, PC World, and more. With an unwavering passion to build the world’s most powerful computers, Alienware will continue to set the high-performance standard.
Founded: In 1996 by avid gamers and spirited entrepreneurs Nelson Gonzalez, CEO, and Alex Aguila, COO and President
Alienware operates in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, EU, Portugal, rest of the world, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and United States.
Funding: Acquired by Dell Corporation in March 2006 as a wholly-owned subsidiary
Additional Offices: Call center in Costa Rica, full facility European Branch in Ireland and a full facility Pacific Rim Branch in Australia.
Employees: 700+ worldwide
Alienware Video Array Technology
Exclusive Alienware Full Tower Chassis
Custom Metallic Colors
AlienGuise Desktop Theme Manager 4.0
Alienware Liquid Cooling Technology
ALX High-Performance Systems
User Replaceable Graphics in Notebooks
Award-Winning System Integration
Exclusive AlienIce Video Cooling System
AlienAutopsy Automated Technical Support Request System
Alien Factory Automated Operating System and Driver Installation Program
Alien Adrenaline Video Performance Optimizer
Alienware is an American computer hardware company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell Computer Corporation. It has a reputation for offering the latest technologies for desktops and laptops that are specialized for video editing, audio editing, and especially gaming. The company is based in Miami, Florida, and was founded in 1995 by its current CEO, Nelson Gonzalez, and COO, Alex Aguila.
Established in 1996, Alienware manufactures high-performance desktop, notebook, media center, and professional systems. Operating under the tagline of “build it as if it were your own,” Alienware has earned numerous awards for excellence and has become a respected brand name worldwide with systems available direct within the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. According to employees, the Alienware name was chosen because of the founders' fondness for the hit television series The X-Files, hence the theme to their products, with names such as Grey and Area-51. Alienware was originally established to tap a niche in the high performance game market, which back then was not on the radar of the major PC manufacturers such as Dell. Since high-end game hardware was not widely distributed, the company's founders formed an OEM that sold personal computers with the highest performing hardware and settings according to benchmarks.
As of FY 2005, Alienware brought in upwards of $170 million USD in annual sales, while trimming expenses to aid an international expansion initiative launched in 2003 to maintain a presence in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Costa Rica. In 2002, Alienware distributed their systems through Best Buy and CompUSA at retail locations. Because of complications with that method of distribution, Alienware decided to better service the customer via direct sales and have since eschewed such an indirect retail presence. Alienware has had a call center in Costa Rica to handle all sales and support calls for a number of years.
Alienware has traditionally competed with companies such as Falcon Northwest, Velocity Micro and VoodooPC which is now part of Dell's biggest competitor, Hewlett-Packard. Alienware also formerly competed against Dell XPS gaming systems which they considered their biggest rival before their acquisition.
On March 22, 2006, Dell agreed to purchase Alienware. Alienware continues to operate under its own brand name. This is noticeable in many regards including the similar looking homepages. This has caused a lot of controversy with gamers as Alienware was a favorite among them while Dell supposedly caters to general computer users. Dell's acquisition seems to have had some negative effect on Alienware's reputation
Alienware manufactures high-performance desktops, notebooks, media centers, and professional systems. Alienware systems include hardware from Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Creative and many more high-end vendors. Alienware's most famous series of desktops are the Aurora and Area-51 lines; Alienware also sells high-end laptops to which their most famous is the Area-51m. Recently Alienware launched a luxury system line branded with the name ALX, this line has grown into their mobile line as well.
Alienware AlienFX is an innovative new feature that allows users to custom configure 5 different zones on the P2 chassis with a large spectrum of lighting choices. Users will also have the option of configuring morph the strobe speed of their lighting; from a steady glow to a fast pulse
The AlienIce™ video cooling system maximizes airflow to keep the components in your machine running efficiently. AlienIce™ provides superior cooling with fans that are strategically placed throughout the chassis, striking the perfect balance of both negative and positive air flow, thus preventing overheating and system crashes. AlienIce™ is quieter than most high-performance cooling systems, too, so it will not disrupt game play.
Alienware Liquid Cooling
The Alienware Liquid Cooling System is a high-performance, maintenance-free system engineered with the latest, most advanced technology to provide maximum processor cooling with reduced system noise and worry-free operation. This innovative, high-performance liquid cooling system uses a high-flow, compact pump to circulate a thermally conductive liquid though a closed-loop system to remove heat from the processor and reject it to the ambient air flowing through a liquid-to-air heat exchanger.
Ensures long-lasting, no-hassle operation through a maintenance-free design.
Exclusive innovation from Alienware to allow systems to operate at cooler temperatures even when running at maximum power.
Delivers up to a 30% improvement in thermal performance over standard cooling methods.
Significantly lowers system noise levels to provide a quieter, more peaceful environment.
Powered by highly advanced components designed to keep next-generation systems cool.