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Alienware x14 and x16: Thin gaming notebooks are getting faster and more colorful

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Alienware is repositioning itself with the thin gaming notebooks of the X series and is now making only two models out of three. The Alienware x14 remains, the x16 is new instead of x15 and x17. All models have in common the change to new Intel and Nvidia components. The RGB lighting now also includes the touchpad.

16:10 format also for gaming notebooks

After the Alienware m15 and m17 switched from 16:9 to 16:10 and are now called m16 and m18, these changes also affect the slim models of the X series. However, the x14 remains in the 14-inch class, while the x15 becomes an x16 and there is no longer a new x17 in return. The new x14 will only be offered with a screen that offers 2,560 × 1,600 pixels, 165 Hz, 100 percent DCI-P3, Dolby Vision as well as G-Sync and Advanced Optimus. For the 16-inch model there are three options with 1200p or 1600p and 165 Hz to 480 Hz to choose from, as can be found in the table at the end of the article with further details.

Alienware x14 R2 (2023) (Image: Alienware)

The x14 remains the thinnest gaming notebook in the Alienware portfolio in the new “R2” version, measuring 321.08 × 260.41 × 14.5 mm at 2.084 kg. The X models also use “Element 31” as thermal paste made from a “gallium-silicone matrix” for the CPU and GPU to help with cooling in the thin case. For the x14, Alienware states a “Maximum Graphics Power” of 85 watts, for the x16 it is 175 watts based on the still pending “Nvidia Next-Gen Graphics”.

Intel + Nvidia at start, AMD will follow later

For the time being, Alienware relies exclusively on Intel and Nvidia for the hardware components. As with the m16 and m18, however, AMD variants will also be submitted at a later date. The x14 and x16 use Raptor Lake-H and Nvidia graphics cards, probably based on Ada Lovelace. For the x14 only, a variant with a GeForce RTX 3050 laptop GPU with 6 GB GDDR6 will continue to be offered. The up to 32 GB RAM is always soldered in the thin notebooks, the SSDs in the exchangeable M.2 format range from 256 GB to 4 TB. The notebooks primarily accommodate their extensive connections on the back.

Alienware x16 (2023)

Alienware x16 (2023) (Image: Alienware)

RGB for keyboard and touchpad

Both models are equipped with extensive RGB lighting, which includes areas such as the connector surrounds, the alien skull on the lid, the keyboard or, on the x16, the touchpad. The touchpad is 15 percent larger than the previous x17 and is illuminated by 100 micro LEDs with RGB effects such as “Scanner”, “Loop” and “Rainbow Wave”. By default, the keyboard only offers one lighting zone, but Cherry MX keys with individual lighting for each key are optionally available for the x16.

Launching in Q1 starting at $3,099

There is no price for the Alienware x14 yet, but the notebook is expected to be launched in the course of the first quarter of 2023. The x16 is also slated to launch in Q1 2023 with prices starting at $3,099 before tax in the high-end configurations, initially with Intel and Nvidia. Cheaper variants are planned for the later course of the market launch from 2,150 US dollars before taxes. Although not yet found in the data sheets of the two notebooks, Alienware also promises AMD options for the second quarter of this year.

ComputerBase has received information about this item from Alienware under an NDA. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication date.

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FI Group contributes to the launch of the third NextGenerationEU Guide

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The third edition of the report has already been published “NextGenerationEU Guide, for the industry to better understand and take advantage of its opportunities”. As usual, it has been published by the EAIC (European Association of Innovation Consultants), of which FI Group is a part.

The report, which once again included the participation of the FI Group, explains how each of the 24 European countries distributes the almost 326 billion European aid granted in their National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

The latest update of the report highlights the maximum financial contribution that corresponds to each Member State, calculated taking into account the growth in real GDP in 2020 and the accumulated growth in real GDP in the period 2020-2021.

Most Member States saw their maximum financial contribution in the aid component of their Recovery plans decrease, due to changes in the calculations made in June 2022, based on real GDP growth data. The only countries that saw their funds increased were Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria Y Portugal.

Main updates and news reported by Member States

  • The implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plans is in full swing: calls have been launched to receive proposals, projects are being evaluated and aid agreements are being signed.
  • Member States have started work on the review of plans, following the decision made on June 30, 2022 on the final distribution of funds; some of the new plans are still being evaluated (for example: more funds in Lithuania to boost energy independence, renewable energy and cybersecurity).
  • The report also highlights the main calls for proposals launched in each of the 24 Member States (for digitization, innovation, circular economy, etc.), both those active right now and those planned soon.
  • Some of the Member States (Finland for example) have already distributed all the funds allocated to them in their Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Alejandro Álvarez, Grants Director at FI Group, as well as a member of the EAIC Board and coordinator of this report, highlights that it is a unique initiative at a European level. “We have been following the development of the Recovery and Resilience Plans since the start of the negotiations and have managed to offer comprehensive information on the opportunities that are emerging across Europe. Building on the success of this pioneering initiative, we are looking to broaden the focus of the report to provide an even more valuable overview of the opportunities for all key players in the industry.” explains Alvarez.

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Bring Your Own License is now part of the Nutanix on OVHcloud portfolio

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OVHcloud has recently included the option to use Bring Your Own License or BYOL in its portfolio of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions.

The Nutanix users they can now bring their existing Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to dedicated OVHcloud Hosted Private Cloud infrastructures, making it easier for them to transition to the cloud. OVHcloud, which recently received the Nutanix EMEA Service Provider of the Year award, continues to expand its offer of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions with the addition of the BYOL offer to complement the existing pack offer.

Existing Nutanix customers and partners can now bring their Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to Nutanix-certified High Grade HCI Intel dedicated servers, benefiting from license portability and application migration transparency. Customers’ Nutanix hyper-converged environment (HCI) is pre-installed in just hours and ready to use with their custom infrastructure.

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution enables a faster migration of on-premises applications to the cloud, while benefiting from OVHcloud infrastructures. With a low carbon footprint and best-in-class PUE and WUE indices, the OVHcloud infrastructure stands out for its global sustainability, thanks to a circular group approach that allows for maximum optimization of the server’s life cycle. In addition, OVHcloud data centers meet high data protection and security standards.

“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Nutanix, addressing new use cases and providing new business opportunities for our ecosystem partners”says Sylvain Rouri, Chief Sales Officer at OVHcloud.

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User needs

This new offering allows OVHcloud to meet the needs of users, covering seasonal peaks in infrastructure demand and developing disaster recovery plans (DRPs), all while providing a cost-effective solution. Like the Nutanix on OVHcloud bundle offer, the BYOL offer consists of 27 variants of dedicated servers and Nutanix High Grade HCI certified servers based on Intel processors and includes inbound and outbound traffic, helping to improve OPEX for significant savings compared to non-hyperconverged infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“As a company, we continually demonstrate the power of strong partnerships. OVHcloud already has an excellent understanding of our technology with its existing Nutanix on OVHcloud solution. For this reason, it makes sense for us to expand our relationship to include a BYOL offering.”says Dom Poloniecki, Worldwide Sales Chief of Staff and Head of Sales Strategy & Operations at Nutanix. “The real winners here are our common customers and partners who are looking for cost-effective ways to scale to an OPEX model in the cloud, but who, to date, have not yet made the switch from an on-premises environment. With OVHcloud and Nutanix, they have the best of both worlds.”

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution is a scalable and ready HCI platform to use that is offered both as a pack and BYOL, and is based on a dedicated Hosted Private Cloud OVHcloud infrastructure certified by Nutanix. It is now available online in EMEA and Canada, with data centers located in Canada, France, Germany and the UK.

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How to choose hosting and domain for my website

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The digitization in small and medium-sized companies it is no longer just a trend, but a necessity. And the first step for those who continue to lag behind is the creation of a website. But where to start? Part of the aid from European funds is destined to the development of this type of tools where, in addition to an innovative design, you will need a good hostingso that everything works perfectly.

The hosting provider: what should you demand?

The hosting provider is something like the home where your website is cared for and protected. Therefore, it must be reliable and secure, but for businesses with less budget, it also cheap. Your digital project must also have a domain, the obtaining of which falls within the responsibilities of this provider. If all these concepts are new to you, don’t worry, here we help you with some tips:

  1. That the hosting is hosted in Spain. This will allow you minimize costs but without having to give up offering your visitors a good user experience. When you have your data in the country, all the traffic you have from here (the vast majority) will enjoy minimal latency, and optimal loading times, they will not have to wait several seconds for the web page to load, and they will not experience very marked delays when interacting with her.
  2. That he Technical support is in Spanish and with 24/7 coverage: If you run a small business or a personal project, you know that work and problems can arise at any time. Having support in your own language and that is available will always help you a lot in your project.
  3. Servers with NVMe SSD drives: this is essential for your project to load faster and for it to offer the level of performance that your users deserve.
  4. Hacking and cyberattack prevention services: essential for your website to be safe and protected.
  5. Flexibility and scalability: The hosting you choose should give you the possibility of adapting it to your needs, and to the changes that occur in your project. If your idea is to grow, it is essential that the hosting do it with you.
  6. Possibility to try it for free: This is important because it will allow you to discover if the hosting you have chosen is really the right one for you, and without you having to spend a penny.

An example of hosting that meets all these requirements is Axarnet which, for a price starting at 2.49 euros, has all the features described above. Also, you can try it for free for a month without having to enter any payment method. It will also allow you to register your domain for free in annual contracts, and you will enjoy a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate at no cost.

In the event that you already have a domain, you can always transfer it to Axarnet hosting and in a very simple way. What are you waiting for to have your own web showcase?

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