Facial palm: Interested in a new Alienware-branded gaming PC from Dell, but do you live in one of the six states with strict energy efficiency regulations? Well, you’re out of luck, as recently passed laws now prevent the company from shipping select configurations to customers in six states.
Under the new rules, Dell is unable to ship certain configurations of its Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 gaming desktops to residents of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont or Washington due to recently enacted energy consumption regulations.
In a statement to The Register, a Dell representative said the California ban was “driven by the California Energy Commission (CEC) Level 2 implementation which set a mandatory energy efficiency standard for PCs. – including desktop computers, AIOs and mobile gaming systems ”. According to the Dell representative, the new regulations came into effect on July 1, 2021.
As The Register further points out, additional regulations are in preparation. As of December 9, 2021, the Tier 2 requirements will be extended to include “computers with high-speed networking capability, multi-monitor laptops, laptops with cyclic behavior, and monitors with high-speed networking. high refresh rates ”.
Tom’s Hardware notes that the new standards don’t encompass DIY PCs, which means enthusiasts are still free to build whatever system they want (and the wallet can scale).
It is not known if other manufacturers are currently affected by the change. An Acer spokesperson told The Register that they are looking into the matter. HP did not respond to a request for comment before the story was posted online.
We’ll keep our ears open and report if we hear of other manufacturers facing similar shipping bans.