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Alienware Reveals Console Size PC

Posted on January 18, 2012 AT 08:29am

THE BUZZ: Alienware has officially unveiled its cheaper, console size PC, the Alienware X51.

The PC is just a little bigger than an Xbox 360 and has the capability of running Battlefield 3 at full spec. The base model will set you back £699 (U.S. price to be determined) and includes a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3-2120, Nvidia Geforce GT545 graphics card, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB harddrive. The more costly £999 version includes 8 Gigs of RAM, an Intel Core i7-2600 and Nvidia Geforce GTX 555 graphics card.

“I don’t personally believe you can offer a system that offers a better gaming performance within that form-factor or even that there is anything close,” said Eoin Leyden, Alienware’s senior product consultant told TechRadar. “I asked one of our designers what cool thing I should be telling people in the briefings and he said, ‘Tell them that we managed to make it all fit in’!”

EGM’s TAKE: As PCs go the size is certainly the most impressive factor about this machine. We all have massive monstrosities, also known as towers, taking up large amounts of space, so something the size of a console that could be placed on the desk would be perfect. However, this is pretty much all it offers. In terms of specs, the PC doesn’t offer too much difference to what you could get from any major PC manufacturer for a similar price. Alienware PCs are known for their incredible power and large price tags so fans will be pleased that a new affordable version is available with the same sleek look that the company’s products are known for.

“Desktop as a category has been declining, and the only shining light has been small and ultra-small form factor PCs,” added Leyden. ”Some of that has been partly driven by price, but also the heat generated by gaming systems is a problem.”

In conclusion it looks incredibly sleek and sexy, so if you’re in the market for a new PC then you should certainly be giving this a good look.

What do you think? Worth the price? Let us know below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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