Alienware Alpha

73
Engadget
Score
73

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Alienware Alpha review: almost the Steam Machine you're looking for

Summary

If you absolutely have to have a Steam Machineright now, you're not going to do better than the Alienware Alpha. Still, it's a mere stepping stone towards bigger, better and more complete PC game consoles.

Pros
  • Alpha UI creates a solid console illusion
  • Custom gamepad drivers solve most mouse and keyboard problems
  • Makes it easy to play PC games on a TV
Cons
  • Painfully long load times
  • Overprotective console mode blocks some games from running
  • Driver issues can cause trouble with some titles
Alienware Alpha review: almost the Steam Machine you're looking for

It's hard to describe the Alienware Alpha. On the surface, it's a small-form gaming PC, custom-built from laptop components to fit in your entertainment center. But it was supposed to be a frontrunner in a new category of gaming devices. It isn't. Valve's Steam Machine initiative was delayed past its original launch window, leaving manufacturers like Dell to fend for themselves in a market that doesn't exist yet. It's a weird, awkward place to be in, but here we are, testing the Alienware Alpha: a Steam Machine before its time. The question is: Can one of the biggest names in PC gaming succeed where others have failed?

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Scores

Engadget

73
 

Breakdown

Expandability
7.0
Size and weight
8.0
Design and form factor
8.0
Noise
8.0
Speed and features
7.2
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Specs

Alpha

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4
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Specs

Alpha

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4
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