January 6th 2014 9:02 pm

Critic reviews

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7.0
Engadget Dec 12, 2014

If you absolutely have to have a Steam Machine right 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.

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8.0
CNET Dec 4, 2014

The bold Alienware Alpha makes good on many parts of its promise to meld the gaming PC and living room game console, but there are still too many rough edges to make this a true console killer.

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7.0
PC Mag Dec 11, 2014

Although it's a good budget-price gaming rig, the Alienware Alpha isn't the Steam Machine you've been waiting for.

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7.0
Gizmodo Nov 24, 2014

The Alienware Alpha is pretty half-baked. With monthly updates, it might get a lot better. It might not. Today, there's nothing else like the Alpha, and I don't expect that to change overnight. Still, by the time it gets better, something new might come along.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 6, 2014

Given that we don't know the specs, we'd take any comments about performance with a grain of salt. That said, anyone with two eyes can see that this is indeed a compact little box, especially compared to the PS4 or Xbox One.

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Tom's Guide Jan 6, 2014

Alienware was vague on specs, displaying just a shell of the box with tantalizing cutouts showing off potential ports and slots. However, we did learn that the company has created a proprietary motherboard designed for a smaller device. The box will also feature a new venting solution.

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PC World Jun 16, 2014

All in all, this is a damn fine machine to lead PCs into the living rooms of people who've never even considered putting a PC in their living rooms. It's quiet. It's fast. It's powerful. It's small. It's unintrusive. It's attractive. I don't think a single machine has hit all those points before...

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Pocket-Lint Jan 7, 2014

Hopefully it will be quiet and cool enough to sit comfortably behind a screen or hidden in a closed cabinet without distracting gamers from the big-screen experience.

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The Verge Jan 6, 2014

Just 8 inches on a side and 3 inches tall, Alienware's Steam Machine is the size of a small game console, and the company claims it will be priced competitively with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And yet this box will deliver full PC games at 1080p resolution to your TV set.

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VentureBeat Jan 6, 2014

The collaboration between Valve and Dell shows just how much Microsoft has lost its grip on the PC business as its once-staunch ally Dell now openly teams up with Valve, which is trying to position a new Linux-based game ecosystem in the living room in a full rebellion.

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TechRadar Jan 11, 2014

While the company was only prepared to show a mockup unit, it's somewhat comforting to be told that the entry level model should be able to play one of the most demanding PC games around locked at 30 fps and 1080p.

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Forbes Jan 10, 2014

I had some time playing with the current iteration of Valve’s Steam Controller and it was impressively easy to use. The controller has two circular control pads. In the game I played, a first person shooter, one was setup for panning, strafing and aiming in traditional AWSD fashion.

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IGN Jun 9, 2014

Although there's clearly much work to be done, Alienware's Alpha console already shows incredible promise, besting Microsoft and Sony's current-gen consoles in performance but preserving a simplified controller-friendly UI and unbridled access to Steam's full library of games.

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VentureBeat Jun 9, 2014

The Alpha’s specs include an Intel Core i3 “Haswell” based processor; 4GB of DDR3 memory at 1600 megahertz; a custom-built NVIDIA “Maxwell” based graphics processing unit (GPU) with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 high-speed memory.

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TechRadar Jun 14, 2014

Alienware's possible draw for the PC gaming crowd is the allowance of customization that Valve previously touted. With the exception of the "specially made" Nvidia Maxwell GPU, the RAM, SSD and CPU can be replaced and upgraded without restrictions - if it all fits within the box, of course.

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Stuff Jun 16, 2014

The UI is very simple, fast and smooth, with none of the mucking about that normally precedes PC gaming. We played a number of different indie games, which Alienware tells us the Alpha is strongly aimed towards, and on the indies the experience was indistinguishable from another console.

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9.0
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Received my i7 Alienware Alpha about three weeks ago and I have to say that I am a fan. When I purchased the unit I was completely prepared to return it after reading some of the negativity against this unit. Since I received the unit and began to use it, I have become more and more pleased...

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