January 18th 2012 12:26 am

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conclusion:We like it

83 March 18th 2012 12:56 pm

Despite being one of the smallest gaming PCs on the market, the console-sized Alienware X51 packs enough power to handle most games — though not always at the top graphics settings. The PC's interior is also designed for easy (though not unlimited) upgrades, something that may appeal to users who aren't quite ready to build their own gaming rig, but who still want to be able to add a larger hard drive, more powerful graphics card, or make other changes over time.

Critic reviews

8.1
6 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.4
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Expandability
    7.6
  • Noise
    7.3
  • Size and weight
    8.5
  • Power consumption
    8.0

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User reviews

8.0
4 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.5
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Expandability | 1 comment
    6.0
  • Noise | 1 comment
    8.0
  • Size and weight
    9.5
  • Power consumption
    9.5
8.0
CNET Jan 23, 2012

Alienware has successfully brought its brand to an affordable, suitably stylized package, and I can recommend the X51 to anyone in the market for a mainstream gaming PC.

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8.0
AnandTech Feb 17, 2012

Ultimately, though, the X51 is a heck of a product. It's essentially Alienware's "budget" PC, but it's also very capable, and the small form factor and low power consumption make it compelling in ways that transcend Alienware's target market....

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8.0
Computerworld Feb 6, 2012

The X51 is a step in the right direction for Alienware....shoppers who aren't ready to roll up their sleeves and build their own PCs are likely to turn to recognized brands.

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8.0
PC Mag Jan 26, 2012

The Alienware X51 is an excellent portal to any fictional universe, and our latest Editors' Choice for entry-level gaming desktop PCs.

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8.0
Eurogamer Feb 27, 2012

The price may be on the dear side, but it's got a sleek, customisable case that matches the mainstream understanding of a gaming device, and is convenient to use at every level. Ultimately, if the goal is to make PC gaming more accessible to more people, we're all for it.

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9.0
IGN Feb 3, 2012

It is difficult to give a blanket endorsement to the Alienware X51 due to the fact that there are four different configurations with notably different components in the high- and low-end versions, but as far as the $999 model is concerned, it gets my full recommendation.

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9.0
zzhang zzhang

Compact case with fair amount of power. With up to GTX 670, you can basically nail the most game available in the market. It also can be configured up to i7 CPU so its power is not sacrificed for the size. It is quite when processing daily task and not too noisy when gaming. Overall, I like the...

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7.0
TheGreatGreens TheGreatGreens

The Alienware x51 is a great computer overall, but there are some issues with having a small form-factor pc. The fact that the pc has an external power brick is a bit odd, but is the design choice that Alienware made to keep the system cool. Also, the x51 doesn't have the greatest of power...

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