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Alienware Alpha

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73 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

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

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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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

Reviews

74
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 5

90
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 4
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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Core i3
System RAM
41
Video outputs
HDMI
Type
Bundled OS
CPU family
System RAM
Video outputs
Gaming
Windows
Core i3
41
HDMI

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73 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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73
 

User Reviews

90
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I believe the Alpha has gotten a bad rap in reviews. If you were buying this...read more
90
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
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I purchased the base model of the Alpha, knowing that I would be upgrading it....read more
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