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Alienware Alpha

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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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.

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
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Scores

Engadget

73
 

User Reviews

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flacoderoyal
Received my i7 Alienware Alpha about three weeks ago and I have to say that...read more
90
John Robert
I purchased the base model of the Alpha, knowing that I would be upgrading it....read more
90
eirigance
I believe the Alpha has gotten a bad rap in reviews. If you were buying this...read more
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74
Average Critic Score

Noise

80
 

Speed and features

72
 

Expandability

70
 

Size and weight

80
 

Design and form factor

80
 

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