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

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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Model

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Windows (8.1)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i3)

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete + integrated (NVIDIA) (Intel)
Video outputs
HDMI

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Case lighting
yes (External)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0

Power

Power adapter
External