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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Alienware Steam Machine review: A gaming PC for your living room

The Alienware Steam Machine delivers on almost everything Valve promised: It's easy to use and set up, feels just like a real game console and makes PC gaming in the living room a viable reality. If every game on the market supported Linux, it would be perfect.

Pros
  • An authentic-feeling PC games "console" that just works
  • Powerful enough to run almost everything on the Steam marketplace
  • Steam Controller enables "PC-only" experiences from the couch
Cons
  • SteamOS' Linux Library doesn't have everything you want to play
  • Some games suffer from an odd, occasional stutter
  • The console store is harder to navigate than the web version
  • Can't turn the console on with just the controller
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Model
Core i3 4GB RAM

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux (SteamOS)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i3) (4170T)
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Number of cores (per CPU)
Dual-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)
Integrated TV tuner
no

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11ac)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]

Other features

IR port
no
Integrated webcam
no
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
2.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
no

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Core i3 8GB RAM

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux (SteamOS)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i3) (4170T)
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Number of cores (per CPU)
Dual-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)
Integrated TV tuner
no

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11ac)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]

Other features

IR port
no
Integrated webcam
no
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
2.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
no

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Core i5

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
3 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux (SteamOS)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5) (4590T)
Processor speed
3 GHz
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)
Integrated TV tuner
no

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11ac)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]

Other features

IR port
no
Integrated webcam
no
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
2.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
no

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Core i7

Key Specs

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
8 GB

General

Type
Gaming
Bundled OS
Linux (SteamOS)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (4785T)
Processor speed
3.2 GHz
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)
Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)
Integrated TV tuner
no

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11ac)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]

Other features

IR port
no
Integrated webcam
no
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (2 port(s))
USB (front)
2.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
no

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
External