Alienware have today revealed the latest PC in their desktop line up, the very cute, X51.
The console sized machine has a compact design with Alienware’s iconic backlit alien head and sleek matte black curves.
The X51 starts at £699 and features powerful 2nd generation Intel Core i processors (i3, i5 or i7), NVIDIA GeForce GT or optional GTX class graphics cards for intense gaming performance, Wireless-N technology for easy Internet access, HDMI 1.4 for connecting to 3D TVs, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer, High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio and GDDR5 graphics memory.
A high end version which comes complete with a 3.4GHz i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 555 and 8GB of ram will cost £948.99. A basic Alienware keyboard and mouse is bundled with the package but a monitor will need to be purchased seperatley.
Whilst the X51 is certainly a sexy package and fills Alienware’s low end gaming desktop whole, PC enthusiasts will argue that the console sized PC suffers from the ‘Alienware tax’ with more powerful PC gaming machines available at a similar or cheaper price point, elsewhere.
The GTX 555 graphics card stands out as the weakest element in the box. Whilst competent, it is perhaps not powerful enough to run the latest games on the highest settings.
Is it worth paying a little extra for something very sexy like the X51, or would you rather save some money and buy something boring and functional? Let us know via the comments below.