Dell Alienware X51 review; a high-end compact gaming desktop

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    By Abdul Vahid V (NVONews.Com)

    Dell has announced the Alienware X51/Andromeda compact gaming desktop for enhanced gaming experience. The new version of its Alienware gaming desktop comes with a slight and flexible body and design. Dell touts the Alienware X51 as the smallest ever gaming desktop and it has a modest price tag that starts just at $899. The Alienware X51 can be integrated in the home theater setup to serve entertainment fans with 7.1 surround sound and matchless gaming experience. Here we are having a detailed look into the specs and features of the just announced gaming desktop.

    Form factor: The new version of Alienware fits in all living spaces. It is a highly flexible gaming laptop that comes with better internet connectivity options, High Definition and advanced gaming capabilities. The desktop can stand up or lay on its side. The X51 features 13.5 inches high, 12.5 inches deep and 3.7 inches wide. The gaming desktop weighs at 12.1 pounds and it is available in black and green colors.

    Processing speed: Under the hood, the high end model of Alienware X51 features a 3.4 GHz Intel quad-core Core i7-2600 (Sandy Bridge) processor. The base model has 3.3GHz Intel dual-core Core i3-2120 processor. The former has Nvidia GeForce GTX 555 graphics card with 1GB of VRAM and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The latter one mounts an Nvidia GeForce GT 545 graphics card with 1GB of VRAM and 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

    Storage: The Alienware X51 offers 1TB of HDD (7200RPM). It is enough to store all your games, images and other data. A gaming desktop with 1TB of HDD is certainly a respectable one.

    Optical drive: The new Alienware gaming desktop features an optical drive with dual-layer DVD burner and BD-ROM.

    Connectivity and ports: The gaming computer features Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi for internet connectivity. You have six USB ports, USB 3.0, one HDMI port, one 3.5mm headphone, 3.5mm line-in / microphone, digital coaxial audio and digital optical audio.

    Price and availability
    Dell is to sell the base model of Alienware X51 for $889. The high end model will be available for a price of $1149.

    What others say?
    Let us see what Dell’s John Blain says of the new Alienware gaming machine. In an official blog post, Mr. Blain writes that the X51 is designed to meet the requirements of modern day gamers.

    “The community has asked for a more efficient gaming system for quite a while now. Gamers crave a system that delivers the Alienware experience in a smaller and more versatile form factor to meet the needs of today’s different environments – from the dorm room to the game room (I mean “office”), or wherever else gaming can be enjoyed. We want a system that is versatile enough for both work and play, but most of all, we want the experience to be as accessible as possible.”

    Amazon that is to sell the Alienware X51 gaming desktop describes it,

    “Alienware X51 fits in any living space where you want more flexibility, online connectedness, gaming, and HD entertainment. It can stand up or lay on its side.”

    Major alternatives
    Here we can meet major alternatives to the X51 gaming desktop from Alienware.

    Aurora R4: Alienware’s Aurora R4 is a biggest alternative for the X51. The Aurora R4 is a veritable gaming powerhouse, though very expensive at $2199. The machine packs in a liquid cooled six-core Intel i7 processor (Sandy Bridge), AMD Radeon HD 6950, a whopping 16GB of RAM and up to a 2TB hard drive.

    Digital Storm Ode: The 2011 upgrade to the Ode gaming desktop from Digital Strom is yet another competitor to the X51. The Ode features triple-SLI Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 GPUs and a liquid-cooled six core Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7 processor.

    Vybe-S: The Vybe-S is a gaming powerhouse from Maingear. The machine sports an Intel i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce graphics card and 4GB of RAM. The computer comes with the Vybe 2012 chassis and Intel motherboard that is CrossFire and SLI ready.

    Wrap-up
    Among all its competitors, the Alienware X51 can outdo with its affordable price tag. Dell is to roll out its tower gaming desktop with high performance components for moderate prices. Indeed, let us wait until the device hits the stores for grabs.