Alienware X51

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 March, 2012, 12:00am


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Anyone who imagines an alien in our midst may well conjure up images of heavily armoured, large, robust creatures that threaten to destroy the Earth. That's probably why the maker of specialised gaming PCs called themselves Alienware.

But while previous Alienware gear tended to be large, with thick exoskeletons that looked not unlike an alien tank, the brand's latest offering can probably be compared to a scout, or fast-assault vehicle. The fact is that the new Alienware X51 is compact, more like a guerrilla group than a battalion of troops in an alien army.

Measuring only 95mm thick and just 343mm x 318mm, the X51 gives you all the power of a full-feature gaming tower, but in a size that will still give you plenty of space for a large screen on your desk.

The small size is misleading: you get an Intel Core i5-2320 processor running at a whopping 3GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a terabyte of Sata hard-disk drive, and a dedicated Nvidea GeForce GT 545 graphics card with 1GB of RAM.

On top of that, there are two USB 3.0 ports for connecting an ultra-responsive keyboard and mouse, as well as six USB 2.0 ports for other peripherals. To take full advantage of the intense graphics in the latest games, the X51 supports HDMI with 3D graphics and high-definition audio for the highest quality experience.

Perhaps best of all, the space-saving Alienware X51 not only fits your desk, but also costs a reasonable HK$7,999 to fit most budgets.

Pros: gaming quality processor power, compact design, lots of USB ports

Cons: not the fastest processor, no option for faster SSD hard disk