Alienware X51 (2014)by Alienware

  • Alienware X51 (2014)
  • Alienware X51 (2014)
  • Alienware X51 (2014)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • PC gaming in a stylish box with no assembly required.
  • Strong graphics and gaming performance for the price. Plays current mainstream games in 1080p with good performance.
  • Looks right at home in a living room thanks to its compact design.

CONS

  • The X51 isn't available with a solid-state drive, which means slower load times when playing games.
  • Not expandable--don't expect to add expansion cards, a second graphics card, or one of NVIDIA's highest-end graphics cards.
  • Gamers looking for the most performance for the least amount of money can save money by building their own gaming PCs.
Dell's Alienware X51 R2 is a plug-and-play gaming PC built for the living room. Not your usual massive gaming machine, the X51 is a small box that's just a little larger than an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. It's stylish, with Alienware's trademark alien head logo and glowing lights. Dell offers the X51 in several configurations, so you can spend more for faster graphics hardware, a speedier CPU, and more RAM to upgrade your gaming performance.
NameAlienware X51 (2014)Erazer X315EclipseX51 R3 (2015)Alienware Alpha
ManufacturerAlienwareLenovoDigital StormAlienwareAlienware
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