Alienware X51

  • Alienware X51
81
Based on 34 scores, 45 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    14
  • Good:
    12
  • Average:
    5
  • Bad:
    3

Pros:

  • Plenty of ports.
  • Power for most gaming needs.
  • Super portable: 15 percent the size of a regular Alienware tower.

Cons:

  • 330watt power supply and physical issues mean replacing the video card is tricky.
  • Still more expensive than a DIY system.

Expert reviews and ratings

By CNET Australia on 85

While we fervently await the day when physics allows Alienware to cram in a more powerful GPU, the X51 stands tall as a great, space-conscious gaming rig that would work well at either your desk or in the lounge...

By APC Magazine on 70

As the HD gaming platform of choice, the PC continues to make the march from the study to the lounge. As a result, more people are looking for a gaming PC that will fit inside their audio-visual storage cabinet. As we all know, until the...

By TechRadar on 60

Dell's gaming-centric Alienware brand has gone down the console form factor route with its Alienware X51 PCs. The erstwhile X51 though has recently had a little open-heart surgery to give it a new Ivy Bridge beat to its processor rhythm. The X51 is...

By Wired UK on 90

For a good all-round PC with some serious gaming grunt the Alienware X51 takes some beating. The small form factor means it won't dominate the living room if you're hooking it up to your TV (though it also means it's cramped inside and...

By Kitguru.net on 80

Are you tired of the same, boring looking desktop system?Alienware hope you are, because their X51 is designed from the ground up to turn heads. The system is built inside a diminutive, superslim chassis which can be used either vertically or...

By Digital Trends on 85

When rumors of a “Steam Box” hardware spec from Valve kicked up earlier this year, it was suggested that the X51 was designed with that spec in mind. Whether or not those rumors were accurate, it's easy to see why this new Alienware...

By Wired on 80

It’s been quite a while since I attended my last LAN party, but I was under the impression that most gamers have moved on to laptops like these folks, if for no other reason than to quit it with all the lugging, loading, and hauling of gear. A...

By PCWorld New Zealand on 70

Founded in 1996 and purchased by computer giant Dell ten years later, Alienware is probably the most well recognised manufacturer of gaming desktops and laptops in the world.Back in January this year they announced the launch of the Alienware X51: a...

By CNET UK on 90

The Alienware X51 achieves the magic combination of being small yet extremely powerful. If you want a gaming PC that doesn't dominate an entire room but can still chew through the latest titles, the X51 is an excellent...

By T3 Magazine on 80

For £899 at the top of the range, the Alienware X51 is packed to the gunnels with power and a gaming PC of this size and power for this price is astounding. Unfortunately, that still doesn’t hide the fact that the Xbox 360 and PS3 are now...

By PC Pro on 67

A well-designed and striking living room PC to challenge consoles, but it treads a fine line on gaming...

By 5FWD on 80

The Alienware X51 is great option for those in need of a gaming PC without the fuss and higher cost of some more advanced set-ups. The fact it’s the size of a console is just an added bonus. The Alienware X51 is worth checking out. Alienware X51...

By Atomic MPC on -

A tasty media and gaming PC that prices itself out of true...

By PC Authority on 67

Dell's Alienware subsidiary occupies a very distinct niche in the PC market. Its gaming systems compete head-on with custom builds, often at a noticeably higher pricetag, but also sate the needs of a distinct segment of the PC buying community who...

By Expert Reviews on 60

A neat design, but the X51 could do with a more powerful graphics card...

By Stuff.tv on 100

Well built, well specced and versatile, the skinny but mighty X51 is a killer addition to your study or living room...

By Good Gear Guide on 75

Putting lots of power into a small PC case isn't easy, but Alienware has packed the X51 with enough grunt to run the latest games at high resolution and detail levels. Like most Alienware systems, its lighting system is customisable through software...

By HardwareHeaven on 90

When we were first briefed on the X51 back in January it was clear that Alienware were very proud of their new system and couldn't wait to get it out to reviewers and consumers. That said we did have our reservations about the system, comparisons...

By CNET Australia on 85

The X51 is a beast in a tiny box. You sacrifice on your upgrade path by getting something this small, but if you're after something tiny that still manages to be a decent gaming machine, this could pique your...

By AnandTech on -

While Alienware isn't openly inviting comparisons to Microsoft's Xbox 360 with their brand new X51 gaming desktop, it's hard not to see the resemblance, at least in form factor. But where Microsoft's aging console continues trudging away...