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Alienware Aurora ALX PC Review

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AngusW 1st January 2010, 13:47 Quote
Eugh. Do not want i can sense alot of negativity on the horizon about this computer on this site :P
Also i hate how alienware doesnt factory overclock anything but the i7 extreme(ly overpcied) editions afaik. I guess its just another way to add to the price!
WinMacLin 1st January 2010, 13:57 Quote
Another overpriced piece of **** from Alienware :)
vampalan 1st January 2010, 13:58 Quote
Hmm.. its a dell in a fancy case. 2k?

A little bit over priced, would get a 27inch i7 iMac for that kind of money or build my own PC.
OWNED66 1st January 2010, 14:01 Quote
lol it costs 2k
nuff said
g3n3tiX 1st January 2010, 14:14 Quote
Cable routing is horrible. (all unbraided, ugly and messy.)
In this link http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2010/01/alienware-aurora-alx-pc-review/08.jpg we can see a plug for "GFX_pump", sadly it's unused...

I'm pretty dissapointed.
mjm25 1st January 2010, 14:21 Quote
i do want the case though... albeit in a different design and with some fans :p
GravitySmacked 1st January 2010, 14:50 Quote
I kinda like the idea of the rising vents although they don't look particuarly good. The garish lights plastered all over it just make it look cheap.

Alienware systems used to look decent back in the Chieftech Dragon days but now they just look nasty and they're so overpriced.
SupReme 1st January 2010, 15:43 Quote
Lose the led's, those are making it look awful... The vents are cool, the system is very nice though overpriced..
Andersen1337 1st January 2010, 16:09 Quote
Looks like a modded Silverstone Raven RV02 to me, with a re-branded Corsair H50 CPU-cooler, they just put a Alienware-logo on and some carbon fibre sticker. All though I'm surprised they didn't mod the GPU-cooler and wrote Alienware Radeon.
PureSilver 1st January 2010, 16:10 Quote
God it's overpriced!
fingerbob69 1st January 2010, 16:11 Quote
Waaaaaay too much money! That one thing missing from this review is a count up of the retail value of the parts in the box.
Tim S 1st January 2010, 16:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
Waaaaaay too much money! That one thing missing from this review is a count up of the retail value of the parts in the box.

Right, so let me get this right. You're going to build, stress test and provide free 24 hour support for me at the cost of the parts from your favourite online retailer if I buy the machine from you? :)
Jack_Pepsi 1st January 2010, 16:45 Quote
I really like the side panel internal LED feature, that's a freaking excellent idea - I hate "bling bling" cases but, aesthetically, I actually like this. It's got some funky touches to it. However, the novelty of that would wear pretty quickly and even though I forfeit a warranty of some kind by building a rig myself, I'd fine it a lot more enjoyable.

Still, this is a rig for those that don't (or can't) build their own.
LeMaltor 1st January 2010, 16:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
Waaaaaay too much money! That one thing missing from this review is a count up of the retail value of the parts in the box.

Right, so let me get this right. You're going to build, stress test and provide free 24 hour support for me at the cost of the parts from your favourite online retailer if I buy the machine from you? :)

Don't be so negative Tim, it might all work flawlessly for the next 10 years!
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 1st January 2010, 17:00 Quote
Number one: it's a Dell and reaks of cheap silicone binning

Two: aren't you supposed to "Disconect ALL power and ground yourself before perfoming maintenance"
so I really don't see the logic in that light . You want to see whats inside? Get a plexiglass side panel.

Three: overpriced and not factory overclocked and under achieving in performance for the amount you just over paid.
Dave_M 1st January 2010, 17:08 Quote
That's a Corsair CPU cooler on there isn't it?
Jipa 1st January 2010, 18:15 Quote
Who on earth needs 24 hour support on a gaming computer anyway? I can see how on-site 24/7 warranty would add crazy value to any work/server build, but for some overpriced alienware gaming crap I just don't see why one would/should pay extra for that.

Do not want.
Matticus 1st January 2010, 18:54 Quote
Oh my, that is just vulgar.
Rkiver 1st January 2010, 18:59 Quote
Hmm, it's rather vulgar, not a bad selection of parts, but rather over priced.
MaverickWill 1st January 2010, 19:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave_M
That's a Corsair CPU cooler on there isn't it?

It's an unbadged CoolIt Domio ALC, if I remember the review correctly. It's not great, and I think Bit-Tech managed to break 5 through the install process alone. But it obviously wasn't CoolIt's fault for making them crappy the unnecessary amount of force applied.
metarinka 1st January 2010, 20:12 Quote
I never understood the high end gaming pc market. There's usually a large markup on the component costs with no added value.

The people who are keen enough to understand computer specs and gaming computers are much more likely to just build one themselves. That's what I've always done, certainly didn't spend that much money to do it
Star*Dagger 1st January 2010, 21:16 Quote
you computer should be plugged in or otherwise grounded, though, obviously turned off
bigkingfun 1st January 2010, 21:47 Quote
When you get hardware with moving parts, instead of describing how they work, why not post a video of the action?
tron 1st January 2010, 21:50 Quote
I find it strange how they designed the Aurora to look much more sleeker than their more expensive Area-51 range.

Anyway, apart from Alienware hardware being so heavily overpriced, these Aurora PCs do look 'nicer' than the previous generation of Alienware desktops.

However, the Alienware case designs are still full of the signature Alienware vulgar, cheap and tacky looks.

The Alien head is the only real cool part of the case IMHO.

The 'special feature' see-thru, cheap-looking, plastic sections with the built-in tacky lights look like a 5 year kid's toy.

The only pre-built retail PC I have ever seen that could just about pull off an excessively high amount of light with class was Dell's XPS 710 / 720 machines.

I think Dell should have made use of the Alienware head and logo for the marketing benefits, but made the cases more stylish as the XPS brand.

However, to put things in perspective, I haven't seen a single Alienware or Dell XPS machine with as good looks as say a Lian - Li case.
Elton 1st January 2010, 22:06 Quote
The XPS cases for some reason like tron says are much better.

With that said, there's much better companies who makes overpriced PCs anyways.
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