Earlier this week we brought you three of the new Alienware M15x and Aurora gaming computers releases and now we’re back with six more – the Alienware Area-51 and Area-51 ALX Desktops, the Optx 21.5” monitor and Tactx Gaming mouse, headset and keyboard!
Alienware Area 51 Gaming Desktop PC
So with no further ado let’s have a look at them, and we’ll start with the Area 51 and Area 51 ALX desktops which just like the three systems we looked at before are firmly aimed at the extreme enthusiasts and hardcore gamers who demand the best from their PC and don’t mind paying the price for it.
At first glance the Area 51 machines look to have very similar specifications to the Alienware Aurora’s we looked at earlier this week, and even if you start to look closer you’ll find many similar components: they both have liquid cooled Core i7 processors, both have up to 25GB of DDR3 RAM and they also share the same graphics card SLI options (with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295).
The main differences lie with the motherboard (which is micro ATX on the Aurora), the processor (which in the case of the Area 51 machines are overclocked to 3.86GHz) and the available HDD bays – the six available in the Area 51 mean that up to 12TB of SATA storage, or 1.5TB SSD space, is available.
The chassis is also very impressive with a ‘two sided’ design with one specifically for the 6 HDD bays, and the other for the rest of the slots and bays – this unique design matches the rest of the case which features active venting, the same lighting as seen in the Aurora and the unsurprisingly but still very nice sci-fi design.
The ATX version offers a couple of extra bits including a motorised door and the Tactx Gaming mouse and keyboard (which we’ll have a look at in a minute), but as you can imagine this will add to the cost which with a baseline of £1,699 is already pretty high – but considering that it’s one of the most powerful Alienware desktops ever you can see why.
Alienware OptX Monitor
Moving onto the peripherals that you will want to accompany your perfect desktop and we’ve got the Optx 21.5” full HD monitor which promises to “combine exceptional picture quality” with the characteristic dramatic Alienware design to create an immersive environment to feed your gaming habits, and at £260 it’s not even too much (so long as you haven’t emptied your bank balance with the desktop).
Alienware TactX Headset
Secondly there’s the TactX headset which, surprisingly for an Alienware product, is mid range (and we imagine has the price tag to compliment that). It still somehow retains the distinctive design, whilst having many of the specifications that gamers will want: Gold plated connectors, a retractable (but not detachable so can’t be lost) microphone and inline volume/microphone controls.
Alienware TactX Gaming Keyboard
The TactX gaming keyboard which we have already seen included in the ATX versions of both the Aurora and Area 51. At the cost of £80 the keyboard sets itself at the upper end of the market, and the design is one that is specifically for gamers (including having strengthened keys for added durability for the most used gaming keys, such as the WASD movement keys). This will no doubt please both the enthusiast and the hardcore gamers out there – the colours (which react to commands in game) can also be changed to make it look that bit nicer.
Alienware TactX Gaming Mouse
Finally we have the TactX gaming mouse also has a design that is tailored to get the best out of gamers, and with a similar futuristic design and colour changing abilities it complements the keyboard perfectly – and at £40 it’s not even too expensive.
Thus finishes our round up of the new Alienware releases and along with the recent Alienware M17x gaming laptop release you can see they are all very impressive and up to the high standards that we expect from this company which continues to stay up at the top of the gaming desktop PC market.