Let’s Talk About the Alienware Alpha

Judging by all the comments I didn’t get on my most recent United We Game post on the Alienware Alpha, I can only assume that no one cares about this not-quite “Steam Machine.” Or maybe it was due to Easter weekend, and everyone was busy with Easter-y things. Well, I do have to admit that the latter was the case for me, so it’s not like the Alienware Alpha was on my mind either. Touche? Um…that’s not how it works.

In any event, the Alienware Alpha, a little box through which one can play Steam games, hit the radar really hard late last year and then shattered into oblivion…though not quite because they are still for sale…I think. One of them has been in my house for the past three months; click the article below for some initial impressions.


https://flic.kr/p/pytvd6Image by Flickr user Pierre Lecourt (CC)

Talk of getting a gaming PC has lingering in our house for years. It usually resurfaces in the fall when many of last year’s electronic goodies hit the sale tables, and the discussion has usually taken the same turns. We look at all the pre-made gaming PCs for sale, talk about exactly what games to run on them, determine that we can’t afford the really awesome PCs, and then determine what we can afford just isn’t good enough, and then decide we should just build our own. And that’s where the conversation usually ends, because although we are somewhat mechanically-inclined, what kills the mood is the thought of sifting through website after website to find not only the all the proper pieces, but all the proper pieces at the right prices. Not only that, we have a host of gaming…

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    • Yeah, that’s exactly the advice I’d give to anyone curious about this thing as well. Until the Steam OS becomes a reality (if ever), PC or console is really the way to go.


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