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Alienware Alpha Review

Combining the UI of a gaming console with the power of a PC, the Alienware Alpha is a force to be reckoned with.

Desktop Mode

To access Desktop mode, I clicked the Power tab in the Alpha UI and selected the Switch to Desktop option. 

Switching to Desktop mode reveals a regular-looking desktop sporting a black-and-white alien head wallpaper. Icons for Steam, Internet Explorer and Battle.net sit along the left edge of the display. It's a setup that PC gamers are used to seeing when they boot up a gaming notebook or desktop.

Underneath the shiny red veneer of Alienware's Alpha UI beats the heart of a reliable Windows 8.1 desktop.