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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.

Overall Performance

In case you want to use the Alpha for something besides saving the world, Alienware outfitted the console with a 2.9-GHz dual-core Intel Core i3-4130T CPU with 4GB of RAM. The device smoothly streamed an episode of Attack on Titan on Netflix with 10 open tabs in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox while performing a system scan.

On Geekbench 3, which measures overall performance, the Alpha scored 6,226. That’s a bit lower than the desktop average, which is 7,543.

The Alpha's 500GB 5,400-rpm hard drive duplicated 4.97GB of multimedia files in 3 minutes and 50 seconds for a transfer rate of 22.1 MBps. The desktop average is 76 MBps.

During the OpenOffice test, the Alpha matched 20,000 names and addresses in 4 minutes and 40 seconds. That’s more than 2 minutes faster than the category average (6:24).

You should be prepared to wait when switching between the Desktop and Console modes; it took anywhere from 50 to 70 seconds to boot into the Alpha UI, and another 20 to 30 seconds to launch Steam Big Picture mode.