Alienware, as a brand, seems to be trying to stand for itself, but most people probably still remember that it is a sub-brand of Dell. Dell's high-end gaming and otherwise unusual system brand that is.As such, when Alienware is switching from Windows over to Linux, we can be sure that Dell is trying to branch out.
Then again, this isn't so much switching as it is expanding the customer base of a product that has already been shipping for a while.
Long story short, the Alienware X51, a mini PC with gaming-grade hardware, has now been released in a package with Ubuntu Linux.
Alienware X51 measures 343 x 318.5 x 318 x 95 mm (front height x rear height x depth x width). That means 13.5 x 12.5 x 12.5 x 3.7 inches.
Of well-known titles, there are over 25 games that can run on Ubuntu right now, and even Valve's Steam gaming interface works with Linux natively.
The cheapest hardware configuration will sell for $599 / 460 – 599 Euro, but the strongest will demand a payment of $1,049 / 806 Euro.
The sum will net buyers a third-generation Ivy Bridge Core i7 central processing unit (Intel CPU), instead of a Core i3.
Of course, even Core i3 CPUs are powerful. The mid-range and low-end chips are the Celeron and Pentium lines.
“The unique interface provides a clean and stylish approach that is easy to learn. As a first time Ubuntu user, I found it easy to find my way around. After a couple of days, and with the help of the online Ubuntu community, I felt like a seasoned user,” writes Mark Obee on the Dell Blog.
An NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card is included in all possible configurations. This wouldn't be a gaming system if it had to rely on CPU integrated graphics.