X

Alienware x51 slim tower (photos)

A quick going-over with the new Alienware x51 slim tower gaming desktop.

img-1204
img-1204

Rich Brown

See full bio
05241.jpg
1 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (front)

Alienware ventures away from its high-end, full tower roots with the x51. This slim tower gaming PC starts at just $699. Our review unit, pictured here, goes for $999 with its various upgrades.
05243.jpg
2 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (head-on)

The x51 is a new design for Alienware, but it's clear its aesthetic roots come from a cross between Alienware's iconic Area 51 desktops, and current-generation game consoles.
05246.jpg
3 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (rear)

We've seen slim tower PCs from Lenovo, Gateway, HP, and others, but Alienware's x51 is one of the first with a full-height, dual-slot graphics card.
05248.jpg
4 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (upper detail, rear)

We found few surprises among the ports on the back of the X51. HDMI, USB 3.0, and optical audio output are all accounted for. No Thunderbolt ports, at least yet.
05251.jpg
5 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (lower detail, rear)

The GeForce GTX 555 graphics card is a solid midrange GPU. In this case it offers a pair of DVI outputs, as well as a Mini-HDMI out.
05255.jpg
6 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (left side)

The x51 is much smaller than Alienware's Area-51 tower PCs, but it retains Alienware's familiar alien head motif.
05258.jpg
7 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (front, horizontal)

Always brand-aware, Alienware has made sure you can rotate the alien head insignia on the front of the system if you use it in its horizontal mode.
05264.jpg
8 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (accessories)

Alienware rebranded a Logitech gaming mouse and keyboard to include with the x51. The large brick in the upper-left corner is the external power supply.
05268.jpg
9 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (interior)

Alienware has said that the x51 is completely user upgradable. This is true, but as you can see the inside is far from standard.
05271.jpg
10 of 10 Matthew Fitzgerald/CNET

Alienware x51 (interior detail)

To access the motherboard, you need to remove the graphics card and the optical drive, both of which are attached to the system via metal brackets.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
2023 Toyota Highlander Adds Turbo Power to Lower Emissions
2023 Toyota Highlander

2023 Toyota Highlander Adds Turbo Power to Lower Emissions

25 Photos
Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference
james-webb-seq-00-14-05-10-still002

Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference

12 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos