The Alienware Area-51 5300 is a compact Media Center that combines a decent P4 processor with a great look
Unlike some of the larger offerings knocking about the shops these days, the Area-51 5300 delivers a smaller, more compact solution.
It comes with the Intel Pentium 4 processor, but specification isn’t quite up to the high standards we’ve come to expect – the bog-standard hard drive is only 74GB – but it’s relatively cheap and it’s small, which means it’s ace.
Menus and detail
Once it’s set up and perching snugly on your kit rack, the Area-51 5300 looks fab. The menu system is an absolute cinch to use and DVD images boast the detail and contrast of a thousand UCI cinemas.
It does, however, sound a little off-colour when compared to some better options on the market, and the insufferable racket the fan makes it sound a little like a dysfunctional, asthmatic hair dryer.
Alienware Area-51 5300 review
The Alienware looks the nuts and does what you’d expect of it. But it’s not the best system on our books