If Alienware’s latest invasion is successful, Apple will no longer be the only company in town with a decent PC-in-a-monitor.
The current iMac design – where the processing and computing gubbins are built into the monitor – has been around for over two years in various guises, but the makers of Windows PCs are struggling to catch up. Although Sony’s given it a stab and several minnows have built copycat machines, none have really taken off.
We reckon Alienware’s Area-51 5400 could set the record straight. It certainly looks the part, with a handsome design and a cable-free get-up that creates a machine worthy of gracing the swankiest megacorp lobby or penthouse pad. Like the iMac, it can be kitted out with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so all you need is one power cable – both the keyboard and mouse are wireless.
Alienware has primed the PC for media duties, building it to Intel Viiv standards – that means two processors, twice the power – and crow-barring in a webcam/mic for Messenger video chats and Skype calls. It’ll come preloaded with Media Centre for remote control frolics and Alienware says you’ll be able to include a TV tuner.
Details on specific specs right now are sketchy – we don’t know the screen size, processor speeds, what hard drive it can take and how many TV tuners it can handle. What we do know is it’ll have an NVIDIA Go 6600 graphics card, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and Pentium M processors to – theoretically – ensure it’s quieter than a bound-and-gagged hostage.
Pricing’s also up in the air, although it should be announced shortly – the 5400 goes on sale before the end of March.