Well, we didn’t see that one coming – gaming PC stylisimo Alienware has been bought by straight-laced value king Dell.
It’s an intriguing deal. Earlier in the year Dell continued its quest to go head-to-head with Alienware by launching its ‘extreme gaming’ machine, the XPS 600 Renegade (left).
Even though it sported two NVIDIA GeForce 7800 SLI graphics cards, its specs still couldn’t compete with Alienware’s mighty offering: the Aurora 7500 (right). By comparison, Alienware’s fastest ever gaming masterpiece is powered by the faster AMD Athlon FX-60 processor and boasts superior dual GeForce 7900 graphics.
With this in mind, it’ll be interesting to see whether Dell continues to produce further XPS-style machine or leaves it all to Alienware. The design king will retain its name and trade as a separate company, so it seems likely that it'll function as Dell’s new high-end gaming arm.
We’re hoping this won’t mean the end of Alienware’s supremacy in the style stakes. Its groundbreaking designs have always made it stand out against the computing world’s sea of clones and safe design, and there’s no better way to enjoy a Half Life 2 session than on a PC with an angry alien’s face. Look out for the first Alien-Dell in Stuff soon.