Alienware Alpha ASM100-1580

Alienware Alpha ASM100-1580

Positive Reviews
(as of 23-09-2017 15:28 UTC) Details
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  • Compact size
  • Large selection of PC games
  • Console and Desktop mode
  • Xbox 360 controller


  • No optical drive
  • UI can be slow at times
  • Not future proof
  • Steam Big Picture platform

Bottom Line

The Alienware Alpha ASM100-1580 is a console desktop hybrid that is designed around the Steam Big Picture platform. While it is smaller and more powerful than the PS4 and the Xbox One it is less future proof than these consoles with their dedicated games.

The Alienware Alpha ASM100-1580 is a console desktop hybrid that has been praised for its ease of use, its compact size and for its Xbox 360 controller. But it is slightly limited as it is built around the Steam Big Picture platform and this makes it harder to play games purchased elsewhere. The system also runs a custom version of Windows 8.1 with a custom UI that can be slow at times. The hardware will run current and older games fine, but it is slightly underpowered for future titles and long-term use. While it was designed to be a console killer, this hybrid PC has a long way to go to snatch that title.

Score Summary

Critic Reviews

  • 78 December 4, 2014

    Born of the limbo of Steam Machine prototypes, Dell's Alienware Alpha is one of the most intriguing new computer releases of the year. This is despite the fact that we've had a very long time to get used to the idea of a gaming desktop that looks and feels like a living room game console. We first saw an early version of this hardware near the end of 2013, back when it was to be the first major brand name behind Valve's Steam Machine platform.

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  • 78
    TrustedReviews November 17, 2015

    Valve created headlines when it previewed a wave of Steam-powered PCs to take on consoles, but the scheme was postponed, with hardware manufacturers left in the lurch. That hasn’t stopped Alienware launching its latest desktop.

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Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 750Ti [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Type Discrete
Graphics Memory 2GB Dedicated
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Weight 4 lbs
Hard Drive 1 500 HDD 5400
Display Technology None
Connectivity 2x USB 3.0 | 2x USB 2.0 | HDMI out | HDMI in | Ethernet | AC WiFi | Bluetooth 4.0 | Optical Audio Out
Webcam None
Additional Features Xbox 360 controller
Dimension (LxWxH) 7.9 x 7.9 x 2.2

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