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Alienware’s X51 puts Games Consoles on Notice

Alienware’s X51 puts Games Consoles on Notice

The Alienware X51 isn't the biggest gaming PC the Dell-owned company has ever unveiled, nor the fastest, but it's arguably the biggest challenge to traditional consoles to-date. Packing a full PC into a Xbox-scale chassis, the X51 promises to turn its hand to everything from the latest FPS, high-def multimedia playback and even mundane Office tasks. As the central hub for a smart home, that could be enough to edge it ahead of gaming heavyweights like the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Alienware X51 packs gaming power in tiny footprint

Alienware X51 packs gaming power in tiny footprint

Alienware has launched its latest desktop gaming PC, the Alienware X51, though unlike the company's usual ostentatious monster-machines it squeezes its potency into a tiny footprint. The small-form-factor X51 measures just 14.5 x 12.52 x 3.74 inches, but can still be outfitted with a choice of Intel Core i3 dualcore, or i5/i7 quadcore processors along with either NVIDIA's GeForce GT 545 1GB graphics or GeForce GTX 555 1GB.

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The Real Ultrabook Challenge: Forgetting the MacBook Air

The Real Ultrabook Challenge: Forgetting the MacBook Air

Ultrabooks have undoubtedly been the star of CES 2012 this week - heck, we counted up the top contenders and found almost a dozen - but the slimline notebooks' challenge is more than just shedding pounds and squeezing in as big a display as possible. For all Intel's hard work pushing the trademark, and its manufacturer partners' efforts coming up with their own slimline machines, the biggest threat to ultrabook success wasn't even shown at CES. Apple's MacBook Air.

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Mac shipments rise 21% as PCs decline in the US

Mac shipments rise 21% as PCs decline in the US

Gartner has released its preliminary data on PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011. Worldwide PC shipments declined 1.4 percent from the year before while US PC shipments declined by 5.9 percent with most vendors experiencing a downward slide except for Apple. Mac shipments, including both desktop machines and notebooks, rose 20.7 percent from the previous year.

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CES 2012 Ultrabook Round-Up

CES 2012 Ultrabook Round-Up

If CES last year was dominated by tablets, CES 2012 has been the year of the ultrabook. Intel's ultraportable notebook trademark had already picked up late in 2011, but it's the Consumer Electronics Show this week where the big guns like Dell and Samsung came out to give it some real momentum. If Intel has its way, one of the following machines will be lightly weighing on your shoulder over the next few months.

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Dell to launch first consumer tablet in late 2012

Dell to launch first consumer tablet in late 2012

Dell is at CES showing off some interesting wares like the slick XPS 13 Ultrabook that we went hands on with yesterday. There is also word if the company's future plans that are coming out of the CES show as well. Apparently, Dell is set to launch its first consumer tablet computer late this year. Dell has so far not done well in the tablet realm with sales of its Streak tablets leading to several tablets being pulled off the market.

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Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook hands-on

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook hands-on

Ultrabooks are sweeping the board at CES 2012, and Dell isn't prepared to be left out: the company has revealed the Dell XPS 13, a new 18mm ultraportable that fits a 13.3-inch display into a 12-inch form-factor. Running either Core i5 2467M or i7 2637M dual-core processors, paired with 4GB of memory and either 128GB or 256GB SSDs, the XPS 13 measures just 12.4 x 8.1 x 0.24-0.71 inches and 2.99 pounds despite offering up to 8hrs battery life. We caught up with Dell last week to find out why they reckon the XPS 13 is the best ultrabook around.

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Dell Streak Pro D43 Baidu-Yi phone revealed for China

Dell Streak Pro D43 Baidu-Yi phone revealed for China

Dell has officially unveiled the Streak Pro D43, a touchscreen smartphone for the Chinese market that runs the Baidu-Yi platform on specs that would please many an Android buyer. Fronted by a 4.3-inch 950 x 540 qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen and toting a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor inside its vaguely Nexus-esque chassis, the Dell Streak Pro offers easy access to the well-used Baidu network of services in China.

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