Alienware Alpha console hits preorder (without SteamOS)

Alienware's Alpha console has gone up for preorder, no longer waiting for the delayed SteamOS and instead running Windows 8.1 with deep ties into the Steam game library thanks to a homegrown couch-friendly interface. Priced from $549, the Alpha runs a choice of Intel Haswell dual- and quadcore Core i chip, paired with a custom NVIDIA Maxwell GTX GPU with 2GB of its own memory, and up to 16GB of DDR3 system memory. That's all squeezed into a box that's compact enough to fit discretely under your TV.

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Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

HP is readying a $199 Windows notebook for the holidays, as Microsoft pushes Windows 8.1 against Google Chromebooks, one of a number of more affordable PC options. The HP Stream laptop, confirmed during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, will be one of at least three models, though versions from Acer and Toshiba will be slightly more expensive, at $249 apiece.

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Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme lineup aim for military-readiness

This week the folks at Dell responsible for letting the world know about their ultra-tough notebook and tablet lineup have released the Rugged Extreme collection. First on the books is the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme - standard save it’s hardcore attitude. Then there’s the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebook, one that can effectively change position for whatever job you’ve got.

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