Dell has announced a new machine in the Alienware range.
The X51 is a mini-PC designed to fit under the television, and it’s around the same size as an Xbox, taking care of HD gaming and movie duties.
The compact box, which is around 12 inches square and just under 4 inches thick, comes loaded up with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor, GeForce GT or GTX graphics card, wireless-N for net access, HDMI 1.4 to hook up to the TV, along with USB 3.0 ports.
Much like the Xbox, it can be stood up vertically or laid down horizontally, and indeed the base black and green colour scheme of the pictured model gives it a very Microsoft console vibe.
The X51 isn’t a sealed box, however, as a side panel comes off allowing the owner to upgrade the processor, graphics board, memory or hard drive at a later date.
The price of the X51 starts from £699 although the exact price depends on which configuration you pick.
That base level model comes with a Core i3-2120 processor, 4GB of memory, a 1TB hard disk and a 1GB GeForce GT 545.
If you want a meatier model, the Core i5 line starts from £849 with an i5-2320 processor, a GTX 555 graphics card and 8GB of memory. A blu-ray drive is an option, too.
The X51 can be configured and ordered at the Dell website now.