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Alienware Aurora

Alienware Aurora
alaScore 88

683 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 683 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the reliability and size. The usability and design also get good reviews.

price, design, usability, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Alienware Aurora is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 683 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Alienware Aurora

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Alienware Aurora from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

value for money, reliability

size

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware Aurora AAR2-2663CSB Desktop (Cosmic Black)HP riser card ( PD824A )Alienware Aurora-R3 Gaming Machine - Intel i7-2600 Quad-core Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz, 6GB Ram, 1TB HDD, DVD Burner, 1.5GB GTS450 Graphics

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Review Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook

 

Watch out 17 inch WUXGA Display, maximum resolution 1920x1200 Pix

Robust case ; A variety of interfaces and their order ; Flashy design, color can be selected ; High resolution display with good contrast ; Top graphical performance ; Fast hard disk ; Good sound system with a variety of ports

Smaller weaknesses in workmanship ; Unergonomic position of the keyboard ; Floating properties of the touch pad ; The display's moderate brightness and stability to the vantage point ; High temperature and noise emissions ; Low battery runtime

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Alienware Aurora: Style Trumps Substance

 

If you're willing to pay for the privilege of owning a stylish gaming machine and want to avoid the hassle of building your own, the Alienware Aurora ($2600, as of 7/8/2011) is a solid choice. Those seeking the best price-to-performance ratio should...

A plethora of ports ; Stylish, organized and compact case

Cramped case discourages tinkering ; Relatively poor performance for the price

The new Alienware Aurora is well-designed with a great case and a few neat features, but it’s a little pricey and doesn't keep up with category leaders in our performance tests.

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Alienware Aurora Extreme

 

What's Hot: Artwork: Rick Rizner, John GoddardThe latest gaming rig from Alienware is one of the first machines we've tested that's powered by AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51 processor, a 64-bit CPU. Drawing on 1GB of DDR400 memory, the system posted a 141 score...

Athlon 64 FX-51-based system with 1GB of RAM, Windows XP.

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Alienware Aurora

 

The inside of the chassis is tidy and designed for easy access and upgrades. The case door pops open with a hidden lever, and will look impressive when you show it off to your friends. The two AMD Radeon HD 6950 video cards are held in place by another...

Uses dual video cards. Impressive styling. Customizable lighting. Overclocked CPU is liquid cooled. Includes Blu-ray drive

Not a top performer. Can be loud. Video cards block expansion slots

Like an upscale gaming PC should be, the Alienware Aurora is built well and has the speed that you want when you kick the spurs. It's not the fastest system out there, but it certainly has a distinctive style.

HARDWAREHEAVEN - RECOMMENDED

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Alienware Aurora R4 Gaming Desktop Review

 

Today on our test bench we have the latest performance desktop from Alienware. The Aurora R4 features many of the impressive design aspects from the previous version such as motorised top vents and liquid cooling mixed with an updated X79 chipset and...

A lovely looking system which has good build quality and impressive performance, including the ability to game at maximum detail on 1920x1080. A few design tweaks to bring the chassis and add-in components up to date would be appreciated though.

APPROVED

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Alienware Aurora R3 System Autopsy

 

As the final days of summer wind down, most people will find themselves in one of two situations. Either you're gearing up to head back to school, or it's life as usual, only with worse weather right around the corner. It doesn't matter which category...

Trademark Alienware styling ; Clean and easily accessible interior ; Intel Sandy Bridge platform is still tops ; Customizable lighting ; Two graphics cards are better than one

HD 6950 architecture isn't strong enough to drive demanding games on a 30-inch panel ; Gets loud when gaming ; Build quality feels rushed (unplugged 24-pin ATX power cord, loose screw)

As configured, Alienware's Aurora R3 balances performance with cost. The system didn't rip through our benchmarks with reckless abandon, nor did it ever feel slow. Instead, the Aurora R3 we tested lands somewhere in the middle flirting with the upper...

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Alienware Aurora

 

Alienware's dual-core Aurora isn't cheap, but for graphics-intensive games, you won't find anything faster

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Alienware Aurora

 

The Alienware Aurora is a great gaming computer for any game enthusiast. While the base model doesn't offer the most high-end hardware available, the upgrade options are plentiful. With this system you can get exactly what you want to give you the...

This machine boasts a solid state drive (SSD) and a host of upgradable options

The mid-range hardware included with the base model means it may not be powerful enough for the most demanding games

While the base model doesn't offer the high-end hardware of our top gaming PCs, the upgrade options allow you to customize the system to meet your needs.

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Alienware Aurora

 

This custom-built desktop PC blends Alienware's unique design with cutting-edge technology, including an AMD 2.2GHz quad-core processor and two ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards. Besides hardware ideal for gaming, video editing, and other intensive ...

Computer enthusiasts and gamers looking for a PC that offers dazzling performance and design.

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Alienware Aurora gaming PC

 

High-end specifications and a heavily modified case make the Aurora an intimidating and very expensive beast

High-end specs ; Very fast SSD ; Excellent drive bays

Very expensive ; Cabling not very neat ; Noisy radiator fan

There's no doubt that the Alienware Aurora is a great gaming PC. It's fast and interesting, and definitely fun to use. However, it's very expensive. You pay a hefty premium for features that not many other pre-built systems offer, such as excellent...

Product Specifications

No system provides Alienware performance at a better value than the Aurora desktop powered by the AMD Phenom quad core processors. Delivering a quad-core-driven boost in speed, the Phenom delivers enhanced multitasking capabilities free from delays, stalls and lags. HyperTransport technology prevents I/O bottlenecks, amplifies system bandwidth and reduces latency. This gives your Alienware desktop lightning-fast load times and startling performance specs. The advanced architecture of the AMD Phenom not only lets your Aurora run current 32-bit applications, but also allows you to upgrade to next-generation 64-bit setups without additional and costly hardware purchases. And with Cool'n'Quiet technology built into the CPU, the Alienware Aurora runs quieter while reducing power consumption and heat output. Real-time encryption, 3D content, HD video and more all flow seamlessly, and affordably, on an AMD supported Alienware Aurora desktop computer. Build a virtual library of videos, photos and songs and access your files quicker and enjoy lag free multitasking. Choose low latency memory for your Aurora desktop and see your wait times drop even more. Don't limit yourself to low-res entertainment. Alienware desktops deliver jaw dropping video and audio with the latest in media technology. Experience HD with a Blu-ray Disc drive playing movies in full 1080p brilliance while a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card supplies precision HD audio for immersive PC gaming and movie viewing. With the Aurora, play time is serious business. Alienware compiled the premier gamer must-haves; including the Killer K1 network card and the Ageia PhysX processor. Having a network card like the Killer K1 in your desktop computer can give you that microsecond jump on an opponent meaning the difference between life and death. PhysX gives game developers the freedom to forgo canned animation for dynamic and interactive game environments.

Configuration

DVD Writer:Blu-ray Writer / DVD-Writer
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader
Firewire: Yes
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: No

Display

Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional
Product Type:Tower
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Tower

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GTX660 / GEF GTX690 / GeForce GTS 240 / GeForce GTX 580 / GeForce GTX 690 / GeForce GTX260 / GEFORCE GTX460 / RADEON HD6870
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown / X79
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:i5-2300 / i5-2400 / i7-2600 / I7-3820 / I7-4820K / I7-920
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