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Dell Alienware Aurora

Dell Alienware Aurora
alaScore 86

65 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Dell Alienware Aurora. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The price is also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the reliability. Some have doubts about the size.

price, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Alienware Aurora is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Dell Alienware Aurora


alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Dell Alienware Aurora from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on People really like the price and design, whereas there are some negative reviews about the size.

reliability, design, price


90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware Aurora AAR2-2663CSB Desktop (Cosmic Black)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

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

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

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Alex Wawro (

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.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Alienware Aurora (Core i7-2600K review: Alienware Aurora (Core i7-2600K


It's been 2.5 years since we last reviewed an Alienware desktop . Despite a complete chassis redesign, the $2,569 Alienware Aurora gaming PC feels familiar. This system trades heavily on its stylized appearance, and although it has some interesting...

The Alienware Aurora boasts one of the more eye-catching designs among higher-end gaming PCs, accompanied by configurable external lighting, capacious hard-drive space, and a wide range of connectivity options.

This system's application performance lags behind that of more aggressively overclocked boutique PCs, and suffers from a small memory allotment and lack of affordable solid-state storage options.

We can't recommend the Alienware Aurora on performance and value grounds, but its memorable appearance might appeal to those interested in making a statement with a gaming desktop.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Mick Lockey (

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.

Nov, 2003

Expert review by: (

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.


Expert review by: Stuart Davidson (

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.

Feb, 2012


Expert review by: Paul Lilly (

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...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: By Cliff Edwards (

Alienware Aurora


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

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: (

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.

Expert review by: (

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.

Product Specifications


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


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


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 / Windows 8
Product Type:Desktop / Tower


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GTX660 / GEF GTX690 / GeForce GTS 240 / GeForce GTX 580 / GeForce GTX 690 / GeForce GTX 760M / GeForce GTX260 / GEFORCE GTX460 / RADEON HD6870 / RADEON R9 270
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard


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 ® / Intel®
Processor Number:i5-2300 / i5-2400 / i7-2600 / I7-2760QM / I7-3820 / I7-4820K / I7-920