Hands on with the Alienware X51

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Gaming system specialist Alienware launched its console sized X51 desktop for the second time in London last night. The machine was originally announced a couple of weeks ago in San Francisco, since when we've only seen it in pictures. Now we've played with it for a bit, had a go at building a cheaper alternative and spoken to the team behind it, it's time to gather our thoughts.

The X51 is intriguing. It looks like a media centre, acts like a desktop PC and costs the same as a top end Mac Mini for the most basic of the three specs available. It's on sale now, so who's going to buy it?