Conclusion: On the other hand, if future upgradability isn’t quite as important to you as gamer-centric good looks and customizable lighting, Alienware’s X51 is a better option at this price. Alienware’s slightly higher-end graphics card and Intel CPU simply add up to better performance overall. And the Alienware, while it sacrifices future internal expansion, comes in a more conveniently compact chassis.
Pros: Solid productivity, gaming performance, Substantive upgrade options, considering its compact size, USB 3.0 ports and Blu-ray drive included
Cons: Lags behind similarly priced Alienware X51 in both performance and visual flair, Too much pre-installed software, No switch to turn off red chassis lighting