The Alienware PC itself is an impressive beast to look at with smooth curves and cool angles, which certainly contrast with regular cases. The one we were supplied is decked out in Alienware silver with a black Alien head on the front panel. The moulded vents look like the sides of a spaceship or an extreme sports car. Even the four USB ports at the base at the front, two on each side, maintain this look. The sleek plastic cowling extends at the back further than the actual case, presumably to help hide cabling when looking from the side.
The front of the case contains a door that’s opened by pressing the catch release on the right. The door is impressively solid with sturdy hinges and is quite deep. This means that when closed it can insulate against the noise of discs spinning in the optical drives. The door contains a lock should you wish to keep prying fingers from turning your machine on or off. There’s also a lock for the side of the case, so if you leave your PC at a crowded LAN party you don’t have to worry about someone swiping components from the interior. On that note there doesn’t appear to be a lanyard hook for locking it to a wall but there are two holes you can use above the PSU at the rear.
To take off the side panel there’s another flap to open up, which hides the panel lock and the handle – just pull towards you to remove the panel. Inside, the interior is impressively laid out with all the cabling expertly routed. In fact, all the cables have been specially braided to keep them out of the way and maximise air flow. It’s very nicely done. What’s more all the extra screws you might need are placed along the support bar, in easy reach. Alienware has also lined the base and the rear panel with acoustic dampener. The Alienware logo is printed onto this and can just be seen peeking through, a typically satisfying touch.
The hard disks are mounted sideways and there’s room in total for six, though that would be a bit far fetched. There’s also room for adding two external 5.25in drives and one internal 2.5in drive. I was a bit surprised to see that Alienware hadn’t filled this with a multi-card reader as well as supplying a floppy drive – it’s certainly a bit mean for the best part of £4,000 not to include one.