Alienware's Viiv-based desktop PC

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There seemed to be a buzz around the new Viiv technology at the CES 2006, not least from manufacturers Intel, who announced several high profile content deals for their home entertainment platform. At the business end, PC manufacturers are busy integrating Viiv into their latest machines. with Alienware are ready to bring one to the UK market in the form of the Area-51 3550 desktop.

The Area-51 3550’s dual-core processors make this very much the media centre, integrating the functionality of a CD player, DVD player, media server, digital video recorder (DVR), while enabling wireless distribution of digital media throughout the home. It also features Intel’s Quick Resume Technology, which offers speedy one-button on/off operation, just like your TV, plus support for up to 7.1 surround sound speakers and high-definition output.

And of course it’s a PC with the kind of specification you’d expect from a company with a reputation for high-end machines.

No specific date as yet for UK release, though pre-orders are likely to be available from February. In the meantime, find out more at www.alienware.com/viiv

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Dave Walker