Like my colleagues Melissa Perenson and Danny Allen, I'm reporting in from the E3 gaming show in Los Angeles, which is a crowded, noisy, extremely entertaining zoo. We just wrapped up a visit with the folks from Alienware, who showed us a prototype of an slick all-in-one computer which they say is designed to appeal to people who might otherwise consider an iMac. Here it is, in my cheesy amateur photo:
Loosely based on an Intel concept PC, the Area 51 5400 is built into a 19-inch desktop LCD. It's a sort of semi-portable system, since it can optionally run off a battery for two hours, and sports a handle.
This is not a typical high-powered Alienware machine for hardcore games: It uses Intel's Core Duo processor platform. But it does have discrete graphics, and also includes a built-in Webcam, Bluetooth, FireWire, HDMI output, an ExpressCard slot, and touch-sensitive controls for various functions.
The keyboard is wireless, with a built-in touchpad, and it snaps into place under the screen when not in use.
Alienware says that the 5400 will ship in July, starting at under US$2,000.