If you were mulling over the prospect of a PS4 or Xbox One this year between a PC system, a new contender has re-enter the fray in the living room gaming hardware department. The mid-ranged Alienware Steam Machine is now just shy of the price of an 8th gen video game console.
This deal comes to us via Dell, the manufacturer of Alienware, with a coupon code that stacks with instant savings. The double-dip discount drops the Core i5 model of Alienware Steam Machine down to only $375. It’s an overall $275 drop from the original $650 list price from earlier this year.
- Alienware Steam Machine: $374.84
- Use Code: ALPHA15
- Expires August 4th
At checkout be sure to sign up for a Dell Advantage Rewards membership. For the price of giving them your email address you’ll get free 2 business day shipping ($15 value) and 5% back in return for your trouble. The coupon code we’ve listed above on the Alienware Steam Machine will run through Thursday, August 4 – so you have a little under a week to make a “deal or no deal” decision.
Alienware Steam Machine Deal Specification
- Intel Core i5-4590T
- 8GB RAM
- GeForce GTX 860M
- 1TB 7200RPM HDD
- SteamOS with Steam Controller
The specs on this Alienware are actually impressive for the price range. You certainly won’t be running PC games at 4K with the hardware, but when you consider the small form factor, the 8GB of RAM, the Core i5, and the Steam Controller – you’re getting an awful lot of PC gaming at the $375 price point. Find a copy of Windows and you’ve got yourself a dirt cheap, casual gaming capable office rig too.
Strangely, most critical reviews agree – if you’re interested in this small form factor box, everyone is recommending installing Windows onto the machine vs using the current Linux-based SteamOS given the lack of game support involved. Considering an OEM copy of Windows 8 runs for about $20 online, this may be a prudent move.