Alienware is also keeping around , which sports a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a custom Maxwell graphics card that "performs similarly to the NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 860M."
In an interview with ITWorld, Alienware Senior Marketing Manager Chris Sutphen admitted that Alienware's Steam Machines weren't as popular as their Windows-equipped twins in the Alienware Alpha line (which is also being upgraded to support higher-end CPUs and GPUs). Still, Sutphen was bullish on SteamOS' future, saying that "we expect the SteamOS catalog to strengthen at the end of year."
In the Alienware 17, the keyboard tray is only 1.25 inches high (in the front, rising slightly in the rear), and that makes a big difference. The keyboard is also closer to the front lip, and I had fewer problems comfortably getting my hands on the all-important WASD keys.