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Dan Ackerman
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Got a chance to see the upcoming Alienware Alpha again, it's a $549 gaming PC designed like a console, with a custom interface that works with a game pad and hides Windows 8. I was dubious, but now I really want to test drive one.

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The small speed bump and added RAM make this a modest improvement over the 2013 version, but it's essentially the same machine. As that Retina MacBook Pro received a very strong recommendation as an excellent all-around premium powerhouse, this updated version does, too, even if anyone looking for the next big thing from Apple will be disappointed that this "new" Mac isn't really all that new.

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Making small performance trade-offs to fit into a slim, attractive 17-inch body, the MSI GS70 Stealth is a gaming laptop for those who hate the look of gaming laptops.

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Is Apple's new $1,099 iMac worth it? We tested one, and it's basically a MacBook Air in desktop form, so I'd say it's a good way to get that cool design if you're mostly going to surf the web on it. 

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After writing about PC gaming at E3, I finally got around to testing this 14-inch Maingear Pulse. Basically, if you've got $2K to spend on a smaller gaming laptop, by all means get the awesome Razer Blade. If you've got $1,200 or so, this is a pretty decent compromise, and it's been upgraded to a 1080p screen.

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Forget the new stuff -- there was a huge collection of vintage games and gear, plus some very rare prototypes, on display at E3 this week. 

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We dissect the dueling Microsoft and Sony E3 press conferences in both style and substance. #E3PresserDeathMatch

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There actually is some PC gaming news at E3 -- Dell got tired of waiting for Steam OS and flipped its Steam Machine into the Windows-only Alienware Alpha.

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While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's best PC to date, it's more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement.
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