Alienware is well known for it’s hardcore gaming systems, but media servers for high-end component audio / video systems? Shockingly, yes. The company, which was recently acquired by Dell, is touting its new home media server system, and after a brief tutorial and hands-on session, we have to say we’re very impressed. First off the bat, this is not your teenage hacker son’s Alienware gear. Gone are the garish colors and style, having been replaced with a subdued classiness that wouldn’t be out of place in a Harmon Kardon showroom. There are several available components, with customers able to select a custom system that suits his / her unique needs. Both AMD and Intel- based systems are available, and you can also choose between a rack mount or component system style. The rack version sports hot-swappable storage drives, offering up to 4 terabytes of on-board storage. 802.11n is standard, and up to 4 separate TV tuners are available or you can opt for 2 CableCard slots instead. Both versions sport HD 1080i output, with onboard Blu-ray write-capable drives. Crazy! The system is scalable, allowing you to expand as the need arises. Oh, and the component version sports a little blue Alien head. Nice touch, guys! The Alientware Hangar 18’s should be available “soon”. Rest of the shots, after the jump!

 

Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.