Sorta. Built the same laptop system side by side on dell.com and dell.com/Alien. Alienware = $ $$3000$ and the dell was under $2000. Only difference was the ugly plastic on the Alienware.
Edit to your edit :
You know they are the same company now right. Dell has improved a lot in the last year or 2. 5 years is a lifetime in computer
Plus when my friend got a Alienware computer, he has some bad luck too.
Hmm, I think I have bad luck D:.