Back in September, we reported that XMA was preparing to launch Viglen PCs in to the UK retail channel. Systems were on show at the EGX gaming event at the NEC and were well received by gamers. Now a full range of systems has appeared on eBuyer. How much impact can this established brand have on the gaming market?
While the full range does include Intel-based systems, it is the AMD line-up that seems particularly wide-ranging, with Ryzen 5 1400 units from £779 through to a Ryzen 7 rig at just over £3,200. You can see the specs here.
When Lord Alan Sugar (of ‘The Apprentice’ fame) sold Viglen Technology to XMA almost 4 years ago, it was projected that the newly formed £200 million turnover company would ultimately grow to £300m and beyond. A significant part of that plan involves bringing in gaming channel experts like Craig Connell, who has previously driven sales for ATI, Nvidia and AMD.
We have visited the Viglen team at XMA’s headquarters and the systems they are developing certainly look the part, with ROG branding prevalent.
KitGuru says: While the spend-per-person on gaming machines may have increase in 2017, the number of actual units shipped doesn’t seem to have increased. Looks like the market for gaming PCs will become even more competitive in 2018 if traditional brands like Viglen, backed by Westcoast Distribution, start to focus more on performance systems. We will bring one of these Ryzen systems into the KitGuru Lab shortly and render an independent opinion as to whether or not the Viglen power/quality/value formula is correct.