Dell's discontinued Alienware M11x notwithstanding, boutique builders have been paying a lot of attention to the 11.6-inch gaming laptop category, and it's all because Clevo concocted the W110ER, which is essentially a netbook on steroids (figuratively speaking -- steroids are bad, kids). Where can you get it? One place is AVADirect, the boutique builder based in Ohio that's now offering the Clevo W110ER starting at $937 and a penny.
AVADirect's pitch goes like this:
"For many, high-end notebook performance typically comes at the cost of a larger, bulkier notebook barebone than a moderately-performing model. For AVADirect, offering high-end mobile performance is not a matter of 'if' but a matter of 'how'. How, in relative terms, would you like your notebook to be customized? AVADirect has over ten years of experience in working with custom notebooks. Enough to know that big things can certainly come in small packages. The Clevo W110ER Gaming Notebook confirms this statement and exceeds expectations at the very least."
Every Clevo W110ER notebook sports an 11.6-inch LED-backlit glossy LCD screen with a 1366x768 (16:9) resolution powered by an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU, 9-in-1 memory card reader, GbE LAN, integrated webcam, HDMI output, USB ports, and the such. AVADirect's baseline configuration includes an Intel Core i3 2350M dual-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 4GB of Crucial brand DDR3-1333MHz memory, 750GB Seagate hard drive (7,200 RPM, 16MB cache), 802.11b/g/n LAN card and Bluetooth module, 90W battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit w/ SP1.
There are several upgrade options available, including a bump to Ivy Bridge (Intel Core i7 3610QM) for $241, up to 16GB of RAM, HDD and SSD options, and custom paint jobs in a variety of colors.
If you're interested in purchasing one or just want to window shop, you can do so here .
Image Credit; AVADirect