Eurocom Launches 11.6-inch 'Monster' Gaming Laptop for Around 800 Bones

Paul Lilly

Dell may be all finished with 11.6-inch gaming notebooks, at least as it pertains to the Alienware M11x, but if you're a fan of such powerful pint-sized PCs, don't feel obligated to cry yourself to sleep. The 11.6-inch form factor for gamers lives on, not only with Maingear's recently announced 'Pulse' laptop, but also via Eurocom, which is now selling its Monster 1.0 laptop starting at just $817.

That initial investment translates into an 11.6-inch Ivy Bridge-ready notebook with a fairly respectable spec sheet:

  • 1366x768 LED-backlit screen
  • Intel Core i5 2410M processor
  • Intel Mobile HM76 Express chipset (Ivy Bridge ready)
  • 4GB DDR3-1333MHz memory
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 650M (Kepler) GPU
  • 500GB SATA hard drive (7,200 RPM, 16MB cache)
  • 9-in-1 memory card reader
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • USB 3.0 x 2; USB 2.0 x 1
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth
  • HDMI 1.4a (with HDCP); VGA
  • 6-cell battery

You'll need to add an operating system (Eurocom will install Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit for $105), but even after doing so, it's still a better deal than the dead-end Alienware M11x, which starts at $900 and wields weaker graphics (GeForce GT 540M) and a lesser CPU (Core i3 2375M) with no Ivy Bridge upgrade path.

"Eurocom Monster 1.0 provides gaming on the go graphics capabilities and high performance storage in an extremely small, under 4 pounds, lightweight notebook computer. This little Monster has the power of a full sized notebook, and has up to 410 minutes of battery life, it’s truly the best of both worlds," states Eurocom President, Mark Bialic .

It's also upgradeable, not just to Ivy Bridge once mobile parts start shipping, but straight away with up to 16GB of RAM and faster, more robust storage options.

If you want take home a little Monster, you can adopt one here .

Image Credit: Eurocom

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