Eurocom Monster 1.0 11.6" Gaming Notebook Review - HotHardware

Eurocom Monster 1.0 11.6" Gaming Notebook Review

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When Eurocom sent us their latest gaming notebook for evaluation, we expected the usual huge, heavy machine with obscenely powerful components inside. It’s even called the “Monster”, which seems to indicate a particularly beastly rig.

But when the box arrived on our doorstep, it seemed far too small to encase anything resembling the description above. Indeed, inside the small shipping container was an even smaller notebook.

The Monster is barely bigger than a netbook, actually, with an 11.6-inch screen and a body that’s as thin as 0.5 inches and only as thick as 1.5 inches. On the outside, it’s more of an adorable version of a gaming notebook than some terrifying creature; as it turns out, the monster lives inside.


Eurocom Monster 1.0

Eurocom Monster 1.0 Gaming Notebook
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Intel Core i7-3720QM quad-core processor (2.6GHz, up to 3.6GHz Turbo Boost, 6MB cache, 45W TDP)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
11.6-inch glossy 720p display (1366x768 resolution)
Intel Ivy Bridge
Nvidia GeForce GT 650M w/ 2GB DDR3 memory, Intel HD 4000
8GB DDR3-1866 memory (2x 4GB; 16GB max)
120GB Intel 520 Series SSD
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802.11n wireless LAN (Realtek RTL8723AE)
Gigabit LAN
Integrated Bluetooth wireless 3.0
9-in-1 MMC/RSMMC; SD/miniSD/SDHC/SDXC; MS/MS Pro/MS Duo
Integrated webcam (1.3MP)
2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
HDMI, VGA
6-cell li-ion battery (62.16Wh)
3.96 lbs.
11.5 x 8.3 x 0.5~1.5 inches
1-year limited warranty, with option for 3 year
$1,605 (as configured, starts at $783) 



Eurocom’s idea with the little Monster was to deliver a gaming notebook that wasn’t heavy, ungainly, or battery-hungry but didn’t skimp on the specs, either. For the most part, the company was successful. The Monster comes in at just under 4 pounds and boasts a quad-core Intel Core i7-3720QM (2.6GHz/3.6GHz) Ivy Bridge chip, 8GB of DDR3-1866 (2 x 4GB) memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU.

Intel’s integrated HD 4000 graphics are on board to help maximize battery life by handling less intensive graphics tasks with NVIDIA’s Optimus technology shuttling heavier workloads to the GeForce GPU, and a 120GB Intel 520 series SSD ensures speedy performance on the storage side.

    

Being that the Monster is a gaming notebook, the display is important, but although the glossy screen does have decent viewing angles and contrast, we definitely wish the blacks were deeper. The 1366x768 resolution is a mite disappointing as well, although it’s hard to wish for much more considering the size of the screen.

For connectivity, Eurocom built in gigabit LAN, 802.11n WiFi, and integrated Bluetooth 3.0. There’s also a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, headphone and mic jacks, VGA and HDMI ports, a 9-in-1 multimedia card slot, and an integrated 1.3MP webcam. Our model as configured costs $1,605, although base models start at just $783, and users can opt for a 1-year or 3-year limited warranty.



On the next page, we’ll address the question anyone who’s seen a burly Eurocom notebook before is likely asking: What’s a pint-sized Eurocom gaming laptop like up close and in person?
 

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Like I've said before, any display smaller than 14" is too small to be enjoyed as a gaming platform.

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Could always just hook it to a larger monitor and gaming peripherals!

While for portable usage, there's always a compromise but people try to game on just about anything they can. So while the enjoyment factor may be less, it won't stop people from doing it anyway.

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650M.. SSD.. i7.. 1866mhz RAM.. in THAT!? That is AWESOME.

I'd use it, but as InsideSin said, too small for a gaming platform. Definitely powerful enough as a mobile workstation though.

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That packs a serious punch for being under 4lbs. I wouldn't mind that at all.

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A gaming notebook? That would work wonders for me!

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Looks can be deciving. But if you are a gamer theres only one way to play games.... on a pc. But good job on creating frankenstein.

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This would not be a really fun screen to play most games on, but it seems to be really light for a gaming notebook.

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