Eurocom M98NU XCaliber Gaming Notebook Review

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Eurocom M98NU XCaliber Gaming Notebook ReviewHard-core gamers are all about squeezing the best performance they can out of their rigs, while ensuring that the visual quality of the games they play are at the highest settings possible. As desktop PCs typically have access to higher-end components than notebooks--and are also far more configurable, upgradable, and tweakable--the vast majority of gamers opt for desktop systems. But with the increased performance potential of today's notebook components and their portability (LAN party anyone?), high-end gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular with the gaming crowd.

That said, you still won't see the same performance potential from a gaming notebook over a gaming desktop; and you'll typically pay more for the same level of performance from a notebook. Take for example the Eurocom M98NU XCaliber gaming notebook. Not counting the just-launched Intel Core i7 Mobile processor family, the M98NU XCaliber uses the speediest mobile CPU available (the 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300) and a pair of the fastest mobile GPUs (the Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M in SLI mode). The M98NU XCaliber also comes with 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM, two hard drives (one of which is an SSD), a Blu-ray drive, an 18.4-inch display, an integrated webcam, a biometric fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, and a 7-in-1 card reader. With such a fully-loaded system, its lofty $5,720 price tag is somewhat understandable.

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kid007 replied on Wed, Oct 14 2009 12:34 PM

pretty nice setup. to bad the cpu choice is not up to date...

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gibbersome replied on Wed, Oct 14 2009 12:40 PM

Very expensive for the majority of the people. It's the premium you pay for new technology (especially the new mobile i7).

In a few months, you'll be able to purchase a laptop with mobile HD 5000 series for a couple grand less. Still dual GTX 280 is pretty sick. What's the battery life on this beast?

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Oct 14 2009 2:43 PM

It definitely kicks some tail... but is priced for that coveted "lottery winners" demographic.

But the best feature is that it's not red and black, like all the other gaming laptops we've seen lately. :)

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Xylem replied on Thu, Oct 15 2009 4:16 AM

The Core i7 configured W870CO Cheetah is a better bet considering that mobile i7 has already been out for some time now and a update is in a very immediate future. Buying a Core 2 series is investing loads on a 2 gen old proc.

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martin_nj replied on Thu, Oct 15 2009 8:59 AM

i'm not sure i'd even splurge like that if i won the lottery =\ lots of other goodies to buy that aren't so overpriced.

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realneil replied on Thu, Oct 15 2009 9:09 AM

This will play well to the "Haves" audience.

It's a fast and capable computer too, but many companies are shooting for that pinnacle price point segment these days so the competition will be fierce. It's gonna be crowded at the top and when it's all over we'll get some stellar deals on everything that didn't sell in January.

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Oct 16 2009 5:31 PM

And that's why you could never win the lottery, Martin! From what I've read, the average lottery winner clears $3m and is broke within 3 years.

I figure this is because people like you and I, who spend their money wisely, don't constantly spend our income on lottery tickets. :)

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